I have some major gripes about this product. 1. The applicator/sponge thing has an edge on top that is sharp and pokes me when I apply (almost like a paper cut.)2. The mirror on this thing is soooo tiny. 3. I'm not a fan of the packaging, it feels cheap and light weight. Doesn't look nice. 4. The color of the light is just not right for my skin (very fair) even though it is quite light. I feel like it makes me look a bit dead when I apply it. All in all I much prefer Clinique, Mac or even Cover Girl. continued >>
This is a very good powder. I usually use MAC's StudioFix Powder in C2 over Revlon's Colorstay Fdtn in Buff. I was not able to get to my nearest MAC store or counter, so I quickly popped into a pharmacy and picked this up. When I first opened it, I was skeptical. I wasn't sure if it would look natural. I put it on, and it really suprised me! It actually looked good. I got it in Light. I will get MAC's StudioFix Powder again in the future; it's hard to compare two products when you don't have both of them at the same time. There is a smell; not a bad smell, but there is a smell. It looks sleek; it's a black compact. Comes with a sponge; I don't use it. Try it; it's really good for drugstore quality!
I love this pressed powder. So cheap but so good! I use it to set my foundation and my face can be flawless and nice all day without any blotting! (ok not all day but approx. 6 - 8 hours) I really like it.
BUT, i can't find it anymore in HK :( I wish i could find some high end brands i like so i dont need to be so frustrated about drugstore brands discontinuing products! I can't buy this and Revlon colorstay active anymore! grrrrrr
I love this pressed powder. I use it in the "light" shade. Does not look cakey, feel heavy or settle into fine lines. It does last a long time and usually I just blot once throughout the day instead of having to touch up with it. Keeps my face looking perfectly polished!
I do wish the nice slim black compact was a bit sturdier. But this is a drugstore makeup (not in quality of the actual product though) so I have to realize that the compact may feel a bit "cheap" I just cannot justify paying $$$ for compairable quality when I can get it for so much less at a drugstore.
Get this when its on BOGO and you've got even a better deal.
I find this to be a really sheer powder. It keeps my skin matte longer then most other powders. I hardly wear this alone unless I have a bare face and just want to cut the shine. I think this is a good set powder and I carry it around in my purse and brush it on the T-Zone when it gets shiny.
I bought this pressed powder because I wanted a powder that helped to control oil in my T zone and that would add a little bit of color to my face without looking over done. I was concerned that because it was a long lasting product that my skin would feel tight and dry out but that didn't happen at all with this powder. I gave my skin a nice finish, was comfortable to wear, and controlled oil. I would buy this again even though the compact design is not the best.
It is an ok pressed powder for oily skins. It does not hold very long in the summer time. The light-medium color is more on the pale side ( it is a little unnatural). It is not as a great product as the ColorStay liquid foundation. I would choose other powders for the summer.
I got this in Light/Medium. It's too pinkish and doesn't control oil at all. Plus, the packaging sucks. The compact is really easy to drop, so be careful when opening it.
I bought this powder in "Light". I do like this powder, it matches the foundation well, it blends in. It does go on very silky, even with the crappy puff that comes with it, (although I soon replaced the puff with a better one). I actually like the simple black compact, I think it's classy and sophisticated. I still have oil breakthrough issues in my T-Zone, but I do with every powder. This is great for setting makeup with a fluffy brush. I took one lippie off b/c it's too pigmented (I prefer a more translucent powder).
I tried this powder today for the first time. I bought it in Fair. They didn't have any of the Light colour (the other lightest colour) in stock to compare but this looked pretty close to my colour anyways (and now I know it's right since actually trying it). I normally use the Colorstay liquid foundation in Ivory (my skin is on the dry side but I use it in Combination/Oily due to an ingredient allergy in the Normal/Dry formula). However, I just applied this over bare skin as I wanted something with lighter coverage for right now since my skin is so peely from starting Differin cream. You'd think powders would accentuate the peeling a lot more but I tried some Covergirl powder and it went on a lot easier than my liquid foundation, so I thought I'd go out and buy a better powder, and chose this one based on the fact I really like the liquid foundation. I think the reason it accentuates the peeling less is because there's less pigment to catch on the skin peelies, but I'm not really sure. I would have expected powder to be worse for this. Anyways, I like it so far. I haven't worn it for more than 4 hours or so, so I can't say exactly what the lasting power is like but it's held up pretty well so far. I think it might even look a bit better now than when I first applied it, since it's had a chance to set a bit. I'm curious how transfer-resistant it will prove to be. I can tell you that I was preparing some meat this evening for a barbeque and I had an itch on my cheek and couldn't scratch with my dirty hands, so I instinctively rubbed my cheek on my shoulder without thinking (black shirt) and was surprised to see that I didn't have a big powder mark left behind. I think it's less likely to transfer once it sets into your skin a bit, although probably not nearly as transfer-resistant as the liquid Colorstay (just because it's a powder). I applied it with a foundation brush (the type for liquid foundations, not powders, because I remembered how well my mineral loose powder applied with the liquid brushes) because the powder puff it comes with is kinda blah and makes the foundation go on looking kind of powdery. The foundation brush seems to sort of "push" it into the skin more so it doesn't look like it's hovering on your face, and you can build the coverage up a bit where needed. It's still very light coverage. It lessens redness but it wouldn't conceal actual blemishes. It does do what I needed it to, which is good. When applied with a proper brush, it doesn't look powdery or chalky, doesn't accentuate peeling areas as bad as my liquid foundation, gives me just a little bit of coverage and smoothes out my skin (giving a softer appearance with smaller pores and whatnot). I'll have to try it out for a longer period of time to confirm that I like it, and I'd like to try it over my Colorstay liquid just for curiosity's sake once my skin peeling slows down a bit. I don't really care to wear powder over my Colorstay liquid because I've grown to like the natural, semi-matte finish it has, but I'm just curious how the two would go together. I selected that I'd buy this again, but realistically I might not once my skin is back to normal just because of the cost of this stuff and the fact I don't care to use it over my liquid so I won't get much use out of it once my skin is back to normal. It's $16 CAD and probably will only last a few months (I'm assuming, like most powders), whereas the liquid is $15 CAD and lasts nearly a year... and I find that kind of odd. I bought this down in the US for just over $9 USD, which is a considerably better deal even after our current exchange rate. I'll adjust my review if needbe.
Also, I'd like to add: What's with all the complaints in how the packaging looks? I do grade products somewhat on packaging but only based on size/compact/bulkyness/wastefulness and its affect on the performance of the product, not what it looks like. And on that note, I like the packaging of this product. It's a nice relatively slim compact with a push-button locking closure so that it's less likely to pop open and make a mess of my purse. Seems pretty good to me!