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I am not brand loyal when it comes to most cosmetics, so if I see a product available for a bargain price, I always feel inclined to give it a try. For this reason, I bought a few things from the New York Colour make-up range, including their Smooth Skin Pressed Powder.
NYC do a few different powders and foundations. This paticular powder is available in 4 shades, including the translucent one that I bought. I have pale skin and as Superdrug did not have the lightest shade in stock when I was shopping, I thought that translucent would make the safest choice. It is also possible to buy a loose version of this, but as I wanted to use it for touch ups during the day, I thought the pressed version would be more convenient to apply on the go. It cost just £1.99 for 9.4g. NYC claim that the powder will glide on easily, reduce shine, minimise the appearance of lines and imperfections, and "deliver a silky finish." Just what I am looking for!
The compact feels quite chunky in the hand, rather than thin and flimsy as you might expect from a cheap product. I don't think the packaging makes it look expensive, as it quite plain, but it does contain a mirror in the lid. This is obviously useful and not something I expected to see given what I paid. There is also a basic sponge applicator, which is thick and soft and does the job. I have my own sponges but the one included fits nicely in the compact so I do tend to use it.
APPLICATION AND RESULTS
The powder feels looks smooth, bar the raised NYC logo which is imposed on the surface. It also feels smooth when applied. In fact, my skin feels lovely and silky soft afterwards. Sadly, I do not think that the appearance of the powder on the skin lives up to it's feel. I think the powder goes on too thickly, and even a light touch left my skin with a ghostly appearance. It is possible to blend it in to a better finish, and this doesn't take long, but it could be more of a problem if you have darker toned skin. Without careful blending, I think the powder sits too obviously on the skins surface. Once I have got the blend right, I feel happy with the finish because it does definitely deal with any shine. I have a forehead that goes oily quickly, but this deals with it perfectly, and it remains matte in appearance for a good few hours. I can't test how well the powder deals with lines, as I do not have any yet, but I can vouch for the fact it does smooth the appearance of uneven skin tone and large pores. It glides over these and makes them much less obvious. I am happy to use this on it's own on a good skin day, or above foundation. I would not use it as an alternative to a concealor as it does not disguise spots even if it does tone down their red appearance a little.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS PRESSED POWDER?
I love the silky feel that the powder gives to my skin, and I also appreciate the ease that it deals with any shine. The price is good, and I am pleased to see that the compact comes with a mirror considering the price. Unfortunately, I do not think that it aplies very well, as it leaves a too obvious and thick powdery appearance to the skin. It is possible to blend it in to produce better results, but I think that as I do not have to take so much trouble with the MUA brand pressed powder which costs £1, I will not switch to NYC permanently. I would recommend this powder if you want to try a budget version and you don't mind having to blend it more than other brands. For a quick natural looking finish I would not recommend.
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I bought the product due to its price at only about £2. I have bought the product quite recently and so it looks more updated than the picture shown. The packaging is nice and small and is able to fit into a small make up or a handbag. This makes it very useful as an everyday product to touch up your make up when you are out and about. Also, it comes with a small sponge which is very useful, however I would recommend replacing it with another sponge as it is not good quality.
The product did not have much variety with shades and from what I can remember there were only a transparent shade and beige. I bought the product in Naturally Beige and often when I use it my face looks quite pale. Therefore I do not use a lot of the product.
I know that pressed powders can often crack when they fall suddenly or are not in one place all the time. But the packaging is quite durable and the powder stays compact and hasn't cracked. I've had the product for a few months now and it hasn't run out! It is long lasting and a good buy for just a few quid.
The powder also has a mirror inside which is very handy when on the go and needing to apply it. I found it can also double up as a compact and so will save space in your make up bag or handbag.
The product gives a nice smooth appearance but in the long time it does dry out your skin if not careful.
NYC Smooth Skin Face Powder retails for an affordable£1.99 (was £3.09) from most Superdrug stores.
'NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Face Powder glides on easily, eliminates shine and delivers a silky finish. Helps reduce the appearance of lines and imperfections. Wear alone or over makeup. Great for quick touchups throughout the day!'
This powder is packaged in a plastic mirrored compact, complete with a sponge, with the metal pan set into the compact with a 'moat like' rim around the powder. This often ends up filling with the powder and product is wasted.
Some may say that this packaging is cheap looking, it is an affordable powder after all, and is also flimsy. Many that have tried this have had issues with the packaging breaking. I have not had this problem.
The powder, in pressed form, can be quite hard to build up to the coverage that I want as it has a poor pay off from the pan. In saying this, once build up to a medium coverage your skin is left with a 'silky' and smooth finish and my skin (dry- normal) is left completely matte throughout the day. I am unsure on how well this would work for oily skin types nevertheless. The powder will not last all day and will require touch ups but will last for about 5 hours on 'normal' skin types.
Because of how much powder is needed in one application, the 9.4g powder that you get in the pan is easily used up and will possibly only last you up to 6 weeks if used daily.
Overall this is a great powder at an affordable price and is perfect if you want a light coverage or just want to mattify your skin.It does not break me out, and it comes in shades light enough for pale skin that will not oxidize to an orange tint.