Stephane Marais • Loose Powder • Loose Powders
|Would buy this product again.||82%|
Age: 44-55 Skin: Oily Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
Wow! Discontinued? I must be lucky as I can still buy this product where I live, in the Middle East. Perhaps it's old stock or perhaps they still make it for this market. Anyway, I am a huge fan of this feathery-light powder, which seems to glide on my skin and allows me to wear no makeup at all and still look polished! I'd better stock up!!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I think that this is a very nice powder, finely milled, etc., however, after carefully comparing the two products, I cannot honestly say that it is really any better than my Palladio rice powder. The SM powder is pricey at $40, though I got it for half the price at Barney's since it is being discontinued. For all you ladies that are hooked on the Stephane Marais, I would encourage you to try the Palladio's, which is only $5. What can you lose?
Age: Unknown Skin: Combination Hair: Other Eyes: Green
Beautiful silky finishing powder. This was a bittersweet find, as I know that this will be my one and only canister -- and when it's gone, it's gone. For now, it is the most finely milled powder I've ever used, with a very natural, softening finish. This doesn't just set your makeup - it flatters the contours of your face.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I adore this stuff. I bought it when I heard the line was being discontinued because I remembered that I had tried it once and loved it. I have this in #1, which is light, but it has just enough yellow to make it work for my NW20 skin. It's got a super-fine, silky quality and the puff it comes with is sublime. I don't need much to make this work on me, and I just adore it! Ohhhh I wish it wasn't going away! I have bought two of these though...so my loose powder toll is up to 3 circulating!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
This is an excellent powder! I may have to stock up as SM is being discontinued. It's very soft and light and not noticeable at all, just gives a nice finish over foundation. I haven't tried the puff, I think all loose powders work better with a powder brush (I find that no matter what puff I use I always wind up looking cakey) and it looks totally natural. I'm very oily and it doesn't increase the oiliness in my skin. While it doesn't help me stay as matte as BE Mineral Veil, it looks a ton more natural and feels better on my skin, and I do stay shine-free for a few hours anyway. And the packaging can't be beat!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
This powder is very finely milled and just looks perfect on the skin. I love the unique designs on the packaging of Stephane Marais, however I find it very difficult to get any product out. It is very difficult to get the powder out from underneath the holes. When I shake it out, it either spills or tends to clump together on the side of the container. I think the powder puff that comes with it is great quality and I love that it can fit inside the container. Despite the difficulties I've had, I would buy again because the powder's quality is superb. I may buy backups b/c it is being discontinued.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I thought Laura Mercier loose power was good, well not anymore until I found this !! Much much better than LM it gives you a very illuminous finish the reflective particles/glitters sort of "cut off" the edges of my nose/jaw and "re-define" my features, people who knows me commented that the shape of my nose/face somehow looks better, little did they know.... Other than this it manages to keep my foundation in place even during hot sticky summer days no touch ups required. Will definitely re-purchase. The price is reasonable slightly more expensive than LM, packaging is good very user friendly, a box will last you around 1 year definitely worth buying.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
I have no idea what is in this powder to get the texture to be so silky, so barely there, yet so there, but I LOVE it! I doubt that it has any talc in it, maybe rice powder? Anyway, over ANY kind of foundation (esp the SM Cream one) it does the most amazine job of luminizing my skin (without any kind of sparkles) and making me look incredibly fresh!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Stephane Marais is probably my best cosmetic "find" since Shu Uemura. I love the packaging and the products are amazing...and I am very very hard to impress. The price points are reasonable (I will buy the most expensive and cheapest products, as long as they're the best!). This is a great loose powder. Normally, I am not a big fan of loose powder in general (I prefer powder foundation for a smoother finish) but I used this today and I loved it! I purchased #2 which would be a great color for light/medium yellow or neutral skin tones. The puff is so luxurious! You should only use a small amount, rub into the puff and press onto the skin for the best results. If you rub it into the skin (like any other loose powder) it will give a cakey look. It did a great job at setting my foundation (I used his Fluid O4 and Creme O2, Concealer 4). Better than any loose powder on the market (although the Kevyn Aucoin loose powder is beautiful too...but only 2 colors and substantially more expensive).
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
As everyone says, this is a very very finely milled powder. It feels weightless on the skin. Unfortunately, it highlights every single flaw in my skin and makeup, the first time I put this on at home I had to wash the entire face off and start over because it looked like my entire face was about to start peeling. Now, one might be tempted to say it's my skin and not the powder, so I did a test, using the Marais on one side of my face and my Armani Micro-fil on the other, and... the Micro-fil made my face look absolutely flawless, while the side with the Marais looked cracked, cakey, and heavy.
It's really too bad because this stuff feels like a dream. I notice many glowing reviews on here and I wonder if it's just my dry skin that's not working well with it. If any of you have unsuccessfully tried T.LeClerc's powders, that's the result I get.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
A great powder. Silky smooth and completely transluscent. I wear No. 1 and I am a NC15. Never looks cakey.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
The search is over...this powder is the best I've tried. Beats Chantecaille, Laura Mercier, T.LeClerc, Chanel, Becca and more. There simply is no comparison at all. The texture is sublime - so smooth, with just a bit of light deflecting sheen that I could see in it, but this absolutely does not show on the face. This CANNOT look powdery on the face, I swear! It sets my makeup beautifully (love the silky soft puff). My makeup lasts almost all day before needing a t-zone touchup - usually I am oily much sooner, yet this is not dry and is not made for oil control. I believe any skin type could wear this. I wear #1 which is a pale yellow/beige color. The color system is a bit odd so it is best to get some advice from the SA or MA if ordering via phone. $40 for .52 oz which is ridiculous but it takes such a tiny amount that I considered it worth it. Quality wins over quantity every time! Available at Barneys in New York or Todd's Room Boutique in Birmingham, Michigan. HUGE rave!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
Although claims that this loose powder beats Becca's were dubious, I decided to spring for the $40 and purchase it in #2. Wow-- all I can say, is this really is as finely milled as ppl say it is! Not a great value (you receive about 4x as much Becca powder as SM for the same price) and I'm not sure it is 4xs as good as Becca's, but it is probably twice as good. Doesn't give any powderey look or feel when you first apply it, so you don't need to wait in order for it to "settle" down. Not cakey. Really, really nice stuff.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
I never thought this would happen... but I've finally found a powder that I think is superior to my beloved Shu Matte and Armani Micro-Fil! This stuff is just beautiful... it's so silky and finely milled and it just sets my foundation, then disappears - which is exactly what I want from a loose powder. I have this in #0 which is a very pale pinkish shade which brightens up my deathly PPP skin, and #1 which is also pale, but with more of a yellow base. They're both gawjus and I wouldn't hesitate to repurchase. I'm not sure how these would work for girls with oily skin, as mine is quite dry and since it's so fine it may not "soak" up as much as heavier powders... but for me this is absolutely beautiful!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This is a nice powder, finely milled, smooth, nice color, etc. However, I prefer Chantecaille's loose powder over this one, simply because it imparts a "glow" that the SM doesn't.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Oh gawd after reading all these glowing reviews, I was hesitant to post my not so impressed one. I found this powder pretty average and quite cakey and dry, I have to really buff this into my skin to make it look natural. The packaging is gorgeous but I am really not that impressed with the product inside :S
ETA: When I posted the above review I was using it in conjunction with a large Kevyn Aucoin brush but once I started using the velour puff I fell in love with this powder. It gives such a lovely finish. Pity the brand is now kaput!
Age: Unknown Skin: Very Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
Divinely sublime. Finely milled, translucent, not powdery or cakey looking, long wearing, does not seem to have a discernible fragrance. This is a superb loose powder, the best I've ever tried. Superlative. My HG. For reference I use #1. Update: SM is going - no idea what product will replace this beauty. :-(
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Again, I love the packaging and the dream liked feel puff it comes with. I have the #0 light pink. In term of loose powder, I like this one the best as the Laura Mercier translucent is way too pasty on me. The light pink colour really pick-up my complexion... very flattering indeed. I have to wonder about the lightest yellow tone in this range, maybe I'd just have to have both,huh?! Anyway, I'd definetelly repurchase and am now trying to find a case that could contain this powder without spilling... I'm fed-up with compact powder.. might just as well brought this one for touching up...hmmm
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This loose powder is THE best I have ever used. Better than my former HG Chantecaille...ultra super duper finely milled, seems even finer & softer than Becca minus the annoying scent. Veils your face & adds the most subtle glow, an absolute "must have" from this line. It comes in a plastic container with a screw-on top, an interior sifter & a silky soft puff. It's pearly off-white with photos around the bottom & "Stephane Marais" in red sans serif type on top. A great looking addition to your dressing table...$38
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Very fine, light powder that goes on like silk. Doesnt give the impression or makes you feel that you have anything on your face. But the slightest shimmers in the powder impacts a perfect glow on your face.
A very soft and silky puff in included.
Buy, buy, buy!
UPDATE: I recently went to hot, humid Singapore. This did not seem to work well there. I was an oily slick around early afternoon (3 hours after application). Probably not recommended for summer...I was playing around with my other products and realised the "glow" can be achieved using Guerlain Meteories Pearls as well. But I must admit I had loads of stares when I had this product on...pity the stares were mostly from middle aged men!