definesinister's review of Merle Norman Ultra Powder Foundation


236 reviews

82% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$$


Mica, Talc, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Methicone, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Proplyparaben, Fragrance (Parfum) 101905.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Ok I took one lippie off because of the perfumed smell in this product, but its not overwhelming like shiseido's powdery foundation. && because there are sparkles in this product... I notice this when the sun hits my face, not in regular lighting.

The verdict? overall nice on my nc25/30 skin. I went to mac first, but I found that their foundations have chemical smells. I used primer as well, that probably contributed to acne. Well when I thought about merle norman one day on makeupalley, I saw good reviews on this product, so I decided to give it a test run, the worst comes worst if I break out then I'll just return it. Nope, never broke out from it whenever I use it (which isn't often). Non-chalky && best of all... no orange oompa loompa. You would need some powder by midday though if your skin is like mine (combo). I use sunscreen as my primer everytime and I get amazing results. I suggest MAC's Blot powder in pressed form because it does not have color and it is great for touch ups. As soon as I'm done testing out Shiseido's powdery foundation with w/ MAC's Fix+, I will give ending results for that and then test trial this powder foundation with some MAC Fix+. I'm surprised this never broke me out since this contains quite a few silicone ingredients, and primers typically have nothing but silicones. Oh another thing is I NEVER use the sponge. For those of you out there that use sponge, invest into a brush that will do the trick better! Sponges feed bacteria unless you change it every two days. Personally I think the sponge that comes with this looks cheap and will crumble as soon as you wash it with alcohol. But oh the love of this product! =)

**EDIT UPDATE - 2016 Repurchased this , I guess in the in new formula or in a new compact case. I use this after applying Lasting Liquid Foundation. Both products still do not irritate me, and I used cold cream to remove the product. I do use this powder foundation only for stage performances. It's the only powder foundation I will use for stage makeup. I just hope Merle Norman does not discontinue this product in the future.

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