Great powder. Love it. So some background info on halo - it has anti-aging goji berry, real gold, and after 10-15 minutes, its supposed to decrease the wrinkles around your eye by 33% and after 6 weeks of regular usage, it's supposed to be an actual anti-aging treatment for you!
Some things to consider regarding purchasing halo:
-I'd say that is you have oily skin, steer away from this powder because it will give you the dewy finish
-It isn't a full coverage powder. It's light-medium and buildable. Halo is more of a finishing powder, so wear alone for a light coverage - or on top of foundation to set it
-I have dry-dehydrated skin, but I do find that I will have surface oils while using this product after a few hours. I don't really mind because then people say my skin looks radiant
-I'd purchase again definitely, but this is my day to day powder. I don't wear this out or for photography because the dewy finish doesn't photograph well. For those kinds of days, I use my YSL setting powder for that matte velvety finish.
It is a fabulous product, you just need to make sure that it's suited to your needs when you're buying it
I was SO excited to get this product because of all the awesome reviews! I received the liquid foundation for Christmas and decided I would prefer the powder, even though I had to shell out the extra $20 for it.
After cleansing my face with the Clarisonic and putting on my moisturizer, I used the little packet of Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and applied the foundation as recommended by the rep. at Nordstrom. It looked awesome when I was done but a couple minutes later my face felt a little tight and mildly irritated. I went back to the mirror and my face looked horrible! It was blotchy, cakey, tingly, and had the appearance of loose powder in some spots. I couldnt wait to get it off my face!
I have combination skin and mild acne problems. This is the first time I have ever had a bad reaction to any type of make up, be it moisturizer, foundation, concealer etc. I'm really disappointed I had to exchange it, yet again! I feel like something that costs this much should be tested further for allergens and on multiple skin types.
I give it a two for packaging and the fact that it comes with its own brush.
First day using Halo, my boyfriend looks at me and goes:
"Your skin is amazing. You're all glowy."
Pretty much sums it up.
This product for me is a God send. I have turned so many people on to it and they have nothing but high praise for it as well. What I think people dont realize is that it will give you great coverage if used properly--not sparingly.. I use 2 or 3 passes of a loaded brush to get a full coverage look with real staying power. I use it AS a foundation, not over one.. the look after 10 mintues of wear changes so significantly for me and moves from a powdery look to a soft focus finish.. When I use it on clients and they tell me they cannot duplicate the look I ask them to show me thier process, typically theya re not using enough or blending it in and really buffing it the way you would with BE (which I used to like but Halo blows it away)..A great product for any age--I am 51 and use it on clients older than me as well... I wear it every day for a natural look with great coverage. No breakouts or reactions to my sometimes senstitve skin with mild roseacea...I also use the color booster and tan colors in the summer and love the "glow" from them.. This is a product I hope they never discontinue.
I have been using this powder for a month now and never has my face looked so photo ready and just perfect. I have it in light and use it over any foundation I have..(which is about 10) i love the way my skin looks so healthy and even.and with its yellow undertone(i am nc20) it blends perfect in my skin.
My skin: Breakout prone, sensitive, combination.
Color Range: Quite limited and leaning towards warm but for me.. NC 25 I got a great color match :)
Coverage: Buildable and actually very good. It is extremely natural and light coverage with a synthetic skunk brush with my and with a denser kabuki it gives medium to almost full coverage for me while looking very natural.
Packaging: I wish it was less bulky as I often lug my makeup back and forth in my purse but I do love the grater that allows you to grate as much as you need for the application.
Longevity: Now this is what makes it a 3 for me. Even with a primer and the UD all nighter spray it does not last long on my skin. I ended up going through it quite quickly (3 months) with almost daily use because I had to retouch every 2-3 hours! Very impractical with my full student/working schedule.
Loved everything else about it but unfortunately will not be purchasing as I need something with better staying powder.
i LOVE this stuff. now, it is sheer coverage but if you have decent (not perfect) skin and use a concealer where needed this is wonderful! i would imagine it to be wonderful as finishing powder over a foundation for those with more uneven skin tone. makes me look sooo incredibly natural that i don't think any other makeup has been able to do for me. i apply it to a clean moisturized face, apply concealer on whatever blemish, scar, and under the eyes and then top it off again with another light layer focusing on the concealed areas. its the most i have ever payed for a powder (60$) or an single makeup for that matter, but it is a HUGE container that i imagine will last me at least 6 months so if i do the math it's actually cheaper than the other mineral foundations (I've tried them all) that i normally go through once every two months if i am lucky. it has no sheen and isn't super matte either... it just looks like healthy skin! oh, and it does last so i maybe only touch up once during a busy day. i love the container and the rotating sifter... its mess free and you don't end up wasting a bunch of product
EDIT: gave me breakouts from hell. Took me nearly a month of recovery and extractions was the only way to get rid of the mess.. there was no waiting it out.
This product seems expensive, however, please consider the amount of product that you get with this item: 21g vs 6g with BE...
Keeping this in mind, BE costs 50% MORE!! BE costs $4.33 per gram but the Halo costs $2.81!!!
I really love this product. While it doesn't have full coverage, it certainly has enough for me to use this on a regular basis all on its own. It lasts all day without needing to be touched up, especially with primer.
I have read some reviews where some people are concerned about the ingredient list and think its not as "natural" as BE, IMO that is nuts. I have very sensitive skin (rosacea, eczema, etc) and have had no problems with this but i am allergic to BE.
BE contains bismuth oxychloride, which is what makes it shimmery - Halo does not contain this stuff... just because something seems not natural doesn't mean it is and doesn't mean that its better for you or your skin.
I have to agree with a lot girls on here that it doesn't do anything for coverage. However, for being a powder, it is really high tech stuff. It blurs lines and doesn't dry me out during winter months, which is something to be said in well below-zero east coast temperatures.
Unless I'm not breaking out (which is hardly ever), I tend to use this as a setting powder on top of my Estee Lauder Double Wear in Sand. I have the Fair shade for the Smashbox. It works out perfectly and acts as kind of a super awesome translucent setting powder.
Yes, it is extremely expensive and I said I wouldn't buy it again, but I kind of cheated the first time around and got it from ebay for like 30 bucks. That's still ridiculously expensive for a container of makeup. But if I could find it for around that price or cheaper, I would most likely buy it again. It really prevents makeup from transferring and has a great glowy finish to it.
This is my HG makeup product PERIOD. The best thing about it? Although it's definitely pricey, I have been using the same one for over a year now, and I use it about every single day. It can be used alone as a mineral foundation or as a finishing powder over foundation. It has great wear on my oily skin. I wouldn't use any other powder over a liquid foundation because it gives a great glow to the skin without looking cakey or dewy, while adding a bit more coverage. I'm young so I'm not worried about the anti-aging properties but I would definitely say this is good for my skin. The packaging is probably why it has lasted me so long; you only dispense what you need, which isn't much. No complaints. Worth every penny.