I’ve been looking for a new colourless setting powder for quite a long time now. EmilyNoel83 (I love watching her YouTube videos) uploaded a video a few months ago featuring her favourite natural face powders. The Too Faced Primed and Poreless Powder was given a mention and I thought, ‘Why not try it?’.
I tried the powder over a foundation which I love but doesn’t have great staying power (I usually need a touch-up mid-morning) and wow!!! After applying my make-up early in the morning (around 7:15am), I didn’t feel the need for any powder touch-ups until later in the afternoon around 4pm. That’s right – 4pm!!!
The powder comes packaged in a very pretty pale pink box with gold etching and black writing.
The front of the box provides the name and net weight of the product (10g/0.35oz). The back of the box provides product details, including how to use the powder, the effect that it has on the skin and some of the ingredients.
The box says that you can use the powder to prime before make-up, as well as using it as a setting powder over foundation. Using it before make-up slightly confuses me as it is a powder but it might be worth trying out (perhaps under a powder foundation) to see how it works. The product is marketed as mattifying skin and giving a soft focus effect to the skin, all without changing your skin tone.
The box says that the powder contains silica, vitamins (A and C) and mulberry extract which are meant to brighten and minimise pores, lines and imperfections. I’m not sure about all of that information but I do love the effect that it has on my skin.
The powder itself is encased in a pretty pink compact which mirrors the design of the outer box. The powder compact feels sturdy and good quality, without being too heavy or flimsy.
There is a mirror in the top lid part of the compact, which makes it easy to powder or ‘touch up’ on the go. The base of the powder flips up to a bottom section where the powder puff can be stored.
The powder puff comes with a little handle on the top which can be used to aid application of powder.
The puff itself is nice and fluffy and picks up a good amount of powder. I’m not sure how well the ribbon handle will hold up over time (it is quite delicate) but it is a pretty feature and adds to the girlie tone of the overall packaging. I like to use a powder brush to apply the setting powder to my face but I think the powder puff works just as well.
The powder itself looks whitish, with a very faint pink glow to it. The powder goes on completely colourless, so don’t be worried about it showing up white on your skin. The powder has a fantastic texture, in that it feels very soft and silky. It glides on to the skin and blends beautifully, whether you use the powder puff or a brush for application.
I am not quite sure how this powder may work on people with darker skin tones, due to it being whitish in the compact. I would be interested to know!
I’m soooo, sooooo happy that I decided to give this powder a try!! I had always looked at it in the past but I had never fully known how to use it, due to it being marketed as both a primer and a setting powder. I’m really glad that I gave it a shot as it is an awesome setting powder!!!! Over foundation, the powder gives the skin the most beautiful soft focus finish, without looking powdery. It really does what I want from a setting powder – it sets my make-up and keeps it in place all day, whilst keeping the overall look and finish of the foundation (whether you have used a glowy or matte foundation).
My skin looks natural, soft and radiant with this powder, rather than powdery and chalky. As mentioned above, it keeps my foundation in place all day and requires only very minor touch-ups. My skin is normal-oily, so it is fantastic to not have to worry about touching up my make-up across the day.
Stockists and Price
The Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Pressed Powder is available from Debenhams, Selfridges and various online retailers. The powder costs £24, so it is by no means a cheap product. However, it is worth it to me due to its long-lasting nature and the finish it gives to the skin.
Have you tried this powder before? What did you think of it? Do you have a darker skin tone and did it work (or not work) on you? Or do you have any other setting powders that you would recommend? Let me know in the comments section below.