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.
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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.)
»»Recommended for: those with normal to oily skin who don’t need much coverage at all
»»Overall Rating: B
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