torek, 23. januar 2018

Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Pact (Powder compact)

On a daily basis I rarely don't set my foundation and concealer with some powder, so I've tried a lot of them over the years and also keep my expectations pretty high. Besides trying out some Korean skincare bits I've also wanted to try their makeup, so I've ordered this powder and have been using it for a while now.

The Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Pact is a pressed powder which comes in a compact mint green plastic packaging. There is a handy mirror inside, but the compact only opens to 90 degrees, so it's not the most useful, as well as a soft spongy applicator/powder puff. There is 8,5 g of product inside and it's formulated with natural Jeju mineral powders, to help regulate oil production on the skin. It's unscented and feels smooth and silky soft to the touch.
I've tried using this with a number of foundations and BB/CC creams I have and found that it's not the best to set my makeup with, especially if I need it to last long and generally prolong the wear of other makeup on my skin. My most used (& repurchased) powder lately has been the Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Setting Powder which sets the makeup perfectly, adding a lovely soft velvety finish to the skin and controlling oiliness for around 6 hours. It also never looks cakey or heavy on the skin. This one, on the other hand, tends to look very powdery, matte and white on my skin (and I'm pretty pale to begin with), doesn't control oiliness for more than 2 hours, at which point whatever foundation I applied underneath tends to start looking heavy. For that reason I've put it away after trying it out initially and only gave it another chance recently when I needed to touch up my makeup on the go (loose powders aren't the most convenient for that). I would use some blotting sheets and lightly dust some of this powder on top with a brush or press some of it onto my skin with the applicator sponge and it would instantly mattify, smoothen the skin and extend the wear of foundation for some more time. Again, it can look noticeably white on the skin and doesn't look the best on the under eyes, but it's fine for touchups on my oily t-zone. It doesn't irritate/break me out. 

I wouldn't call this the best powder for oily skin or setting your makeup, but I like using it for touchups and keep it with me in my bag on the go. Through some trial and error I've also learnt to use the applicator sponge without applying too much powder at once, which can leave an obvious white round mark on the skin (you have to be careful not to overload it with product or press too hard on the skin).
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