Product Type: Barbara Daly makeup
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Barbara Daly Ultra-Light Pressed Powder Fair
Member Name: hanmillie
Barbara Daly Ultra-Light Pressed Powder Fair
Date: 12/09/12, updated on 12/09/12 (141 review reads)
Advantages: Light natural finish, easy to apply, useful compact
Disadvantages: None in my opinion
Although not a fan of wearing heavy makeup everyday, I do like to use spot of powder to even out my complexion during a day at the office and to prevent my face looking shiny. Usually, (as my previous reviews will demonstrate) I stick to a Rimmel powder, however on a recent trip to Tesco on my lunch break they were out of my normal Rimmel brand and so I popped a Barbara Daly compact into my basket. Whilst this brand was slightly more expensive than my usual purchase, I had read only good things about it online and was therefore keen to give it a try.
This face powder is described on the Tesco website as providing a 'matt perfection' finish to the skin. The fair powder option is a lovely looking pale cream and I have found that it sits well on my skin even at this time of year when my face is ever so slightly tanned. However, this powder does also come in two other colour ways in my local store see those being:
* Medium - A slightly darker shade than fair with a noticeably pinkish undertone.
* Warm - A darker coffee/beige tone.
The powder is presented in a 10g compact which looks and feels slightly more expensive than other brands. The compact is shiny black in colour and has a black compressible button at the front to enable you to open the lid. Inside, the compact features a built in mirror within the lid and a thin white applicator puff which is branded with the 'bd' logo. The powder itself sits neatly in the bottom of the compact, it too has 'bd' imprinted into the surface of the powder, and it was the neatness of this logo that made me not want to ruin the orderliness of it on first use.
Although a puff is provided with this product, it can also be applied with a makeup brush and this is how I prefer to use it being that I can blend it quickly to my skin. This product is dermatologically tested and is also waterproof, a claim that I have yet to test.
Price and Availability
As buyers of the Barbara Daly range will know, this makeup can only be bought in Tesco and it was in one of their larger stores that I bought mine for around £6. Currently this powder retails for £5.75 on the Tesco website and they are also offering a 3 for 2 buy at present making it a good deal all round in my opinion.
Use and Experience
Upon buying my first Barbara Daly product I was keen to open it up to see how good it really was. The powder itself felt soft on my fingertips and I was pleased to find that the powder was odourless; a feature that I find better on my skin as it does not aggravate it in any way. Now, at this point it is worth mentioning that I have quite good skin but as I am now nearing my mid to late twenties (yikes how did that happen!) I am beginning to get a couple of fine lines around my eyes.
To begin application I first primed my skin using my everyday moisturiser. After about five minutes when my skin felt hydrated and the moisturiser had sunk in I applied a couple of dabs of concealer before applying the powder. Although a powder puff is provided with this product I do personally prefer a brush as I find it less cakey to apply in this way. Therefore a medium sized makeup brush was swirled around in the powder before being swept across my face. The colour of the powder blended easily into my facial skin and gave a light and natural finish which was not at all apparent despite my close inspection. The powder also felt light on my skin and this was a feeling that I loved as my skin did not feel at all made up. Over the day, I monitored my face and was pleased to find that I did not experience any shininess or rubbing away of the powder despite my routine lunchtime walk.
A great feature of this powder in my opinion is that you can use as little or as much as you like depending on how your skin feels or looks on the day. For days when my skin has an outbreak I like to apply a light coating of foundation before dusting it with powder and I find that this powder takes the shininess out of the foundation without affecting the coverage. On days when my skin feels dry and tight, I find that a liberal coating of moisturiser and a light dash of powder means that my face feels and looks fine all day.
My favourite feature of this compact is the built in mirror as it means that the powder can be applied anywhere during the day and it was this feature that came in handy on a recent holiday. Although the puff is useful if you are caught short without a brush I personally find it a little thin and flimsy to use. Although I think that the claim that this product provides 'matt perfection' is a slight exaggeration, it certainly works well on my skin and covers up blemishes and shininess very satisfyingly. Therefore this powder comes highly recommended.
As a result of the above this product scores an excellent five stars from me.
Thanks for reading! x
Summary: A fantastic everyday facial powder