Product Type: 2True makeup
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2true Smooth Matte Powder
Member Name: lj174
2true Smooth Matte Powder
Advantages: Sets foundation well, Keeps skin smooth and matte, Well pigmented, Cheap!
Disadvantages: Not the most long lasting powder, Limited shades.
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.
Summary: A good face powder for the price.