I gave this powder a 5 across the board. I tried many mineral powders from D/S to HE. I must say that I really like this for a few reasons. 1. non-drying 2. blends well 3. sheer to a buildable medium coverage 4. doesn't cause irritation, breakouts or clogged pores 5. great color match & 6. non-cakey & it doesn't cling to dry patches. My application technique is applying a illuminating moisturizer first and let it sink into my skin. Granted you only get a small amount in the large bulky container but you should only need a "pinch" amount for your whole face. I didn't experience this being messy. I tap the powder in the cap and apply w/ a kabuki. Be sure to tap off any excess before buffing it in. As for staying power, it lasted well over 8 hours for me. On a humid 85 degree day, I only blotted once. I find that this powder provides me better protection from oilies than the liquid version which I have to blot 3-4x thoughout the day. My only complaint is the price tag of course.