This is probably my new holy grail for compact powder foundation. (OC30)
I happened to see it on sale: 2 refills and the casing for the price of one, it was such a steal!
Upon application of the powder, it mattifies my skin very well with no oxidation.
It can look a bit unnatural upon applying, but after awhile, it settles down and matches with your skin tone. (As long you buy a shade that closely matches with your skin tone)
I'm an NC30, but I bought a shade which is a tad tan for me.
However, I like this shade better due to its warm undertones.
In a tropical climate like mine, it lasts about a good 6 hours. Even if you sweat,
it doesn't streak or affects its staying power.
It works well with cream/liquid concealers and BB Cream; doesn't get cakey when I apply the powder on top of it. Unlike my MAC foundation, where it starts to look uneven on top of BB Cream when applied.
I don't have much of a problem with acne, so I can't say much. But at times I do not wash my make up off before I sleep, (because I was lazy) but it doesn't cause any breakouts.
So it's safe to say it does not clog pores.
This powder is more fitting for people who wants a more made up look than dewy, due to it's very matt application. But you could spray water onto your face to make it more natural, which works for me.
JUSTIFYING THEIR CLAIMS AS STATED ON THE PRODUCT:
1. Smooth, micro-fine powders spread evenly over the skin. Minimizes the appearances of pores, uneven skin tone and dullness.
TRUE. To a certain extent. The texture of the powder is real smooth and fine.
It does make my visible pores less visible. If I go any closer than 25cm from my mirror,
I could see the shape of my pores. It doesn't look powdery though.
Obviously you look pretty much flawless from a comfortable distance.
In terms of reducing skin dullness, OC30 gives a healthy tan look, so it's justifiable.
Coverage is good enough to even out uneven parts.
2. Contains collagen, vitamin E, and moisturising ingredient; hyaluronic acid.
Uh. I don't see it making much of a difference. In air-conditioned rooms, it can get a little dry. So do invest on a good face moisturiser.
3. Gives a lasting bright finish. Anti-shine powder absorbs excess sebum to prevent shine and stickiness.
Woooo, definitely TRUE. My skin looks much healthier upon application and it's matt staying power is great. It does seem to absorb excess sebum, because at times when I don't have makeup on, my nose starts to get oily. But when I have it on, no oil seems to excrete. 100% justifiable statement.
It's a cheap foundation with really strong mattifying and staying power for it's price.
It has SPF 20 PA++ so that's a nice extra, especially for tropical climates.
It has an awesome refill concept which does save extra bucks on casing and well it's a greener way to go. It shouldn't clog pores so it's worth a try for everyone.
I'm definitely moving from MAC to ZA only for their foundation powder.
(P.S. In Christmas, they have a limited edition casing which is absolutely chic. I don't think the design will fade off ehehehe. Plus great steals too)