The Sample: Gorgeous Cosmetics Powder Perfect Powder Foundation in PP-03 (Review, Swatches & Photos)

17 May

««Press Sample»»

Despite having quite oily skin, powder foundations (along with matte foundations, as I will get to in another foundation review coming up) have always been something I’ve shied away from. Just the thought of an obviously powdery, caked-on complexion strikes fear into my liquid foundation-loving heart. But then a while ago, I finally gave into my skin’s craving for a drier formula and bought the ever popular bareMinerals Matte Mineral Foundation. After a few uses, I was left not so afraid of powder foundations but also not very impressed. I tried to give up the idea that a powder foundation could ever hold up to a liquid foundation but kept hearing so many good things about them. So I decided to give it one more shot with the Gorgeous Cosmetics’ Powder Perfect Powder Foundation.

Gorgeous Cosmetics, as you know, is fairly new to the U.S (see my reviews for their Colour Pro Blush and iINK Liquid Eye Pencil). The brand describes this product as a “triple milled foundation powder [that] feels as soft as silk. Illuminative properties correct and even the appearance of skin tone, providing a naturally healthy finish.” You can use this powder alone as a light base that subtly corrects and perfects the skin while still allowing the skin’s natural beauty to shine through. You can also use it to set liquid foundations for more added coverage and shine-control.

–click image to enlarge–

The foundation comes packaged in Gorgeous Cosmetics’ signature rubberized black compact, similar to Nars’ packaging. There are 2 tiers inside: the top tier holds the powder foundation while the bottom is a small compartment that holds the accompanying sponge applicator. The powder itself is embossed with the Gorgeous Cosmetics “g” logo.

I received the shade PP-03 to review. I would call it a light-medium yellow beige. Now I have to say first of all that the powder looks a lot lighter in the pan than it does on the skin. When I first received this, I thought there was absolutely no way this shade would suit my NC25-ish skin–it just looked so pale! But I gave it a try and was amazed that it blended beautifully on my skin. This is in part, however, due to the powder oxidizing just a bit. Within about a minute of application, it darkens slightly to become my perfect shade. I personally don’t mind since in this case, it works to my advantage, but I know this will bother some people.

Now the texture of the powder itself is very nice. It’s incredibly finely milled and silky to the touch–dense but smooth. It definitely applies that way, too. Because of the fine texture, it does have a tendency to kick up dust if I use a harder brush but with a sponge or very soft, dense kabuki, I have no problems.

When applied with a brush, I get a sheer-light overall coverage. It’s quick, it evens out my skin tone, diffuses some of the redness around my nose area, and it doesn’t sink into my pores (a huge problem I had with the BM foundation). It doesn’t cover all the dark redness on and around my nose, though, and it definitely doesn’t cover any of my discoloration or scars around my face like the BM foundation does. For this reason, I have taken to either just using the BM foundation or, if I have more time, applying some concealer around my problem areas and then doing a quick sweep all over with the Powder Perfect Powder Foundation.

When applied with the accompanying sponge, I get a solidly light coverage. I do prefer application with a brush, though. I found that when I applied it with a sponge, it did look pretty powdery and dry. It doesn’t stay that way, though–after a couple minutes on the skin, it has lost its powdery look and melds into the skin. Still, applying with a dense kabuki brush avoids that problem entirely and creates a softer, more natural and diffused look.

The Powder Perfect foundation lasted about 3-4 hours (depending on the weather) on my skin before I needed to blot. Overall, the foundation lasted almost 8 hours on my skin before I felt I needed to reapply.

–PP-03 swatches heavily on left and blended on right. I know it’s really hard to see the product but I thought I’d include swatches anyway. Click the image to enlarge–

I’d say this is a good powder but it’s definitely not for those looking for a true powder foundation and definitely doesn’t take the place of a liquid base, for me. I think this one’s best suited for those with nearly perfect skin who just need a light powder for evening out the skin tone and taking care of shine. Since I don’t even have close to perfect skin, I can’t say I fell in love with this. Still, it is quite nice and I like that it comes in 12 shades. I’ve been super impressed with everything else I’ve tried from the brand though so definitely do check them out if you get the chance!

»»Pricing: $46/0.5 oz. (12 g.)

»»Availability: and

»»Recommended for: those with normal to oily skin who don’t need much coverage at all

»»Overall Rating: B


Disclaimer: the product(s) featured in this post were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.

24 Responses to “The Sample: Gorgeous Cosmetics Powder Perfect Powder Foundation in PP-03 (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Tracy@Beauty Reflections May 17, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    Hmmm, I’ve never heard of this brand before. It sounds like a decent powder though. I love powders foundations, even though my skin is more normal-dry. I just think they are so much easier. BUT I am getting older and pretty soon powders will be not so good for me!

    • becca May 17, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

      Oh Tracy, I can’t imagine that EVER happening–your skin is soo smooth and plump and youthful. I know 25 year olds that would KILL for your skin!! :D

      What are some of your favorite powder foundations? I feel like people are always raving about the pressed powder ones but I just am so skeptical that I could ever really love-love one like I do my liquids. The BM one is okay–I think it works better for my skin that this Gorgeous Cosmetics one but it’s still not love for me

  2. Lily May 17, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    Oh, a new brand. Thanks for introducing it! I don’t use powder foundations alone. I usually like to layer it over liquid foundations for a more flawless finish. I love my Dior ones, but find that I don’t use them much, so I don’t buy them often…

    • becca May 17, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

      Hm…yeah maybe I just need to stop looking for a powder foundation that I love as much as a liquid because they’re so different. I guess the bareMinerals one is good enough. This Gorgeous Cosmetics one is definitely good for layering over a liquid foundation on my skin–I need a bit more coverage than wearing it alone provides me

  3. svetlana May 17, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    I love my laura mercier powder a lot and haven’t found one I like better yet, maybe you can try that? All of a sudden my skin went haywire: dried out majorly and went into major breakout mode! I’m trying to figure out a formula too… :/ tmi? Ha ha. Venting. Sorry.

    • becca May 18, 2013 at 2:24 am #

      No need to ever be sorry, that’s why I’m here! I’m always open to a beauty chat :)

      Are you talking about the Laura Mercier pressed powder foundation? I haven’t tried the pressed powder or loose setting powder but I’ve heard the loose one is great. I imagine the pressed one would be as well–I have yet to try a LM base product I didn’t like!

      As for your skin, sorry that it’s going crazy. I hate when that happens! Whenever I start to feel like my skin is actually looking pretty good, it starts to rebel against me again. That’s what’s happening to me right now, actually. But it’s just on my chin for some reason. :/ I know you probably know this, but I suggest giving your skin a break and cutting anything out that you have recently incorporated into your routine. When in doubt, always go back to the basics! That’s one lesson I always have trouble with–I LOVE trying new skincare and sometimes have a habit of overloading my skin with new products all at once :P

  4. Larie May 18, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    Sometimes I feel like there are SOOOOOO MANY THINGS. I usually skip setting powders because I don’t get shiny and because I’m desperately trying to keep my daily routine manageable.

    • becca May 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

      LOL yes the steps can sometimes get a bit overwhelming. I was feeling that way for a while when I started using primer regularly again. It was like apply serum, wait for serum to sink in, apply primer, wait for primer to sink in, apply foundation…haha definitely too much for me! I stopped using primer (even though my pores are HUGE and could really use it :P) unless it’s a special occasion. Powders I cannot skip though–I wish. My skin is just too darn oily! Be glad you don’t have to use them! :P

  5. Liz May 18, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    I hate those people with nearly perfect skin who needs just a light touch of powder to look amazing! LOL

    Sadly, this isn’t for me either since I need a LOT of coverage. But heavy coverage powder foundations aren’t bad! You should check out Shiseido at least. :) I absolutely detested Bare Escentuals – no shine control whatsoever.

    • becca May 18, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

      I KNOW! Not even no shine control, I think it makes my skin even MORE shiny! The other day I was with a guy friend and all of the sudden, out of the blue, he was like “why is your skin so shiny right now?” (ah the refreshing male bluntness! :P haha). I looked in the mirror and I didn’t even need to blot, it was just that the dang minerals made my skin look shiny it was positively reflective!! hahaha! I have learned not to use so much BM when applying it now for fear of that mirror-like shine.

      I HAVE heard a lot of good things about Shiseido’s pressed powder though. Did we talk about this before, wifey? Did you say you’ve tried the SPF foundation? That’s the one I’ve heard good things about. Now I’m curious…

      • Liz May 20, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

        Ah, nope! Wasn`t me. Their sunscreen broke me out so I haven`t gone near their liquid products, esp. if there`s SPF. My sister used to use their powder foundation and loved it. They offer refills too which is fantastic.

        • becca May 21, 2013 at 3:47 am #

          Oh no–that’s too bad! I usually have really good luck with their sunscreens. Yes, I’ve definitely heard good things about both the liquid and powder SPF foundations, though probably more about the powder. I will definitely give that one a try. I was actually thinking about purchasing it last week because I saw they had some really cute LE compacts available right now for summer! Maybe I’ll go to the Shiseido counter sometime this week…Oh no, look what you’ve done, wifey!! :P

  6. Catherine @ bcrueltyfree May 18, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    Sounds like a solid powder, but nothing crazy exciting. I do like powder foundations, but I’m also very picky about them… I can’t stand anything that looks visible on skin. Good to know that the shades darken once applied!

    • becca May 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

      Haha exactly–wasn’t really excited over here myself :P

      I WANT to like powder foundations since they are SO easy and I feel like the formula would be ideal for my oily skin but I just haven’t found one that wows me yet! Which ones do you like, Catherine??

  7. Makeup Morsels May 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    hmm I have to sounds a bit pricey to me for the coverage it gives. I usually prefer liquid anyways, since the finish just looks nicer to me. The other things you reviewed from this brand sound fabulous though, so I will definitely give it a look!

    • becca May 18, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

      I know I was expecting a lot more since I was SO impressed with the other products I tried from this line. :/ I guess it wasn’t bad though it’s just I definitely wish it were a touch less powdery (ironic since it IS a powder foundation) and offered a bit more coverage. I love the finish of liquids too so I guess I will just stick with those. The only reason I wanted to find a good pressed powder foundation was because it’s easier, for one thing, but I also thought it would be better for my oily skin.

      Definitely do check them out though! The iINK Liquid Eye Pencil is SO fantastic–soooooo super longwearing. I wish more people would give it a try–they’re missing out on a crazy good formula! Hopefully if it starts to gain more attention, the brand will release more shades! (hinthint :P)

  8. Meryl @ Memoiselle May 18, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    Hello Becca!
    I have never used any powder foundation as I always feel that powder foundation will make my face oily. I usually prefer liquid foundation or just a light tinted moisturizer.

    • becca May 18, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

      Isn’t is funny how some powders can do that? The bareMinerals foundation only keeps the shine away for about 2 hours and then it’s blot blot blot all day, as always. I keep trying to find the HG powder foundation for my oily skin but I think I should give up–I like the finish of liquids anyways :P

  9. Claire May 20, 2013 at 4:32 am #

    I never tried this brand but I am amazed by how long it lasts on you! 8h sounds very good. I am still looking for a powder foundation, I like my Dior one but you know, I always try to look and search for my HG ;)

    • becca May 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

      I was impressed with the wear too! I’m finding that Gorgeous Cosmetics really has their formulas down and all of them wear really really well–even on my oily skin! Their liner is the best and the powder blush is also amazing! I do wish this powder foundation had a bit more coverage but it was long-wearing and amazing! :) Definitely check out this brand if you can!

  10. Kiss & Make-up May 21, 2013 at 3:50 am #

    I’d feel too naked with this, I need more coverage :-( Otherwise it sounds like a great powder though.

    • becca May 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

      It definitely is :) I WISH I didn’t need more coverage because I would totally love this powder. But alas, I do…:/

  11. Taylor May 21, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    It sounds lovely and I love the wear time! I’m so curious to try Gorgeous blushes!

    • becca May 21, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

      The formula is really lovely–at least for the one shade I tried. You need to try some items from their color collection, Taylor! I think you’ll really like it ;)

Leave a Reply