Gabriel Dual Powder Foundation

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on 2/19/2018 3:45:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Silver, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Grey

My skin has tended to be "powder intolerant"--that is, become dried out and irritated by powder, and look just plain BAD with powder. I have very sensitive skin that has become quite dry since menopause (used to be combo), also gets dehydrated quite easily. In the past several months, I've come up with some strategies for hydrating my skin that are actually working (see my Notepad for instructions, if interested).

For several years, I'd pretty much given up on using much of anything to cover my dark undereye circles (hereditary, thin fair skin). Just too dry and any color cosmetics both looked bad and irritated the area.

Once I realized that my new skincare regimen was actually working to hydrate the area, I started experimenting. (So many products... sigh.) But for a long time, I didn't even consider using POWDER--what? Powder, the stuff of my nightmares? Under my eyes? (When it irritates my forehead?)

But one day at my local health store, they had a sale on Gabriel cosmetics (love the eyeshadows), and I was looking. Noticed that the lightest shade (Extra Light Beige) was REALLY light; as in, probably too light for me for an overall foundation. But as I poked at the tester, I noticed how soft and fine the texture was, and an idea formed... maybe it would work to help set all those undereye products and make them do their job? Hmmmm.... so I jumped.

It took a bit of experimenting, but what I do now is, after I've applied a peach corrector and tapped in a skintone undereye concealer, I pat with a damp mini RT sponge (little purple one), then I swipe the sponge in this lovely powder, and PRESS it into the undereye area. I also swipe a bit down my nose as a subtle highlight.

NO dryness, NO irritation, just a soft finish that doesn't get cracked or creased.

I love that this has refills available. I love that it's natural (and actually local for me, I live in Seattle) and talc-free; I don't consider talc to be the devil like some do, but it can be drying and even irritating.

TL;DR: Fine-textured powder that can be used damp to set undereyes without dryness or irritation.

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on 6/9/2017 6:32:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Other

Eyes: Blue

My skin is dry/sensitive with enlarged pores & some scarring(oyyy). I am not a big fan of liquid foundation for 2 reasons. 1)I hate that I can feel it sitting on my face. 2) They tend to break me out. I've been on a quest to find a powder foundation that doesn't suck the life out of my skin. So far this is the best powder foundation that I've used to date. If you have super dry skin like me, then it is essential that you moisturize well! I'd also recommend a moisturizing primer. Sometimes, I even spritz some rose water on during prep or use it as a setting spray after for an extra boost of hydration(plus it smells amazing!) The powder looks natural & doesn't feel heavy on the skin. After applying, it kind of just melts into your skin. It comes with one of those circular applicator sponges, but I use a kabuki or foundation brush instead. It covers pretty well for the most part. For extra red areas, you may need a concealer. The finish provides a nice healthy glow! I don't find that it cakes or accentuates my pores, but like all powders it's very easy to go overboard so be diligent. I live in an area that has high humidity & it holds up well for the most part, but there are a couple of areas that need a retouch such as the areas around the mouth, but I haven't found that I've needed an entire face retouch. Depends on your skin someone with oily skin may need to do a whole face touch up. My only complaint about Gabriel (& why I'm taking off one lippie) is that I wish the company offered samples so that you can find your perfect match. I contacted them & was told that there wasn't much of a difference between the Gabriel Dual & the ZuZu Luxe's mainly just a difference in colors. I would have liked to have sampled both the extra light beige in Gabriel & the D4 in Zuzu Luxe to see which powder matched my skin tone better. I'd like to eventually try the zuzu luxe brand & compare for myself! Overall, I'd definitely recommend.

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on 8/24/2015 1:23:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I have been trying to replace my make-up with cleaner brands and also ones that are cruelty free. This is an excellent powder foundation. I like how it goes on and is buildable. I like powder for the summers because Houston is hot and humid.

The compact is kind of hard to open which is annoying but I love the product.

I have the medium beige and it is a perfect match for my Asian skin.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Grey

I decided to switch all of my foundation items to natural/organic and after reading the reviews decided to give Gabriel's line a try. I purchased this powder in Extra Light Beige and had been using it over their Pale Ivory liquid foundation to set it. I love both of them however I have found the liquid is not even needed. This powder is a great foundation by itself. I just use some concealer and then put this on as my foundation. It's light weight and has great coverage. Doesn't dry out my sensitive dry skin. The makeup lasts all day and if I feel for any reason it needs to be touched up all I have to do is use this powder to dab my face a little and whala! I will definitely be buying this again. My dry sensitive skin is very happy! I love the packaging. All I have to do is purchase a refill for the compact. Great for the environment! This is my new go to foundation!

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on 11/29/2012 12:09:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Oily, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

I have tried many many many foundations on my oily break out prone skin. If you name something- I have tried it- from Chanel to Shu eumura This is by far, the best. It covers. It stays on ALL day. It looks natural. It keeps my skin crystal clear, not a single blemish while using this. I get compliments all the time. Its at Whole Foods and it is cruelty free. Its really the best thing I have ever put on my face.

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This product goes on without making me look caked or made up. I've been looking for something with more coverage, but so far I haven't found anything that feels as nice on my skin and makes my 40 something face look younger.

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on 12/2/2011 2:06:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Very decent powder. I got it in light beige, the 2nd lightest shade. It looks very orangey in the compact but does not go on that way. I only use it as a setting powder so I cannot speak for it working as a foundation on its own. As a setting powder a little goes a long way and it gives a nice finish and helps to control my oil very well throughout the day. I don't like the sponge it comes with, it's too hard and will make the powder go on too thick if you use it and then it WILL look orangey on you. I usually use a powder brush and throughout the day I use blotting papers. On the rare occasion I do feel I need to touch up with powder I use a different sponge, one that's not so thick that will not pick up too much product. The price isn't cheap but not too steep... $25ish.

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