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British summer can is warm and humid. It has that right annoying quality where it makes you feel stick and all the make-up simply melts away from your face within a short time. Even I the one with dry skin gets affected. My problem is that I apply high sun protection factor face cream on to keep the sun rays away. Now this type of sun screen is very greasy and generally does not penetrate my skin, not even my dry one.
Applying make up in those conditions can be trick. On the plus side the mineral powder foundation keeps it a bit longer but not long enough and on special occasion I need my makeup to sit nicely on my face.
So I gave a try to Lily Lolo Flawless Matte finishing powder and I must say is the best thing to keep your makeup in place without it melting away in the heat. It only contains Kaolin and Mica as ingredients. I was expecting that this might clog my pores but it never happened.
Though I won't be needing this powder all the time is a good thing to have it around, just in case one of those high temperature days come by and I must attend an event where I need my make-up to be impeccable.
I recently ordered several samples from Lily Lolo, and this was one of them. It was 99p for 1 gram, and comes in a little clear plastic pot (5ml) with a white lid and stickers naming the product, ingredients and company name. The ingredients are kaolin (clay), which controls oil, and mica.
When I set out to try all the samples I applied concealer first, then foundation, and finally this finishing powder. Initially I have found that it doesn't give as good a finish as the other finishing powder I bought, which is the "Translucent Silk". It's not bad in anyway, it's just that I have to use more to create a perfectly smooth, matte effect.
However, this powder is much better for applying later in the day when my t-zone (forehead and nose) has gotten shiny. I have combination skin so I wouldn't apply it on my cheeks (which stay mostly matte anyway) as it would be too drying, but a very small (1/4 of a pinch) amount swirled onto a large powder brush and over my t-zone soaks up oil incredibly quickly.
My favourite thing about this powder is that it is actually translucent. Not "translucent" like that yellow stuff you can get from any make-up counter or chemist on the high street, but actually 100% translucent. I have really pale skin and the powders I've tried before have come out orange if I'd tried to reapply them more than once in a day, and by the end of the day looked orange on my skin because of the oil. This powder looks white in the pot and comes out beautifully. My skin looks like my skin, not like that of a oompa loompa who's feeling a bit faint! Hallelujah! Yippee! Why did I only discover this now?
If you do have darker skin I would recommend testing a sample or finding a review of this product by someone with a skin tone closer to yours, as I don't know how this will work on darker skins. I may attack my friends with a "Flawless Matte"-loaded powder brush to find out, but until then, don't rely on my review.
To apply this powder I sprinkle a very small pinch into one of my empty pressed powder containers and then swirl my largest powder brush over it and onto my face.