You may have realised by now that I’m a sucker for amazing face products as I’m always in search of cosmetics that can hide my redness and pores, cover my dryness and yet control my shine. So when I saw this swoon-worthy powder in a blog sale I did some research and read great review after great review, leading to a cheeky purchase. In the shops, this is €46.50 new so I was much happier trying out an unloved used powder at a fraction of the price to see how I fared.
There are 5 beautiful powders in the range, all with different colour combinations, from the lightest which I tried to ones shot through with brown and pink. All look amazing to be honest! Light Pastel which I bought has a combination of blue, pink, green and white powder to supposedly create the perfect porcelain setting powder.
To be honest though, the excitement waiting for this to arrive was actually the highlight of this product as frankly, everything went down hill from there.
In the pictures online (like you can see above) the separate colours of this powder all look really bright and striking, but in real life I had to look very closely to see the real differences in colour. Also, the actual four compartments of powders come out of tiny sifters in the shape of a G for Givenchy, but they’re very hard to get out so you need to close this, tip it over and then open it back up again and swirl the colours together. Even then you can’t regulate an even distribution which means the powder can come out too green or too blue. There was also no way to take the sifter off so in the end I had to shake all this powder out into a separate container and use it all mixed together as I actually couldn’t work with it normally. I had to say at this point I wasn’t overly impressed by any stretch of the imagination.
So, to how it worked, which changed my mind again about the powder. On my skin, it went on quite nicely, a little white, but nice all the same and the whiteness calmed down once you let it settle for a few minutes with your natural oils, which I’ve found with a lot of powders, even my beloved Lush powder. Once it had settled in, it looked really nice. As the day went on, it lasted really well and looked really good, no cakiness or obvious powder at all. My skin looked fresh and natural and it controlled my shine really well. But as the days and weeks went on I found this worked some days and then looked overly coloured or white other days. To be honest, it was just too much of a pain in the bum to be bothered with.
So my verdict? The powder was intermittently lovely, but I hated the packaging. Honestly, it simply isn’t worth the hassle for the price. Such a shame!
So girls, what’s the worst product you’ve tried lately?