Monday, 8 August 2016

Face Powders - the powder keg of makeup


The days of 'setting' makeup for me are years behind me, pressing that powder sponge and holding every last inch of blusher in place and hoping that the fine lines and creases didn't look too much like the cracked plaster on a wall. 
Now it's all so much softer, powders are finely milled and soft. They float over the surface of makeup and accentuate, filter and give an angelic aura to make up rather than leaving you looking like you're auditioning for 'Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?'.




I have favourites, of course, those that 'waft' across my face, giving the subtle finish I like to my makeup, even though I have oily/combination skin I dislike my face looking overly matte. 
A mixture of high end and high street grace my powder drawer, often leaning towards the pink tone as I do find yellow can make me look rather beige and as though I am sickening for something. 



Dior and the Diorskin Nude Rose Powder or Pink Powder as it's now packaged is elegant, luxurious and has lasted me years, more than 2 and less than 5. A superb 12g of pink light-weight powder, that adorns my face, lifting it and giving life to darker areas. Youthful in colour, I find I use this more in the Winter when my skin has lost it's Summer tone but a huge favourite and one I often recommend to anyone looking for an 'old fashioned' loose powder, that flatters. 



Bourjois have one of my favourite loose scented powders, Poudre de Riz Java Powder which illuminates the skin and drifts across the face like magic. It has a hint of sparkle and instantly softens makeup without taking away any of the glow! Originally sold in a tin, the reintroduced it in plastic packaging, such a shame, it is a classic and deserves to be packaged that way. 



Laura Mercier has created a wonderful loose Brightening Powder which invariably is used under my eyes to hold concealer in place. It most definitely brightens and I do find it's good to use on localised areas of the face. Although white in colour it does blend out to an illuminating light shade but too much can create quite a stark finish to makeup. 



Rimmel has a good pressed powder for anyone looking for something to mattify the face and makeup. Stay Matte is reliable, a great price and the colour choice is reasonable. I have shade Pink Blossom 002 which I reach for more during the Winter months when I want a different finish to my makeup, great for a refined, precision finish to the face.  



Hourglass for me were game changers in the face powder beauty world, pressed powders that added that little something extra to the face. The Ambient powders are a must for many a beauty obsessive. Packed in sleek compacts, these domes of lighting powder add various effects to the look of the face and makeup, different tones mimicking various lighting effects. 
Dim and Mood light have been firm favourites, Dim light more subtle with a yellow undertone and Mood pinker and the one I reach for in the summer. 
Hourglass has a very naughty habit of producing some wonderful limited edition palettes and a trio of ambient powders was too much temptation, containing my much favoured Dim Light but also giving me the choice of Incandescent and Radiant light. 

The beauty of powders now are pressed powders are as soft to use as loose powders, no more digging into the powder to try and get the product, they are superbly milled and pressed. 

So many options for the look you want, be it soft and subtle to full blown matte. 




The powder keg is lit. 



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