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Powder - a girls best friend

Of course this is a saying, I haven't made it up I swear. 

No girl wants to be caught with a shiny t-zone in the middle of the day. It is quite embarrassing for some too. For me I don't get that oily throughout the day, so I am not very conscious about it. I even like to sport a dewy look most of the times hence I can even get away with the shiny t-zone. 

Nonetheless, I like my powders when I really want to achieve a matte professional finish and nothing is more irritating than powders that fail to control shine, as otherwise to me they fail to serve their purpose. 

17 does a Loose Powder which is translucent and very finely milled. It comes in an oil control version too which I assume works better to control shine. This one is not bad too in my opinion. It comes for around a fiver. Plus its always handy to have a loose translucent powder in your vanity case. It can even be used to control fallout for your shadows as well. 

The container is huge and will last ages. The texture of the power is gorgeous and super fine for the price you pay. It's not gritty at all and gives a lovely demi-matte finish to the face. It however does not last very long and I had to keep retouching it up. Good I used it while I was at home. I would not dismiss it completely though, as I love my loose powders and this one is cheap, effective to an extent and of great quality. It won't give you a 'grey face' for sure. 


Rimmel also do a Stay Matte Pressed Powder. This comes in a neat compact as you see below with a clear plastic lid. It comes in a translucent version too but I like my compact powders to have some colour and possibly some coverage to them. I will use them in the middle of the day when my make up starts to fade off, so if it offers some coverage it acts as a bonus.

I got mine in number 4 - sandstorm. I am a NC30-35 and this adapts to my skin tone perfectly. I like how this does not interrupt with my foundation and manages to set my make up beautifully. Now this gives a perfect matte finish to the face in a jiffy. I like to use it to quickly mattify my t-zone in the morning and the effect lasts on me for around 4-5 hours which is not bad at all.

It claims to make pores appear smaller and I have to admit it does not enhance them in any way like the usual powders do so yaay for that! Moreover it provides me with some coverage too which I absolutely adore about this product. This baby stays with me in my make-up bag and is great for touch ups. I pop in a spare puff in the container as it does not come with one. All this for a fiver and expect some change too. 


MAC Studio Fix is a powder foundation but I cannot imagine myself using only this as it won't possibly give me the coverage I desire. So I have always used this to set my make-up whenever I need more coverage to cover up some blemishes. I have NC35 but it is slightly darker for me so I would get a NC30 next time. I have almost run out of this product but I won't be repurchasing it, as it wasn't that amazing to be honest.

I would rather get Estee Lauder's powders or even MAC's Skin Finishes. It is however a full coverage powder and gives a demi-matte finish initially but over the day I start getting oily, when I don't even have oily skin! It is very smooth and the texture is amazing. It can however make your pores appear larger and appear heavy on the skin unlike the other two powders above. It is an amazing product for the coverage it offers but to me it is strictly okay and goes Back to MAC baby!


I am happy with the two drug store powders that I have at present as they work just fine and I won't be getting another one for now. In case I run out, are there any you highly recommend to try?


Chic Geek (Devs) said...

I really want to try out the Rimmel powder, it's affordable and I have heard many people rave about it!

Shameera@MyFrostedWorld said...

Oh no, I love Studio fix and if you use it with Chanel Matte Lumiere, you stay matte for the whole day. Although, I think thats probably because of the Chanel.

Ki said...

Maybelline dream matte powder hand down. 6 hours of being completely matte in delhi weather - no other powder can do that!

Get Gawjus! said...

@Ki - I was meant to get that but somehow totally forgot about it :S argh!

Lauren said...

Collection 2000 perfecting minerals!
It's amazing- I don't need to wear foundation under it :)

http://lovelaughlauren.blogspot.com/

Jo said...

Its Rimmel Stay Matte all the way for me babe. It just works so well for me. So unfortunately I've got no recommendations for you lol. Sayin that though, Im always getting addictions to certain products lately, it'll probably be a powder one soon enough! ha.

xx

Gaby said...

Rimmel Stay Matte looks lovely and very affordable (=

Rakhshanda said...

I really wanna try Rimmel Stay Matte and Mac studio fix too. You're right powder is really essential for make up.

Becky said...

Studio Fix is great!

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graphology said...

I really like the blot powder from mac, it is very good :-)

Jade said...

I use the Rimmel Stay Matte and it's good but I hate the packaging! It's so fiddly having a separate lid and all the writing on it has rubbed off so it's completely clear! I recommend Bourjois Mineral Radiance Powder which comes in different colours like the Rimmel one. The packaging is really cute and it has that lovely Bourjois smell! x

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Tinuke said...

Hi Hun. I love this post. Have u tried CoverfX Products. They are amazing. They are good for mattifying the skin.

Nicola said...

I really want to try Rimmel Stay Matte, lots and lots of people rave about it so I'm intrigued!! Sadly MAC studio fix powder broke me out boo :( xx

The Beautifier said...

I like MAC studio fix powder for touch ups only, in regards to loose powders, I love the Illamasqua loose powders, in my opinion, its a must try product!

neekeexoxo said...

Ive wanted to try rimmel stay matte for a while! I think I will do soon because i've heard so many great things about it :)xx

nicoletta said...

I go through fazes of not wearing any powder then wearing it all the time. I love clinique gentle light powder as it makes my skin look quite glowy xx

StyleFrost said...

I currently use mac prep + prime translucent powder, works great for controlling shine!

Dina (XYYan) said...

I have the studio fix too and I don't think I will repurchase it if I run out of it, it doesn't work great on me either.
Thanks for entering my giveaway btw! Good luck :)

Michelle Xo said...

I have been using a loose powder by Quo and hating it for ages.. I will definitely check out the Rimmel one now. Thanks a bunch!

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lipstickmama said...

This is a really useful roundup of what is available, like the idea of the 17. Thanks for the pics and post. Jan

Gayatri Goswami said...

I use a mac nc35 studio fix, whuch shade of rimmel london stay matte pressed powder would suit me

Gayatri Goswami said...

I use a mac nc35 studio fix, whuch shade of rimmel london stay matte pressed powder would suit me

Gayatri Goswami said...

Nc35 mac studio fix is which shade of rimmel london stay matte pressed powder? ?

Shifa Fijiwala said...

@gayatri: no 4 sandstorm would be perfect :)

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