Happy Wednesday! Today I want to talk about the Witch Naturally Clear Anti-Blemish Pressed Powder, as it’s been in my collection for a short while. This is going to be a first impression post and not a full review, as I have reasons to not continue using it. I will go into this in more detail though.
So this is a pressed powder that has a few claims on the back of the box, which are as follows:
“For more than 40 years, Witch has used nature’s clever ingredient Witch Hazel. Now, in our cosmetics range, each product is specially formulated to both cover and target imperfections with the power of natural Witch Hazel.
Witch’s pressed powder helps target spots and breakouts by absorbing excess oils and controlling shine. Providing medium coverage or imperfections it visibly refines pores while it’s antibacterial actives help clarify the skin.”
It also claims to be fragrance free, oil free and dermatologically tested. So there aren’t any crazy or unusual claims here, but the main aim is to combat excess oil and keeping the texture of your skin under control so you don’t look too oily/greasy.
One of the things that really confused me is that the shade name is called ‘01 Translucent‘ but it also claimed on the back of the box to have “medium coverage”. In hindsight, I should have been more careful, but when I read “translucent” I assumed it meant it wasn’t going to have any significant pigmentation to it. There is pigmentation to this powder, and on my very pale skin, it’s just too dark. It makes my skin look slightly orange and for that reason this is a first impression and not a full review.
I find the swatch photographed above doesn’t really show it, but when applied all over the key areas of my face that need to be touched-up, I really notice the shift in my skin tone.
In terms of packaging, it’s fairly conventional. There’s no mirror with this product, as the lid is a clear plastic. I don’t mind this too much, as I always keep a compact mirror in my desk and in a makeup bag which I can use whenever I need it. While I prefer to have powders that have mirrors, they’re not essential for me.
The lid is quite robust and has a nice resistance to it. It’s a bit tricky to open, but I don’t mind this. I’d rather it was a little tricky to open than so simple it might break open by accident.
In terms of performance, this does a great job at mattifying my skin, which is what I use it for. If it weren’t for the colour being too dark for me – and my mistake in not realising it was intended to have pigment – this is one I’d continue using.
I haven’t used this long enough to really discuss the claims about helping combat acne issues, but I haven’t had a negative reaction from it either.
Ultimately, this had the potential to be a satisfying mattifying powder but I’m too pale for this shade. So I plan to pass this along to my mum who has a bit more colour to her skin, as she might get use out of this powder instead. So I’m relieved this isn’t going to be completely wasted, but I moved on to a new mattifying powder quickly because I can’t make this shade work for me.
If you have a fair-medium skin tone, I think you can make this shade work fairly well. But if you’re very pale like me: for reference, I’m using Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation in the shade ‘F1‘ at the moment, then this will look orange on you. For it’s purpose as a mattifying powder, it’s great, I have no major concerns there, but sadly I’m just too pale.
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