I have an oily complexion which regularly gets shiny, especially by the end of the day. I do wear oil free foundation but I also use mattifying powders on top. I'm not particularly loyal to any brand with regard to this product so when I run out I will usually purchase the next one I see. That happened to be the Shine Free Oil Control Loose Powder by Maybelline.
What does the product do?
The product, as the name suggests aims to keep the complexion shine free which is great the oily faced people amongst us. The oil free powder promises to keep the skin looking fresh and matte all day long. It is suitable for both sensitive and acne prone skin and it claims that it won't clog your pores and therefore won't cause blackheads or blemishes.
The product only comes in two shades which are light or medium so you don't have much to choose from! I chose light and although it is super pale in the pot, it becomes largely transparent on the skin.
How do you use the product?
The product can be used alone on bare skin or it could be used on top of your foundation as a finishing touch. The product comes with a powder puff and you are instructed to gently touch the powder with the puff, shake to remove the excess, and then to pat the powder onto the skin. You could use a brush to apply the product but as the powder is loose, you can get into a bit of a mess.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained with a little plastic tub which has a navy blue screw top lid. The free powder puff is included in the pot and rests on top of the powder which in effect keeps the powder safely in the pot. The powder will cost you around £3 and it can be bought from stores such as Superdrug and Boots, some large supermarkets and also from a variety of online websites.
Application and Performance
This is the first loose powder that I've ever used. I've always used pressed powders before as I found the loose ones messy but I thought I'd give it a try. As the powder is loose, I have indeed found myself getting in quite a mess with it so I tend to use it before getting dressed. On using the powder puff, I've found that you have to blow a lot of the product off it which it wasteful and when you smooth it onto the face, it looks caked in some areas and bare in others.
My personal preference is to use a make up brush as I find the application to be more even and natural. I have the light shade but it goes largely see through on my skin so it doesn't alter my colouring at all. It seems to mop up shiniess straight away and makes my complexion appear matte instantly. It goes on over my make up nicely and it isn't overly 'make upy' so it's nice for those who prefer to appear natural. It does keep my shine at bay for quite a while but my shiniess is starting to show by the end of the day.
It lasts quite a few hours though and it is one of the most long lasting ones that I've tried. It hasn't caused my skin any irritations or caused me to develop any blemishes. It is easily removed using my usual make up remover.
All in all, this is a good product for keeping shine away. It keeps the complexion matte for quite a few hours and it looks natural at the same time. It's easy to use and it hasn't caused me to develop any blemishes so I can't complain about this one, especially when considering the price.
Again, I have to admit that I bought this one (ispite of the poor packaging) because it was on the "safe cosmetics" from "www.zerozits.com." My readers would know what this mean but I will explain again. The "safe cosmetic" list mean cosmetics that do not cause acne, not containing acne causing ingredients. This powder did not cause acne at all while i am using it all! But this doens't have sheer finish (feel heavy on my face unlike other powder! Powder is supposed to feel like and sheer, isn't it?) But it does as coverage(unlike other loose powder) and it does cover up some blemishes or spots that foundation slightly covered) In addition, it has only two choices for shade - light or medium. I chose light and it was way too dark for me, considering that I do not have fair skin. (I have medium tone but maybe considered as "fair" compexion sometimes) It does not have staying power and does not control oil at all. I had to touch up every 2 hours. (as usual, considering that i have very oil skin) Considering the 30g, it didn't last long. I finished it up all within 2 months..It usually takes 6 months to 1 year for me to finish the whole powder thing!) i would recommend it for its cheap price and to anyone even with dry skin. It is good that this powder does not irritate my sensitive skin(yet oily) and does not cause acne at all but well the shade and styaing powder...nah~ for fair and oily skin.