This keeps me matte for hours! I usually only have to apply this once and I am set for the day. Just don't use the sponge/puff it comes with otherwise it creates a cakey look, it's useless. Use your own sponge and you'll achieve the look you want.
I am very fond of most of the colorstay products (I use both the foundation, the liquid eyeliner and the automatic one) but this powder was just okay to me. Although it did keep me matte for a good 3-4 hrs (pretty good for my OILY skin), it takes a lot of work for it not to look cakey when applied. I have to take care not to apply too much and then buff it out really well even after that. Also, I hit pan a lot sooner than I usually do with powders. I would like to give it a 3.5, but if I'm afraid I have to round it down.
I bought this powder in medium to go with the colorstay C/O skin foundation in #250 Fresh Beige & found it to be a good match. It's not the smoothest pressed powder I've tried nor is it my favourite. I think it's a good, everyday, generic powder. It's definitely not a silky or as smoothing as Dior's pressed powders, but it does it's job - it provides a mattifying finish. It doesn't help diminish fine lines or plump the skin blah, blah, blah that $80-120AU powders do; but it's fine for everyday use.
I'd buy it again if I bought the foundation again as the colours work well together. I like to apply my powders with a brush to get the smoothest look. When I apply this with the sponge it gives that awful, cakey, big-pored look that ALWAYS happens to me when I apply powder with a sponge (& I don't have large pores). The packaging is really simple & effective too - small compact (I"m talking to you Lauder & Dior & especially Guerlain with your big, hulking, dazzling compacts!!!!) that doesn't take up too much room in your handbag, with a mirror (are you paying attention Guerlain - put a mirror in your Meteorites Pressed Powder - we pay enough for them!!!!) & little white sponge....so perfect for on the run touch-ups.
This gives a nice soft finish. I'm not sure if it controls oil, because I've been wearing it over the oil control foundation, which seems to work well, but between the two, my face stays matte for what seems like forever, and I have oily skin.
I don't like the compact much. It feels flimsy, like if I opened it too roughly or dropped it, it would explode. It's got a sleek look but a cheap feel - a light, cheap plastic.
Still, the contents are working well for me so far.
Unfortunately no luck with this powder :-(
Poor oil control (I am shiny again after like half an hour), the lightest shade is too dark for me (PPP) and it's extremely fragile (no, I didn't even drop it! It was in my bag all the time). It also tends to look cakey if you don't blend it well and that's just not what you want to do if you already have foundation on.
Perhaps my skin is just too oily for it :-( I really wanted to like it.
I bought this in Light Medium after reading the many positive reviews and decided to give it a try. I was really looking forward to using this as a finishing powder with my Revlon ColorStay liquid foundation.
After application, it didn't look powdery and settled very well into my skin. The shine control was decent and it had a velvety finish. Unfortunately, it made me look very pallid (pale and ghostlike). The pallidness of the powder does mean it provides decent coverage -- just in a bad colour. I couldn't stand the (lack of) colour, and so immediately washed it off. Hence, I cannot say anything about its lasting power or any long-term effect on the skin.
A shame about the chalkiness but it's an otherwise okay powder.
Have been using new complexion before this, so decided to try this. It's just as good as new complexion goes on smooth, gives good coverage, keeps skin matte but lasts longer. Color selection is not that great and it's a bit pricey compared to maybelline powders which are just as good. I would only repurchase if i found it on sale, otherwise i will buy dream matte by maybelline.
Overall it works as a great finisher over my foundation, but only if you use a brush. Use of the puff seems to make everything cakey. And the case isn't the best design either, rather flimsy. But I have oily skin and use it over Maybelline Stay foundation and it works rather well, better than Cover Girl or Maybelline. I will definitely buy again. Didn't break out my sensitive skin either, that's a first.
This is an alright powder, but I would not buy it again as I am looking for something better. The smell is practically not there.. No flowery-smell like in Covergirl powders. Smells a bit like olive oil actually. I have a feeling this clogs my pores a little, but since i've been using it regularly it's gotten better. So if you need something that is non-comedogenic I'd look elsewhere. Shade medium does a good job of blending in with my skin, no weird pink tint or anything. It is also good for giving a smooth matte look.. Doesn't flake as much on me as Covergirl Clean. Does it keep the matte finish for 16 hours? Absolutely not.. more like 3-4, since I'm in the desert and sweat a lot when I ride my bike to school. In fairness, I have never worn it with it's "ideal" match, Colorstay foundation. Overall it gets the job done, if you just need shine-control.
Smooth and even application. Oil control is about average for my oily skin, holding back shine on the t-zone for 4 - 5 hours. It can't be re-applied because it goes cakey but blotting the area with blotting papers evens everything up again without disturbing coverage. Lasts all day.
"Light" shade is a nicely balanced light beige, not pink-beige like Maybelline or Covergirl pressed powders, but it is too dark for fair skin and gets darker on oily skin as the day goes on. "Translucent" in the new ColorStay range is better for me. (This is the one without softflex, and has a half moon see-thru window in the lid). It brightens very fair skin yet doesn't look white. However, I never take it out with me with it as the mirror is ridiculously tiny.