Do you wear pressed powder? Loose Powder?  Translucent powder? No powder?

loreal true match powder n2


I’ve long been devoted to L’Oreal True Match Pressed Powder but lately it is just not working.  It gets cakey and fills my pores.  It looks awful just a couple of hours into the day and I end up just wiping everything off my face.  I don’t know if my skin changed or if it’s the product but I don’t know where to turn….

Smashbox Photo Set Pressed Powder


I absolutely LOVE my Smashbox Photo Ready BB Cream and was at the counter to pickup some more when I spotted this little compact and decided to pick it up.  I figured it might work since the BB Cream is so great.  I found that this was a little cakey and way too yellow for my complexion.  I also can’t justify the cost for so little product.


laura mercier Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15





I’ve never tried the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizers that everyone raves about but I figured I might try the mineral powder.  This was beyond cakey… It looked like I had rubbed chalk all over my face.  It immediately went back to Sephora.


Clinique Perfectly Real


A friend of mine swears by the Clinique Perfectly Real Compact so I decided to give it a try.  This provided decent coverage but is not readily available at the Clinique counters (only Macy’s seems to carry it).  It also was a little too yellow for my complexion.

Moving on…

bareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15



A few years ago I was devoted to bareMinerals products.  I found that after a few hours, the product would gather around my nose and start to look cakey even with minimal application.  I also found that it was hard to transport for touch-ups during the day and it is messy.  The boyfriend got a little irritated on more than one occasion when the powder was flying all over his bathroom.


Make Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder


Last night I was going through boxes of makeup that need to be organized and found this little guy… Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder; a translucent finishing powder.  I pulled it out and set it aside to use this morning.  After applying serum and moisturizer, I applied my Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation and then using a fluffy brush, applied a thin layer of this finishing powder. I’m five hours in, no touch-ups required, no cakiness spotted, dewy but not shiny. Do we have a winner?

What’s your holy grail foundation/powder combination?