I have to say, I was so excited to hear about this product from a blogger's rave review of it, and I couldn't find it fast enough. I was a HUGE fan of the now d/c Olay powder foundation (God rest its soul, I loved it dearly) back in the day when they made cosmetics, so this new PF powder had big shoes to fill.
For reference, I tend to have normal-to-dry skin, and, while not MAC-matched, I think I fall into their NC or NW15 range (I think) ... I generally wear the 2nd lightest foundation in most lines. My skin, while clear, shows that I once sat in the sun with minimal SPF (read: hi, I have sun damage from years past, and it shows). Add to that my Irish background, which translates into a ruddy complexion. So I like my foundations to provide full coverage so I can have a blank canvas to start my face off with.
I really wanted to see how well this covered, so I used concealor under my eyes only, then applied the PF HW Powder foundation with their included sponge. My results were exactly what the package said I'd get: full-coverage with a soft matte finish (if I want glow, I prefer to add it myself).
After I was happy with those results, I dusted PF's new tri-color brightening powder over it (why not, right?) ... and my skin looks as perfect as I could ever hope it to be!
The real test came after a singing performance, because this product claims to be:
Well, lemme tell ya, I sweat like a pig when our band performs (if you're gonna test it, TEST IT), and this TOTALLY performed! I am so loving this foundation!
It held up in a hot bar, sweat & all (nice visual, I'm sure), and while my hair was a wreck lol, my face looked great by the end of the night (at 3 am!)! Didn't itch, didn't budge, didn't sweat off.
I'm really happy that it worked out, too, because I'd been eyeing EL's powder foundation (the one that's the powder equivalent of their long-lasting liquid foundation ... DoubleWear, I think?), and this is half the cost, AND has SPF 50. Can't beat that.
The color range is definitely lacking for all skintones (I believe there's the Translucent that I bought, plus maybe 2 other shades), but for those who are, say, light to medium complected, this may be something worth looking for.
As far as the packaging is concerned, it looks sturdier than it actually is, but I truly don't care, because the product works. THAT I care about.
It's convenient, it's fast, it's more economical than higher end lines ($15 at RiteAid, with an automatic $5 taken off from the packaging), and ... and ... and I LOVE it lol.