Average Rating 3.9/5
Review by iamlizlemon
I bought this in hopes of finding a replacement for my beloved Healthy Wear Powder Foundation SPF50. Unfortunately, it doesn't come close. But it's not the worst product either. It doesn't work perfectly right out of the package -- it's definitely a product that, for me, took a bit of time to "make it work". --------------------- TEXTURE & COLOR: This product has a nice sheen to it & an almost creamy feel. It doesn't leave my skin looking flat & matte but rather like normal skin. I would say it's a cross between a matte powder & a highlighter. I imagine that oily skinned gals might hate it. I bought it in Translucent & it works very well for my pale yellow coloring. It doesn't put on too much color and isn't too yellow nor too pink. It also doesn't oxidize or darken as I wear it (thank goodness!). The major con is that it looks very powdery, has weird shimmers & clings to dry patches. --------------------- SHIMMERS & FINISH: I can't understand why manufacturers put glitter in perfectly nice products! When I first used it, it looked great. As the day went on I noticed that there were gold (bright gold, or even yellow) sparkles all over my hands from when I touched my face. They aren't large pieces, definitely microglitter but they are an odd enough color that they stand out even with my yellow undertones. I went home & took a brush to the product, scraping off the top layer in hopes that the glitter/shimmer was mostly on top. It's better now but they're definitely still there. --------------------- HOW I USE IT: For me, the best way to use this product is to mix it with another powder (either setting or foundation). I dab a bit of this & dab a bit of my beloved Healthy Wear powder & my skin looks great. Alone, this powder is NOT airbrushing, accentuates pores, looks heavy & powdery no matter how little I put on. Keep in mind that I'm over 30. You really have to be careful how much you apply --- only a small amount will work and this is NOT buildable. But if you dab a bit of it to another powder, it gives life to the powder. I used to dab a bit of a highlighter (WnW Acapulco Glow or Reserve Your Cabana) but this is much nicer & more subtle to cut into a powder. --------------------- THE BRUSH: This product claimed to have a "buffing kabuki" included. Well, it's no buffing kabuki. What's included is something like a really dense fan brush without the handle. It's flat & wide but actually quite soft & dense. I wouldn't use it for this product but I think it works really well as a highlighting brush or fan brush. I actually like it quite a bit (4 out of 5). --------------------- If you're over 30 and looking for a nice powder foundation that has some SPF in it, this really won't do. It doesn't even claim to be a foundation but a powder only. But, if you have dry skin and you're looking for something to cut into matte powders to give some life to your face, this is perfect. At $15, it's very overpriced but I waited for a sale & got it for $8 which is where I'd value it. --------------------- EDIT: I've been using this product for over 6 months & finally hit the "sweet spot" at about halfway through. As a setting powder on its own, It's no longer powdery looking & I don't have to cut it into another powder. It's a very nice soft-focus, slightly dewy setting powder. It's still not buildable and I can only use it very lightly as a setting powder by patting it onto my face with a kabuki brush but let me tell you, for a person with very dry skin, this is the only powder that works to set my makeup during the winter months. It works fine during the summer too but the winter is challenging & this is a godsend. It also no longer has shimmers in it (must be just on the top few layers? possibly also helpful that I scraped some of it off?). I don't know but now this product is great. It lost one star because of how long it took to figure it out but it's a really good setting powder for my dry skin!