I'm very loyal to certain products in my make-up collection and it takes a lot for me to even take a second glance at a similar product let alone test drive one. Take for instance the NARS Translucent Crystal Light Reflecting Pressed Powder. Since this came into my life, I haven't strayed. So much so that there is a big gaping hole in the middle and it's starting to cry out to be replaced. However, I was intrigued by this powder, the SEVENTEEN Stay Time Pressed Powder* (€5.69) as, for one, it was in the right shade which is a rarity with budget brands and, for two, I had never tried anything from the brand before so my curiosity was piqued.
SEVENTEEN say that this powder aims to "put your base in its place - and keep it there!". I don't agree that it has any kind of spectacular longevity, especially when compared to the NARS and even more so to the Vichy Dermablend Loose Powder. However, for €5.69, I don't really care and so long as it sets my make-up until the next touch-up, I'm happy.
The shade Fair is perfect for me (NC15 in MAC, B10 in Chanel, Calico in No7) and it's got a slight yellow undertone which makes it great for neutralising any pink in my cheeks or around my nose. The formula is quite lovely with a satin finish and no obvious chalkiness - it sits well on the skin.
I love that this powder is so affordable and works really nicely on the skin. I don't agree that it is a longwearing or 'lock everything in' type powder but, I do think it is exactly what so many of us need for chucking in our handbags for touch-ups throughout the day. What really sold it to me though, after quality was confirmed as being good, is how much product you get for just over a fiver. You get 13g of product while with the likes of a MAC MSFN you get 10g and the aforementioned NARS yields just 7g and both of those cost much much more than the SEVENTEEN.