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I bought this after constantly being unhappy with cheaper brands so thought I would purchase a more expensive brand to see if it was better and I was pleased to see that it was. It cost me £18 which I consider to be very expensive but I will not be using it every day so it will last a while and it is good quality so if you do use pressed powders then I recommend it.
It comes in a little cardboard box which I like to keep it in so it looks nice. Inside this cardboard box is the pressed powder which is housed inside a plastic compact. This compact is green and snaps shut. Once it is closed it is firmly shut, it won't open up by mistake in your make up back unlike with some other brands.
Inside the compact is the powder which is in the bottom and is round with a little spongy pad which fits inside it perfectly. The top part of the compact contains a square mirror making this very practical as you do not need to get another mirror out and so you can just hold this compact in one hand whilst applying the powder.
The powder is firmly packed but I find when I run the sponge over it that the powder does come away quite easily without having to apply much pressure to it. I apply this straight to my skin if it looks quite oily which is does around my forehead but if I am planning on wearing a full face of make up if I am having a special occasion then I will apply this over the top of the foundation so that it sits on top of the foundation as I think this works best and looks better.
The powder goes onto the skin/foundation easily and just smooths on. It does take away the shine on my face and looks very subtle and natural at the same time. The powder is very fine so it doesn't show up unless you do get extremely close. It lasts a good while too, I don't need to reapply it and I find at the end of the day it is still in place, maybe not quite as perfect as it was but it has definitely lasted much longer than other brands.
I am very pleased with this, it feels light too so I do not feel as though I'm wearing a big thick layer of make up which is clogging up my pores.
It may have cost me a lot more than other brands have previously but it is definitely worth those extra pounds. Available from Clinique counters in several shades, I recommend this to you.
This Clinique face powder compact has been my compact of choice for several years now. It isn't the cheapest, that's for sure, but for me face powder is definitely something you need to invest in, as the cheaper brands can really look awful. Also, not that I am usually one to buy something based on the packaging, but for a product like this that is meant to be carried round in your handbag, it is important that it is handy and reliable, ie. it won't burst open in your purse and either get ruined or ruin everything else in your bag! The Clinique compact snaps shut properly and is perfectly secure. It stays in my handbag at all times for emergency touch ups.
In terms of wearability, I would say that I use this compact mostly in two situations. The first is if I am going for a more made up, glamourous look, I usually use a wide brush to brush this powder over my foundation for a really matte but slightly dewy complexion. The other use is to have in your handbags for blemish emergencies on the run or if you've say been swimming or sweating or stayed over somewhere, you can just throw a bit of this on your skin for a more even look.
Generally I do prefer to use a liquid foundation for day to day use, but this powder does do a decent job of evening out my skin. You have to be careful to blend it well and make sure you don't put on too much though, because otherwise you will end up with semi-circle powder lines on your face from the application sponge.
Also, remember to wash out your sponge regularly otherwise it can get rather dirty with face oil build ups and the like, which can lead to blemishes or uneven applications.
As you can probably tell, I don't use this powder all that much, maybe 2 to 3 times a week, but even so it does really last a very long time. I've probably had only two in the last 3 years or so. That's a great buy in my books!
The other thing I really like about this particular Clinique Sheer Powder is that it doesn't look too dull but also doesn't leave your face looking glittery. I know that's somethign that some people like, but for me I think it is a bit cheap looking. I prefer a more matte to satin finish, like this powder, and then if I wanted more shimmer I would use a bronzer or blush.
All in all I'm very happy with the Sheer Powder as a good, light coverage powder for occasional use.
A pressed powder is one of the most important items of make up in my collection and it is something that I always have with in my handbag. If I had to chose one single item of make up to take to a desert island with me, it would be toss up between Touch éclat, a mascara or a pressed powder. But I think the pressed powder would be the item of make up that would end up coming with me.
The reason I'm so fond of pressed powder is that it keeps my skin oily looking matte for longer. It seems to mop up the excess oils from my skin and makes my face feel fresh and clean, preventing me from shining too much. I also prefer the pressed powder to the loose powders because you don't get the same wastage and there is always less mess.
One of my favourite pressed powders is the Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder created by Clinique. I don't think I am alone in thinking this as it is Clinique's best selling powders.
The product costs around £20 for 7.6 grams and although this is expensive, mine lasts me for more than a year and I use it continuously, often more than a few times a day. I justify this price to myself by thinking that as I use it every day for a whole year, the price works out as around 5p per day. When you look at it that way, it's a bargain! It can be purchased from most large department stores including Boots and it can also be bought from many online websites. The price will vary slightly so it's a good idea to shop around.
The purpose of this oil free pressed powder is to absorb the excess oils that are produced by over enthusiastic sebum glands allowing the skin to look matte for longer. It can be used alone or over make up to prevent skin from looking greasy and to leave you feeling more comfortable and confident.
The product is designed to be used on skin that is ranging from dry to very oily and everything in between so it should suit everyone's needs. It comes in a sturdy green compact which keep the powder save inside and means it won't crack or crumble if it is knocked about in your hand bag. The compact clicks open and shut in a simple and obvious way.
Inside the packaging you will find a sponge which can be used to apply the make up to your face. I find that applying the product with this sponge seems to pack the powder too thickly on the face and can cake a little bit when applying on top of make up.
I also find that sometimes it can wipe off your foundation and I don't find it that hygienic as the oils will pack into the sponge and end up on your face again when you reuse it. I prefer to use a large powder brush as it distributes the powder lightly and easily and it keeps the look completely natural but that is just my personal choice.
The pressed powder is available in a variety of shades including Stay Honey and Stay Brandy which is the darkest one. I chose invisible Matte because I don't use it for the purpose of adding any colour to my face or improving my complexion because I wear foundation for that purpose.
This shade is invisible on the skin and goes on completely sheer, simply mopping up your face and then disappearing. In the compact it does look ghostly white but it doesn't make my skin look paler than it already is. My skin is extremely pale already so I don't know how this would look on darker skin but as it is sheer, I would think it would be ok.
This product keeps the shininess away for hours and a simple reapplication will make your skin matte again instantly which is why mine is always in my handbag. On the other side of the lid, you'll find a mirror which means you can apply it easily wherever you may be. It gives a natural and flawless appearance to my skin which I love.
I use my pressed powder over make up to keep it looking perfect for as long as possible and I also use it on bare skin after moisturising if I'm in too much of a hurry to do my full make up. It also comes in very handy when on holidays as Sun Creams are heavy and thick and make my skin look even more greasy and shiny. When I use this over the sun cream is makes my skin look more matte although not completely but I think a bit of shine is acceptable in the summertime.
The only problem that I have with this product is that if you apply it over dry and flaky skin, then it will highlight the imperfection and not look good. This is a universal problem with pressed powders however so it is important to exfoliate and moisturise before using this particular piece of make up.
This is basically just a product to keep your skin matt. It won't cover imperfections and you'll still need to use foundation and concealer underneath but it is the perfect finishing touch to make up. This is one of the best mattifying powder that I've tried and I think it's worth the money.
I first starting using Clinique Stay-Matte sheer pressed powder around three years ago, this was also the first time I had ever used a product by Clinique. I was out shopping with a friend who already used Clinique products and so when we walked into Boots, she went straight to the Clinique counter. My first impressions were good as the staff asked if we needed any help and if we wanted to test the products she could help us - as there was so many types and shades, but I was just a little put off because of the prices of the products... I was used to buying make-up products that cost me no more than £10!
They had a promotion on and all of their products were 3 for 2, and I had a voucher from the advantage card kiosk to get an extra 300 points when spending over £20 in Boots, so I was tempted to buy some products, and see what all the fuss was about.
I needed some new powder as I was running out, now I usually like to shop for products like this on my own and decide myself what shade I think would suit me best, as I sometimes think the staff will be helpful, but at the same time they just want to sell you the products so might say anything! However, I was wrong and the member of staff was very helpful and explained the difference between the two powders I was looking at, she was not pushing me to buy one at all. I didn't want to try any of the make-up on my face as I already had my make-up on and didn't want to mess it up, so I tested the colours out on the back of my hand instead.
I decided on the 'stay beige' shade in this Stay-Matte powder, because it was meant to remove excess oil and shine without disturbing your make-up, and lasts all day.
The compact itself includes a sponge for you to apply the powder onto your face with, and also a handy little mirror inside. This will come in handy if you like to carry your powder around with you in your bag for a quick top-up during the day, then you don't have to wait until you are at a mirror.
I love the results of this powder and can honestly notice a huge difference when using this compared to the results I get from powders by cheaper brands. It does last longer on my skin (I would not say all day - but for around 8 hours). It also makes my skin look less oily and shine-free. I tend to re-apply this on my t-zone as this is where it is needed most, and after applying you can notice the difference straight away.
I apply this after my foundation as this is when I get the best results. I have tried it by itself without any foundation but while it did control my oily skin, I didn't like the colour of my skin as much as I do when I wear both. I am not sure if this is because of the shade I chose, but I looked too pale after a few hours of applying so I always wear both foundation and this now.
This powder cost me £16.50, but it would have worked out cheaper for me after the 3 for 2 promotion which I took advantage of in Boots. It now costs £20 so has gone up quite a bit since I started using it three years ago, but I would not mind paying this price as I do believe it is worth paying more for the better results. I have gone through two of these since I started using this and I am now just running of my out of my second one, so need to go buy another. I am waiting for Clinique to have an offer on such as 3 for 2, or a free gift when you spend over a certain amount on the products, as they often do this. The free gift is usually several mini versions of some of their products, which I would love to try out now after using this powder.
I would definitely recommend this product if you have oily or shiny skin, as it is great for keeping oily skin under control.
I'm a Mac girl at heart, but I do find that Clinique does come in a very close second and has some really amazing products. One of which is a favourite of mine, Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder, which retails at £19.00 for a 7.6g compact.
The compact is typical of most Clinique products, it is the signature shade of green on the outside, had a neat little mirror in the lid. It also comes with a good quality sponge applicator, which I find works pretty well.
The mirror is great, it allows you to see your whole face, unlike some which are pretty small and hard to get to see where you are applying your make up.
This powder is available in 5 shades, so finding one suitable is pretty easy, especially with a little help from the knowledgeable assistants. I use the colour 'stay neutral'. I like this shade as it is quite close to my natural skin tone, so does look invisible when I use it.
I have a very oily t-zone, and am prone to break outs, so even using products designed to absorb excess oil, I still find that by midday I have the beginnings of an oil slick making my foundation slide off my nose! Not a pretty look. That's why I gave this product a try, and have been hooked on it ever since.
With this powder my skin never has that 'clogged' feeling that you can get with cheaper powders, so doesn't make my skin break out as a result. It absorbs excess oil, doesn't intefere with my foundation, and leaves my skin looking quite smooth and matte. When I say matte, I don't mean chalky or anything like that, just a perfect smooth matte finish.
With this, I find that it makes my foundation last much longer. Once I have applied this, somedays I don't need to give another application at all, but some days I do need to touch up after approximately 4 - 6 hours. My skin does change throughout the month, sometimes it is oilier than at other times, so this powder gets more use some days than others.
It is very long lasting also, I've had my current compact around 8 months or so, and I've barely used any, it really does go a long way. I would be careful about dropping it, my last one took a nasty tumble and I smashed all the powder, it was new so I was really disappointed. It can take light knocks but that's about it, I look after it better now.
The only downside to this product I feel is the price, it is quite expensive, but when you consider how good this is, its top notch performance and how long it lasts it isn't too bad. It's just the initial outlays that makes you wince a little. I always look out for the offers Clinique run quite frequently. Yesterday I bought two products and received a free make up bag with trial sizes of around 7 or 8 products in, which are all really nice, so considering this, it does make it a little bit cheaper.
Would I recommend this product? Yes, if you suffer from oily t-zone and want to make your foundation last longer without break outs, then definitely give this matte marvel a try.
This is Clinique's Number 1 selling powder which already suggests that it is pretty good and I couldn't agree more with it!
I bought this powder when I was so stressed out with my foundations sliding off during the day. When I first bought it, it was £16.50 and now retails at £19.00 for 7.6g (it lasts a very long time) so it has steadily crept up in price probably due to the number that Clinique was selling of it, they knew it was so popular.
***Who is this powder for? ***
It is for skin types 2 (dry combination), 3 (oily) and 4 (very oily).
***What is it and what does it do? ***
It is a pressed powder which comes in 5 shades: stay buff (the palest colour which I use), Invisible Matte (which is great for someone who doesn't want to add any colour to their skin, and is also great because it can be used when you are at your palest and when you are your most tanned), stay neutral (for as it says neutral skin colours), stay beige (for medium skin colours) and stay honey (their darkest colour). The powder contains silica which is the oil absorbing ingredient.
It works to blot away any excess oil on the skin and to set makeup to prevent it rubbing off during the day. Just use the sponge dry not wet to apply.
***How it is packaged***
It comes in a gorgeous 'Clinique green' compact which looks really smart which has a very handy mirror in it and it also comes with a sponge (this is great because I used to buy Mac's powder and these do not come with sponges which was very irritating).
***Would I recommend this product?***
I would because I have been using it for 5 years now and it still looks as great as it did on my first application ( from this I mean that sometimes your skin can get used to certain powders and foundations and they don't seem to work as great as they used to).
I love how long lasting it is and the powder never crumbles like some makes do.
Try it if you've got an oily t-zone or all over oiliness!
I have used clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder for about four years now and do not think that I would ever use another powder again. I first tried the powder just due to having some spare cash in duty free one day and it is definately a must have.
I use the 07 Matte Neutral shade, which is a shade that most woman will be able to use. You can use the powder both over foundation or on its own. If you use the powder over foundation then it just sets the foundation in place and there is less shine on your face. I have quite oily skin and this powder makes sure that there is less shine on your face. I can apply in the morning and will only have to apply once more throughout the day.
If you use the powder on its own that it just gives a very light coverage, but is enough if you are just popping to the shops! The powder comes with a sponge and there is a mirror included.
I use my powder almost every day but it only lasts for about two months, so it works out quite expensive if you are using it all the time.
I have been using this product for a couple of years now, but recently changed to a no 7 alturnative when I was on a bit of a money saving frenzy. It was only then that I realised how much I like the clinque product and quickly returned to Boots to buy it again!
The pressed powder is packaged in the same standard clinque packaging and includes a application pad and mirror. The pad is of firm texture and (after trialling the boots version and realising that 'you don't know what you've got until its gone') is of great, lasting quality.
I personally use the powder on a day-to-day basis to even out skin tone and provide a small layer of foundation. I find that this layer lasts well through the day and generally prevents an oily shine by mid afternoon, which the cheaper brands fail to manage.
My powder costs £18.11 at Boots, but if you take advantage of the pomotional deals, you can pick up some great eye shadows and mini mascaras which are perfect to keep in your handbag or gym bag. The powder also lasts so much longer than the cheaper brand I recently bought!
Overall, I would recommend this product-it is well tested by myself and after becoming disloyal for a few months I have held my hands up and returned to the clinique counter!
I'm a big fan of Clinique cosmetics- in fact I used them for my wedding and this is one of my all time favourite products.
I'm quite light skinned, despite dark hair, and struggle to find bases that don't leave me looking either very pale or orange. However Clinique products really suit my skin and matte beige is the perfect shade for me.
I have sensitive skin, which is prone to being a bit red and a bit shiny, but I know that I can rely on stay-matte to prevent this. The bases gives a light, natural looking cover. It's suitable for everyday use and provides a great base for keeping blusher and eye shadow in place as well.
The green compact is sturdy, and looks good in any make-up bag. The sponge that you get with this is of excellent quality- I always save the sponges once the compact is empty and simply wash and re-use them. The integral mirror is also a bonus.
Clinique is one of my favourite brands of make-up, and this sheer pressed matte powder, is one of my regulars in my make-up bag.
It comes in a compact container in the normal green packaging associated with Clinique, and inside the compact is a mirror, as well as an applicator sponge. It certainly looks classy enough to take out of your bag with confidence.
And it is with confidence as well that you could apply it. The product is very light on your face, and is great for absorbing any oiliness, and to get rid of that T-zone shine. And because it is so lighweight, it allows your skin to breathe. It evens out skin tone, but does not cake or dry out your face.
It comes in a wide range of shades to cater for all skin tones, and there is sure to be the right one for you.
I would not use it solely as a base, but then if you have more flawless skin, a light powder might be sufficient.
I would certainly recommend this product.... a little green gem!
Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder
I've recently been working my way through my make-up bag reviewing all my trusted products, and recently stumbled across what used to be my absolute essential product, Clinique's 'Stay Matte' sheer pressed powder. It is a product I used to wear a good few years ago before I was introduced to their 'Superpowder', and is one of the older powders - they have many new formulas out now. However, it is still very popular today so it must be doing something right!
A little bit about Clinique...
Clinique are probably my favourite premium brand make-up retailer (although this is likely to change - I have a tendency to bit a bit brand disloyal!). Every single product in the Clinique range is allergy tested and 100% fragrance free, which is great if you have problems with sensitive skin. It's also good if you tend to have problems with spots or acne, as fragranced products can sometimes aggravate symptoms.
All products in the Clinique range come in the standard, well known Clinique packaging - pale green, peach floral patterns with the 'Clinique' brand name written in bold silver lettering. The packaging of the actual case of the face powder comes in the standard Clinique packaging - a pale to mid-green colour plastic casing with Clinique written on the opening in discreet but noticeable lettering. I've mentioned in previous reviews that the Clinique packaging isn't my favourite as far as premium brand packaging goes (it doesn't really have an overly luxurious feel to it), however, the more I use their products the more the packaging grows on me, and I don't think the products would feel the same without the well known green and green/peach floral patterning!
This powder is designed to leave a matte finish on skin, evening the skin tone, without disturbing the make-up underneath.
When I first purchased this product, I purchased it as an alternative to foundation. I wanted a powder that offered light coverage that could be worn during the day without looking over the top, as well as over make-up on a night out to set the foundation in to place. Whilst the powder certainly does the job on the latter, it really doesn't make too much of a noticeable difference to skin tone to be worn as an alternative to make up if this is what you are looking for, for daytime use.
This powder does cover skin well, and does as it claims - leaves skin looking natural, and fresh, with a slight matte finish. Application is via the sponge provided in the compact, or alternatively use a separate powder brush (such as the one you can get free with your order - see below!)
The shades and the price ....
This powder is available in a variety of ten different shades. Clinique cater for skin tones from very fair all the way up to olive dark.
The price of the product is £16.50 for 7.5g. This is quite expensive, but considering it is a premium brand, it's not really too bad. Also, Clinique powder is very long lasting - I use mine on a daily basis, and as I only ever need to apply once a day, they last me months!
You can purchase this product from www.clinique.co.uk, where you can take advantage of some of their great offers. Department stores such as John Lewis and Debenhams also stock Clinique products, as do Boots, where you will also gain advantage card points on purchases! Worth checking out all stockists online before you buy, to make sure you are getting the best deal, or the most freebies thrown in!
Buy it if....
I would recommend this product to those looking for a lightweight powder to be used to set their day or night make-up. This powder is great for wearing over the top of foundation, and can also be used for a (very) natural look during the day if you decide to wear it on it's own.
Don't buy it if...
You are looking for a medium or fuller coverage powder to take the place of your usual make-up or foundation. This product is designed to be worn in addition to your foundation, and therefore will not even out your skin tone effectively enough for it to be worn alone. It simply isn't heavy enough!
Why don't you try....
My opinion of Clinique products overall is a very high one. I love their range, and the fact that they cater well for such a variety of different skin types, tones and colours. Their products also react very well with my skin, and have never once irritated it, which is a big plus!
I will not, however, be purchasing this particular product again. Although it is a good powder, and does what it aims to do, I find that it simply does not give enough coverage. I can't blame the powder for this, it's my own fault for purchasing the wrong product! If you are looking for a powder that gives enough cover to be worn alone during the day for a flawless but natural finish, I would highly recommend Clinique's Superpowder Double Face powder, which at £16.50 is a bargain price seeing as it can be used as an alternative to make-up! It can also be used in addition to your foundation without looking too heavy, so by purchasing this powder you are getting two-in-one, and therefore saving a bit of money!
If you do buy now...
One of my favourite things about being a Clinique customer is their frequently changing offers they have on, especially their gift with purchase offers! You can almost always get something free with a purchase, such as free samples, money off, or sometimes even a free full sized product. At the moment, Clinique are offering a free Clinique make-up bag with every two purchases from their range, as well as free delivery from Clinique.co.uk. You also get two free samples of products with every order (you can choose from a selection of mini products). Also if you enter the promotional code 'POWDER' at the checkout, you also get a free trial of their blended face powder and a free powder brush. So now is a good time to start purchasing!
Not the cheapest - but I think it's the best pressed powder on the market. I've been using this product for several years now, and when I recently ran out - being a bit of a cheap-skate, I decided to opt for a cheaper version.... Firstly, I spent many a Saturday trying to find a pressed powder which matched my 'English Rose' (read pastey )complexion. And I can tell you, that was almost impossible. And when I did part with my hard earned cash, the power I ended up with cause my face to go very red and blotchy. At this point the whole experience started to get a little familiar. I had started to buy Clinique's powder because it was the oly one which didn't adversly react with my skin. So the moral of this story is, you get what you pay for (around 16 pounds I think). The powder goes on smoothly with good, even couverage. It does not sit heavily on you skin, and is able to take the sheen off a shiny nose. I'm not too sure how long a compact lasts...but the one I have now has about a third left and I bought it at the end of October. As if this wasn't enough, the packaging is beautiful - it almost makes you want to powder your nose in public. Almost.
Clinique Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder / Removes excess oil and shine without disturbing makeup / Leaves a matte look to skin / Leaves skin feeling and looking comfortable and fresh / Coverage- Sheer/Moderate / Benefits-Oil Control / Skin Types: 2 / Dry Combination / 3 / Oily / 4 / Very Oily / Oil absorbing / Sponge included.