So if you follow me on twitter you will know that I have recently splurged on some new make up products. I say splurged because I have recently come to think how much an investment my makeup is for me, I wear it everyday...all day. And for something that is in contact with my skin for that long, I need to make sure that the products I use are completely compatible with my skin, so that I'm not only looking after the way I look with my make up on, but off too. So for that reason, for products that sit on my entire face (foundation and powder) I took the decision to use higher end products (as I have done for many years). I'm not saying that this is appropriate for everyone, but if you have read my previous blogs, you will know that I have problematic skin and skin that will react badly to the cheaper foundations (as I have found out the hard way in the past). But if you have lovely skin then you can probably get away with wearing any thing, and for this I envy you.
But on to my review. With my problem skin has come an oiliness that means by the end of the day my makeup has almost worn right off, I was up until a while ago unable to use powder as it dried out my skin which just made it more oily and so had the complete opposite effect to what I was hoping to achieve.
But I recently came across a wonderful powder by Clinique that does not cause this effect. Their loose blended face powder is brilliant. I use number 3 (transparency 3) which is suitable for very fair to fair skin. It comes with its own retractable travel brush, which is really good for handbag application but a larger fluffier powder brush is better to apply (but to be fair most days I just use its brush for an application and it works just fine). The powder is fine blended and so goes on really soft. I would recommend a pressed powder for people who want to matte their face completely, but I find that this loose powder matte's any shine without leaving a 'cakey' look to my skin, it also sets my makeup making it last all day, extending the life of my makeup even further by using this and a primer. In winter a primer does this job on its own but in hot summer months I need something more.
The powder is a little on the pricey side (£20 including the brush) but you get a lot of product that uses allergy tested ingredients and Clinique do not test on animals either.
All in all id say that its worth the investment and can take on any high street alternative.
So thats all for now, I'm going to be writing a few more reveiws soon, again about recently purchased products, and a list of 5 must tries and 5 must avoids.