OK so...I never wear foundation, I am a concealer and powder girl. I'm hardly ever loyal to one brand of powder and normally try a new one every month. This powder is this months experiment. I expect a lot from my powders, since I don't wear foundation, I have combo skin, and I work in a humid environment, get sweaty throughout the day, and never touch up my makeup mid day. I'm also always rushed in the morning so I need it to look good just with a few quick swipes of a brush. Yes yes and yes.
I have a problem with certain powders drying me out and making my skin feel tight-this powder feels silky smooth and not drying at all. I have a shiny t-zone and this mattifies that....by the end of a long day I might FEEL shiny, sweaty, oily-but when I check my face in the mirror, this powder hasn't budged, still looks fresh. I apply this with a kabuki, never tried the puff, it feels really silky, leaves a kind of satin finish, it has mica in it for that soft focus glow-but its not sparkly, it's more of a setting powder than a powder foundation but it kind of blurs imperfections and evens out skin tone without adding much coverage. I bought this in Ivory, it is quite light but it works for me.
On to the ridiculous parts...firstly, this cost me about $15 CDN. For a drug store powder that's pretty steep, most cost me about $10 at most. Secondly...only three shades were available??? I was lucky that the lightest shade worked for me. The MOST ridiculous part isn't really an issue I just find it absurd...on the packaging it says "Inspired by Olay". Like....what the hell does that even mean??? It doesn't exactly claim to contain any Olay ingredients, but if you were just glancing at the package you would assume that it did-which kind of seems like a trick of sorts doesn't it?
In any case, its a damn good powder that gives a kind of airbrushed look, its not chalky or dying and does not emphasize fine lines, dry patches or pores-at least in my experience. It helped keep my concealer in place, even on my chin which tends to get oily. It kept my forehead from being shiny which is a near impossible task, and it keeps me covered for a full work day. It's a winner