Review of Cover Girl Pocket Powder by hoku
Price: 3 ($9.30 + tax)
Buy again: yes
I have this in Classic Ivory, and it is a perfect match for me (Asian, NC25). I have combo skin, and this is great for giving me a more "finished" appearance without looking fake. I have clear skin and don't really have discoloration or anything, but this is great stuff to just give my face a flawless look without clogging my pores, being chalky or feeling heavy at all.
The powder is smooth, feels light and doesn't dry me out, and lasts all day as long as I blot in the afternoon. I used a brush to apply, not the included sponge, just because I like using a brush. I've had good luck with CoverGirl powder products, so I tend to stick with them (CG TruBlend pressed powder is also great!).
The compact it comes in is cute, in my opinion; it's a bright blue oval shaped compact, made of slightly metallic plastic. The inside has a mirror (kind of too narrow to be useful) and a place for the sponge, kept separate from the powder (I like that; I hate having my powder puff on top of the powder). The only gripe I have is the shape of the powder pan; it's a half circle, and a little annoying to use with a brush, but ignoring that, it's perfectly fine.
The bottom line is that I love this product because it is relatively cheap, does the job, and doesn't aggravate my skin.
EDIT: I tried this recently as a foundation, applied with a wet/damp sponge; it give a beautiful, soft finish. I don't have skin problems, other than a little redness or uneven tone, but this smoothed it out easily, and without feeling like I'm wearing foundation at all! Usually if I wear liquid, I can tell it's there, but not with this stuff! Try it with a damp sponge, and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!
EDIT June 30, 2007: I don't use this anymore because I've moved on to mineral makeup (everyday minerals), and this is a bit heavy in comparison to mineral makeup. I would buy this though if I was traveling and didn't want to bring loose powders with me.
EDIT: Sept 5, 2008: I have returned to this product! I was getting tired of always cleaning up the mess mineral makeup left behind, and lugging all these brushes and products around, so I came back to the simplicity of a press-powder foundation. I have gotten more tanned this summer, so I am using Classic Beige, and it gives me just enough coverage to even out my skintone. It takes away shine fairly well, and makes me look natural. If you have heavy acne, this will not give you enough coverage, but if you just have the odd discolouration here and there, this is great. It gives sheer to light coverage, and never clogs my pores. Love it!