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My HD Powder

If you guys follow me, you know I have always been on the search for a sheer HD-like powder to set my makeup.

The reason why I did not yet invest in an HD powder is because I have heard it leaves a grey-ish finish on medium complexions which I do not fancy.

Well I have my MAC Studio Fix powder to the rescue and it does work great to be honest, but I can't ignore the fact that it is colored and it will add some color (followed by cakiness!) to my face.

For me, foundation is enough on its own to even out the complexion and add color. A powder should only be used to mattify the makeup or 'set' the makeup from shifting.

Comes in Make Up Store's Micronized Compact Powder. Isn't the packaging so chic? The logo is embedded on the powder so beautifully too.

At first thought It looked a stark white color in the pan. On swatching it appears like a NC15-20 and I knew at first glace that this was not my color.

However when I blended the swatch on my hand, it melted into my skin completely and did not show a sign of color! Now that was surprising. If you see a colored powder, you obviously expect it to be colored right? But this baby is not!

No matter how many swatches of this I put on my hand, it ends up looking translucent and that's the beauty of it. It's like a HD powder but pressed. Isn't that great? A refreshing change from those powder dispensers eh.

It sets makeup perfectly and it does not shift during the day. It does not change the color of the foundation I am wearing but instead brightens my face. I use this liberally even under my eyes but it is so finely milled that it does not cake even slightly.

However, it does not give me a completely matte look too. It has a satin finish to it, which all the dewy-skin fans will adore. It is quite powdery in the pan itself, as in when you swirl your brush you will come across quite a bit of powder in the pan. That said, it is not powdery on the face, it is just not well pressed in the pan.

It comes with a full sized mirror on the lid which is great for touch ups. They make this powder in various other colors. It is translucent but the shade I have will definitely leave a grey-ish tint on someone who's say NC45 right? Hence the different shades. I got sent the one in Beige, which seems perfect for my NC30 skin tone.

This retails for 21.50 GBP and is justifiable for the quality in my opinion.

p.s. The sister with oily-acne prone skin says this sets her makeup better than Studio fix!

Rhamnousia @ Desi Girl Does Makeup said...

That print on it is really nice, almost too nice to use it.

I gave up finding a powder to set my foundation and decided to make my skin behave first which I have successfully done now so I no longer have a need for powder!


Ashwini said...

Wow, I so wish this was available in the US. Do you know if it is? Your review has gotten me drooling for it. A translucent powder, that is pressed and has great packaging!

Laura Beth said...

Sounds good! I love Makeup Forever HD powder though. But then again I'm so fair so nothing greys on me lol


xox Laura Beth

Djosell said...

I like the presentation of the powder. I'm also going to see if this is available in the US!

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Rachel said...

I love the packaging! I use Mac hd powder, the white one and its amazinggg, doesn't leave a greyish tint at all! check out my new fashion blog! http://silknsequins.blogspot.com/
xoxo rachel

.blushfully. said...

Oohh must check it out when I go back to Singapore =] Nice review! I'm always on the lookout for this kind of compact powder too. At the moment I just use MAC Blot Powder lol... but look at that packaging (points at your photo)!! ;) Looks better in my pouch, I reckon! ;)

Lovely review

Shivani said...

i love the packaging!!

Lurdes Silva said...

Olá, parece muito bom mesmo, ainda bem que encontrou essa maravilha, pena não haver por cá. Bjos doces

Cynthia Z said...

LOVE it!!! WANT it!!! ;D. Never have I seen a compact powder so well-designed


Unknown said...

love the packaging :D

Palak said...

It sounds custom made for me . I wish it was availble in India

Shabna said...

Wow sounds nice!! BTW I nominated you for an award <3 xxx

The Beautifier said...

It looks freaking good!
I have the ELF HD powder and I LOVE it!
This one had a nice size and because its not a loose powder it would be so easy to travel with xoxo

Unknown said...

This looks interesting.. I've always been skeptical of 'translucent' powders. I'm definitely no fan of the ashy look.

Thanks for sharing. :]

rihanna said...

why dont you try the mac prep and prime loose powder i think it works great and its very translucent and im an nc 42 in mac foundations!
it also works great as an eyeshadow primer, i tried it after lollipop26 mentioned it.

Sheefa F said...

I think it is available in the states, will have to find out and let you know ladies.

and thanks for the suggestion Rihanna, I will defo try that out as I am on the search of a new eyeshadow primer as well :)

Anonymous said...

hey why dont you try macs prep n prime transparent finishing powder?? no colour - ive blogged a review on it... its awesome xx

Hardcore Makeup Junkie said...

Thanks for sharing :) I want to try it! I have also been ins earch of a good setting powder (preferably translucent).






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