It fits the bill for a pressed powder that *actually* keeps you from going oily over the course of a day. Cute built in mirror, great cover art, but points lost for being just cardboard.
Very cute packaging, but it is cardboard nonetheless. Nice non-irritating powder, but I think it's just too drying for my combination skin. I use a very very light layer to even my skintone and it keeps me from getting all shiny for a good couple of hours, but of course it loses the battle as soon as things really heat up. Also, I do think it's settling in my lines just a bit. So yeah, not my fave, but not bad either. UPDATE 04/29/09: Powdery yet not good at absorbing oil. I don't get the hype, but then again, I have combo skin.
This is a serviceable little translucent powder. I got this because I usually use loose powders, but needed a pressed powder for traveling. I use it to set my makeup, and it does everything I want it to do; doesn't cake up or clog my pores, stays true to the color of my foundation, applies smoothly and gives a nice finish (although my face will start to shine midway through the day, but I don't expect any powder to change that). The packaging is very cute, and I love that it is cardboard; in my experience cardboard travels better (things seem prone to shattering in plastic) and it's so much better for the environment. Unfortunately the packaging is my biggest draw to this, because although this powder does everything I want it to do, so do cheaper products like Fyrinnae or Paladio finishing powder; however, neither of these travel well and I have yet to find a cheaper pressed powder that is as good as TheBalm's.
I love this!!!! I only wish it came with a poof to apply it with. Adorable, very durable packaging. Is truly a transparent powder....I can apply this many times throughout the day and it just takes away shine without messing up my other makeup. I also use this with a pouf to set my makeup (currently into TheBalm tinted Moisturizer and clinique concealer) and it looks flawless! This powder can be used for soooo many things. Never ever breaks me out, even when I sleep in it. Makes my pores disappear, and takes away shine without making me feel dry. does not cake at all, even if you apply it to wet moisturizer or foundation. Smooth as silk. evens my skin tone and makes me look way more awake and polished. It looks like a small package, but it lasts forever. I use twice a day (once to set my makeup, once to touch up before dinner) and I have had it for months....not even a dent in it yet. Love!!!!!!!!!
How can you resist the cute packaging?? I know I couldn't!
That's not the importance of this product, though.
I bought this on a whim-- I was running low on my usual Dior powder foundation, but had bought a boatload of mineral foundation. I figured I better use that up, before I commit to spending a small chunk on more Dior.
I bought this one because it was the most inexpensive translucent (aside the Sephora brand, which I dislike). I've found that even with mineral makeup, I have a need for a translucent powder to touch up any shiny spots.
I feel like I hit the jackpot with this one. This is undoubtedly THE best translucent pressed powder I've ever used. It's truly translucent, and despite it's small-ish size, I know it's going to last me a while. I only need to use this once per day to de-shine and even out my already existing makeup.
No dodgy talcs or starches in this one... if I'm not mistaken, it contains cotton powder, which is completely safe and very absorbent.
Back to the packaging-- the mirror is a bit dodgy-- looks a bit distorted, and the coated cardboard compact may not be appealing to most. I like it because it's lightweight. I travel quite often and it's amazing how heavy one's handbag can become! The compact closes magnetically, and also has a coated heavy-stock paper sheath that it fits snugly inside.
I hope this product is NEVER discontinued. I am in love with it! It really delivers, and the size is definitely purse-friendly. Just make sure you have a spare pouf or retractable brush to carry along with you, as it comes with neither of these.
I have hot mama, and thought I would try out sexy mama too.
I have a pressed powder that I adore (Tarte, Pressed), so I didn't expect much. But, when I tried it on, I realized it serves a completely different purpose. It's translucent and soaks up any shine in an instant. I still use my Tarte powder, daily in fact, on top of my TM, but I will keep Sexy Mama in my purse for when I get shiny. Love it.
I love this powder so much. I've used from dior to covergirl and this is the ONLY powder that lets me wear a moisturizer under my foundation. The other powders would do nothing to stop the bad shine, and they would cake up around my mouth and be just gross. This powder only needs to be put on once for me! Once in a while (like today) when I wear an extra amount of moisturizer on my nose for various reasons, it needs to be touched up. Slightly. The shade is really nice too, I'm very fair and this doesn't deposit any color.
The issue is though, there's no applicator, it's in cardboard, and the mirror distorts the view. BUT if you ignore that this is too good to pass up. It was 18 dollars, which is pretty steep, but I've paid more for less!
I will definitely continue to purchase and I do recomend this.
This is my favorite pressed powder. I have combo/oily skin, and it gives my skin a really smooth, matte finish (either over liquid foundation or alone) without looking cakey or powdery and helps keep oiliness at bay. I have very fair skin and this does not add any color for me, whereas other supposedly "translucent" powders are occasionally too dark. I don't know how well it works on darker skin tones though. However, I'm not exactly in love with the packaging. I do love anything with pin-up girls, which is half of what sucked me into buying this to begin with, though I prefer a sturdier plastic compact to cardboard one. But it does stay shut with a magnet since it doesn't snap shut, and it does stay closed in my bag. However, the mirror is also a bit cheap (things look slightly distorted in it) and it doesn't come with a sponge or any kind of applicator, so if I carry this with me I have to carry a brush. I prefer my powder to have an applicator that is stored in the compact for convenience. My other complaint about this is that it seems to be a fairly small amount of product...IIRC, I've had this about a month (maybe a month and a half?) and I've already hit pan. However, I usually have so many products going at once that it's hard for me personally to judge how fast I go through things, and I have been using this daily, a few times a day, since I got it - so it may just be that I've forgotten how fast I actually go through powder! But at $18, I consider it to be fairly inexpensive for such a great powder formula, so it's not breaking the bank for me to replace it often. Overall, I really do like this and will continue to repurchase.