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I must say, after reading the other two reviews on this product I am kicking myself as I am a muppet who spent £18 on this product off ASOS. I am an ASOS premium user, meaning I get free next day delivery on anything I buy and when I was low on press powder, it was a case of desperate times. So I ordered the pricey item, without even testing to see if the colour matched my tone (risky, i know!) but I am as pale as they come and really struggle to get a colour match, and just ordered Light and hoped for the best.
It arrived in a cardboard box, simple design and I hadn't realised I'd ordered a refill product until I opened it and saw the plastic container. I didnt have a case it fitted in, so have left it in the plastic container and this has not really been too much of a problem: no breakages or spillages of loose powder. Where as it's not pretty to look at, it didnt really bother me too much. It also came with a really nice applicator sponge, and as I use powder very often to cover foundation that isn't quite pile enough I use sponges rather than brushes.
To my absolute delight, the colour was perfect for my complexion. I have homestly never had a powder that suits me so well. Considering the amount I spent on it, this was a huge relief. It is unscented and has a matte finish, not a hint of shimmer so it is great for everyday make-up. The finish it was is wonderful, and durable too without being heavy on my face. The rest of my make-up holds well with it also, so I feel I couldnt ask for better.
I will say, I have gotten to the very edges of the powder in just over a month. This may be because I am a daily user and use it for full coverage, but I have been very reluctant to re-order this product simply on the price tag. I have bought press powder from. 2 other brands from Boots instead, and have been greatly dissapointed with both: being to orange in tone considering they were the palest available. So it seems incredibly likely that when I get paid next, this will be an item I purchase because I am completely satisfied with the results I have had! This time, I may shop around a little bit better in ase I can get a bargin. However, with Christmas coming up, and with my job I will need a long lasting coverage on my make-up, I will be quite willing to fork out £18 again because I know that it will do what it needs to do.
It's a great colour match for pale complexions, and is durable. I just got through it quite quickly, so this does not justify the hefty price of the product.
I love a bargain, a glitch, reductions and clearances, there's nothing more satisfying than knowing you managed to buy something expensive for pennies and this is exactly how I felt with this Stila refill. I had never heard of Stila until I was browsing money saving expert and people were going wild over the fact that some of their products were being stocked in Poundland. I didn't rush out to buy it as I have drawers and drawers full of the stuff but face powder is something I use every day and find it difficult to find a shade which doesn't turn me orange as I have very very pale skin. I presumed by the time I went in it would all be gone but I managed to pick up this refill and have since trying it picked up another to to keep a stock.
The range seems very basically packaged, the box is a very light beige colour that has a simple design and the name 'Stila' written on it. Inside the box you have a plastic case that easily pops open, inside the centre is a circular disk of the powder in a metallic shell. Inside the box you also receive a small pad to apply the make up however I have never used this as I find it goes on too heavy and does make me look orange with any pressed powder I have used. Instead I use a large brush to apply.
The powder is very light and when I swirl my brush over the top I find it transfers to the brush extremely easily. I then swirl the brush over my face and I find the powder transfers to my face extremely easily. It feels very light and soft with a slight make up scent to it but not unpleasantly so. I apply this over my foundation base as this wouldn't be able to cover up the imperfections my skin has. I find this applies easily and is rather durable. I don't find that it is any better than other powders I have had but buying in poundland has meant it is much cheaper than the others. For this reason I bought another couple for when my current one has ran out.
Although I have very pale skin I bought this powder in medium as it was all they had available but I have found it blends well and I don't have that orange look. It lasts well on my skin and I have found that the compact is long lasting, I have been using this every day for approximately 3 weeks and it is barely touched, I think this is as you only need a little to cover your whole face. It gives a nice mattifying effect to my skin which is what I was looking for. It also holds my blusher on top well which is good. To remove is extremely easy with water or as I normally use a make up remover wipe.
Overall I am pleased for £1 but I wouldn't pay the £18 that Boots is asking, I think the powder does a good job but I feel that it doesn't so any better a job than any other powder I use and for that I do have to remove a star. I think the price is too expensive for what it is, the packaging is basic however it does the job, it's light and long lasting, it stays on my face well and it gives the look I wanted to achieve I also think that if you don't have a compact to place this in it's no big deal as the plastic casing is easy to use and keeps it clean and fresh although it is a little unsightly.
Like most people I like to think I'm a savvy shopper. One place I always nip into when I'm out and about and there is one local of course is places like Poundland and general discount types of stores. Usually I'm pretty good really and I go in with a budget and know what I'm in store to buy however the other day there just seemed so much good stuff to buy I couldn't resist and one thing I bought was this Stila Pressed Power, not in the compact as I have a lovely one I knew this would fit into anyway and I knew from this premium range I was getting something normally I'd pay a much higher price tag for!
Like I say I never bought the compact I bought the refill of the power and like all Stila packaging it comes in a very basic looking cardboard box and on the front of it I'm told that it it Stila Sheer Pressed Powder and that it weighs 9g and then on the back of the box the ingredients are listed, I'm told that my shade is the Medium option and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Inside the box you get a thin round block of powder with a thin black on the outside and white to the bit you use cosmetic sponge with Stila written on it in silver lettering.
The Powder Itself:
Well this fits into the usual Stila compact cases of course, you can buy a fancy one like I have already or of course you can leave it in the flip to open plastic case it comes in.......whatever really this block of colour is a standard size, round.
The powder itself has no scent to it at all and its a very fine lightweight powder. You can use it on its own to help matify the skin or use it as I do, over foundation to 'set' it.
Again you can use the very good quality sponge provided or use a big brush, again that's your choice and this powder is a fine clingy powder and easy to use with little effort required to blend it at all.
Its smooth and leaves the skin looking fresh, slightly less greasy and smooth to its appearance and touch however this doesn't keep my greasy t-zone from appearing rather quickly after using it and certainly doesn't help to cover up imperfections and zits and the likes.
You can't feel it on the skin and it allows skin to breath and like I say the face does feel really nice with this on and of course it is very simple to remove, reapply and so on however for me this powder is a little too lightweight though doesn't upset my sensitive skin at all and its one I'll use daytimes but not for more heavy duty evenings.
I don't regret buying it for a quid especially now I've seen that the refill alone on the Boots website costs £18.00 and it is available in a variety of shades but do Google on here for cheaper prices should you want it or run to Poundland lol.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.