Setting powders are really just a re-marketed version of tradional powder in terms of how you use them to mattify and stop shine. What I can’t figure out is whether old style powders naturally gave all the things that new style powders claim – i.e. blur, mattifying, setting and smoothing. This one is pretty simple in terms of ingredients: talc, silica and dimethicone. Silica is what gives it a silky feel and absorbs oils, ditto for dimethicone which also acts as a skin barrier, keeping moisture in. Conversely, though, dimethicone can also dry skin out. Nonetheless, this is a very standard powder recipe give or take and if you do want to damp down shine and give your base a chance to last longer, then it will absolutely do the job in a silky, light-feeling, pleasant to use way. I don’t think it has to do anything else really.
What’s more interesting about this product is that there aren’t many loose, translucent powders around if you just want to nip into Boots or Superdrug to get one. There is a big choice of concealers, foundations and mascaras in either store, but not many of these readily available to scoop into your basket. It’s £8.99 HERE.
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