I hate the feel of liquid foundation on my face, so I've been on a lookout for a pressed powder foundation that will minimize oil on my T-zone while not drying out the rest of my dehydrated combination skin. I decided to give this one a try because the price/gram is pretty decent. I purchased this in the shade 15 Nude. My skin tone is around NC20 (a little bit lower than NC25 in the summer), neutral and slightly olive when I'm paler; a bit warmer toned when I'm more tanned.
At first glance, the packaging is very meh-looking, but for the price point, I can't really complain. I decided that if this product blows my socks off then what it looks like on the outside doesn't matter. I tried this over the course of two separate days.
Day One: I used a kabuki brush to buff this into half of my face. It seemed like an almost perfect colour match to my current neutral NC20 skin tone. The powder is a bit dusty and provides very light coverage with the brush. I could still see my acne scars, and scars that were flaky and healing were made very noticeable, maybe due to the way I applied it. My dehydrated skin seemed very matte and because of that, I could tell there was powder on my face when I looked closely. Around the 4-hour mark, I noticed that my face oil had broken through. I wasn't a glazed donut yet, but definitely glowy looking. There is no shimmer in this, by the way.
Day Two: Since the brush didn't work last day, I used a very soft powder puff to press the powder into my skin. At first I applied one layer to half of my face to double check the colour match again, only to realize that it became a bit darker and slightly warmer than my skin. Very disappointing because I've been searching for a foundation that matches me, but I still went ahead and applied a layer to the other half of my face. I wanted to get more coverage from this powder so I applied another 1.5 layers to the areas of discoloration that I had. By now it was quite noticeable how off the powder looked, especially when compared to my neck (my neck and face are almost the same skin tone). Even though I tried applying this using a powder puff and patting motions, my dry patches were still emphasized. Especially now, I could tell there was powder on my face.
For both of these days, I applied the powder foundation in front of a window during the afternoon when the sun was bright, so I don't think it is a lighting change. The powder puff I used was brand new out of the box, so it didn't have any previous facial oil on it to cause oxidization.
Overall this is a decent powder, just not for me. It might work better for people with oilier, less dehydrated skin, and if it doesn't oxidize on the face.