First, I gotta say I bought this today.
However, I tried it on as soon as I got home. YES, if you USE the little brush that it comes with, it will become a big mess. In fact, I think any BRUSH will do that. However, I used a puff that I've had from a previous powder (Maybelline Matte), and there was absolutely no mess whatsoever. It was perfect. The puff still picked up a good amount of product, and it applied just as great.
The coverage is quite great, considering it's mineral and everything.
I've yet to see how it controls my oily-face and if it breaks me out.
The only downside is the price. ($20.99 CAN) However, I don't need a lot, so I think it will last me a long time, hopefully.
So I got this along with the green color corrective mineral primer at Rite Aid a few weeks ago. I got the powder $5 off, plus 50% off of another PF brand product (the primer). So it was a pretty good deal, I think I must've spent a wopping $11 between both.
Anywyay, it suites my pale, freckly skin tone very well (got the translucent) and hasn't caused any breakouts as of yet. Using this has not amplified my pores or looked ashy on my skin. I put it on my face over my oily skin and have a nice sheen produced as it is matte. Pretty much, I've been looking for a powder with these qualities since I have a problem with oiliness in the T- zone, somewhat large pores and have a lot of redness in my skin. (Using the color correcting primer also helped the redness issue).
I like skin that makes my skin look its best and natural. This has helped a lot.
So today I give 5/5
Very powdery.... a gender swirl on the surface can make the table a mess. However, this is a very great powder that i like to use whenever I feel like my skin wants to break out. I used to use buff beige in the summer but now I am using transculant. it tends to get cakey and powdery on face be aware of that, but otherwise it is a great mineral powder that does not break me out, set makeup well and is under my budget for mineral powder.
The worst thing about this is the smell! It's horrible. Usually requires re-application around midday. The packaging is clunky and awkward, it feels like the puff should be on top of the powder instead of the other way round. The clasp of mine has loosened after around half a year's use, too.
I'm sad to say this caused my sensitive skin to have a serious breakout, and I won't be repurchasing. In the beginning, this powder gave my face a flawless, airbrushed look and had great coverage. It's a shame my skin reacted badly with it, because otherwise it would've been a perfect product: great coverage, flawless look, reasonably priced (search for PF coupons online and it can be incredibly cheap!), and very portable. If you have sensitive skin, be very wary of the claims that this is a "gentle" and "dermatologist approved"!
This is my very favorite pressed powder. I love the coverage it provides and how well it sets. I use it to cover my nose (which gets shiny), my chin (breakouts) and any other spots I've used concealer. It really makes a huge difference when I use this product.
Update: I am taking this from 5 lippies to 3. Unfortunately I have noticed that this product oxidizes on me pretty terribly. I thought it was foundation and switched foundations. When it kept happening, it finally occurred to me that it was the powder. Huge bummer because I loved the coverage of this.
This is by far the best pressed powder I've ever used. It has amazing coverage and never seems to cake. The coverage is so impressive, I have given up foundation entirely. Keeps shine away, but doesn't emphasize dryness or wrinkles (sadly, I have both!). If I'm having a bad skin day, I simply use a little concealer or Cargo One Base underneath and this powder takes care of the rest. Although it costs more than other drugstore brands, it is way cheaper and far superior to more costlier powders, and I've tried many of them (Cargo Blu Ray, Smashbox Halo). My only complaints are packaging--while sturdy the case is awkward with the mirror underneath the product and color selection--I'm very fair and even the lightest shade is a tad too dark. However, even with those issues, it is still one of the best makeup items I've ever used. I highly recommend it!
I used this product for a very long to set my foundation and it worked wonders. It was light and not cakey, and smoothed out my foundation nicely.
Unfortunately, I noticed that the lightest colour they have no longer matches my skintone in these winter months. Granted, I am VERY fair and this doesn't surprise me.
The only complaint I have is the packaging - it's very bulky and unnecessary. I could live with just the pan, no brush or mirror - maybe that would cut down on the $20CAN price!
EDIT: I had to bring down my review from 4 lippies to 2 after trying this again. I realized that it is the actual powder that's the wrong colour - the darn thing oxidizes throughout the day! By the time I get home, it looks like I can't match powder with my skintone.
This is a pretty good powder. It gives a medium to full coverage. The color (the lightest) matches well with my skin tone. It is a heavy duty powder yet it doesn't dry out the skin. I love to apply this over foundation. I do apply it alone in the summer, as my skin is not dry like it is in the winter, and it gives a nice, even coverage. Perfect for going to the beach. I do not like the applicator it comes with. I find that the brush bristles are way too course and if you use it you will not get an even coverage. I would recommended a large kabuki for application :) This is one of the powders that I always come back to.
this looks great when first application, then it fades way too fast and leaves your skin looking oily sheeny. not good and now why you put powder on! it's not long-lasting at all, and it produces more oil and makes your pores look pronounced. even with a foundation under this, still by 2 hrs, oily sheen. yuck. waste of money. unless you like reapplying every 1 hr or 2 hr. who has the time or effort for that? ugh