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I have quite greasy skin and have worn Miss Sporty So Clear Powder on and off for years. I buy mine in Superdrug and I'm not sure where else you can get it as this is the only place where I have seen this particular brand available. I'm not sure why I first bought it but I'm sure it was probably because it was cheap and I do like to try and find a bargain now and again.
Unfortunately with so called bargain make-up a lot of the time they leave a lot to be desired but this is actually really good and does exactly what it promises to do which is mattify skin and give some coverage without clogging pores and causing spots.
It is actually designed for teenagers but as my skin never really grew out of its teenage years this is fine with me. The only thing that distinguishes it from a normal pressed powder is the packaging which is really young looking and not very sophisticated.
I tend to use this mainly when my skin is playing up and as it has a spot fighting ingredient I use this when I am breaking out usually around my time of the month. It certainly doesn't actually get rid of spots but it does seem to help with not making them any worse and using this doesn't cause me to get more than I normally would whereas some make-up tends to exacerbate the problem.
The coverage it gives it very light so don't buy this expecting it to give heavy duty coverage as it won't. I tend to use this more as a setting powder and to mattify my skin. For making my skin look less greasy and more matt this is ideal as it sort of sucks up all the grease on my skin and leaves it looking matt and shine free. One application lasts a good while but I do need to reapply throughout the day. This is no problem and as it comes with a sponge I can just do it when I pop to the toilet. There is no mirror with it but I can actually use this without as the colour is so light it doesn't really matter if I add too much.
The sponge isn't the best quality but it is fine for what it is and I never feel like it is difficult to apply the powder with the sponge that comes with it. I do have make-up sponges and I sometimes use these but only if the powder has been sitting for a while as I don't want loads of germs on my skin especially as I am only really using this for its spot fighting abilities.
As it is designed for teenagers it is also at the cheaper end of what I would normally pay for a pressed powder. It only costs around about £3 and it will last for absolutely ages too. I wouldn't use this for everyday and the coverage might only be minimal but for those times when my skin is playing up and misbehaving then this is ideal and I will probably continue to buy it until I am an old woman even if it is meant for younger skin than mine.
I decided to try this Miss Sporty Pressed Powder quite some time ago to apply over liquid foundation to get rid of the 'shiny' look but it has stayed in the bottom of my make up box ever since.
The powder comes in a light blue round container and the writing on the lid of the powder is a mixture of navy blue and red. The lid twists off to reveal the powder and a very cheap, rubbish sponge applicator. The sponge in my opinion is rubbish because of the fact that it is so thin and not very puffy so drags the powder across your face rather than buffing it on. There is no mirror inside the powder case which isn't great if you are used to one as you will need to carry a separate one in order to see where you are applying your powder.
The powder itself is very thin and when applied feels cheap and ineffective on your skin. The coverage is not very good meaning if you are using it to set your liquid foundation, it just doesn't do the job. According to the lid of the powder it is meant to have an 'anti-spot' action, but I have found this to be nonsense. I have pretty good skin most of the time with a breakout maybe once a month, and this powder brought me out in spots. I have sensitive skin and it irritated my skin.
I paid £1.99 for this powder, but that was over a year ago. Overall, I would not recommend this powder to anyone, it is not even worth the £1.99.
When it comes to pressed powder it is something that I use every single time I apply my make-up to set it and add to the fact that I do suffer with a greasy t-zone as well. I bought this in Boots after purchasing other Miss Sporty products that I had liked from Superdrug and I happened to be in Boots and remembered that I was running low on this type of product and it cost me just £3.29 for a standard sized compact and as I do suffer from the odd blemish, lots of blackheads and some open pores I thought it may be beneficial to me to use a product named 'So Clear'!
The Packaging of this is simple enough. You get a white and round plastic base to which the powder is set into it and the lid is light blue and pulls off and on with ease and on that we are simply told what it is and who it is by and the colour is listed on the base and that colour is Transparent and the only colour option available to purchase as well....so choice there isn't within this powder. Also within the case there is an applicator provided which is in the form of a soft, thinnish sponge which I think is a great and helpful addiction.
On the lid we are told to expect 5 hours of coverage from the time you apply this and I think that is a very fair estimation, I certainly don't feel the need to keep reapplying it thankfully and like I stated earlier I do suffer from rather greasy skin.
The powder is really fine, I simply and gently wipe the sponge over face or if at home I use a big powder brush, either way the powder clings on and doesn't make a big mess and it blends easily over my face leaving it feeling soft and it definitely covers up my greasy t-zone with ease. It is simple to reapply though please note no mirror is provided however I don't find this a problem anyway.
This is a great economy buy. It does matt my skin down, does help to conceal blemishes and hasn't caused me any skin agitation since using it. A compact like this even used on a daily basis will last me forever the only real critisim I have of it is the rather cheap looking and cheap style of compact it is however it is of course the product that counts and me....well I'm more than happy to use this!
Available in all good chemists such as Boots and Superdrug and online from places like Amazon.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I'm trying really hard at the moment to cut down my spending because I'm trying to save towards going to uni next year. I've never really gone for expensive stuff anyway, but now I'm trying to spend as little as possible the Miss Sporty range has become a favourite. At only £3.29 this pressed powder seems like a great bargain.
The compact it comes in is not stylish and to be perfectly honest it looks cheap and is definitely aimed at young girls, you won't look sophisticated pulling this out in front of your mates. It has a pale blue lid that twists off and inside there is just the powder and the sponge, there's no mirror. The whole thing is not very practical really but it does the job.
The powder is very soft and fine and it feels light and airy on my skin and doesn't irritate. It only comes in one colour, called transparent, and if I'm not very careful it shows up as very pale on even my very fair skin, so I don't think it would suit darker skin tones well. It blends easily though and is very quick to use for me, and once it's blended I can't tell it's there, it leaves a very natural finish.
I use this either on it's own just to get rid of the shine on my t-zone, or over foundation, and it works just as well either way. It helps my foundation stay looking perfect for longer and stops me from looking shiny through the day. I do have to re-apply after a few hours on my t-zone area but I have to do that with any powder because I have a very oily t-zone.
It's supposed to have 4 'anti-spot' actions, which are absorbing excess oil, clarifying skin and minimising breakouts and blemishes, helping to moisturise skin, and contorlling shine for up to 5 hours. I think these are all true except possible the one about minimising breakouts which I'm not sure about. It definitely doesn't aggravate my skin, block my pores, or make my spots worse but I can't say that it's made a noticeable difference to how many spots I get. Overall though I do think it lives up to it's claims.