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Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder

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Brand: Smashbox / Type: Foundation / Subcategory: Powder / What it does: Hydrates / Parabene free: yes

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      03.11.2012 12:13
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      A skin perfecting powder which helps to minimise fine lines and leaves the complexion more radiant

      I love make up and I do own more than is needed but it is the area of my life where I allow myself to be treated. I am always excited whenever I get a new product but I have never been as excited about a powder of all things as I was when I got the Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder by Smashbox!!

      What does the product do?
      This is unlike any other product that I've come across so far. It is an anti-aging powder which promises to reduce fine lines and wrinkles within ten minutes of application by 33%. When used over the period of 6 weeks, these wrinkles are reduced to 67%. It contains pure gold, 48 different minerals, 11 amino acids and powerful peptides to make your skin more youthful and to continuously revitalise the skin making your complexion brighter and more radiant throughout the day. The formula is both oil free and talc free and so it is good for the skin.

      How do you use the product?
      The packaging allows the exact amount of product to be released for each application. You need to sweep the provided brush over the product and then sweep the brush over the face. It can either be used alone or as a finishing powder over the top of your make up but using it in the second way will stop it from benefiting your skin properly. It can also be brushed onto the shoulders and collar bone to give your body a lovely definition and glow.

      Varieties
      The product doesn't comes in many shades and the shades don't come with posh names. They are named just what they are which is light, light/medium, medium, medium/dark and dark. I chose light as I have fair skin and it is described as being for those with porcelain and ivory skin with neutral undertones.

      Packaging and Price
      The packaging is pretty special as it shows you how much you need to use with each appication. The product comes in a solid black compact which has a mirror in the lid and the lid flips open and shut. It has a special metal shaver which you twist and it shaves off the powder and it rises up in the compact. You get a free short handled brush which has lovely thick bristles with which to apply the product. I got mine for around £30 from Amazon. It is available from quite a few online websites so you may get a better price if you shop around.

      Application and Performance
      The packaging makes this product a pleasure to use. It is used as a loose powder but becuase it is solid form until you shave some off it means that you don't get in a mess and there won't be any wastage. The brush is nice and soft and it makes it really easy to apply the product to the face.

      On bare skin, the product feels very light so it's not going to make you feel made up. The coverage is not much so you can't really use it to hide imperfections or blemishes. It enhances the skin though and gives it a healthy radiance that looks natural. I've worn it to work barefaced a few times and although I don't look like I've got make up on, it does give my complexion a bit of a glow.

      I don't have many fine lines yet but the ones I do have are covered slightly by this product. It certainly doesn't sink into my lines or pores to highlight them which is great news for me. Even though this is a 'hydrating' product, you still need to use a moisturiser before hand because it doesn't actually feel hydrating and it will highlight any dryness in the skin.

      In general, I think the health of my skin may have improved a little bit but I don't know if that's just because I'm look for it. My complexion seems to look a bit healthier and my skin has a slightly better texture. On top of make up, it finishing off my foundation beautifully. It gives a matte finish and again gives my complexion that bit of extra radiance without giving me a caked in make up appearance. When used in either way, it hasn't caused me to develop blemishes or irritated my skin. It is easily removed using my usual make up remover.

      Conclusion
      All in all, this is a lovely product which gives a radiance to my complexion and reduces the appearance of my fine lines marginally. I have very fine lines so I can't say the effect that it would have on deep set wrinkles but it certainly made my skin look healthier. It works well on the skin with or without other make up and it keeps my skin looking matte for longer. I am very happy with the product and although it is expensive, it will last a long time so that evens out the cost in the long run. I would definintely repurchase this again.

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      23.07.2010 15:02
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      ** My skin tone is fair, neutral and dry and I use HALOin 'Light' **


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      The Claim
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      Smashbox claims that HALO is capable of reducing fine lines and wrinkles - in as few as 10 minutes. This due to the fact that it's the first anti-aging powder with "the science of skin care built in" it.


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      The powder is the finest milled powder I've ever used and it seems to melt seamlessly into your skin as a result, so the coverage is very seamless and even, with a great colour match. I've been using HALO for over a year now and while I can't say it is zapping my fine lines away, the lightness of the powder doesn't settle over them and reduces the look of them when I wear it.

      The powder is easy build up for a light/medium natural looking natural coverage, and the finished look seems to have a slight glow to it. I can wear this without foundation, as it evens out any redness in my skin and reduces the look of my pores.

      HALO feels so lightweight; I forget I'm wearing any make up. I do have very dry and sensitive skin, but I've not experienced any dry patches or caking, I've also not experienced that tightness and itchy feeling, which a lot of other products have given me.


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      The black shell is a hardwearing plastic and has a mirror in the lid.

      You twist the base like a dial and this will grate the powder and push it up. This is a fantastic little gimmick as you can clearly see how much product you are dispensing, so there is no waste. I'm still using my first compact a year later.


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      £46

      The only thing about HALO that hasn't impressed me is the price tag. For me the results don't quite justify the price. But I'm still very tempted to replace it when it's gone, so I might treat myself, but I'm not sure...

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    • Product Details

      A powder that reduces fine lines & wrinkles in 10 minutes? It's not magic, it's new Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder / Halo is the first anti-aging powder with the science of skin care built in / It's advanced formulation of pure gold, 48 minerals, 11 amino acids and a powerful peptide deliver powerful anti-aging benefits while the patented hydration system continuously revitalizes skin for a brighter, more radiant complexion all day / Halo's innovative built in shaver gives you the perfect amount of luminous loose powder every time with no mess / Finally, a powder that multi-tasks as much as you do / Oil-free, Talc-free, and Paraben-free / Winner of the HBA Award for Best Prestige Packaging / Fair: For porcelain & ivory skin with neutral undertonesLight: For light beige & sand skin with neutral undertonesMedium: For warm honey & caramel skin with neutral undertonesDark: For deep tan & bronze skin with neutral undertones How it works: After 10 minutes there is a 33% decrease in the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes / After 6 weeks of use, there is a 67% decrease in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles overall / How to use:Wear alone or as a luminous finishing powder over your favorite primer and foundation / For the perfect amount of fresh powder every time, simply twist the shaver, swirl brush into powder and apply to face / Want a sexy all-over glow? Buff Halo onto shoulders and decollete using a big body brush (try Face & Body Brush #19) /