Review: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder

I decided to try Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder because I have a major shine problem that starts in the middle of the day.  I don’t look glowy or youthful; I just look greasy.  The shine sadly plagues me throughout the year, but gets worse during the summer.  Before using this powder, my face would become an oil slick by noon.  Every day.  Without fail.  There is an oil spill joke in there somewhere, but yawn.

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Overall, this powder is absolutely worth the hefty price tag ($34 for the full-size version).  A little goes a long way, so you’ll be able to make the product last for awhile.

Pros:

– Natural and Matte: If you’re looking for dewy, glowy skin, then this is probably not the product for you.  If you are like me and need help controlling oil, then go for it!

– Conservative: Using a little goes a LONG way.  Don’t overdo application or your skin may start to look chalky.

– Long-wearing: This powder helps to control oil throughout the day.  I used to have to retouch my makeup every few hours.  Now, I can retouch once mid-day and I’m good to go.

– Invisible: Don’t be daunted by the ghost white, baby powder look.  This powder is invisible even on my olive skin.

Cons:

– Drying: I’d recommend using a heavier moisturizer once you start using this powder.  I love the Body Shop’s Wise Woman Regenerating Day Cream, which my cousin Jen gave to me to try a couple of months ago.  It’s packed with nutrients and makes your skin smooth and soft without being greasy

– Fineness: Since the powder is so fine, it goes all over the place unless you are super careful to contain it.  I recommend using a Kabuki brush, like this one from Sephora, and tapping off the excess into the lid of the container.

To combat the drying nature of this powder, I’ve been using it in combination with Smashbox BB Cream, which helps my skin to stay soft without being too oily or dry.

Overall, applying this powder is now a part of my daily makeup routine.  It’s the perfect spring and summer 2013 beauty product to add to your repertoire!

What products help you stay oil and shine-free?  Share in the comments!