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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By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder – £42.00.

When it comes to luxurious and decadent high end products then By Terry is definitely up there with the best of the beauty brands and I recently took to Space.NK to pick up one of their cult beauty ‘must haves’ – By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder. It sounded like an oily skinned, large pored girls dream. The main aim of this incredibly lightweight and finely milled powder is to conceal, correct and protect your skin – concealing imperfections, blurring large pores and giving your skin a truly flawless and airbrushed finish. Hyaluronic acid has been used for years to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Now, I’m only 26 so I’m not quite at the wrinkle stage just yet but it is ideal for disguising my extremely large and open pores. These things are like pot holes in the road, they’re that big and By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder has been one of the only products I’ve tried that has successfully reduced their appearance. By Terry, give yourself a little pat on the back! This wonderful translucent powder doesn’t only contain hyaluronic acid, it also contains silica – an ingredient in a lot of primers that I’ve never managed to get along with until now – the silica microbeads help to prevent shine, correct imperfections and provide a lovely matte finish. I have to admit that the lasting power with this powder is pretty special too – my full face of make up actually stays intact a great deal longer when using this powder to set it all in place. My skin is quite the oily nightmare so this is quite a triumph for any beauty product in my opinion. Now I know what you are all thinking, “look at that price tag” – yes, I agree, £42.00 is one hell of a price tag for what is essentially a small tub of white looking powder BUT believe me when I say, it is worth every penny. You only need to use the smallest amount to set your make up and I have been using this daily for several months and I haven’t even made a dent in it. I use the sifter to pour a small amount of the powder in to the lid and use a brush to dust it over my make up. It does have a very interesting scent… I can’t quite put my finger on what it is but it is pretty bizarre and not all that pleasant but hey, I can live with it. The results are far too good – they speak for themselves.

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Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Powder in 2C3 Fresco – £31.00.

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When we start to enter the Autumn and Winter months, I always need a little more help in the make up department and my requirements for a foundation become much more extensive. However I know that I can always turn to my holy grail foundation which is the much loved and much coveted Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation. The fuller coverage, flawless finish and immense staying power is exactly what I need and quite frankly, no other foundation can live up to that standard in my opinion. Well, I’m yet to find a foundation to rival its magnificence shall we say? Recently when my blotting powder of choice ran out (Clarins Ever Matte Mineral Powder), I decided to look for something a bit more heavy duty. The air conditioning in work does the weirdest things to my skin and nothing seems to want to keep the oil at bay, not even the Double Wear Foundation that used to at least get me through a 7.5 hour shift. I found that the Clarins powder I loved so dearly just wasn’t cutting the mustard anymore. Whilst I was picking up my new foundation in Debenhams, I decided to go back to an old and trusted favourite – Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Powder in the shade 2C3 Fresco to match my foundation. It is a “worry-free powder make up that stays fresh, looks natural and won’t change colour” – sign me up! I hadn’t used this powder in so long, I mean we’re talking years and I had forgotten just how wonderful it is in all honesty and I’m glad that I picked it up. I love really love it when you rediscover an old favourite. The powder is super absorbent which is ideal for my oilier than oily skin (I mean serious sweat-face/wet-face level), it is silky soft and it sits really comfortably on the skin whilst looking totally flawless. What I love most about Estée Lauder’s Double Wear range is their ability to transform your skin in to something that is truly beautiful. It covers blemishes, redness and any imperfections like an absolute dream making me (and I’m sure many others) feel much more comfortable and confident with my skin. Plus it is an oily skinned saviour I tell you. The powder itself offers a semi-matte finish with medium to full coverage which can be built up depending on your needs. It is housed inside a really classy and chic looking navy blue compact with a really generously sized mirror inside and sponge applicator hidden under the powder. When I apply Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Powder over my make up, before I leave the house for work, I prefer to apply a light dusting of the powder with a brush to set my make up for the day. Whilst I’m in work and I need the occasional touch up, I use the sponge applicator provided to collect the powder before I dab it lightly on to the oilier/shinier areas of my face. Remember to dab and not drag as you don’t want to disrupt the make up underneath otherwise you’ll end up removing the make up instead of keeping it on. No one wants that now, do they? A patchy and uneven, half make up’d-half non make up’d face. It doesn’t even bare thinking about. Shudder. Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Powder retails at £31.00 which is pretty standard for a high-end powder but I know that it can be a little pricey for those on a budget. They offer a wide range of colours too so there is definitely going to be a shade to match everyone. The question on the tip of your tongues I guess is ‘is it worth it?’ In my opinion, I’d have to say yes, especially if you have combination, oily or very oily skin. It puts a tick in every one of my boxes. Does it absorb oil? Yes. Does it offer good coverage? Yes. Is the finish right? Yes. Does it have good staying power? Yes.

Basically, just yes!

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Ben Nye Luxury Loose Powder in Banana – £9.95.

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I have wanted to try some Ben Nye powders for as long as I can remember but just never really got around to it until a few months back. I was online shopping for Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation when I saw it and popped it straight in to my little online basket. Come to mama! Ben Nye offer some cult micro-milled professional loose powder in an array of different shades that are loved by celebrities and make up artists alike. They are part of the Bella (light-medium skin tones) & Mojave (medium-dark skin tones) series and offer a fabulous matte finish with just a hint of colour. Kim Kardashion swears by the banana powder which is part of the Bella series and if it’s good enough for Kimmy K, it’s good enough for Erin H. You know what I’m saying? Kim Kardashian wears this powder as a highlighter and it looks gorgeous on her lovely Armenian olive skin. When I’m super tanned (and believe me I go very dark), I could probably get away with doing the same but I shall test that in October when I jet off to Greece. Watch this space! For me, this is a great setting powder which matches the yellow undertones in my skin perfectly. It not only sets my make up brilliantly but it also helps to brighten and lift my complexion. It works like a dream. I tip a tiny bit in to the lid and apply sparingly across my face with a small powder or fan brush to set my make up before I leave the house for the day. It has been a little godsend in these hotter months, working away in a very humid and very large glass building aka the giant greenhouse. Don’t get me wrong, with my oily slick skin, I still need to blot my face throughout the day but it’s becoming few and far between. You only need the smallest amount of this powder to do the job as it can look very chalky, very quickly and no one wants that – do they? No they do not so be careful folks! There is one massive and I mean massive downside to Ben Nye’s Banana Powder (and Ben Nye powders in general) and that is the packaging. Oh sweet baby Jesus THAT packaging. Let me set the scene… I unscrewed the lid and found a plastic kind of lid and me being me, I didn’t realise that I just needed to peel the plastic film off the top of the shifter. I proceeded to remove the entire plastic lid/shifter and practically ate and inhaled about a quarter of the powder. I did try with my hands at first but after a few failed attempts, I tried my teeth. School boy error! It was so gross and I was covered in the stuff as you can imagine. Everything was yellow. Even when I put the lid back on and removed the plastic film, it was still equally as messy. In hindsight (oh it’s a wonderful thing), I’d have left the plastic film on and put some little holes in it but hey ho, we live and we learn, right? It’s so difficult to control the amount of powder you get as it’s constant battle between not spilling it everywhere and only getting the tiniest bit out for fear of tipping it to far. There has to be a better way to package the stuff, surely? The Banana Powder is a great match for my skin and it does a pretty fantastic job at making sure that my face stays intact and doesn’t slide off whilst adding some much needed lustre but god damn it, I cannot cope with the packaging!

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Clarins Ever Matte Mineral Powder in 00 Transparent Opale – £27.00.

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I have this fetish (yes, I’m going to call it a fetish – I like that word) with buying foundations and then buying their sister product, the powder. I don’t know why I do it but I just like to test the the range as a whole. When I purchased Clarins Ever Matte Foundation from Boots a few weeks back, I naturally purchased the compact powder as well. I decided to opt for the shade 00 Transparent Opale so that it would be perfect for blotting throughout the day without adding a build up of colour. It nicely adapts to the colour of your skin. I have been using this for the past couple of weeks, carrying it around in my Longchamp bag for touch ups in work and on the go. Clarins Ever Matte Mineral Powder is housed in a gorgeous, very luxe looking gold case with a fabulous red velvet pouch to ensure it doesn’t get damaged or end up with finger print smudges all over it. I like the way you’ve done that Clarins – very classy. When applying this powder, after I’ve applied my foundation, I much prefer to use a powder brush as the sponge provided is just far too flimsy and thin. A powder brush is much better as you can just dust the powder over your face to provide a lovely silky soft and totally matte finish. Clarins Ever Matte uses mineral pigments to mattify skin, absorb excess oil and tighten pores and I found that it worked really well with my oily/combination skin. It left my skin looking flawless and feeling velvety soft without looking cakey. You apply as much as you need to throughout the day to control shine and it won’t look cakey which is great. I do think that £27.00 is a bit pricey for what is essentially a blotting powder (even though it does make a nice setting powder too). I really do like the powder but I have a number of blotting powders that do the job just as well but for less. This is very pretty and luxurious though and it adds a nice bit of glam to my make up bag.

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