bareMinerals Mineral Veil – £21.00.


If there is one thing I rely heavily on as an oily skinned lass it is a good setting powder, something to hold my face and make up together. Something to keep everything intact y’know? I have tried a number of different setting powders in the past and most of them have done a fairly good job (namely Vichy’s Dermablend Setting Powder and By Terry’s Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder) but they’ve not been ‘perfect’. I was doing the rounds, reading up on some of my favourite blogs a week or so ago, and I came across this powder on Helen’s blog – she absolutely raved about it. Whilst I was in my local beauty salon having a good old pamper, I spotted Mineral Veil amongst the bareMineral’s stock and I remembered that post. Naturally, I purchased it and it came home with me. Mineral Veil is a very finely milled powder that minimises lines, absorbs oil, softens the complexion and provides a flawless and completely weightless finish. The powder itself is completely translucent and great for oily skin. It leaves a gorgeous, soft and airbrushed finish to your skin that has a very subtle and natural glow. I have only used this powder around a handful of times and I can already say that it is without doubt the best finishing powder I have tried so far (and I have tried a lot). The packaging is pretty basic, a standard clear plastic pot with a black lid and inside is a sifter with a plug. Yes, a plug. That tiny little addition of a plug makes it perfect for travelling – no powder getting everywhere, covering everything – ideal. It also means that you won’t be wasting any product. I apply this by tipping a small amount of the mineral powder in to the lid, I then swirl a brush around the lid to collect the powder, tap off any excess, and then swipe it all over my face. What I really adore about bareMineral’s Mineral Veil is that the skin looks natural, yet luminous and not remotely cakey. I find a lot of finishing powders can really make my skin look flat and dull but not this one. No sir’ee! I’ve used this in a variety of settings so far – work, shopping, nights out – and it really has come up trumps on all occasions. It has certainly pro-longed the life of my make up and kept some of that pesky shine at bay. It’s a hit!

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NYX HD Studio Photogenic Finishing Powder – £9.50.

I have only recently discovered this finishing powder from NYX and boy, aren’t I glad? It has quickly become a firm favourite of mine and an essential in my daily make up routine. I am a massive fan of NYX Cosmetics – they’re affordable, they have a massive selection of products and they are always good quality. I went on a bit of a spending spree online via their website the other day… Oops! Spendaholic Erin strikes again… (Individual product reviews will be up in due course).

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The HD Studio Photogenic Finishing Powder is made of 100% pure mineral silica. Silica is a god send for us oily skinned ladies. This finishing powder is a very finely milled translucent loose powder and unlike most finishing powders, I can assure you that there is zero white cast and it doesn’t make you look like a ghost on photographs. I’ve tried and tested it. It sets my make up beautifully without looking cakey and mattifies my skin for hours on end. It managed to keep the oil at bay for a good 5-6 hours before I need to give it a quick blot. That’s amazing by my standards as I work in a really stuffy air conditioned office and usually around 1-2 hours in to my shift, I’m blotting away doing some serious greasy face damage control. It buffed out my large open pores and imperfections leaving my skin looking brighter and completely flawless. I’ve tried a lot of finishing powders and I’ve tried a lot of products that aim to mattify the skin but nothing has worked as effectively as this has. It works better than most high end powders but for a fraction of the price. I am so impressed.

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One thing I will say is to be careful opening, closing and generally using this product as it is so finely milled, the powder has a tendency to get everywhere. This is the main reason I try to avoid using loose powders and go with compact pressed powders instead. However, with the results I’ve seen since using it, how could I not continue to do so? I wish I’d found it sooner! I wouldn’t recommend those of you that suffer with dry skin to use it as it has a way of sticking to dry patches on the skin (I had a spot that had dried out and it clinged to it for dear life).

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Have you tried NYX HD Studio Photogenic Finishing Powder? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? What are your favourite NYX products?

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