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I have tried nearly all the make-up brands over the years but my favourite brand overall has to be Rimmel because they do a huge selection of items and they are really cheap too compared to some other brands. My favourite transparent powder for setting my make-up comes from Rimmel and is the clear complexion one. The normal matt powder is good too but I just think this one is a little bit better and also has the added benefit of spot fighting ingredients. Although it is supposed to be transparent it does give a light coverage and what I really like about it is that is really minimises the look of my pores and just makes my skin look more even and flawless. It sets my make-up really well and my foundation definitely lasts longer while I am wearing this. It keeps shine at bay for a whole day or evening out and I like that I can take the compact out with me for touch ups as I have some other powders which come in bigger containers and are less discrete to slip in my bag. I also think it is the best powder to keep shine at bay. I have bloating paper which I usually take out with me when I am on a night out for quick touch ups and I have noticed that when I am wearing this powder I need them much less than with some other powders and when someone takes a picture of me my skin is noticeably less shiny looking while wearing this even after having had it on for a few hours. This does give some coverage but is only available in one colour which is really light so even though it is transparent I don't think it would be suitable for darker skin tones. I actually wish this was available in a darker shade too as I like it so much that I would like it not only as a setting powder but also as a powder to conceal imperfections as it is really good. I do notice that this is almost as good as my concealer at hiding dark shadows under my eyes but I only use it this way when I am quite pale as when I put too much on when I am tanned I can notice the colour difference. Even when tanned though it is fine as long as I only do a light coating on my skin. This costs less just under £4 and I really like it and think it is probably the best powder that I have tried for setting make-up and stopping shine and it also has the added benefit of stopping spots and also giving a nice light coverage which doesn't feel heavy so I think it is really worth the money.
I have used this face powder on and off for a few years now. I've tired more expensive face powders, and though some of them are nice, for an everyday powder I just want something cheap and cheerful. The powder comes in a circular dish which is made of a hard turquoise plastic. It has a clean plastic lid that twists on and off and has the branding and information about the product on it written in white. On the reverse of the pot is a sticker with ingredients and further information. The design is pretty simple and not exactly exciting but it is functional and for a cheap powder that's all you can really ask for. I do find that the lid is never exactly secure, it can be pulled off quite easily and I'd rather it clicked in place. It does make me a little nervous to travel with it in case it opens in transit. This powder only comes in one shade: transparent. This is my shade of choice anyway because it's very light and matches my pale freckly skin. If you have darker skin this definitely won't suit you so I would advise opting for their other powder, which is pretty similar, that comes in other colours. The colour is good for me and achieves a very natural, not overly made up look which is exactly what I like. If you prefer a heavier look then I would again opt for their other powder which is slightly heavier. I use this one for everyday as I like to think it helps my skin, but I tend to use the other powder for special nights out or when I am happy to look a little more made up. The feel of this powder is very nice, it's lightweight and velvety to touch. I usually use a powder brush to apply it all over my face and neck once my foundation has gone on. It gives a soft colour over my skin which looks very natural, it isn't so heavy that it covers my freckles which is good. The thing I like best about it is that it doesn't leave my skin feeling heavy or laden with powder. It feels very light and breathable and my skin always feel comfortable for the rest of the day. In terms of coverage I think this is average. It doesn't cover every blemish or leave you with flawless looking skin, but it goes some way to making your skin look better. I find for everyday use this is just fine but I wouldn't feel totally comfortable with this one on a night out. I also think it would be perfect for holiday use where if you are in a hot country you want something light that won't leave your skin feeling heavy. Do consider though that this is in a very light shade, so maybe only appropriate for the beginning of the holiday? This powder costs £3.99 which is really very cheap. I find myself having to replace it every month or two so the price always brings me back to this powder. I have found it better than other cheap powders on the market so for me it is the best one available. A decent everyday powder.
I bought this powder from Tesco for £3.99. I bought it as it promises a clearer complexion with shine free skin - Just what I needed! The powder comes presented in a small transparent tub that weighs 16g. The lid comes off easily, perhaps too easily as sometimes it falls off without me even touching it so be careful with it! The powder is a beige colour and it has a subtle scent to it that smells nice and feminine. You have to get your nose right into it to smell it though. The powder is easy to use. You can apply it with a brush or with a sponge. I apply mine with a brush and swirl the brush around the powder beforehand to pick it up. I then apply the powder over my skin AFTER it has been moisturised. The powder goes on well and it leaves my skin feeling dry to the touch and a lot less oily. The powder is great for oily skin. I have an oily T Zone area and this powder is perfect for that. The powder leaves my skin looking (and feeling) shine free and the shine free result lasts all day. You may need to top up the powder during the evening but it really does help to control excess oil and the light formula helps your skin to breathe. The powder has a life of 30 months, so that gives you plenty of time to use it up. This is a great face powder for oily skin. Plus it does help to combat spots with it's combination of natural minerals. It's great value too as it lasts forever. I can't even see the base of mine yet and i've had it for five months!
As I have mentioned in previous reviews, I am not a big fan of foundation for everyday wear and tend to stick to a combination of a touch of concealer and a dusting of powder. I spotted this face powder in my local Boots recently and having not been the biggest fan of the Rimmel Clear Complexion Concealer I was keen to see if this product was any better. The Product ~ This Clear Complexion Powder is packaged in a small pot with 14g of contents. The lid of this pot is transparent and serves to give a brief description of the powder inside whilst the base is a light minty green. The lid lifts very easily off the base allowing you access to the powder inside. Unlike other face powders, this product does not come with a sponge or any other form of applicator and therefore you will require a large brush to apply it. Upon lifting the lid the first thing that will strike you is the colour of the powder. This is very light which I would describe it as a light ivory. The powder can easily be brushed out of the tub with a large makeup brush and you will notice that it is completely odourless and produces a very light dusting over the face which is what gives it its' transparent name. Claims ~ Rimmel claim that this powder produces a shine free finish for up to 5 hours which keeps skin clear and free from breakouts due to its Pure Skin TM complex. Price and Availability ~ As with all Rimmel products this one can be bought from the majority of cosmetics stores including Boots and Superdrug. I bought mine from Boots for £3.99 which I considered a bargain in contract to other like minded products. This powder can also be bought online for slightly cheaper. Results ~ I use this powder every day and do this by lightly brushing it over my moisturised and concelaer dotted face. The powder goes on easily and creates a light and translucent finish to my skin which is not heavy or un-natural looking. The shine controlling properties of this powder are excellent. I have combination skin, that is it is dry on my forehead and cheeks, but slightly oily around my nose and chin. This product works perfectly in balancing out the oils ion my face and preventing the dry areas from feeling too dry and tight. This shine free finish easily lasts me for a good day when I am at work. The finish of this powder is excellent, however as it only comes in a very light finish it works well on my skin during the current winter months but would need some bronzer to colour it up during the summer. My only criticism of this powder is that it claims to aid in minimising skin breakouts. Although I do not get many breakouts any more being that I'm past my teenage years, I cannot claim that it aids in skin breakouts as it certainly doesn't make the occasional spot go away. However, perhaps the best thing for spots is makeup free skin which could be the underlying trick in reducing breakouts entirely. I enjoy using this product and find it easy to use and effective, I have therefore scored it 4 stars out of 5. Thanks for taking the time to read my review.
I have quite oily skin, and bought this to try and help the shine of my skin. This costs £3.99 from Boots, and is currently on offer at three for two. I think this product is good value, and lasts a long time. I find it normally lasts around three or four months. However, sometimes when it has been in my bag the powder falls apart and goes into pieces which isn't good; but this is probably because of being moved around in my bag and makes me aware I need to buy a new one! I apply the powder using a powder brush over my face after applying my foundation. It is easy to apply, and good to keep in your make up bag for when you need it. It looks quite nice on at first, and is not too drying whilst also minimising the shine. However, I have found that the effect only lasts about two or three hours, and you need to reapply throughout the day to keep your skin shine free. However, if your skin is less oily I am assuming it would last a lot longer. I have also found that when you reapply the powder, it can make your skin look like it's got too much powder on. However I like to use this powder as it is a reasonable price, but I will be trying others as I do not think it suits my skin as well as it could. It doesn't block your pores which is good, and is worth a try if you have greasy or oily skin due to the reasonable price it is available for.
I have to admit that the first thing that attracted me to this product was the price. I needed a new powder/foundation and at £3.99 is superdrug this was one of the cheaper options. That combined with the fact that it is made by Rimmel who in my experience make good products encouraged me to buy it and give it a go. ~~Product claims~~ The product is called clear complexion and claims to clarify skin by containing Pureskin complex to minimise breakouts. It also claims to control shine and matify skin. It contains natural minerals which in past experience tend to clog pores less so that was a good point. ~~The Product~~ The pressed powder comes in a shallow blue tub with a clear lid over so you can see the product before you pick it up. This would be helpful if you were trying to pick the right shade for your skin tone but unfortunatly-as far as I have found- this product is only made in one shade-Transparent. Even though it has this name, the powder is not transparent on a darker skin and is in fact quite pale. I have mid/fair skin and can get away with using this but I only use a thin layer where necessary. The powder goes on easily with a brush-although it is necessary to purchase this separately as the powder does not come with one. It does take some effort to blend into your skin but once in place it gives a good even skin tone. One thing I noticed was that it felt much lighter on my skin than other powders and didn't feel like it was reaching right into my pores. Although I haven't noticed that the condition of my skin has improved considerably since using this product, I have found that places where I used to have breakouts caused by makeup I no longer have problems with-it certainly does seem to be doing something towards keeping my skin clear. I do have problems, especially on nights out, with oily skin and this powder did go some way towards helping to keep me shine free. I was pleased though that even with a bit of oil the powder stayed even and didn't clump up on my face as I have had happen before! ~~Price~~ At £3.99 in superdrug(and other places as well I believe) this is a fairly cheap product. It does make a lot of claims with the clear complexion and shine free and I think it goes a good way towards keeping them for the price being paid. ~~Overall~~ For anyone on a budget, this is a good powder as long as it matches your skin tone. Don't expect miracles on the promises it describes but do expect your monies worth. If price is less of an issue other makes provide a better skin match and keep your skin matt for longer. A good budget buy
I bought this at Superdrug, and paid £3.99 for it. At a first glance, I had to decide whether to buy this powder, or Rimmel's Stay Matte powder. As a quick comparison, Stay Matte powder comes in way more shades, but the packaging is very dull and I don't think this is very attractive to people on the shelf. However, I am not talking about the Stay Matte powder, I am talking about Rimmel's Clear Complexion powder. It comes in 1 shade, which I admit at first I did think - hmmmmm...... maybe this isn't such a great buy. But, thinking about it, one shade (021 - Transparent) is ok actually , because it doesn't give much coverage anyway, as it is designed to reduce shine. I actually like this packaging too, apart from the white writing which is sometimes hard to read! In a nutshell, it does what it claims on the packaging - to clarify skin and control shine to prevent breakouts, thanks to PureSkin complex that is known to minimize breakouts. When you apply it, it does feel as if you are dusting almost nothing onto your cheeks, but you do start to notice the mattifying of the skin. It does actually make your skin smoother and a matte finish, which is very good. I applied it with a fluffy powder brush, and I did feel as though I wasted lots of product because aalot of powder was left after I'd "swirled" it around the powder. The lid comes off quite easily, but if Rimmel were to improve this product, I would suggest introduce maybe 3 or 4 more shades to cater for darker skin tones as well as lighter ones. Overall, a good value for money powder which is good if you want to apply over a foundation. It takes away the shine, but doesn't look "cakey", but you might also like to try the Stay Matte powder, but I have not used this prsonally.
Having shiny skin makes me feel really paranoid, so when i went to boots (admittedly not to buy this) when i saw it on the rimmel counter i had to buy it to see if it works. It is reasonably cheap, around 4 pound when i brought it, but i wouldnt buy it again The product comes in a round powder tub, with a clear lid with whit writing on it, which is kind of hard to read and a turquoise base I brought this product in the transparent shade as i hate orange skin with a passion so i thought that would be what i would get This claims to keep your skin non-shiny for 5 hours, which is does do. It does keep the shine at bay but has a major fault - the colour When i first applied it with a brush, i used as little as possible and when i looked in the mirror, it was a ghost loooking back at me Now i dont have extremely pale skin, but im not tanned either but to use this product youd have to be the palest white you could be On my skin, it makes me look ill, and really pale which is just as bad as having super orange skin I love rimmel products but i was disapoointed with the "transparent" power, it wasnt transparent at all but it is the palest white possible Overall i hated this product, i never used it again, and actually gave it to a friend (who has ginger hair and is so pale) and it works ok for her
Before I start reviewing this product I have to admit I dont suffer from oily/shiny skin all that often if anything Im at the other end of the skintype spectrum. However in the summer and on a night out I think most people need a bit of help to control shine so for those two reasons alone is why I personally bought this "Rimmel Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder" about 6 months ago. I dont know what even possessed me to buy this as even though I do like most Rimmel products my skin has never got along with their face powders and foundations and sadly this one did nothing to change my opinion. Useful Information: Price: Around £3-£4 Stockists: Amazon, Superdrug & Boots For: Preventing shine & also helps to minimise skin breakouts. This is only available in 1 shade (Ive never seen any others being sold) and that is Transparent. It is quite a pale colour so dark skinned people or anyone that isnt really pale wont get along with this at all. Rimmel actually recommend that you apply this with a large blusher brush but I dont think that is best at all. With pressed powders I find it much easier to apply them with a face puff as I tend to get best coverage when I do it like that. I was quite annoyed that this didnt come with one - as most pressed powders Ive tried have done but they can be bought seperatly for really cheap. As Ive mentioned I didnt use this all the time but I tried it on several very hot days and once on a night out and it didnt work well for me on any occasion! Apply this anywhere on your face that is usually oily such as the T-Zone for most people I recommend applying it everywhere though as then some parts of your face with have coverage and others wont - no-one wants a patchy face! The actual coverage of this powder is very good as it does cover blemishes and spots really well when used alongside foundation but it looks almost deathly pale n my skin. Im not very dark skinned Id guess about medium and as I use fake tan on the rest of my body my face needs to match that and with this I looked like Casper the ghost! It did make me look very white and my skin didnt look healthy when I was wearing this at all. But for people who are very fair skinned this has got to be a must have product. To give the product its dues it does actually help to prevent shiny skin and if it was a better colour then I would wear it for that purpose loads. So in a way this does do exactly as it promises but I cant recommend it because it looked awful on me. As I say if your very pale then buy this but it wont suit any darker skin tones. 2 out of 5 for the second time today! Thanks For Reading x0 Salz 0x
It took me a long time to finally get around to trying this product. Like a lot of people, I suffer with occaisionally oily skin. On a night out it doesn't seem so bad, but often in the day I find that I need to re-apply powder to my t zone. This powder is more than your average pressed powder though. It's actually designed to help prevent breakouts in your skin. It's formulated to prevent blockages which can then lead to spots and blackheads. I have to say that I haven't really noticed a difference in my skin, hopefully im past spots now (but obviously it helps to have your powder on your side, too!). I have however noticed that this powder sits really nicely on my skin. It doesn't settle into pores or *gasp* wrinkles. Instead it seems to melt away, taking any unsightly oil with it. It comes in two shades, and If you purchase the 'translucent' version you can be sure that it will suit any skintone. In short, for the price, this is certainly your best bet if you want a pressed powder. No mess, no fuss. Pop a pad in the lid and you're good to go wherever.
I don't understand why everyone else likes this powder, but we all have different experiences. I never feel this powder setting my foundation nor does it help keep my skin the oil balance in my skin throughout the day (but I have normal skin and the foundation just wore off quickly when powder is meant to help it stay longer). When I try to pick up this powder its very sheer, I can't even notice it going on my face, it just doesn't seem to give enough product for me and I've tried brushes and scraping it up with a powder puff. Or is this just a problem with my own powder? I don't know but its far too sheer me, it just felt like it wasn't even there in the first place. As for complexion clearing I have never noticed this effect but I do not suffer from bad acne, in fact I only break out if my skin is too greasy (from a foundation maybe) I did break out a few times from greasy foundation while using this powder so that obviously didn't have an effect. When I used this on my skin on its own I didn't really feel much difference apart from having more matte skin (like powders are meant to do) and I didn't notice any skin clarifying either. I bought this powder because I struggle to find cheaper powders in my skin shade and I thought 'transparent' would be the way to go. Frankly this made no difference to my face whatsoever, it may be better for those with oily skin.
Having tried a lot of rimmel items Im not a big fan, although the price is very attractive you end up paying for it!! i find this powder bearable somedays but most of the time can leave your skin very dry and flakie, not an attractive look!! I found it heavy on the skin and didnt like the feel it gave me when wearing it. the packaging is not the greatest, but then you get what you pay for. there is no sponge included and the top often breaks in your bag. whilst you are half way throught the pot the powder tends to break into pieces. whilst I expect this in powder I dont expect it until it is near the end of the pot. although the price is good, I wouldnt buy this as I would rather not wear make up it dosent look great on, it wont last all day without flaking on your skin, so you will need to keep checking your face, and reapplying dosent work it just makes it worse
I never used to be a fan of powder until my sister let me try hers. Then I realized that it was a must for setting your face and ensuring that your make up doesn't slip during the day. I find the colour of Rimmel's clear complexion pressed powder is very good for my pale skin and it goes on easily on top of foudation. It is also good for when maye you don't want to wear a full face of make up (like on holiday to a hot country), you can just dab on some concealer, sweep this over your face and it still gives quite good coverage. It gives a nice, even look to your face and leaves your skin feeling soft. My mum even commented my skin felt like "velvet" one day when I had used it. It definitely doesn't clog up your pores so you don't need to worry about bad skin. On the other hand, I do wonder what made them call it clear complexion. While I haven't seen a bad change in my face, I haven't seen an improvement either, which made me wonder about the name. also, I have found that any powder I have bought breaks up quite easily if you drop it once or twice, which isn't so good because you then have to use bits of powder until you buy a new one. But the price of this is quite good.
This has become a makeup staple for me over the past year or so. I never used to use a powder over my foundation but I have discovered the benefits of using the correct power with a good brush! For the purposes of this review, Rimmel Clear Complexion will be known as RCC (Like Credence Clearwater Revival only backwards!) The Claim -------------- This product claims to keep your skin shine free for up to five hours. It also says that it will clarify the skin and prevent breakouts through the use of "Pureskin(tm) complex". I have to admit I was rather dubious about the latter when I first used this. The Packaging --------------------- R C C comes in a little powder cake in a plastic dish with a clear plastic lid. I have to admit that the packaging looks very cheap and nasty. The base of the dish is a very pale turquoise green colour - like hospital walls. The plastic part has "Rimmel Clear Complexion" written on it in white lettering. It really doesn't look attractive. But to be honest, I don't much care about how it looks. My main gripe about the packaging is that the clear plastic lid simply sits on top of the dish. The dish has a small ridge running around the circumference which is mean to create enough friction to hold the lid on. Sadly this is not particularly effective. As this is a powder product which states quite clearly that it works for up to five hours, the logical step is to carry one in your make up bag so that you can re apply if you are feeling shiny. It is the perfect size to fit into a makeup bag, about 7cm in diameter and 1.5 cm deep. Perfect. Except that the lid falls off all the time. The only way I manage to make the lid stay on is to pack it tightly into my make up bag so that the crush of other products next to it simply doesn't allow room for the lid to fall off! The Product ----------------- The only colour this comes in is 021 TRANSPARENT. ~~~ Colour ~~~ Colour wise it is fairly transparent. Obviously it does leave a little colour but I think that this depends greatly upon how much you use and your own skin and foundation colours. For example, when I use my Fake Bake, I still use the foundation etc I would use when I am my normal pale self as it blends well with the slight tan. When I have the tan underneath my makeup, R C C really is transparent. It does not add any additional colour to my face. However, when I am without tan and therefore, milk bottle white, R C C does add a very *slight* colour to my face. Not too much, probably makes me look a little healthier! ~~~ Texture ~~~ I love the texture of R C C. It comes as a pressed powder and it does not deposit too much product on the brush which is great because too much powder makes your skin look like the skin of a peach... a little bit fuzzy wuzzy. It goes on smoothly and blends very easily with my foundation. It does not sit on the top like some powders but seems to just blend in and dampen down any shiny areas. It is very light and you don't feel like you have any on. ~~~ Tips and Tricks ~~~ I find that the best brushes to use with this powder are either very large face and body brushes or a large kabuki style brush, or those short, stumpy, sun shimmer type brushes. Anything smaller than this and you get too much concentration of the product over too small an area of the face, leaving an uneven finish. It is best to simple swirl the brush over the pressed powder once or twice and do the forehead, nose and chin, then again for each cheek and perhaps a little extra for places where you have the most shine. Always use downward brush strokes on the face because, as I mentioned earlier, there is the danger of having the dreaded fuzzy wuzzy peach skin. All of our faces have little soft hairs, so using downward strokes flattens them slightly, whereas upward strokes would make them stand out. I have also found that regular exfoliation helps with the application of R C C. This product is great, but it can be quite unforgiving on those dry patches. It tends to magnify those little dry bits you thought no one could see and no one wants to look all flaky faced. So best to exfoliate regularly. This allows the product to go on smoothly and make you look nice and matt and lovely without looking like lizard woman. Conclusion --------------- R C C is great for me. It very successfully mattifies my shiny spots and makes my face look nice and smooth. It evens out skin tone and gives a nice base to put bronzing pearls or blusher over. It is also great on the lips as a base for keeping lipstick in place. ~~~ I love ~~~ The shine free smooth finish. I also love the light texture and the barely there colour which stops this product from looking like a mask on the skin. It blends perfectly and evenly. It lasts for around about the five hour mark, so I like the honesty on the packaging. However, I do need to reapply sometimes. I can't really comment on the complexion clearing part of this product other than to say that I don't tend to get any spots. I'm not sure if this product helps or does not as I've never been particularly spotty. ~~~ I don't love ~~~ The packaging, very cheap and unreliable. I love the pressed powder when it stays in once piece, but the more you used, the closer you get to the day of disintegration where you take the cheap little lid off and drop a dirty big chunk of pressed powder on your carpet amid screams of terror. Okay so maybe it's not that bad, but basically, when you get to the point where you have used about 70% of the product and all that is left is a 1cm ring around the outside, be prepared for the disintegration! ~~~ Overall ~~~ A great budget product which does exactly as it says, lasts for five hours (or more) and controls shine brilliantly. Blends with so many different skin types and colours too. I have recommended this to loads of my friends. There are actually about 5 of us who use it regularly and our skin tones range from the traditional pale blue Scottish colour all the way through to lovely Italian olive. It is certainly well suited to the paler types, but seems to work for everyone. Each Rimmel Clear Complexion dish contains a 16g pressed powder and costs around £4.
I bought this product on the spur of the moment when I popped into my local chemist to buy the raved about Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara (which I love and will review soon by the way). I was having a "hmmm, what else can I buy...?" sort of moment, and upon seeing the price of this powder being under £4, I thought that would do (yep, I'm that kinda girl I'm afraid!) So, what do I think? I absolutely, 101% love this product. It does exactly what it says it should do, and it works brilliantly for me. I bought shade number 021 - Transparent, which according to the Rimmel London website is the only shade this powder is available in. The packaging really is cheap and cheerful - a pale green base with a clear lid and white writing. On the lid we are told this is Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder + Natural Minerals. The net weight of this product is 0.56 oz / 16g. On the base of the product is a sticker with slightly difficult to read white writing on it that says: ----------------------------------------------------- Pure and shine-free finish for up to 5 hours. Clarifies skin thanks for Pureskin (TM) complex known to minimize skin breakouts. Controls shine and mattifies skin. Dermatologically tested. ----------------------------------------------------- Those of you that have read a few of my other reviews will know that I don't like wearing foundation. This is partly down to laziness on my part, I find the blending part very difficult and time consuming to get a nice natural looking finish. It's also partly due to the feel of it on my skin, I don't like feeling like I'm wearing a mask of make up, and I always seem to feel that way no matter how light the product is. I was looking for a product that would be light feeling, dare I say natural feeling, but would give me a matte finish on my shiny skin. My skin isn't the best - but I don't feel I need to hide it away under layers of make-up. This Rimmel powder is THE perfect product for me. I apply it on moisturised skin. No foundation or primer, just my usual daytime moisturiser. I apply it with a large kabuki brush, swirling the brush over the powder and applying it in circles onto my face and neck, building up the coverage gradually. It doesn't look as if you get much onto the brush as the powder is very compact in the pot, but I like that as you can control the application very easily and there is no absolutely no wastage. I am not looking for a product that conceals anything - that hides things or evens out skin tone or anything like that. This powder doesn't claim to do that - all this claims to do is to provide a shine-free finish, and for me, it does that job perfectly. It's exactly what I want for a cheap price, in no frills packaging. I don't care that it doesn't have a cute little brush, or a sponge to apply it with - I end up throwing the sponges away anyway and rarely use the brushes. I much prefer to use my trusted kabuki and am grateful that I'm not paying more for an extra I don't actually want or need. I just add my eye make up, blusher, and lipstick and away I go - and I have gotten compliments on my clear complexion, so something is working nicely :o) I find that the product lasts really well, despite me touching my face throughout the day - at least 5 hours. I've also had no breakouts in the month that I've been using this powder - this may be a coincidence of course, I'll know more over time and will update this review accordingly.