Happy Wednesday! Today we’re going to have a little chat about one of the powders I have on the go at the moment. Specifically, this is the Collection Primed & Ready Invisible Setting Powder, which I use in the shade ‘01‘. It retails for £3.99 in both Boots and Superdrug, so you have some choice in terms of where you want to pick this up. This is definitely one of the more affordable powders I’ve tried, and is definitely within my budget.
While the name calls it a setting powder, I use this as my mattifying powder. So it lives permanently on my desk, but also occasionally making trips with me in my makeup bag.
The claims are fairly simple, but on the back of the case it reads:
“An ultra smooth setting powder that contains Witch hazel to help reduce and minimise blemishes.”
I’ve been using this powder since late August 2019, and it’s only in the last day that I hit pan in the centre. If you look closely at my photograph above, which I took ahead of time, you can see the rings of the pan through the powder, and it was a day later that I broke through to the pan.
One of the things I want to address is that I do think this powder is quite silky and smooth, in spite of how it looks a bit hard-panned. This appearance is likely from the EcoTools Retractable Kabuki Brush not being completely dry after spot-cleaning it when I finish my makeup routine, so it makes some of the powder look strange. However, I haven’t notice it impact the performance of the powder itself.
The shade name doesn’t really make it very clear, but I don’t think this is a particularly pigmented powder. Which is what I personally look for in a mattifying powder, as I use a pigmented one for actually setting my face. If there is pigmentation to it, it’s not something I’ve noticed, so interpret that as you wish.
For me, that’s a good thing as I haven’t noticed any issues with oxidising, and it let’s me powder my face as often as I need to without being concerned about my face looking cakey from too much pigment sitting on specific areas of my skin.
However, I can also see this being a con, if you’re looking at this product as a potential setting powder and you are looking for some pigmentation to mesh with any other base products you already have on your skin. I will be reviewing my current setting powder in the near future, so I’ll show you what that product is soon.
As far as performance goes, this has been a really dependable product that I can grab throughout the day when areas of my face start to get oily. My nose and chin are usually the first areas to get oily, with my forehead and cheeks also getting oily as well but takes a bit longer.
Although it’s currently autumn, my skin is still on the oilier side, so my skin needs touch-ups throughout the day. This tends to be the case year-round, so for me, it’s important that my mattifying powder applies nicely over multiple layers that build up throughout the course of the day.
Inevitably, you’ll reach a point where it’s just too much product sitting on one area of your skin. However, throughout a normal day, I don’t reach a point where it looks heavy or cakey.
Overall, it’s been a nice powder to keep on-hand for my day-to-day routine. Over roughly 3 months, I’ve only just hit pan, which to me is quite astonishing for longevity. I feel quite content to use this powder up, so long as the hard-pan doesn’t become a genuine problem in the future. That’s something I’ll update you on when it eventually features in an empties post.
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