Review of Avene Couvrance translucent mosaic powder by soleil_kitty
I'm in love!!! Alright, first things first. I bought this powder for the hotter summer days because I hate wearing make-up of any kind when days get warmer. Even the regular powder make-up (e.g. Clinique Almost Make-up) tends to glide off of my skin on hot and humid days. So I make do with Guerlain Meteorites & the like. Just something that won't get visible in the ugliest way when I'm sweating. Which is why I like powders that provide just enough coverage to even out my skin tone and mattify my complexion. And this is just it, I believe. After reading enough online raves about this to justify spending 16-something-euros, I got myself a compact. The description "translucent" is a little misleading, I daresay. I'm NC15 at MAC and the powder is a perfect fit and not at all translucent. There is a soft but absolutely obvious wash of colour and enough coverage to even out minor imperfections and give the skin this overall airbrushed look. Pores do appear minimized, although not completely gone. I agree with a previous reviewer who said this needs concealer underneath. Only I tend to apply the concealer afterwards. With a tiny pointy brush I dab a little of the above mentioned Clinique Almost make-up onto the specific areas that need a little more coverage and the result is pretty flattering. Since this mosaic powder doesn't look at all like powder once applied (no chalkiness AT ALL!), it looks like the most natural finish one can imagine. It's this "my skin but better" result that we all strive for. Oil control is average, so it's either touch-ups throughout the day or oil removing papers but that's nothing that upsets me. I have a very oily t-zone to begin with, so no whining here. I'm absolutely happy with this and I'm sure I found the powder to get me through the summer without looking like a total mess in the evenings. Glad I purchased and I gladly will again!
Update on June, 27th: I've hit pan! And what I can say is this: it keeps oil at bay like no other powder I have ever tried, it gave me beautiful skin (haven't had a serious breakout ever since I started to use this) so I can even have no make-up days again meanwhile, it doesn't come off on hot & humid days - in other news: found my HG in the most unlikely place and with the most unlikely brand. I gave up on all my other fluid foundations & powders. Huzzah! :D