wow~ i cant believe i havent reviewed this powder yet bc its been a favorite of mine since i first started wearing makeup- i use to use it as foundation as a little girl but now i know this is probably the BEST setting powder out there. i have normal to dry skin, weather depending but i use this year round. i love it & have found the best way to use it.- i like using a powder puff to first dab it into my skin after using all my cream products then after dabbing & patting it into skin i then take a powder brush & brush off the excess very lightly not to disturb what i just did. now this provides the most flawless finish to my face! it covers my big pores around my nose & forehead area like now other! it has truly been a lifesaver to me & has made a remarkable difference in my makeup. i use to just use a big fluffy brush to apply in my tzone area to set my makeup but now i realize & have learned to appreciate this powder even more than before-
PRICE/AVAILABILITY- this huge container will cost you around $3-4 depending on where you pick it up & sales & your area. either way it shouldnt ever cost you more than $4 and NYC Color Cosmetics can be found in some drugstores like Rite Aids, CVS also in Walmart, & Target
PACKAGING- this loose powder comes in a clear plastic container with a shifter with a push/slide lid. it may not be the sturdiest packaging or most practical since its loose & id prefer a screw on lid to hold the powder safely but id highly suggest storing this upright since the powder will go everywhere. if you store it upright, i have to tap the container to get some powder to come thru shifter holes. a few taps will probably be too much for one use but its fine. i then take it to tap a bit into lid & from the lid i use my powder puff & brush. this way it dont have a whole bunch of powder everywhere. its not travel friendly so i have taken a bit in a sep container from an old mineral fndt i use to have. if you do need to travel w/ it- id suggest transferring to another pot or storing in a plastic baggie or taping it shut! i dont travel ever so i find its fine for at home
SHADE/FORMULATION- this Translucent powder it just that, i dont find it to be too cool or warm maybe more on the nuetral side. for light to med skin tones it should have no affect on your fndt colors. it wont make it too light or dark it may start to look ashy on darker skin tones but i find that it blends so well that anyone should be able to make it work for them. its a finely milled powder with no shine or sparkles as some ive tried. its buttery smooth against the skin. it applies well with any type of tool you want. it provides a nice natural look. not matte more of a natural finish. it doesnt stick to any of my dry areas. its a great setting powder or even a blotting powder for those with oily skin to use for touch ups since its not cakey at all. i dont ever have shine coming thru when i use this. i do notice a diff without it.
overall, im obsessed with this powder- you get so much powder for less than a few bucks and it last forever!! ive had mine for over a year & im only halfway thru so ill def repurchase this when i finally have to without hesitaton. i like this loose powder more than my pressed powders but i do also like the pressed formula of this smooth skin powders- theyre both the softest & best powders out there so if you dont like the loose powder try the pressed formula!