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When I was buying some make up in Superdrug, I noticed that the 2true range included some pressed face powder for the low price of £1.99. [13g] I decided that they were worth a try, especially as I wanted a nail polish from the same range and all products are on a long standing offer of any 3 for £4.99. I opted or the translucent shade of the Smooth Matte powder, as I have pale skin, and I thought the other options were too dark/orangey.
I believe 2true make up is only available in Superdrug. It is a budget range, and I presume is aimed at younger women, but now I have hit 30, I am still buying it! I have to say that I felt that some of my previous buys were disappointing in quality, even considering the low price. For that reason, this hasn't been one of my favourite brands. However, as it was a long time since I had bought something except their cheek stain, and the range had obviously changed a lot, I thought it was time to give them another chance.
There are only 3 shades of pressed powder available - transparent, soft peach and soft beige. They are labelled by number though, with the translucent powder that I have being number 1. The lack of shade options is one downside to the range, although theoretically transparent should suit several skin tones. [See below though.] 2true say the powder will give a natural matte finish and control shine, which is exactly what I expect a powder to do.
The powder packaging doesn't look more than basic, but that is reflected in the price. It isn't in the form of a hinged compact, so there is a screw top lid. No applicator is included, not even a basic sponge one. I don't mind that as I prefer to use my own brushes anyway. The surface area at least makes sweeping the brush across it easy, and the lid fits snugly enough for it to be safe to carry around in my handbag should I wish to. It would have been handy to have a mirror in the lid, but that would no doubt push the price up.
The powder picks up well on the brush with just a light sweep across the surface. If anything, it is gathered up too well, so it is more important than normal to brush off any excess before you reach your face. I learnt this the hard way, because at first I thought the effect was too powdery looking. Then I realised that I was just putting too much on and a light covering gives best results. It feels smooth when applied, and my skin surface feels pleasantly soft to touch afterwards. I do think the translucent shade is actually more a light ivory. As I normally opt for ivory shades, this isn't a problem for me, but if you have darker skin then it may well make you look too white and pale. For me, it blends easily, and gives a light disguise to dark circles even when used alone. On most occasions, I have worn it over liquid foundation as an added barrier against shine. I have an oily t-zone, so the powder helps keep me matte without the fiddle of reapplying foundation in my lunch break.
DOES IT WORK?
I was happy with the initial finish because it looked smooth, even and not too obviously there, once I had perfected the art of applying it lightly! As mentioned above, I have found that if I have slight dark circles, it conceals them, but I wouldn't regard it as a substitute for concealor on actual blemishes. I don't think it gives thick enough coverage for that. I was worried that half an hour after wearing using it for the first time, my mum said to me "What have you done to your face?". Thankfully, she followed that comment with "Your skin looks great", so I knew I had not suddenly developed large blemishes! I was only wearing the powder, over moisturiser so I was confident that the powder was to thank for my good skin day. My oily areas stayed matte until lunchtime on average, whether using the powder with foundation or not. [I had applied it in the morning around 7am.] It is quick to apply again, so I didn't mind that it didn't last all day. Despite applying it quite frequently, the powder is lasting well. I have been using it for around 6 weeks consistently, and I have scarcely dented the surface. It is still in one piece, and hasn't cracked or crumbled as some powders tend to do.
WOULD I RECOMMEND?
I was really surprised that I liked this. The price is fantastic and considering that, I will forgive the fact it didn't keep me shine free all day. My forehead does develop shine very quickly though, so it may well last longer for you if you have friendlier skin. I am happy that it hasn't bocked my pores - another delightful problem of mine. I would recommend you give it a try, providing you can find a colour that suits you and you don't mind touching up the podwer during the day. I have bought some other things from 2true now, encouraged by the success of the pressed powder!
Available at Superdrug stores and from them online.
[This review also appears under my user name on Ciao.x]
I like to use pressed powder to apply to my face after I have already put on my foundation. This is because it helps to set the make up well. Another reason I feel the need to wear pressed powder is because I have quite oily skin, so this helps to make it look less shiny and keep it matte. I do not like to spend too much money on powders, so I just dabble with the cheap options available. I had tried some 2true products before, so decided to try out their smooth matte powder.
2true is a cheap brand of cosmetics which are exclusively stocked in Superdrug stores and online on their website. The 2true stand is usually quite a small display located within the make up area. I often find that most Superdrug stores do stock this brand, particularly the bigger ones. The retail price of this pressed powder is only £1.99 which I think is fantastic, especially when you compare it to other branded powders which probably do the same job. There is also an ongoing offer on 2true products whereby if you purchase three products you only have to pay £4.99 which makes a small saving.
One thing which I was not too pleased with is that there are only three shades available in this powder. These are Shade 1 (Translucent), Shade 2 (Soft Peach) and Shade 3 (Soft Beige). It is expected that there are not many shades available, however I do find that this brand caters only to paler skin tones. I go for the translucent shade which would be suitable for all skin tones, as it does not set as a colour. In the past I had tried Shade 2 and found it quite orangey for my skin tone, so I would recommend the Shade 1 for the most natural look.
As shown in the image, the pressed powder comes in a fairly boring and simple design. You do not get a free brush with this, so ensure that you have your own one. To use, you simply need to remove the lid of the powder, and swirl your brush around the powder liberally. I was amazed at just how pigmented the powder is for such a cheap price. A soft swirl created plenty of powder on the tip of my brush, and this makes application easy and simple - if a little a messy.
I found the results of this powder to be extremely impressive. It states that it is a matte powder, and it really does give your skin the perfect matte finish. Despite having quite oily skin, it covered this completely and left my face dry all day which is a great change compared to other powders. I found that it was good for covering redness and smaller blemishes which was nice, and it just gives the perfect finish. Admittedly, it is not the most natural finish. You can tell that it is visible, therefore if you do not like a thicker finish, I would not recommend this. However, for me this was perfect. For the price I paid, the results were fantastic. The powder did not last all day, but I am happy to reapply it once or twice to settle my oiliness.
Overall, this is a fantastic face powder. I would recommend trying this out if you have a lighter skin tone and can find one of the three shades to suit your face. I will happily repurchase this in the future, as it leaves skin looking lovely, and sets my foundation really nicely. Four stars - thanks for reading.