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on 6/29/2015 3:49:00 PM
More reviews by Boricua333
Skin: Oily, Fair, Warm
Hair: Other, Other, Other
This is so expensive at $52, but it's absolutely the best pressed powder I've ever used. I'm not rich by any means; I am a hair stylist and part of my job is looking put together for an entire shift. I am extremely picky about face products such as foundations and powders. I expect them to provide a natural semi-matte finish, excellent coverage for acne scars and rosacea, and longevity for long work hours with the blowdryer in my face. That being said, this is the best of the best. I have extremely oily and acne prone skin, and Jane Iredale's products do not irritate or break me out. The powder lasts me about 1 year with consistent use. I use it to mattify my t-zone, provide extra coverage along my jawline where I break out, and to tie together all of the concealers and foundations I've used. The reason why I recommend this stuff so highly is because it surpasses all of my expectations of a powder foundation. This is the most natural looking powder I've ever put on my face and I don't feel it on my face. The coverage is light-medium buildable and I often build it up by stippling it on my acne scars. With other powders, they would often emphasize dry patches and make acne appear even worse. Pure pressed base has never done that; I can confidently build it up as much as I want on cystic acne and it doesn't look cakey. The shade Bisque is also a perfect match to my pale nc15 skin. If I find something cheaper and as effective I'll update this for sure, but for right now this powder is what makes my make up look cohesive, mattified, and flawless without sacrificing a natural finish. HG of pressed powders.
7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
on 6/10/2015 3:43:00 AM
More reviews by redsugar723
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium
This is the best powder I've used to date (and I've used a LOT of them). I initially bought a starter kit on a splurge after a beauty store saleswoman did a quick in-store makeover. The kit was awesome (though a little on the spendy side), but it did come with about a month's worth of the pressed powder, loose powder, a mini foundation brush, primer, and setting spray. Everything was great, but above all I'm now addicted to and use the Smooth Affair primer and pressed powder every day. It actually make me feel like I have different (better & more even) skin, but still MY skin, which has always been my goal. I have come to hate all liquid foundations, and even BB creams can be too rich especially in the hot summer, so the pressed powder is exactly on point. Weird to think of a pressed powder as creamy, but somehow that is how it feels and looks. Not drying and not heavy or oily, just perfect. I also have to mention the brush is pretty legit. I still use the trial size one from the kit but I covet the bigger one. I've tried applying with other brushes (the Bare Minerals Kabuki and various EcoTools), but the Jane one is very noticeably better. It is flat across the top and distributes the pressed powder really evenly.There's no product that works for everyone, but if you have mostly clear skin and want to even out tone, hide imperfections, and basically look flawless while staying natural, it's the best. I'm finally really happy with my makeup routine (after a lot of trial and error), so I'm sharing my current recipe: after your moisturizer dries (I like Paula's Best Moisture Boost), apply Smooth Affair primer and let set for about a minute. Use a little bit of creamy concealer (I like Marc Jacobs) under eyes or wherever needed and blend well. Apply the pressed powder using downward brush stokes then buff a little with the brush so it blends into skin. You can spray on the hydrating mist or not (I haven't noticed much different with or without). Use a little bronzing powder on cheekbones or for contouring, blush if that's your thing. And voila.(Oh one last thing. A recent weekend visit with my sister inevitably led to us rummaging through each other's makeup bags. She had kept asking me what makeup I was wearing, and asking about everything I've been using. I did her makeup using all the stuff I mentioned above and she couldn't get over how much she loved it, and bought the powder later that week.)
on 6/6/2015 7:03:00 PM
More reviews by jgarvey12
Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure
This stuff blew me away. I never believe a powder could be a foundation but man they have come a long whey since bare minerals started out years ago. It is a bit tricky learning how to use it. At first it caked under my eyes and accentuated my fine lines which was horrible, but then I found out if I used one of those beauty blender sponges and just dabbed it super lightly under my eyes without swiping or rubbing, it turned out great. I use the DuWop The One brush to apply the rest of it all over my face and if I need a tiny bit more coverage for under eye circles I pat it on with a concealer brush. I can't believe this stuff works and actually stays on throughout the day, and it's healthy and non-toxic. Perfect!
2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 6/4/2015 3:33:00 PM
More reviews by johnsse
Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool
Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium
No, this one didn't work for me at all. It looked nice and even right after application (good match for my skin tone), but made me really oily. That's a deal breaker!
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 5/14/2015 11:25:00 AM
More reviews by solai
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool
Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine
This is a great compact foundation to carry around. The compact is very sturdy and the powder doesn't crumble. I have KP on my arms and this is great to use if I need to even out the redness - just swipe it on with the puff and you're done. Pressed powder foundations tend not to have options for light, cool based skintones but the Light Beige shade suits me fine. It's not light enough to have a brightening effect, but it doesn't look really off either. I will definitely repurchase when this runs out. The powder seems to last for a long time, too, simply because it doesn't crumble away with use and waste product (and ruin your make-up bag...).
on 3/21/2015 7:11:00 PM
More reviews by jdesensi1991
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I bought a sample starter kit for 50$ from the web site. It came with the Pressed Base, Loose minerals, Pomist spray, and smooth affair primer. On me its a medium coverage foundation, It didn't make me itch like Bare Minerals did. After I put everything on it looked pretty at first but after 2 hours of sitting around the house my skin was super oily and shiny. I kept using it for 3 days after and still the same. I'm going to try to use it with a different primer because it may be why my skin is getting so oily. After about the 3rd day of using the products I broke out. Not super bad but I had tender papules on my skin. As of right now I wouldn't repurchase again until I can play with the products and see whats causing the oiliness.
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 2/18/2015 2:31:00 PM
More reviews by valkyriekee
Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium
I tried a sample before plunging in on the full size. I actually went on ebay and got three shades and the pressed and loose. Ebay is not going to be as fresh as from the Jane website. It was love at first. I have to say right off that if the other reviewer is "hitting pan" trying to make something work and ending up"looking cakey every time"; You are obviously not applying the product correctly. You could have bought an old old old item also. Sometimes I think we should all make a disclaimer when we buy on sale items and then rip them on this web site. Coverage is buildable. It lasts. Your face will feel soft. I am 42 and it does not look cakey. Do under you eyes last, after concealer very gently just to set. You can put this in your bag and go from crappy day to fabulous in about 6o seconds. I use this on top of the bb3 (I am fair.) in winter, and on top of the liquid minerals in summer. I love loose and pressed. One for home one for travel. I am usually the lightest shade and in winter I like Ivory for parts of my face and Light Beige everywhere. I am going into spring and I like Natural. I am celtic/britton and have some pink in my skin but am also neutral. I will use satin during the hottest of summer. The loose provides a bit more uplighting. Both powders work well over a plain oil for your moisture/prime if you do that. I do.
4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
on 2/7/2015 9:43:00 PM
More reviews by Sarisa
Skin: Oily, Other, Not Sure
I have mixed feelings about this foundation. I've actually gone through several refills, so there's something about it that keeps bringing me back. I like the built-in sunscreen. It doesn't break me out. It's not too matte, and the coverage level is good--not too little and not too much. It's easy to apply on days when I don't feel like futzing with a liquid foundation. My main issue with it is that finding the right shade is super confusing. On the one hand it's pretty forgiving color-wise even if you don't have an exact match, so I've used up all the pans I've owned. On the other hand, it's frustrating and confusing to find your perfect color. I was initially matched in person to Golden Glow, but I sometimes felt like it read too warm/yellow on my skin. I've tried Warm Sienna and Radiant as well, but neither felt like a perfect match for my skin. Based on the charts I've seen online, and the Jane Iredale color matching tool, it seems like either Satin or Suntan are more neutral shades. Suntan in particular seems like it should be about the same darkness as Golden Glow, so I'm going to try that out. Hopefully I can find my perfect shade, because otherwise this would be my favorite powder foundation. This could be a four or five-lip product if I could just figure out the color problem!
on 2/4/2015 9:34:00 AM
More reviews by sherbyham
Hair: Black, Straight, Medium
Tried to make this work but no matter how I applied it, the foundation ended up looking cakey and dry. My skin has become pretty dehydrated with age so I made sure I used a good moisturizer or a moisturizing liquid foundation/bb before I powdered. But the result was still the same - an overly powdered look. I bought the Handy brush but couldn't buff any of powder seamlessly onto my face. I've to either mist my face afterwards or use a very amount of powder to achieve a natural look. I've hit pan ( yes that's how many times I tried to make it work) and won't be repurchasing it. This product just didn't get on with my skin.
on 1/15/2015 8:53:00 PM
More reviews by klmacfarlane
Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
I have very dry skin and am prone to eczema on my face and neck (even in summer). For some reason, I've always thought people with dry skin should stay away from powdered makeup. Maybe I had some bad experiences when I was a teen. Anyway, this powder works so so so well on my skin. It gives amazing coverage, even on rashy spots, while still looking amazingly natural. It feels comfortable on and it lasts me a full day. The other great thing is that its really practical/hardy, basically you can forget you're wearing it, because it doesn't easily come off on clothes, you don't have to worry about touching your face, and even if you've been sweating it stays put.I apply the powder with the JI handi brush over top of my morning routine of: serum (Ultraceuticals B2 Hydrating Serum), moisturiser in winter (Clinique Moisture Surge Intense), sunscreen always (Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser).I then finish with the JI D20 Hydration Spray.I have tried the JI primer as well but to be honest I don't notice any difference when using it.Only negative for me is the range of colours available. I am somewhere between a warm sienna and golden glow. However I can use each of these on its own in winter and summer respectively, and between seasons I mix the two.
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