August 03, 2013
Loose Powder Lowdown
At the risk of sounding frivolous and dramatic (let's face it, I usually do), loose powder is a hugely critical step in my daily make-up routine. I always finish off my liquid base and concealer with a loose powder in the morning - I find it sets everything perfectly and makes my make-up last as long as possible, which is my main concern at the moment as I'm working long days without much time for touch-ups.
There are a zillion of loose powders on the market, and I'm currently flitting between three; Vichy Dermablend, Clarins Mineral Loose Powder and Laura Mercier Mineral Powder. I love them all for different reasons - that is by no means to say that you all need to run out and buy all three, but if you're interested in investing in a good loose powder, this post might help.
Vichy Dermablend Loose Powder
Both myself and Sinéad adore this; it's a very fine, translucent powder that really helps any kind of liquid base to stay put. I think it blurs my pores somewhat as well - it's a very powerful, concentrated powder, so much so that I actually found it hard to get used to using so little.
The fact that you need far less powder than usual makes this brilliant value for money. I think it's about €20 and I'm not even near halfway through my pot (purchased in March). I mostly use this on days when I really need my make-up to last. The odd time, I will put a small amount on my powder brush and mix it in with a mineral powder to reap the benefits of both!
Clarins Mineral Loose Powder - Shade 01*
The main difference between mineral powders and other loose powders is pigment. They offer a lot more colour and coverage, and colour is my main reason for loving this powder so much. When I was sent it, I really wasn't sure if I even had room in my collection for yet another loose powder, but I've been loving it since last spring.
What has me so enamoured with this powder is the shade - it is a perfect match to my natural skin tone. It's good for making skin look even and is so finely milled, meaning that it doesn't sit on top of the skin or make it look overly powdery. If you are pale like me and are sick of having to use translucent powders, this is a brilliant choice. Oh, and it smells great and is pretty good value at €38 for 30g!
Laura Mercier Mineral Powder
This stuff is the mother of all mineral powders. You know how we all have a "good" make-up item that is kept on rotation for special occasions, nights out, etc - well, this is mine. Don't get me wrong, I use it quite a bit for everyday wear too, but I mostly find myself turning to it when I really need my skin to look flawless. It evens everything out, offers great coverage (in fact, you can use this alone as a foundation), and covers a lot without ever looking cakey or flat.
I've found myself becoming more and more drawn to Laura Mercier for face products over the last year - this is my second Mineral Powder and I've also been loving her Silk Crème foundation. Next on my list is Secret Camouflage Concealer!