Covering All Bases: Powder
The last in my 'Covering all bases' series is of course, powder. Prior to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders becoming a huge hit amongst the beauty bloggers, I had no idea disliking powder was even a thing. I've never had a problem with the product before as I've always thought of it as the final step in achieving a flawless, even base, but I can understand powder being a love it or hate it kind of product as I much prefer a dewier finish myself. Here are my thoughts on the powders I currently have in those makeup drawers of mine.
When I first began watching beauty videos on YouTube some four years ago, all everyone could talk about was MAC. My first bottle of high end foundation, MAC Studio Fix Fluid, was quickly followed by MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark and in all that time, this powder has remained an absolute staple in my collection. The coverage is pretty light, though I would say you could build it up to a medium coverage if you so desire. For me, it acts more as a setting powder to keep my makeup in place throughout the day and I also love using it to blend out blush if I've been a little bit too heavy-handed. While I can get a little oily in my t-zone areas, my skin is relatively normal and this will set my makeup all day without needing to touch it up. It's not a shimmery powder and doesn't add any sort of radiance to the skin, but it will provide you with a natural looking evenly toned base without being too matte. Even as an everyday staple, my first compact lasted me almost three years, so you really get your moneys worth with this product. I'm finally onto my second and I'll forever repurchase this.
Still going back to the days of my obsession with anything and everything MAC, my second foray into pressed powder was their Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NC35. I bought this powder on a whim without hearing anyone talk of it or reading reviews (while I watched YouTube videos, I hadn't gotten into reading blogs just yet), but I just had to have it simply because it was MAC. During those early days of first discovering YouTube, I was suffering from really bad breakouts at the time and this powder served me well. All I cared about covering those awful spots, so the higher the coverage, the better. I used to use this on top of my Studio Fix Fluid (even though this powder is a foundation, also), so the coverage was pretty intense. Since getting my acne under control, however, I've barely touched this powder as I now find it too thick and heavy for my liking. I'm also not the hugest fan of a matte finish to the skin because while I think some girls can really make it work, these days, I much prefer enhancing the skin as opposed to covering it up, which I've done all too much of in the past. If you like a super high coverage matte finish to your skin, this is an amazing powder, but as my skin has changed, so has my preference in coverage and finish. As I have hit pan, I am determined to use this up (perhaps over tinted moisturiser and with a liquid highlighter), but I definitely won't be repurchasing this.
When I first discovered the Guerlain Météorites Perles a couple of years ago, I just had to have them. I had read Temptalia's review on which shades suited what skintones, but my heart was set on Teint Rosé. I mean, look at those gorgeous little pearls of pastel. Give me pastel anything any day, please. You can use the Météorites Perles as either a highlighter or setting powder, but I prefer using it for the latter because as a highlighter, it's a little too subtle and unnoticeable for my liking. The pearls contain tiny flecks of shimmer and they translate onto the skin as a beautiful, soft radiance. Teint Rosé is meant to reduce redness and brighten the complexion, but the effects of this powder are really subtle, you can hardly notice a difference and I don't think the tone of your skin matters when choosing a shade. For such a lightweight product, the longevity of this powder is pretty impressive. I like to wear this on nights out or out to dinner and I've never had a problem with shine or oiliness. If you're unsure whether to buy this or not, just do it for the pretty packaging. Seriously. I feel all girly and special when I use this. The day I move out of home and get my hands on an Ikea Malm dressing table, this is going straight on top of it as a beautiful piece of decor.
Last, but not least, the cult Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. I'm not going to go too into detail about this powder as I've mentioned it a couple of times on my blog (you can read my full review here), but this is quite similar to the Guerlain Météorites Perles in that they're both more on the subtle side and provide a soft glow to the skin. I have the shade Dim Light, which aims to blur imperfections and it does just that so beautifully. It's so finely milled, it barely feels like you're applying anything onto your skin, so I can definitely see why non-powder girls love this. I really can't wait to swatch those new Ambient Lighting Blushes when I next pop into Mecca.
As for loose powder, I've never really been one for them as they're bit too messy for my liking, but after swatching the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder at David Jones a couple of times now, I'm in love and I need this once my MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation runs out. What are your favourite powders?