I have been trying a few powders recently for my combo/oily skin. Mini review ahead!!
Paul and Joe Pressed Powder N in 04
Mauve colored powder with shimmers. I do not recommend this for someone with a darker skin tone than NC 25 because it can make you look pretty chalky. With a heavy hand the shimmers in this powder can make you look like a disco ball, but gently patting a thin layer over foundation can give a really nice glow. So just watch out how heavy you slap this stuff on. I would not use this alone, only to set a foundation.
Packaging is super pretty, etched flower design, sorry I forgot to take pictures of the covers.
( sorry!) come with a puff
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder - Medium 0-1 (sand)
This stuff is amazing at mattifying the skin. It truly delivers what it promises. Usually I blot like 2x a day but with this, never!~Only down side is very mattifying powders tend to make you look flat, so if you don't contour and highlight, this can make you look one dimensional. Again another light hand but if you are struggling with oily skin, I definitely recommend this.
Don't let the drug store price fool you.
Con is the packaging is very clunky! not chic at all, comes with a puff but its really thin, if you try to replace the puff many don't fit!
Chanel White Essential Lift Reflecting Whitening Compact - 30 Beige Cendre
As you can see my most used powder! This powder is an Asia Exclusive. When applied my skin does seem paler...not sure about light reflecting?
This powder is SHEER in color. It is pretty translucent on the skin. If applied alone with just concealer it looks like nothing is really there and offers little coverage. I used this up because it was my first real powder. When applied "just right" this stuff with a nice foundation makes you look PERFECT but truthfully I don't achieve that often. It can also cake easily due to the sheerness, you may find yourself packing it on.
Packaging is classic beautiful Chanel but in white
MAC MSF Natural in Medium Plus
My newest powder and current favorite. I had steered away from this for years in fears it would break me out but nothing yet! * fingers crossed*
Many people claim this is sheer and yes it is, but it can really make you look perfect without trying hard. It's pretty hard to overdose on this powder, so I never look cakey. Compared to the Chanel, this is like 3x more coverage!! Love that.
I like the color selection, as a tip the MSF Natural colors, if they have two words in the name, ie: Medium Plus,they are more yellow toned. As opposed to one word Medium which leans towards pink
Cons: No mirror, and this stuff gets messy! powder kinda flies around a lot which can be annoying especially with a kabuki
If you have oily skin this stuff is not going to keep you matte. By lunch time I usually have to touch up. I use the Maybelline and that fixes things right up but I still like to use this as a base because of the coverage
That completes my mini review for pressed powders. Next on my list to try is Lancome's Dual Finish. Has anyone tried it?
For loose powder/mineral I only have 1 which is Laura Mercier's which I have mini reviewed here.
Thanks for reading =)