Product Type: 2True makeup
Newest Review: ... downside to the range, although theoretically transparent should suit several skin tones. [See below though.] 2true say the powder will giv... more
Too good to be 2true?
2true Smooth Matte Powder
Member Name: ryeb
2true Smooth Matte Powder
Advantages: Smooth finish, quickly rids skin of shine, blends in easily, low price
Disadvantages: Limited shades, the translucent one has a white tone, doesn't keep me shine free all day
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]
Summary: A good powder, and a low cost one too