Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder-Holding Up Under the Pressure

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With all of the running around for the Thanksgiving Holiday, I needed a powder that would be able to keep my oil at bay while giving me flawless coverage.

I have used so many powders and foundations, that it is hard for me to stick with one brand/line over a long period of time, but after finding and using this $4.99 Maybelline powder, I haven’t been reaching for anything else.

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Fit Me Pressed Powder is smooth, not grainy, and doesn’t flashback white in photos.  There is a great range of color shades, and it is easy to appy.  The formula deposits a nice amount of color and coverage on my skin without becoming cakey.

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With 18 shades ranging from fair to dark, it is a great drugstore find for anyone.

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Wearing Maybelline Fit Me Powder

Have you tried any products from Maybelline’s FitMe line?   Have you tried this powder?

Physicians Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls: Why Would a Physician Make A Highlighter?

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Really, really?  PHYSICIANS FORMULA?  When Dr. Frank Crandall dreamed up this line, did he think it would evolve into powder palettes with high heels and hearts stamped into them?

Dr. Frank Crandall in case you were curious who this physician was. (Image via physiciansformula.com)

Dr. Frank Crandall in case you were curious who this physician was. (Image via physiciansformula.com)

I purchased this powder because I am starting to become interested in contouring and highlighting, and I have been looking for an inexpensive powder to practice with.  I usually pass by the Physicians Formula display in the store, because I always felt that for a drugstore brand, they are slightly on the expensive side.

I saw a photo of a woman on Instagram the other day who had a gorgeous highlight, and she said it was a Physicians Formula powder.  So off I went to Target to check it out!

After looking over the display, I settled on the Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls.  In the package it had a high sheen look and the color seemed like a good neutral shade to compliment my skin.

(The product is lighter, but thanks to my bad lighting it appears darker.)

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The compact is a chrome silver with a pearl on the cover.  It’s very cute and mermaid-y.  The directions on the package state that you can wear this all over your face, to even out skin tone, but I would suggest only using this as a highlight and not as an allover powder.

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It is quite shimmery, and definitely not a product I would wear outside during the day because it is incredibly reflective.  However, it will give you a nice glow for a nighttime event.  On first sight, the product has a high sheen, but once you dip into the pan, it doesn’t look like it is quite as shiny.  I can’t wait to try this on a full face and wear it out.

Have you used any Physicians Formula products?  Do you love the brand?

Can We Talk About Ben Nye Banana Powder for a Minute?

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Oh Ben Nye, thank you for inventing this product which is now available to the masses.  This powder is not a miracle, the miracle is in the person who knows how to apply it. 

 Benjamin Emmet Nye, Sr. in case you were wondering.

The genius behind Ben Nye Makeup Company: Benjamin Emmet Nye, Sr. in case you were wondering.

To  be honest, I ordered this Banana Powder sight unseen because a few years ago, I heard one of Kim Kardashian’s makeup artists used it on her.  Those who wear a full face all want to know the secrets to her makeup perfection. 

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I have been using Ben Nye Banana Powder for the better part of a year now.  I am tan with a yellow undertone, so this powder suits me nicely.  I use it to set my undereye concealer, and to lighten and brighten my dark circles. 

Using this extremely finely milled powder is not for the faint of heart or makeup novices, as it is hard to know where and how to apply it to make you look your best.  The best part of the powder is that it is so finely milled that it does not attribute to a cake face.  I’m sure you can layer it with a wet beauty sponge if you really want a caked on look, but in itself, with a dry sponge, I have been able to apply over my concealer and find that I haven’t had a problem with it. 

Sorry for the crude language, but I had to!

Sorry for the crude language, but I had to!

For me, it is best to use this powder over some kind of primer, concealer, or foundation because it seems to need something to stick to.   Most of the advice I have heard about Banana Powder is that once applying, let it “bake” or set-in before blending out. 

I purchased the 1.5 oz. container, which is considered the small size, a year ago and I haven’t even used a quarter of the product yet.  So you don’t need to buy the larger sizes unless you are a makeup artist using it on clients, because you will not go through product quickly. 

I purchased from CameraReadyCosmetics.com.  At the time I paid $11, but now it has gone up to $15 for the 1.5 oz size which is well worth it considering how much other makeup brands sell for that amount of product. 

I love applying this powder, since I apply a full matte face, it can sometimes look very one dimensional, and this powder helps with that.  It gives some highlight and variation, without the shimmer or sparkle that most highlighters have.  It translates really beautifully in photos as well, because there is no flash back or white cast.

Give Banana Luxury Powder a try, it will become a holy grail in your kit.

Wearing banana powder

Wearing banana powder for a Target run

Banana Powder Tutorial from Nur (NURBERXO on Instagram):

Have you tried Banana Powder?  Did it work for you?

ModelCo Bronzer-Look Like You Just Came Back From A Tropical Vacation All Year Long

 

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Since I belong to the NC42 skin-tone club, I consider myself quite tan.  I have always been encouraged to not wear dark makeup and try to lighten up, so I never thought bronzer would be for me.  I am an avid blush fan, but never really thought to use bronzer because I did not think it would make a difference on my skin, or stand out. 

When I received ModelCo’s Bronzer in the shimmer shade in my Birchbox for August, it sat in my makeup collection (the blush drawer) for a couple of weeks, because I wasn’t quite sure if I was going to use it. 

I finally started using it this week, and I am so happy I did!  This bronzer looks gorgeous on my full face of makeup.  It gives me the same look I have every time I come back from Hawaii.

The pigment is nice, and the powder is lightweight, so it doesn’t add more cake to my face.  This bronzer is just slightly shimmery so it is perfect to wear out during the day, without being too obvious.  It seems to give just the right amount of definition and glow. 

When applying bronzer, a good rule to follow (unless you’re a contouring superstar) is to apply to areas of the face where the sun would naturally hit.  So I apply to my forehead, the bridge of my nose, the area between my bottom lip and chin.  I also apply to the hollows of my cheeks (the area the sucks in when you make a fishy face) for a little contour. 

After searching for bronzer facecharts, I was lucky enough to find this simple one on Pinterest.

After searching for bronzer facecharts, I was lucky enough to find this simple chart on Pinterest.

 ModelCo Bronzer comes in two formulas, either matte or shimmer.  I recommend the shimmer, just because it doesn’t have obnoxious chunks of glitter in it, it really only has just enough to reflect light. I don’t really see the shimmer up close in the mirror.  The shimmer is a good option for me because I am combination/oily, and it makes my full matte face application not look so one dimensional. 

Photo courtesy of maccosmetics.com

Photo courtesy of maccosmetics.com

I use the MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush to apply this bronzer.  I like it because it gives me a more precise application that I can blend later. 

ModelCo Bronzer retails for $22 and you can get it on Birchbox.com and ModelCoCosmetics.com.

 

Do you wear bronzer?  How do you apply it?  Do you prefer blush or bronzer?

 

Let’s Talk About E.L.F. Baby, Let’s Talk About You and Me

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e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder
(Image from eyeslipsface.com)

My really good friend who wears just about as much makeup as I do gifted me the e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder in sheer.  She is an oily girl like me and knows that I am always on the hunt for mattifying products.   

A couple of weeks before, I picked up the Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder from Tarte.  I had been applying Smooth Operator over my full face for a couple of weeks so I was familiar with using this type of translucent setting powder. 

Some people say that the e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder has terrible packaging, but I have no had any problems with it whatsoever.  I just tap a little into the lid and swirl it with my large powder brush and apply.  I haven’t had any problems with mess.

When I received this e.l.f. HD powder, I switched it out for the Tarte S.O. powder and actually ended up liking the e.l.f. powder a bit better.  It also doesn’t help that the e.l.f. powder is $26 less expensive than the Tarte version, and they essentially do the same thing.

This result surprised me, because I actually really like Tarte.  Their whole line is amazing!  I usually shy away from e.l.f because I haven’t had the best experience with their products. 

The e.l.f. HD powder really held up throughout the day, and I had to dab away at my oil less than I usually do, which is a major plus.  It did not feel heavy, or make my skin feel tight, and it didn’t leave as light of a cast on me as the Tarte powder did. 

BUT and this is a big but, it broke me out!  After using for about a week, I noticed that I had quite a few large blemishes in places I usually don’t get them.  I wasn’t sure which of my products was causing this, but I stopped using the e.l.f. HD powder for two weeks, and my skin cleared up right away.

Will I stop using this powder?  Nope.  I really think it makes my makeup look flawless and even makes my pores almost disappear, but I will probably only use this on special occasions, and use the Tarte Smooth Operator for my daily needs.

I know quite a few brands are coming out with these types of oil absorbing translucent powders.  Which ones are your faves, or do you just stick to plain ‘ol cornstarch?