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Review of Clinique stay matte sheer face powder.
Clinique do a few different face powders, but I chose stay matte sheer pressed powder after discussion with a Clinique representative in store. My chosen shade "stay buff".
The main selling advantage of this product is that it is for oil control and when applied does not disrupt your make-up underneath. It is suggested for oily and combination skin types.
Unfortunately it has no sun factor protection, however others in there collection do.
The powder can be applied with the included white circular pad or if you wish, with a brush. Personally I tend to use a brush at home as you can achieve a lighter covering and then use the pad if I am out and about for top ups. Powder can be applied all over the face or just onto oily areas like the TZone more susceptible to oil.
WHAT I THINK
I like the style of the compact, not so keen on the colour but it's ok. I like the fact the compact is quite sturdy and despite having a mirror inside, can be thrown in my handbag without fear of it smashing.
The powder is in set format but is picked up by the brush or pad easily and with minimal waste dust. I prefer a set powder as I feel they last longer and give less wastage. No particular smell that I have noted.
The powder is delivered to the skin easily and gives a light dusting over make-up. I feel it sets well on my skin, it does not feel heavy or pore blocking in anyway. Good coverage is achieved and does fade my oily patches. I do have to top up my powder frequently as in a few times a day as I do get quite oily skin especially around my nose and forehead. To this point the powder lasts me about 2-3 months which is ok but can be quite expensive given the price of the compact.
Easily removed with general cleansers, make-up cloths or soap and water. It does transfer to clothes a little if you are not careful especially collars, but no more than similar products.
Would I recommend? Yes is is a good product, however I personally would probably only buy when on offer somewhere of if buying a few items to get a free gift as its quite expensive and some high street brands like max factor and revlon do similar at half the price.
It comes in a compact which is retro 70's looking in a green slightly washed out look. A neat little silver effect clasp always closure to be secure and no accidental openings as you have to push it in and lift the lid at the same time. Inside the top half has a mirror in it
Solid and tidy, small and sturdy.
In the lower half is the actual powder which is compacted into a set format.
Cost is £23 for a 7.6gram (this is the Clinique price)
Available from www.clinique.co.uk , many big department stores and chemists where Clinique counters are held, EBay, Amazon and some other make-up websites.
Review by siberian-queen © and maybe found on other review sites under the same username.
My skin is all over the place - dry days, oily days, break outs. But this powder is the best for oily days. I bought it specifically to take on holiday to Nice as I wanted to try and look nice even in the baking sun. And this powder served me very well.
This was such a lovely powder to use. It went on easily as the sponge supplied has a lovely soft texture. With light presses it picks up product so you dont need to scrape at the palette. Word of warning - press, never sweep. With sweeping the product mixed with any natural oils on my skin, gave uneven coverage and the broke down significantly quicker over the day so I needed to reapply several times. However, with gentle presses over the face the product could lie on top of my skin and matify it without making me look 'cakey'. Once on the skin I found it best to leave it for five minutes, just to let it settle, before sweeping blusher or bronzer over. Makes dealing with oily days a piece of cake!
It is £23.00 for a palette which I think it is definitely worth the money if your skin is oily most of the time and you would wear it daily. Minimum product is used so I am sure it would keep going for several months. And I still think it is worth the money for someone, like myself, who wears it occasionally as you just can't get the same effect from cheaper products. As with all Clinique products it comes in a range of shades that have three different bases (pink, neutral and yellow) so I am sure you would be able to find a shade to suit.