I've always been a bit suspicious of loose powder, especially the kind that is supposed to be used to "set" makeup. On me, it often looks caked-on and masklike. Looks like I'm not the only one. WhiplashGirlchild recently shared her review of Make Up For Ever Super Matte Loose Powder in the Beauty Product Junkies group. Here's what she had to say:
I've been on a quest for a primer, so I asked a sales girl which she recommended for staying power. She told me that what she recommends isn't a primer at all, but this Make Up For Ever loose powder. Then, she did a little demo for me. She rubbed two smudges of lipstick on her hand, and dusted the powder over one, but left the other one alone. Then, after a few minutes, she asked me to rub each smudge with my finger. The one with the powder barely budged, but the one without got smudged. I was sold! She dusted Translucent Natural #12 on me. I liked how it looked in the mirror, so I bought it.
When I got home, I looked at it in natural light, and I hated it. It wasn't translucent natural — it was kind of yellow-y, and it looked caked-on and felt gritty on my face. I tried reapplying with my kabuki brush instead of the pouf it came with, but it wasn't any better. I really do want staying power but I'd rather sacrifice it in order for my skin to look natural and velvety, y'know?
Yikes! Sounds like a real disappointment. (Thanks for your candor, Whip!) Share your stories in Beauty Product Junkies, and maybe I'll post yours here, too!