“ Brand: Marks & Spencer / Type: Foundation / Subcategory: Powder / What it does: Smoothes, „
This powder is in a simple square plastic container with a black base containing 10g of powder and a clear lid that flips open easily, if a little too easily. On the clear lid it says in simple black text 'pressed powder'. I usually have a couple of shades of foundations and powders as I have fair skin but need a little darker when I've been in the sun. I also like to have a fair powder to lighten up any foundations that may be a little darker than expected. For this reason I chose the shade light/medium (LB). When I used the powder it was definitely light, I'm not so sure about the medium though. I found it a bit too light. The powder feels really nice on the skin, it is as described, soft and velvety and takes the shine you may get from foundations away without making the skin look at all dull. As well as the feel of the foundation of the skin, I really like the fact that it doesn't have that powdery smell as strong as most others. I would buy this powder again, in a slightly darker shade. It wouldn't be a powder I would carry around in my handbag due to the ease of the lid flipping open. This is the only Marks and Spencer cosmetic I have tried, I had it for quite some time before I got around to using it so I can't remember how much I paid but I think it was around £4. I think this is good value for a powder that feels light and soft on the skin. There are better powders out there but as a value option I found this very good. I wear little make up and found this felt light on my skin and I didn't feel caked in make up.
Just recently I was out having a browse around the shops with a friend and found myself in a Marks & Spencer's store. I have to be honest it isn't usually a shop I frequent and was always under the impression it would be rather expensive but happily I was glad to find out that this isn't the case! This item usually costs £3.50 per compact but at the moment it is on offer at buy one item get another half price which is why I got such a lot of different items! The packaging: This is part of the 'Essentials' range which means really that it is a more budget item from the store. It basically comes in a flip to open square shape and made of plastic and has a see-through lid to the top of it so you can see through it and we are simply told that it is pressed powder then on the bottom of it the colour is stated (which are light and medium, I opted for the light as I am so pale skinned), and contact details for Marks & Spencer's are given. No weight is stated but you do get rather a large and square chunk of the powder. Using It: Well for starters you get no applicator with this or a mirror and it really is very basic packaging indeed but robust enough so if your taking this out and about with you, you do need to take a brush or whatever out with you as well! So the powder is fine and smooth and you can of course use this on naked skin or over make-up and of course it is meant to even out the skin tone and keep shine at bay! I use this as a finishing product on my face, over my foundation and to set it and keep shine away and this is simple to apply, just swish a brush in it, tap it a little and then gently brush it on. It is very easy to blend it on, doesn't give a powdery look and in fact is actually rather natural looking. However although I feel that this is nice enough at evening out my skin tone and not settling lines or wrinkles or anything adverse at all I feel the need to keep reapplying this because it seems to disappear off my skin and although when first applied it does blot my skin and remove any shine residing on my skin and keep it bay for a very short time (about 20 minutes) it doesn't do a thing for keeping grease on my skin at bay, particularly from my greasy t-zone! All in all I am not keen on this product one bit sadly. It is a cheap product in what it does and in my opinion actually too highly priced for such a product as this and I would never buy it again. Its a very disappointing offering this from Marks & Spencer's and I did really believe I'd get better! Only available in Marks And Spencer's.
Marks and Spencers has quite recently introduced a new value range as such to their current make up collections. For those of you that shop there youll know there are several make up ranges on offer including the Autograph and Per Una collections which are priced as one would expect for the Marks and Spencers brand (products range from about £7.00 - £15.00). Recently there seems to have been a surge with supermarkets offering their own, cheaper versions of many products and it seems the next logical step that make up should also be included. The Range The Marks and Spencers basic range as Ive come to refer to it contains all the products youd really need for your daily make up regime. It contains tinted moisturisers, foundations, powders, blushers, lip sticks, lip glosses, mascaras, eye liners, eye shadows, concealers and nail varnish. The packaging for all the products is quite plain and seems to consist of black and clear plastic which does give the range a slightly cheap look in a way. All the products are very competitively priced and seem to all be priced at £2.50 yes thats right, all the products are £2.50 in the range which means its arguably the cheapest ever make up range that Marks and Spencers has ever seen. The Product The Velvet Soft Pressed Powder comes in a flat, thick plastic, square container. The base of the container is black and contains the powder while theres a flip clear plastic lid with pressed powder wrote across it in black ink. The packaging is a little basic but it serves its purpose well, the plastic is thick enough not to break easily and the flip lid means the powder can easily be opened without any fuss. The product comes in two shades; light/medium (LM) or medium/dark (MD), Ive opted for the latter one which has a light golden colouring about it while the former one is much paler. The powder itself has a slight perfumed, pleasant smell to it although it isnt overly noticeable. The powder is pressed so is obviously quite compacted meaning it doesnt spill out everywhere, I have found that since Ive been using the product little bits of powder do seem to escape while its being carried around in my bag which isnt ideal. The product itself applies really easily onto the skin, simply wipe an applicator pad across it or dust a brush across it and apply to your face in smooth and even strokes. It blends in effortlessly and provides a great make up base or a great alternative to set your make up once its on. If you run your finger across the powder you will find it has a slight grainy feel to it somewhat which Ive never come across before with a pressed powder. My Opinion My one major problem with this product is that it doesnt come with an applicator pad. A simple pad can be bought rather cheaply for around £1 but then youre faced with the problem of where to store it. I usually carry pressed powder around in my handbag along with a lip gloss but have found its not the best idea to carry a pad around loose as well as itll become damaged from other items in my bag and also gets dirty rather easily. Theres no room in the product to place a pad which I think could be corrected if they ever re-designed the range to make it a little more practical. Secondly I also think they could have utilised the clear plastic lid a little better and put a mirror into it somehow as I always find this invaluable when it comes to powder. Ive had my powder for about a month now and use it daily, theres no sign that Im reaching the end of my compact and Id estimate it will last for around 2-3 months. Therefore for the money, a mere £2.50 this is a brilliant product as it does its job well and doesnt cost an arm and a leg. Would I buy it again? Possibly, but Im not sure if Id rather pay a few pound more and get an applicator and a mirror in it as well. Price over quality? Im not convinced! Thanks for reading.
Enjoy a soft, smooth and shine free appearance with this soft pressed powder /