Last week, I decided I needed a relatively inexpensive powder I can keep in my handbag, to set my make up and reduce shine. This is how I got on using Rimmel's Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder...
I picked this up in Shade 001, which is 'Transparent', as I didn't want a powder which would contribute any additional colour to my face. Usually, I use Clinique's 'Stay Matte' Pressed Powder Compact, however Simply just a product I can sweep over my T-Zone to 'Stay Matte'. Rimmel's promise is that this powder can cope with up to 5 hours shine control and also helps to reduce the appearance of pores. As well as this, the formula contains minerals which is always great to see, particularly in one so reasonably priced (£3.99!) This was just what I was looking for so I whisked it away and have been road testing it for the past week.
For such an inexpensive product, I've been really happy with the results. The powder is quite finely milled and as a result, temporarily reduces the appearance of pores that can look larger when your skin becomes oily. As well as this, it keeps my skin shine-free for about three hours until I feel I need to reapply, which I do really easily with a Kabuki brush for full and even coverage. The 'Transparent' Shade is really great and I like it because it doesn't dull your face as much as a highly pigmented powder may do. My only little niggle is the packaging - obviously to keep costs down it has been packaged very simply with a wide pan and just a lid placed over the top. I'm dreading the day that the lid comes off in my handbag! Also, this product really is aimed at those who struggle with a shiny, oily complexion so I think it would be perhaps somewhat drying on Normal to Dry skin types. But overall, it's a great top-up product to carry around in your handbag and I will continue to use it throughout the Summer.
For those of you that may be umm-ing and ahh-ing over whether to purchase powder in its pressed or loose form, have a read of a post I did last week for an 'all you need to know' guide --> HELP: Pressed and Loose Powder- What's the Difference?
What powders have impressed you recently?
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