I've tried a long list of powders including Maybelline Mineral Finishing Veil, Clinique Almost Mineral Powder, Everyday Minerals, Bare Minerals, Benefit, and MAC MSF. Most powders I've tried either don't have enough coverage, highlight dry spots, or don't blend well.
I was really skeptical about this, despite the high ratings but I am absolutely amazed at how well this powder performs. This has the perfect buildable medium coverage with a matte finish, without giving me a dull look like I came from a morgue. Other powders like Maybelline Pressed Mineral Power and BareMinerals and are too sheer and don't cover imperfections, but the coverage of this powder evens my skintone while covering all imperfections on my skin.
I love the texture of this powder. It is really easy to blend and has sort of a creamy texture. It doesn't make my skin dry but it is important to use a good moisturizer underneath this. Regardless of the tool I use to apply such as my EcoTools Kabuki brush or a regular powder sponge, this gives me a flawless finish which makes it an amazing powder in my books. My only gripe is that this powder has a lot of fall out when I am picking up the product with the sponge or brush but at this price I don't mind. I'll definitely be carrying this compact with me at all times and will repurchase! BTW I use the Dark 0-1 shade for my NC40 skintone and it is a perfect match, better than Medium Plus in MAC MSF.
Lovin this product a lot! The packaging is really cool but not really convenient i must say, but who cares, i love the product! I Really hate using this with a synthetic brush, because i can barely get any product on the brush. I used my MAC 182, and its so amazing!!
Keeps me matte for a good 4 hours Without a primer, which i love! I Even love using the puff the just blot my face instead of dragging the puff all over my face. i have had no problems of break outs for using these puffs..
I was given this by my sister because my skin is slightly lighter than hers and she bought a lighter shade. I was skeptical about it at first but i just started using this religiously everyday and it actually works pretty well! I quite like it though one off for how some of the powder seems to make my skin look slightly dry.
I hate to be Debbie-Downer here, but this powder did not work for me (and believe me, I tried). It would set my face nicely in the morning(usually layered it over to of tinted moisturizer), but by mid-day, I could see caking and settling into lines, along with flakiness and chalkiness. All I can see, though, is the oil-control WAS decent (at least for me --for reference, I have combo skin) No other powder I have tried has controlled oiliness this well. But the cakiness/flakiness/chalkiness took the cake. I won't be buying this again. :(
This is a great product for those who want a finishing look or a light coverage. It made my skin look less oily and matte.
Nevertheless, this product does not have an SPF and made me have a rash. Otherwise, I would have given it 4/5 stars.
I used to use Dream Matte Mousse (whipped creamy foundation) which I loved. But then I stopped using foundation & switched to powder makeup only. So when this powder came out I was eager to try it. It's just OK with me, but I wouldn't buy it again.
The powder is fine-milled & smooth, but leaves me looking flatly matte, lacking any dimension or glow. I have to add shimmery contouring over it to bring my face back to life. Though it does give decently good smooth coverage. But the packaging --- don't get me started on that! Packaging just too cumbersome (see picture), you have to twist out the bottom chamber to get the puff, then flip the clear lid to access the powder. Then you have to twist again & awkwardly hold the compact to view the mirror which is in the bottom chamber (and BTW gets mucky from the powder buildup b/c that's where the puff goes). Goodness sake, give me a break. I don't like these dual-chamber versions of pressed powder that are coming out on the market. Physician's Formula, Neutrogena & others are using various versions of these cumbersome compacts (and BTW that makes them really bulky & purse-unfriendly). No-no. Just make it simple please.
Anyway, it was nice trying this product but I've no need of buying it again. I like other powders much better (such as Revlon PhotoReady & Physician's Formula Mineral Wear).
bad bad bad bad. after only a few days i got really bad acne and i blame it on this.
I absolutely love this powder!! Right before buying this I bought the MAC MSF natural, and after discovering this I went and returned it because this is just waay better in terms of the product and its price!
It provides better coverage than the MSF and on most days I just dust this all over my face and it covers up some of my redness and just smoothes out my skin tone to be more neutral and it works great for that. I dont feel bare at all, it gives me the coverage I desire on an average day. Note: I have pretty clear skin, no acne and no acne scarring. So for me, this is enough on a typical day.
Another thing I love about it is that it has a mattifying property. I have combination/oily skin, and I noticed a CONSIDERABLE difference in how long I stay matte before I need to blot. I would say 1.5x longer than usual, and this is without any primer!
For $10 this is a steal and works PERFECTLY for me!
I bought this one in Sand and it was a bit chalky on my NC30 skin color. This powder does go on really smoothly and looks natural when you use a kabuki brush. To be honest, I don't like the extremely matte effect of this powder since if you put alot it will look very unnaturally matte. Perhaps I like the more dewy look than completely matte. The staying powder is ok but it does oxidize a bit by 2-3 hrs later which made my skin darker by a shade. I find that it accentuate my fine line on my forehead abit, not that obvious from far away, but enought to bug me. There are no ingredient list at all when I tried to look it up but I gave Maybelline a call a few weeks ago to provide me with an ingredient list. So here it is, for those who would like to know what's in it.
DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER
HYDROGENATED JOJOBA OIL
METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER
SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE
DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE
VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER
[+/- MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR
CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE
CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 77492 / IRON OXIDES
CI 77163 / BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE
I did suspect that this product contain Bismuth oxychloride and I was not wrong. At least the amount is minimal and I still haven't had any reactions to it yet. I might give this a try in Beige perhaps, but for now I don't think I would repurchase, since I do believe there must be a better powder out there.
so i got this product in the lightest shade on sale for 6.99 cnd (for some reason it was the only colour that was on sale) and im reletavly pleased with it
- nice, light-medium coverage (i use as a setting powder)
- good for touchups throught the day unlike my MAC MSNF
- i love the packaging!!!! it comes with a mirror (again unlike MSFN) and a puff that is okay for touch ups although you have to be carefull to blend well
- price isnt bad if its on sale
- doesnt cake
- good blot powder
- bad colour selection; i got the lightest shadee which is a bit to light for me and the next shade was incredibally pink which i try to subract from my skin
- it seems to stick to all of the little hairs on my face which i really dont like..
im not sure if this has been breaking me out.. ive been getting some really bad acne recently and even in places i dont really break out so im trying to decide if its this or my studio scuplt consealer.. ive been useing the consealer since the end of decemer so im pritty sure its this :S
ive stopped useing this :( my skin has cleared up considerably so im guessing it was this... what a shame..