I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with powders. I think they are a necessity to help set my make-up and keep it looking fresh for longer, but I hate that they can sometimes look really cakey and make your complexion look a bit dull. I have been hearing a lot of amazing things about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, but at the moment I am on a strict budget so can't stretch to the £38 price tag! However I do have a few setting powders in my collection that I think are all pretty darn good, so I thought I'd chat about those in today's post!
Benefit Hello Flawless Powder £25.50*
This is still an expensive choice for a powder, but still over £10 less than the Hourglass option! This is actually a multi-tasking option. Depending on how you use it, it can be a medium coverage powder foundation or dusted lightly with a brush it can be a sheer layer of powder. It comes with a sponge and a brush in the packaging, neither of which I use regularly but it is really good for putting in your handbag for touch ups on the go.
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural £22
Slightly cheaper than the Benefit offering is my MAC Mineralize Skin Finish, I have this is the colour medium plus. This is potentially a little dark for me in the winter, but for the summer months it has been fine. This is a re-purchase for me, it works so well on my normal-combination skin and doesn't cake up when I re-apply. However I find that it doesn't keep the shine at bay for as long as the other two options.
Rimmel Stay Matte £3.99
The newest purchase of mine and by far the cheapest of the bunch is Rimmel's Stay Matte powder. Tanya Burr from pixi2woo is always raving about this product which is what led me to buy it. For £3.99 this is an amazing powder. I got the shade translucent so it doesn't add any more coverage, I only use it to set my foundation and mattify my t-zone. I don't have any complaints about the product itself, however I hate the packaging! I really don't like it when the lid comes completely separate from the pan because they always seem to open in my handbag, but for less than a fiver, I don't think I should complain too much!
For applying these powders I use the Real Techniques Powder brush when I'm at home for the first application. For touch ups on the go I use a recent purchase, the Real Techniques Duo-Fiber Face brush, which doesn't pack on as much product so it is less likely to leave me looking powdery.
I would definitely like to try the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders at some point, but I need to keep buying things for my new flat so I can't justify it at the moment! Hope you like my slightly cheaper alternatives! Also, I am sure you have all noticed, but my blog has had a makeover!!! I absolutely love it, I think it makes my blog look much more professional - please let me know what you think in the comments. And if you were wondering who designed it, it was Abby from Un-Observed who runs the design website Baggle Web and Design. I would definitely recommend her work if you're looking for someone to re-design your blog. She did everything I asked for and made sure I was happy with the end result.
Hope you're having a great weekend!