bareMinerals bareSkin Perfecting Veil

So, I’ve been craving to buy my holy grail setting powder — M.A.C. Mineralize Skin Finish Natural — because I think I used up my last compact more than 2 years ago.  In the meantime, I’ve been playing around with drugstore powder options and they’ve been OK, but nothing comparable to the M.A.C.  I felt like splurging a little on a new pressed powder but instead of the M.A.C., I decided to try out the bareMinerals bareSkin Perfecting Veil (picked this up during the Sephora VIB sale!)

 

On the Sephora website:

What it is:
A weightless, brightening finishing powder that blurs the appearance of fine lines.

What it does:
This utterly weightless finishing powder is formulated with light-reflecting optics to help diffuse the look of fine lines. Infused with lilac plant stems cells and vitamin C, it helps to brighten up the complexion, and a special blend of minerals absorbs excess oil and balances the skin’s texture.

I was mainly interested in this powder because I figured if the M.A.C. mineral one worked so well on my skin to give me a smooth, blurred finish, I expected that this mineral powder would give me the same effect.

I have to say that this comes pretty darn close to my beloved M.A.C. powder!  This definitely gives me the same coverage without looking cakey whatsoever.  It sets my makeup well leaving my skin with a very natural, flawless looking finish. I don’t even feel like I’m wearing any powder after putting this on. For oil-control, I’d say a good 5-6 hours until my nose starts to look a little shiny, but the rest of my face seems to stay pretty oil-free for a good 8 hours.

I don’t mean to compare, but I do notice that the bareMinerals powder tends to look ever so slightly more powdery that the M.A.C., and less glowy on the skin. But only ever so slightly!

The compact itself is a sleek looking round black case with a magnetic closure.  It’s got a puff and a mirror that’s great for touch-ups throughout the day.

I’m really loving this powder and it’s got me interested in trying more products from bareMinerals!  Do you have any suggestions?

This is at Sephora for $31 Cdn (I picked mine up for $24.80 during the VIB sale). A few bucks cheaper than the M.A.C. powder at $37 Cdn.

I give the bareMinerals bareSkin Perfecting Veil: a HIGH FIVE.

Have you tried this powder?  Like or dislike?

Thanks for reading!!

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L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 16HR Powder

Back in March, I did a review on the L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation and was very impressed. I finally picked up the matching L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte setting powder to see if I would like it as much as I do the foundation.

 

The range comes in 8 shades. I picked up the shade 300 Nude Beige. At first glance I thought it might be a little too light for me and unfortunately the drugstore I went to didn’t have the next shade up 400 True Beige for comparison, and the 500 Sun Beige looked way to dark for me. The one I picked up actually works for my skintone pretty well!

For reference, I am an NC40 in MAC and use the Medium-Dark MAC Mineralize Skin Finish powder.

On the L’oreal website:

Absorbs excess oil and reduces shine on the skin’s surface for up to 16 hours. The lightweight pressed powder can be used alone, to set foundation after application, and/or throughout the day for quick touch-ups

First off, this powder is lightweight. Very easy to blend and picks up easy with a brush or the sponge applicator it comes with.  To set my makeup, I use this with a big fluffy powder brush, swirl it around the compact a couple times, tap off the excess and dab lightly onto my face — concentrating on my forehead, nose and chin. With this type of application — just a light dusting to set my makeup — I find that I can get about 6 hours of oil-control before I need to touch up.

My nose is always the first to go oily — touch up with this powder after 5-6 hours on my nose is pretty much required; on the other parts of my face, I found that after about 8 hours, I’m still OK. I use the sponge it comes with to touch up and it works great to pat on the powder to get rid of excess shine. Careful not to apply too much as it can start to look cakey.

I’ve tried this over different foundations, including the L’oreal Pro-Matte foundation, and it works well over top any. I did notice that pairing it with the L’oreal foundation did help to keep my face more matte for longer — as far as the 16-hour claim though… first of all, I wouldn’t wear makeup for 16 hours straight and second of all, in my experience I’d say overall a good 6-7 hours maximum (and that’s pushing it), is the most I’ll get out of this powder for a mattifying effect.

Out of all the drugstore powder compacts I’ve tried so far, this one is coming up Number 2 on my faves (Number 1 is still the Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder). Loving the size of the compact, finish of the product on my skin and performance.

I purchased this at SDM for $14.99 Cdn.

I give the L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 16hr Powder: a HIGH FIVE

Have you tried this powder?  Like or dislike?

Thanks for reading!!

Laura Mercier Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder

It’s not often I indulge myself in higher end makeup brands, but Laura Mercier is one of those brands that I’ve been curious about for a long time. I’ve heard many great things about her product line. Having a Sephora gift card burning a hole into my wallet, I quickly decided to spend it on my first Laura Mercier product — the Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder – Shine Control.

On the Laura Mercier website:

Product Description:

Control shine and visibly eliminate shine and controls oil breakthrough thanks to the naturally derived Shine Control Complex. The velvety pressed powder is ideal for touch-ups throughout the day so makeup stays fresh, flawless and shine-free.

The lightweight powder is ultra-sheer with a mint green tint that works to correct redness and visible even skin tone.

Oil-free, paraben-free, talc-free, and fragrance-free.

How to use:

Begin with the sponge side of the applicator by picking up the powder from the compact using a dabbing motion. Lightly press onto the back of the hand to evenly dispense the product into the applicator. Next, using a light patting motion, gently press the powdered sponge onto the oily areas of the face; focusing on the forehead, cheeks and chin. As a finishing step, use the flocked, puff side of the applicator to softly buff away any excess powder for a matte, flawless finish. To prevent emphasizing lines and shadows, only use pigmented powders to flat surfaces, never around the eyes or mouth.

As the description states, this is a very finely milled powder with a light green tint (pretty much translucent) that claims to correct redness and even out skin tone. At first I was hesitant to even purchase this powder because some translucent powders can sometimes leave a ghost-like, powdery finish over the skin. The Sephora associate showed me the ingredients and this powder does not include talc (which is typically the ingredient that can make powders leave a powdery finish). She dusted a bit of the powder onto my T-zone and there was no trace of “green” or excess powder.

I have tried the “How to use” instructions twice with this powder and to be honest, I found it to be quite tedious and didn’t actually make that much of a difference as far as setting my makeup or lasting power. What I like to do is take a big powder face brush, dab and swirl gently into the compact, tap off the excess and dab gently onto my face and then dust lightly over my forehead, nose and chin. Also, I don’t need a lot of this powder to do the trick – a little bit goes a long way.

As far as setting power goes, on a typical day, I’d say this will keep me shine-free for about 4-6 hours. Usually, my nose gets shiny first (around the 4-5 hour mark) then my forehead (around the 6-7 hour mark). A light dusting of this maybe twice at most, per day, is what I tend to use. Also, it depends on the type of foundation I’m wearing — for a longer-wear , matte foundation, I don’t necessarily need more than one touch up with this powder during the day.

I’ve tried a lot of setting powders, but I have to say that so far the Laura Mercier Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder is one that I really like. I like that it doesn’t leave my face looking powdery upon first application or with the touch-ups throughout the day.

I’m already making a list of other Laura Mercier products I want to try out. I hear a TON of great things about her foundations and tinted moisturizers… excited to try!!

I purchased this at Sephora (with a $30 gift card, yay!) and it retails for $41 Cdn.

I give the Laura Mercier Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried this product?  Like or dislike?  Have you tried any other Laura Mercier products — which ones and what did you think?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations!!

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