Pressed Powders -Prescriptives - Virtual Matte Oil-Control Pressed Powder
Sally73 5/15/2008 4:38:00 PM
I really love the PX Virtual Matte powder and the foundation. I've tried several different pressed powders over the years to help combat my shiny t-zone, and this is the best one for my sensitive skin. I first apply my PX Virtual Matte foundation in Virtual Ecru with a foundation brush, set it with a little Clinique Blended Face Powder all over, then just apply PX Virtual Matte Powder over my t-zone. It gives a very nice matte, but natural looking, finish. I have very pale skin, and use 'Level 1' (the lightest shade). It looks a little 'orange' in the pan - but please don't let this put you off, it applies much lighter on the skin and doesn't look at all orange - it just takes on the colour of your skin/foundation. It also doesn't change colour during the day, which some powders do. This powder controls shine for about 4-5 hours, before a touchup is needed, which I think is pretty good. It doesn't irritate my sensitive skin at all (it is fragrance free), or block pores. It is the best pressed powder that I have used, and I will continue to repurchase.
After Clinique discontinued 'Clarifying Makeup' (the liquid version) which I really liked, I had a difficult time finding a foundation for my very pale oily/sensitive skin. I was looking for a foundation that matched my skintone exactly (a lot of foundations - ie most of Cliniques - are too dark, and have too much pink in them, whereas my skin has yellow undertones) - it had to be fragrance free, oil-free, oil-controlling and medium coverage. Prescriptives Virtual Matte fits the bill perfectly. I was colour-typed as Yellow/Orange, and I use 'Virtual Ecru' (the lightest in this colour group), which is an exact match for my skin. Before applying the foundation, I prime my skin with Prescriptives Super Line Preventor Xtreme, followed with Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturiser (I find this very good for controlling oily skin). I then apply Virtual Matte to my face, one area at a time, and blend with my PX foundation brush. I finish the foundation by sweeping on a little Clinique Blended Face Powder with a buff brush, and I apply a little Virtual Matte Pressed Powder in Level 1 just to my T-Zone. This routine makes my skin look perfected - my skin but better. It doesn't look heavy or too 'made up'. This makeup controls shine for a decent amount of time - about 4 to 5 hours, before any powder touchups are needed. I'm sticking to PX Virtual Matte - in my opinion, it's the best foundation available at the moment for oily senstive skin.