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Happy Wednesday! Apologies for not posting on Monday, but I’m struggling to find ideas at the moment, but today I want to talk about my go-to powders/base products. These are mostly powders, but I have one cream base product so I want to open this category up to encompass it too.
I haven’t really been wearing foundations in the past year or so, as I’m just extremely low maintenance with my makeup, and I’m currently figuring out my concealer pick for this time of year now it’s warming up. So my approach to handling my skin at the moment is anticipating the oiliness of my skin upping itself up, which I tend to handle through the use of powders when it comes to makeup.
Without further ado though, let’s talk about the actual products:
The first of the powders is one that I have been using for nearly two years now, which is the Collection Pressed Powder in the shade ‘18 Ivory‘. As far as I’m aware, this is still the lightest shade of the line, but it’s easily my most reliable powder as it’s actually pale enough for my skin. I don’t find powders to normally be pigmented enough to be problematic unless you’re several shades darker than your actual skin tone, but if you’re pale like me, you probably understand the paranoia of using any base products that are remotely off-colour as they look especially orange or off-colour because your pale skin exaggerates any contrast in colour. This isn’t my first pan of this powder, and for anyone with oily skin, I highly recommend it. I don’t find it heavy to wear when applied with the right brush – in my case I use a dense buffing brush and just pick up a small amount of product at a time and layer up to the right amount for me.
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Moving on to the second powder, for days when I want to layer my skin with a powder, but don’t want any extra pigmentation, I use my Maybelline Matte Maker Mattifying Powder, which is in the shade ‘10 Classic Ivory‘. I don’t find there’s any pigmentation to this powder personally, so when I read the shade name on the back, I sort of tilt my head in confusion. I don’t consider the lack of pigmentation a problem at all, but perhaps that’s misleading if you see this in-store and expect some coverage from it.
For my makeup routine, this is great for those days when I’m having good skin days, but know I need to set my concealer, mattify my eyelids or just for days when I’m wearing no other makeup. I find this is better than the Collection powder for re-applying, but that’s because this powder is finer and layers a bit better and the lack of pigmentation makes it more forgiving.
Lastly, a product I picked up from TK Maxx a while ago, is the Physician’s Formula Powder Palette Multi-colored Correcter in the shade ‘Green‘. This is the powder I use the least, and one I want to use more to form a proper opinion on, but the concept of a colour corrector in a powder form is intriguing to me, so it sits on my makeup stand so I can try it out more.
From very limited experience, it’s very subtle colour correction, but I think now the weather is warming up – and with it, my skin is going to get oilier, I expect to try this out and put it to the test.
Last of all, the one cream base product I’ve been using recently, and continuing the theme of colour correcting, is the MUA Pro-Base Prime & Conceal colour corrector, also given the shade name ‘Green‘. I’ve been dipping into this occasionally throughout winter, particularly to focus on redness around my nose and chin, but want to continue using this into spring to see how it works when my skin is oilier. I have certain expectations in mind, but I want to see the actual results.
It’s a relatively pigmented cream, and has been prone to flaking on flaky areas of my face – usually where I have acne scars. Otherwise it’s creamy enough to apply, then pat down and set with a powder. I find this helps tone down my redness quite well, so a lighter formula concealer can be applied over it to even out my skin. When applied over acne areas in the same way, I find this helps to slightly cover up acne and provide my concealers some back-up help for neutralising the skin in that aspect as well.
Overall, it’s been a reliable colour corrector throughout the winter months, since my skin was drier, and I hope to see this continue to be reliable even when my skin gets oilier. I will have to see, but if you have drier skin, this is definitely worth swatching in-store as it might be a good fit for you.
This concludes the powder and base products I have on my makeup stand for spring. I feel like I really cover my bases with this selection (hehe, puns…) and don’t feel like I’m going to need to reach for any other products. I can see my two main powders being used up this year, finally, so I’ll finally be able to pull into my stash of powders and try something new.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post today, it means a lot to me that you took time out of your day. I hope you are happy and healthy, and the rest of the week treats you well.