Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Rant & Rave

This Week’s Topic: LOOSE POWDER!

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24 thoughts on “Rant & Rave: Loose Powder

  1. I just cannot stand that MUFE Silica powder. I feel like I’m inhaling Asbestos or something. So many warnings on Silica… does the HD benefit outweigh the risks…???

    I like Mac’s loose powder but honestly, I’ve had Clinique’s off and on my whole life so I might go back to that. It last forever too. I don’t know if it has talc which they say is bad. I just kind of like it.

    BE is pretty good but I’ll be more likely to reach for my Mac MSF in Med if I need to touch up or do a Powder foundation.

  2. Mooonlight

    I have heard from several make up artist, that what loose powder does, a pressed powder with a brush never come near it. I myself love to try one,…
    My mum when i was little used to do use Dior loose powder and her skin OMG!

    So without using, i love it…and cannot wait to try!

  3. Sarah M

    On myself, I like to use a loose powder initially but then use pressed powder for touch ups (if needed) and for travelling with. That also then means that I don’t need a separate mirror. On clients though, it has to be loose powder all the way! I love the texture & finish. I just apply it/press it on to the skin with a powder puff and brush away the excess, giving the perfect, flawless look. Some of my favourites include MAC loose blot powder, and MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder.

  4. I prefer a loose powder, I can achieve a lighter application of powder than with a pressed powder. I just don’t like it when I drop it on the floor and it makes a mess :P

  5. Emm

    I like loose powder because it goes on light and sets my foundation well. The only thing I hate is the packaging. I don’t know how else they can package loose powder so I don’t get it everywhere!

  6. I love my loose mineral foundation and finishing powder from EDM. It is messy, but with a closable sifter lid it’s not that bad at all and so I guess I’ve just gotten used to it. I think for face powders, loose gives the best finish (at least for me).

    For blush and eyeshadow I far prefer pressed, but I am recently obsessed with Laura Mercier’s loose mineral blushes and MAC pigments. I’m always kind of terrified of spilling the pigments though so I’m considering pressing them when I have a little more time over winter break.

  7. victoria

    the finish is supposed to be better than pressed but i travel a lot they’re really not travel friendly and you have to be careful using them unfortunately.

  8. Heatherette

    It’s okay but I would rather have pressed powder. That way you can take it with you and it won’t be as messy.

  9. I prefer loose powder over pressed powder. I use MAC’s transparent powder (not the prep + prime but the regular pro powder) and their fan brush – The fan brush is GREAT for loose powder! LOVE IT!

    I don’t use the prep + prime powder because I can’t see a difference in the end-result. The texture is different but they look exactly the same on the skin AND you get heaps more product for your money with the regular pro powder. I’m curious – Has anyone else tried both and do they prefer one over the other???

  10. lunatwinkle

    After 7+ years of using Bare Minerals makeup and constantly spilling loose powder, foundation, bronzer, blush, and eyeshadow powder all over my bathroom counter and rug, I have officially given up on loose powder! It is WAY too messy and gets all over the place! Very difficult to travel with. I’d rather use pressed powder. :D

  11. Anitacska

    I don’t mind loose powder, but if I go out, I always take a pressed powder with me, just so much easier to use.

  12. Nicole

    My experience with loose powder ist best described with the word messy. Either I picked up way less product or everything was placed in the lit and on top of the filter (don’t know if this is the right english word). Bäh.

  13. Kelsey

    I love loose powder (I use powder foundation and a loose setting/blot powder) especially bare minerals and MAC’s loose blot powder. But, it’s impossible to travel with. Bare minerals has the right idea with the new packaging on the matte foundation, I bought it and I love the twisty-turny lid it has. Other than that, I refuse to bring my loose blot powder anywhere, I always grab my pressed.

  14. Gloria

    I only use press powder , from The Body Shop , when i set the cream concealer , from MUFE , under my eye other than that i don’t use any face powder on the rest of my face because i have really dry skin it causes dry patches all over my face so i tend not to set my foundation , from Revlon Color Stay , with powder.

  15. lisa

    The one thing i dislike about loose powder is that it is messy and gets all over the place!

  16. amy

    I don’t really use loose powder because it gets messy. I do find it use full to clean up fallout from eyeshadows. I love MAC MSF Loose Foundation though because it is easy and surprisingly I don’t spill that one much often. Only 1-2 since I got it 2 years ago.

  17. Jennifer

    Love the polished look it gives me (better than pressed powder). Only thing i hate is the sieve/sifter. There was one time i toppled over the jar and the powder got eveyrwhere (mess!)

  18. Rosie

    I use my silica spheres and I like it. I take it on the go for touch ups too with a travel friendly kabuki. It leaves me less oily and it’s a little messy if I don’t tap but it’s not colored so I don’t mind.

  19. Nicci

    I use loose powder & like it a lot better than pressed powder but I really dislike how messy it can be. I use La Mer loose powder and it comes in a large glass jar. I can’t always take that to work so I put some of the powder in another container and bring an extra brush…kind of a pain but I like the look it gives.

  20. Lydia

    I love it all! haha

  21. Are HD powders all that? was thinking of getting one from either MUFE or Smashbox, but am not sure.

    I sometimes use rimmel pressed powder, but it goes on so HEAVY! I appropriated my dermablend loose setting powder, and it looks more natural, btu it REALLY doesn’t set my foundation like i want! I think its because the dermablend concealers are so heavy and dry they dont need much to set(i use them for covering up bruises from my acrobatic stuff!)

    Help?!

  22. Sass

    Messy on the go.

  23. Haylie

    I heard MUFE HD powder was a lot better than Mac’s Prep and Prime powder. The silica powder in MUFE powder isn’t dangerous because its silica dioxide. At least thats what this blog says.

    http://thebeautybrains.com/2009/02/17/is-silica-powder-in-makeup-forever-hd-powder-dangerous/

    I don’t like MSFN because it breaks me out. I wish Mac’s Prep and Prime came in a compact like the MSFN.

  24. laura mercier’s loose powder was doing a good job for me but i realized its also whats breaking me out :| so now i don’t use loose powders (i’m trying out fix+ for setting my foundation instead)