I use this product every day! I have very oily skin and even with exfoliation, blotting sheets, and powder, I still get shiny within an hour or so of doing myself up. This powder doesn't fix that, but it makes my skin look good for a while. That's really the best I can ask for, as I know there is no "miracle" product that is going to make my skin stop producing oil. However, this powder makes me matte for a while, is invisible on my skin (unless I really dump it on), doesn't break me out, and is very inexpensive. I will continue to repurchase.
I have the loose powder in this, and I must say..this is trully a little fortune inside this compact.
My other "cheaper" powder brand is and has always been Coty powder (which I cannot find in ANY drugstores right now---hope it's not discontinued)...anyhow, Coty is HUGE, and COVERS just as well (a bit more) and doesn't come off TOO chalky--but NYC is actually right about the same..but silkier..making this almost my #1 powder!! And this is the best cheapest powder you will find!
I'm tan a bit, but I use bronzer anyways. Ladies, if you are tan or dark...you can still use this..just mix it with some darker powder or use Bronzer all over your face AFTER applying this stuff ontop of your foundation.
This works REALLY well with GOOD quality foundation.
I use Hard Candy Primor first (simply the best and now sold at Walmart for just $8.00!!),
Then I use Estee Lauder Double Wear (BEST for oily/acne prone skin..not to mention-Fantasitc coverage!)
Then I use THIS NYC powder to set...and omg..simply flawless--and for hours and hours..:)
I don't mind that the packaging is cheap..because most compacts are in drugstores..but yes, this one is a bit "cheaper". But i have the loose and the compact now. And I just put my compact along in my purse..and hardly need to use it, due to this stuff lasts a LONG way!
What a wonderful product..there are SOME misunderstood makeup out there..however, THIS is one that many should be using..:)
I've repurchased probably 3 or 4 times. Love this stuff! Better than Revlon's Colorstay powder, not to mention several dollars cheaper. I paid less than 3 bucks at target.
This stuff is great as a setting powder, and to mattify my face when it gets oily.
The packaging really sucks as it looks and feels cheap, plus the applicator sponge provided is a joke (I totally tossed that out and purchased a 3 pack of powder sponges at Walmart for $2), but the actual powder inside is really good. It is finely milled, blends easily, and does a great job of keeping my T-zone in check. This powder doesn't oxidize nor change the colour of my foundation. I have been using it for the last month at it preforms as well as MAC Blot powder (which was my HG for years). I paid $2.67 for the powder compact plus the additional cost of puffs for $2. Highly recommend!
I bought this powder on a desperate mission to cheaply replace my MAC blot that I shattered to pieces. I am very happy with this purchase so far. I like the consistency, it is smooth and keeps my oily t zone at bay for hours. I, however, don't particularly like the packaging of this product. Also, the sponge puff is worthless. I would advise people to purchase a powder puff and store in compact. But, eventhough I dislike the packaging, I can't complain since this powder does the job and I got it for only $1.99! I will always keep this powder in my bag so when I drop my bag, I won't have a fit when it shatters. Also, I have product sensitive skin and I didn't break out yet. *Fingers Crossed*
For starters I am very, very pale. I'm like an Edward Cullen look-a-like in terms of paleness.
This powder is great. It helps set my liquid foundation for hours on end. It even helps cover up my acne.
HOWEVER....one thing that this powder did not help was my paleness. As many of the reviewers have already stated, pale/fair light skinned people like myself shouldn't use this product. It makes your face really powdery. The powder particles stand out against your light-colored skin, making it visible.
I tried everything to avoid the powdery-look. I'd clean my puff pad, I'd apply it in a circular motion like a translucent gothic version of blush, I'd crush it up and use it as a form of loose powder, I'd do just about EVERYTHING possible.
And did any of it work?
If not for the powdery look, I'd still use this product as a face powder.
On a positive note, I still use this to help set my eyeshadow. It works everytime. It's just saddening that I can't use this stuff to its full potential, but for just $1.99, who the hell can complain? continued >>
I've actually been searching for a good blotting powder (with a decent price) for a long time. I have used a couple of drugstore ones (i.e. Maybelline's Dream Matte Powder) and MAC's blot powder as well, but this one by NYC surpasses them all.
[ PROS ] - controls oil very well (blot once, and it lasts all day); is actually translucent on my skin; does not look chalky; finely milled so it does not accentuate my pores; does not break me out; great price
[ CONS ] - packaging is flimsy -- does not close properly with the sponge/puff inside
I think that the packaging issue is not really a great one, as I've been using it for a few months now and it's still intact =) I would definintely repurchase this.
EDIT: unfortunately this clogged my pores. I'll probably just use it only once in a while until I use it up and use something else for regular everyday use.
I love this powder so much. I can't believe I've been buying more expensive ones when this one is SOOOO cheap and works better for me. It's about Can$3.99 and you can usually catch it on sale for about $2.
I'm not sure how it's leaving some lighter skinned reviewers a chalky ghostly appearance because I have pretty tan skin and its absolutely invisible on me. When I use other powders my skin still gets oily throughout the day and I constantly have to powder my t-zone. I'm already kind of shiny within in half an hour. But with this stuff I can touch my face up and it's good for HOURS! Throughout the day I won't be completely super matte, but I'll only be sort of dewy, not greasy. It's fantastic. I usually apply this with a travel size powder brush. Sometimes I'll use the sponge thing. I always apply powder in a downwards motion to avoid any chalky appearance (otherwise the fine powder will sit underneath fine hairs which gives us the powdery chalky look). The compact case is nice and slim, but the compact isn`t hinged, so it feels like the piece of plastic holding it together will snap off eventually from opening and closing constantly. This is my favourite pressed powder ever. This product is so inexpensive that it helps me justify purchasing my more pricey staple cosmetic items.
I used to love this. Not bad for a DS powder, but I have since moved on to MAC Blot powder which I like way better.
Okay so I've had this powder for quite some time now. This powder is fantastic but it would be so much better if N.Y.C. came out with some more SHADES! I've only seen one, two at the most different shades and both are for lighter skin tones. So this is a fairly light for me but I still use it for my under eyes sometimes and it works pretty well. As many have said, the packaging is very cheap but it still holds. Mine hasn't broken yet and neither has the powder. And if N.Y.C. changed the packaging to be a bit more cuter, added a few different shades, then this product would be fantastic!