Why do cosmetic companies come up with long names for their products? It's been making me wonder for a while now. Anyway, I am reviewing the pressed powder that I have been using since January this year, which I got a while back from Apothica. I have only tried the Caribbean in a Compact Sunny Bronzer and the Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder (which is now a favorite) but I was impressed in the quality of their products, so it goes without saying that I have high hopes for this product. Read on for the review.
Here is how this powder is described on the Too Faced website:
What It Is:
Micronized pigments literally “float” atop skin to even out tone, eliminate unwanted shine and set foundation. An exclusive combination of complexion perfectors increase elasticity, moisture and firmness.
More To Love:
Preventative & Powerful Antioxidants: Free radicals are blocked, UVA & UVB damage is reduced and repaired.
Seaweed Extract & Sea Water: Increase moisture levels, elasticity and heals environmentally ravaged skin.
Chamomile: Soothes and calms, helping skin rejuvenate.
Vitamins: A, C and E, a daily dose of vitamins for the skin offer long term benefits and a healthier complexion.
What I like:
- First off, the compact is really cute. It's not the most classy packaging as compared to Chanel and higher end brands but still very nice and girly without being too pink. There is also a nice inscription on the mirror inside that says "Why be pretty when you can be gorgeous?". There is also a separate sponge compartment which somehow makes it more hygienic though bulkier than say, MAC Blot.
- The texture is fine and silky smooth and blends easily on the skin. The finish is more satiny than matte so although it looks kinda matte, it definitely isn't flat and dull.
- It's not translucent as I expected. It has a slight tint to it which is good if you want a little color on your powder.
- Oil control is pretty good and keeps my face shine-free for about half a day and then it gets dewy as the day progresses. But on really hot days, expect oil control to be a tad shorter.
- It contains a generous amount of 9g.
- It is infused with Vitamins C, A, & E which are claimed to be good for the skin.
- Has not caused any irritation or break outs.
- Does not turn ashy on me.
- Has a shelf life of 12 months. But you know powder, right? They last longer than cream ones.
- Fairly priced at $27 based on Too Faced SRP. If converted to Php, it a little over Php 1000.
What I don't like:
- I know it's supposed to be translucent and not alter the foundation shade but it somehow manages to do just that. It could also be due to my being acidic, though.
- Brand isn't locally available so you have to rely on resellers (which are sometimes ridiculously overpriced though some are reasonably priced) and pre-orders if you want to get your hands on these products. I wish someone would bring this brand here as it is slowly growing on me.
Overall rating: 4.5/5
Will I buy again? Probably not. I still like MAC Blot a little better probably because it's much more accessible here in the country.
Talc, Mica, Zinc Stearate, Ethoxydiglycol, Silk (Serica), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Glycine Soya (Soybean) Oil, Algae Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Silica, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG/PPG-4/12 Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Methicone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
Have you tried this product? What other powders or Too Faced products would you recommend?
Have a safe rainy Wednesday, everyone! :)
Disclaimer: Product purchased using sponsorship funds from SkinCareRX but does not in any way affect my opinion on the said product.