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Powders: Yay or Nay?


Following my regular use of face powders recently, I thought I would give you my thoughts on a select few that I go back to and the ones I have been using a lot the last few months.

I'm more of a radiant and glowy complexion kind of gal so face powders have never really been my thing, but after discovering the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders it became apparent that powders can bring something else to the party so I've been trying a few out...

Starting off with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, my favourite is Diffused Light as its a yellow toned powder so it helps neutralise redness in my experience and it also makes my skin look radiant which is my main goal. If you want more info on this product then take a look at the review I posted here
Before using this, I thought that all powders mattified the face and made it look cakey and dry and just gross. But since trying out many powders, I have come to realise that that's not the case and that you can still get that glow with a powder. I use the Real Techniques Cheek Brush and it doesn't apply too much product. Which brings me onto my next product.

The Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder is a translucent blend which is very light weight and smooth so it doesn't give that cakey look. This can be used under the eyes or on the face however this is a powder that mattifies your skin so if I am feeling particularly oily one day then I apply a light dusting of this on my t-zone and that's it. Smooth skin in seconds and for an affordable price. 

Another powder from the drugstore is the Rimmel Lasting Finish Powder, which I have been obsessed with recently. This doesn't mattify my skin at all. It sets my makeup but it still lets the glow of my foundation come through. It gives a very natural finish (similar to the foundation) and so there's no powdery finish to the skin, it just looks like skin and it keeps your makeup in place all day. I refer to use the Real Techniques Blush Brush to apply both of these powders as it picks up and applies the perfect amount of product which is great if you tend to be quite heavy handed with powder. If you want to see my review on this and the matching foundation then click here

These are slightly different to the previous mentioned as one is a mineral foundation which you've probably all heard of, Bare Minerals Original Foundation and I'm in the shade Fair ?? There is also the Bare Minerals Mineral Veil which is basically a loose setting powder. I prefer to all both of these with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush as I find it just distributes the product evenly and applies smooth and flawless, as I tend to use small circular motions to buff the product into my skin. The finish for the mineral foundation is very natural, I've always thought they would be very matte on the skin but this one gives a satin kind of finish and doesn't make your skin look powdery. If you prefer a matte finish, they do have a matte formula which I haven't tried but I've heard good things about it. They're also available in pressed form if loose powder is too much of a faff for you. As for the setting powder, this does leave the skin slightly more matte however nothing too cakey or obvious. It keeps your makeup in place all day and I've never had a problem with getting shiny through the day when I've used this, although I have pretty normal skin when it comes to that anyway. 

Now for under eye powders and although any of the above can be used under the eyes, I prefer these two products as they're very brightening and set the concealer I use perfectly. So up first is the ELF Under Eye Setting Powder which is so affordable it's silly really. This has light reflecting particles to brighten the under eye area, and although it says under eye setting powder, you can use it on any areas to brighten the area, it's pretty versatile in that sense however remember those light reflecting particles, don't apply over blemishes or imperfections as it will highlight them which is not what you want to do. But don't get me wrong, it's not shimmery or anything. The Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder is basically a more expensive version of the ELF one, and this one doesn't have any shimmer in (that I can see) and is just fantastic at brightening the area. Neither of these powders mattify the skin, they just set the product underneath to stop it creasing and to make you look more awake, which lets face it, we all need from time to time. I prefer to use the Real Techniques Setting Brush for this however the ELF Small Tapered Brush is also good and super cheap.

I've also tried the L'Oreal True Match Powder as well as the Revlon Nearly Naked which are light weight, fine powders although I find the Revlon one more mattifying than the True Match. If you are looking for something even more mattifying the. The Rimmel Stay Matte is your best bet.

I hope this has helped any of you who are scared of powder looking too cakey or obvious on the skin. There are some great options and let me know if you have any powders you recommend.

So, powders, yay or nay? 

** Disclaimer - I am not sponsored by Real Techniques (or any other brands mentioned above) to write this post, they have no idea, I just really love their brushes and highly recommend them to anyone, as I use them everyday and they're the best I've tried. 

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