Happy Monday, everyone! :) Hope your long weekend was loads of fun! I spent mine catching up with some friends, which meant actually going out to clubs. Now I’m not the clubbing type of girl at all– I really much prefer sitting down at a bar for a beer– but I was happy to see friends that I hadn’t seen in a really long time, so going home with hair that smelled of smoke was worth it naman. Going out also gives me an excuse to wear heavier makeup than I normally would and I get to test how photogenic certain foundations or powders are. Clubs are also usually packed with people and the environment can make one sweaty in no time, so a good setting powder really is imperative. This past weekend I took the MaryKay Translucent Loose Powder* (800.00Php) for a spin.
This came to me at a time when I just happened to be looking for a new translucent powder that isn’t pressed. I recently wrote about the Clinique Stay-Matte pressed powder and I still love that, but I like to keep it in my bag for touch-ups and it’s a bit of a hassle to fish it out of my bag every time I do my makeup in the morning. Enter the Mary Kay Translucent Loose Powder. I’ve actually had this for a few weeks now, so I’ve had the chance to test it out in different situations. Mary Kay sent it over with a powder brush and a compact mirror. The mirror in particular has been really handy because it’s the perfect size and has both a magnifying mirror and a regular one. I (stupidly) dropped it once though and there’s a little chip on the side of the casing, which is why I didn’t bother taking pictures of it. But anyway, back to the loose powder!
The great thing about translucent setting powders is that there’s no fussing about shade-selection. Just sweep it over your foundation (or even your bare skin) and you won’t have to worry about the colour not matching. This one mattifies the skin but doesn’t leave it looking flat thanks to light-scattering properties embedded in the powder. Noice! It’s also oil-free, fragrance-free, and non-comedogenic, which are the most important things in my opinion. Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, you don’t want to be clogging your pores or irritating your skin. The Mary Kay TLP also doesn’t have SPF, so if you’re wearing it out during the daytime you will have to wear sunblock under this, but for going out at night (in flash photography) it is perfect!I had never tried anything from Mary Kay prior to this powder but I wasn’t surprised that the quality was so good. I suppose that says something about the way they market their products. I had high expectations and (thankfully) they were easily met. The one thing that I did not quite expect though was how good the quality of the packaging would be. I love the super simple but sturdy plastic that makes up the pot and cover. I love the demi-matte black finish against the silver/grey MK logo. It just looks so great sitting on my desk, which is important in a loose setting powder because that’s where their chunky pot-bodies normally sit– within reach and very much in sight. But the best thing about the Mary Kay TLS is the way it dispenses the powder. It does not come with a powder puff, which is great because those things are useless. Instead there is a twistable plastic mechanism that allows you open up those sifter holes to shake out just the right amount of powder before you twist it back again to seal the holes. I don’t know why I’ve never seen this from another makeup brand before. Usually the holes are covered by a plastic sticker when the product is new and people cut away half of the sticker in an attempt to control the amount of powder that comes out. It’s futile, really, which means that loose powders are usually best left at home because the mess they can create in your bag is just–yikes. So thanks to this simple but ingenious packaging, you could totally throw the MK TLP in your bag if you wanted to! If I had to describe this product in one word it would have to be: easy. You don’t have to worry about much with this powder– not colour matching, not using too much product, and not even flashback! I can’t imagine this not working for anyone, unless you have extremely oily skin. I have combination skin and the MK TLP did a decent job at eliminating shine. I still need to use blotting sheets every few hours, but I like the sort of glowing finish this gives so I can deal with it. It also did not aggravate my skin and I did not break out after I started using this. Overall, I really like it. Who doesn’t need a good, standard loose setting powder?
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*This product was sent to me by the Mary Kay team. I was not required to write a review and all opinions are my own. Thanks, Mary Kay! :)