10 months ago
I’ve pretty much gone through every powder foundation on the market, and this one is definitely up there. I’m going to be thorough since powder foundations are tricky! First, I’ll go through the cons. The biggest one is the shade range—there are only 3 offered in-store at my Ulta, and 6 total. Luckily I found a SPOT-ON match, but it’s definitely a flaw since this powder does have actual opacity/coverage, i.e. you can’t really fudge it. If you are very fair or dark, you won’t find a match. Which is a shame, since the formula is great. It’s not cheap, but not crazy pricey ($29). The packaging used to be the ubiquitous green compact, but it’s now in a large shiny silver disc compact, which is pretty but does display smudges/fingerprints like it’s its job. There is a sponge, but no separate compartment for it. (This is fine by me—I won’t use the sponge, and I hate bulky compacts). You get 10g/0.35oz of product which made me clutch my pearls at first (I had been using the Laura Geller balance n brighten powder, which has a TON of product but you have to use wayyy more). A quick google search showed me this amount is pretty standard. So really in my opinion the only true con is the shade range. (Sidenote: I think they tried to discontinue this, but people got mad, so they “reformulated” it and brought it back. It took me forever to find it at the Clinique display, it was like nestled in a random product graveyard near the ground. I get they’re trying to stay modern and fresh and promote several other foundation lines, but don’t mess with perfection.) My skin background: I have oily skin that is generally good to me, but will break out angrily when confronted with specific ingredients. This hasn’t broken me out or caused any dryness. (No bismuth!) It has SPF 18 and you can reapply throughout the day to top up your sun protection if you want. I apply this over my Paula’s Choice sunscreen, which has a tint but only minimal coverage, and I can get basically medium-full coverage with a LIGHT application. Granted, my skin is good but I do have redness and large pores. I think if you stay away from powder foundations because you are worried they won’t have coverage, give this one a try. I use a Morphe dense-ish buffing brush and I love the combo. I’ll do the whole buffing thing but I don’t really need to. Even though my skin is oily I make sure it’s properly moisturized, otherwise this will look powdery and cling to any flakes. Even if I overdo it on the moisture, my oily mug is kept in check, even in June! I use rosewater spray if I want to make it dewier, and setting spray if I need it to be bulletproof. It will last all day on a normal day for me though. (I have a sit down job lol.) It stays demi-matte, doesn’t sink into pores, separate, flee the corners of my nose, or TURN ORANGE (the bane of my makeup existence). Everything looks beautiful over it, including cream blushes (Glossier Cloud Paint). Honestly, it’s a champ. I might buy backups just in case they DO actually discontinue it. Re: powder foundations: I’ve used and liked several indie mineral brands, Tarte Amazonian Clay, Kat von D, Too Faced Cocoa Powder, Makeup Artists Choice, Laura Geller Balance n Brighten, NYX, Maybelline, Milani, Cover FX, PUR, IT Cosmetics, and many more I’m probably forgetting. Each had pros and cons, but Almost Powder is absolutely the best overall. Laura Geller has a solid second place, but you need to use a lot more product and effort. With Almost Powder, the texture is so creamy that I just tap my brush on the pan and I get enough product. It doesn’t kick up any powder either, which can be so wasteful. I don't want to round down to a 4 for the shade range issues, just because it performs so well for me, but they should add more shades for sure.
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