That elusive doll pink lipstick

This'll be quick as I need to get ready for work! I wasn't actually planning on writing about this but as I was editing my FOTD picture in my last post, I can't help falling in love (again) with the lipstick I was wearing! It's a Pixy Lasting Matte Lipstick in Be In Love (P300). If you collect lippies, then you know how hard it is to find a delicate doll pink color in a version that actually suits medium to dark Filipina skin tones.

By jove I have found it!

You may have heard of Pixy already. It's a Japanese brand that has an affordable line of products for everyday wear. I think I have all their lipstick formulas and shades, but I honestly have yet to try all of them. Good thing I was randomly swatching a few the other week. That's how I came across Be In Love.

I've tried the MAC Pink Nouveau, the Happy Skin Valentine Kiss, Revlon Stormy Pink, and Shu Uemura Matte Lipstick in M PK335, but these are too cool and pale on my medium yellow skin.  I love the idea of a feminine pink like this but I have almost given up on finding one that suits me.

But Be In Love is the one. <3

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Seeee? I'll be talking about the formula and the other shades from the Lasting Matte line next time, but if you're interested in checking Pixy out, you can find the counters inside Watsons (SM Aura, Mall of Asia, SM Sucat, Festivall Mall, SM Sucat, and SM Bacoor). ^_^

Okay I'm off! Lemme know what you think!

Bobbi Brown Week: Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner

I want to love this, I really do, but the Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner (P1,000+) is just so-so. I love the Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in the pot which is why it's interesting for me to try this pencil. However, it's just not as good.

That's not to say it's bad. The creamy, buttery texture glides on my lids without tugging, and Pitch Black is buildable when I want a super dark line. I enjoy the convenience of twist-up pencils like this, too, since they're easy to apply when I'm in a rush.

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I don't get a sharp line with this, which I actually like for this particular product! It leaves a soft line on my eyes which can be easily smudged with a cotton tip. It's a great pencil for creating quick n' messy smoky eyes without having to use any brushes or eyeshadow. Due to the emollient texture, the Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner diffuses on the lids beautifully.

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There's something to be said for soft-looking eyeliners!

Staying power is ok - it stays solid for about four hours, but starts to smear on the corners a bit after that (if you applied it in a solid black line as opposed to a smudged one). It also has a tendency to transfer on the upper lids if they are not primed or powdered. I don't get panda eyes with this liner but the smudging does show. This eyeliner is not for oily lids, unfortunately.

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If you're looking for eyeliner that can create sharper shapes and has a reliable staying power, I highly recommend the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink. It's my fave liner from Bobbi Brown!

If you're after a softer line that you can smudge easily or use as a base for smoky eyes, the Perfectly Defined Eyeliner is perfect for the job. You can certainly use it by itself to create the usual line, but I would suggest using a primer first.

Do you like deliberately smudging your eyeliner? I do, when I don't have time to wear eyeshadows!

Bobbi Brown Week: Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF15

I told my friend yesterday, "After checking my calendar, I realized that this week is gloriously free!" Now I feel like I jinxed myself because by the end of yesterday I have several meetings to be at and a few preps for a big event on Saturday. Not complaining though! This is the right kind of busy - lots of exciting things to do, but they are not in any way overwhelming.

So! Let's continue Bobbi Brown Week with the Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF15 (P2,350). This is a sheer base, with the lightest hint of brightening yellow tint to lift up a sallow complexion and slightly uneven areas of the face. It has a satiny finish - not dewy, but not matte either. It just makes skin look a bit more polished. Unless you know it's there, you won't be able to put a finger on it.

Hydration situation. This is a truly hydrating product, so much so I don't even need to use moisturizer before it. I love how my skin feels supple after wiping this product off - as if I did use a really good moisturizer! I'm happy to report that I have had no break outs from this so far after a month of usage.

Texture. The texture is watery as you spread it out, but it sets quickly in a dry finish. I think oily girls will like that this is particularly oil-free. It just means that it wouldn't feel too rich or emollient once you start shining up.

Staying power. I've worn this for over eight hours and it didn't look too banged up. It's hard to say if it faded since it's so sheer, but I did notice that my face still looks even and smooth, albeit oily since I didn't retouch at all.

I got a great shade match with the Light To Medium Tint.

I got a great shade match with the Light To Medium Tint.

Coverage. This is the sheerest Bobbi Brown tinted product that I've tried so far. Still, I like it because my skin is behaving well lately, so I can actually get away with just this tinted moisturizer + a powder. But if you have blemished skin, you might want a bit more coverage, which is where the Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF35 PA+++ comes in. The BB Cream has light coverage but it does blur out blemishes and lines better compared to the Tinted Moisturizer. Oh, and it has SPF35 PA+++!

Sun protection. The TM only has SPF15 which may be too low for day-time use. You'll need to wear an SPF15 (or higher) powder to set this if you want to get basic sun protection.

Wore the Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer here set with a translucent powder. Looks just like my skin, just sliiiiightly better!

Wore the Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer here set with a translucent powder. Looks just like my skin, just sliiiiightly better!

So who is this product for? I would confidently recommend this to people who have fairly good skin and just need something to brighten it up, hydrate it without the oily feel, and provide minimum sun protection (perhaps if they stay indoors most of the time). That sounds like me! But if you need coverage, this is not for you.

This is perfect for the "no makeup" makeup look, if that's what you're going for!

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Overall, the Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF15 is exactly what it says it is: a tinted moisturizer that hydrates skin effectively. It offers this sheer, subtly brightening finish without any shimmer. I do like these types of products since I run a lot of quick errands out of the house! It's just something I can pick up and apply with minimal fuss. ^_^ 

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Do you need the Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush in your life?

I've always thought of mechanical cleansing brushes as overkill. Why spend so much money on something that is ultimately redundant? There are excellent (and less expensive) exfoliating products out there that doesn't require the care and maintenance you would need to put in a battery-powered brush. I just didn't get it...but now I do, thanks to the Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush (P2,190).

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I got this a few weeks back and have been using it twice week. So far, I am liking the extra boost in my exfoliating routine! I find that the stubborn rough patches on the bottom of my chin and black heads around my nose are clearer than usual. Those are usually spots where I have trouble even with regular use of the Cure Aqua Gel. They're not visible, but I can feel them before.

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So, here's a more detailed run-down of my thoughts on the Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush!

  • The brushes in the kit are super soft and far from being abrasive once they get rotatin'. They're made of thin nylon filaments that won't cause micro-holes or irritate your skin.
  • Mary Kay recommend 15 seconds of the brush on each cheek, chin, nose, and forehead. It's ample time to cleanse and exfoliate those areas thoroughly.
  • The brush is battery-powered and fits into my hand nicely. And yes, it's also water-resistant! You can't dunk it in your bath tub or use it under a running shower (perhaps you can but not too long). However you can get it wet within reasonable means such as using wet hands or quickly rinsing the brush without detaching it from the handle.
  • The kit comes with two brushes. I don't know if there's a difference between the two other than the color, hmm. MK suggests replacing the brush head every three months for sanitary reasons and to make sure they're still working as they should. (Just like tooth brushes!) Make sure to wash the brush thoroughly after every use.
  • There are two speed settings that you can choose with the button on top of the power button: slow and slightly faster.
  • The price tag at P2,190 is quite affordable compared to the Clarisonic, which sells for around P7,000-8,000. I haven't tried that one yet. 

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The results so far

First time I got this brush, I used it for two straight days, twice a day. That wasn't a good idea. Some old pimples surfaced - I know they're old because I could feel slight bumps where they were, even before I used the brush. There were a couple of new pimples too. Too much too soon, yes, but at least they are out of my face now.

PS My face looks more yellow in the left photo because the white foam + white brush made my yellow tones stand out more. It happens with all my cameras ugh.

PS My face looks more yellow in the left photo because the white foam + white brush made my yellow tones stand out more. It happens with all my cameras ugh.

Then I scaled back and just used this twice a week along with my Cure Aqual Gel (which I use once a week instead of thrice). It's likely too much exfoliation but my skin hasn't been this clear in a while! Besides my skin doesn't feel dry at all. This is a great combination, I think, and my face feels silkier and much less rough because of it. Now black heads are almost non-existent while rough spots are smoothed out.

The downside to all this clarity, however, is that I'm a bit oilier than usual. That's the price to pay for clearer pores, I suppose! I don't mind naman.

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But do you absolutely need this brush in your life?

Ahhh, the crucial question. The answer is, well, conditional. IF you have fairly clear skin, with minimal black heads and dry patches of skin, this will disrupt your routine. Just do what you're doing - you definitely don't need this brush.

I believe it will be a great addition to your cleansing routine especially IF you have a lot of gunk in your pores that you can't seem to get out no matter what you do. Your skin would have occasional pimples only in this scenario.

IF you have quite a bit of acne at the moment, I don't recommend you use this cleansing brush until you clear up most (if not all) of it. Your priority is acne treatment, not exfoliation. I'm afraid that this brush will just make your skin issue worse, and even leave scars if it accidentally pops deep pimples while you're cleansing.

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So that's what I think of the Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush. :) Oh, I used the Mary Kay Foaming Cleanser with this and I like the results. No breakouts and my face never gets dry with this cleanser. You might wanna get them together if you're in the market for a new facial wash too!

Do you use cleansing brushes already, or are you looking to get into the bandwagon?

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I'm a drugstore diva: My nth Watsons haul!

I love nice things, but there is something else I love more: a good deal. Seriously. If I can save on something without sacrificing the quality that I have come to expect of the things I use, I would! That's why Watsons is one of my favorite places to go for personal care necessities. They have the best deals and honestly, the Watsons brand products are pretty good even if you take their affordability out of the equation. I always have their tissues or wipes in my bag at any given time!

Watsons has a Switch & Save initiative where you can save more just by switching to a less pricey of your necessities, i.e., the Watsons brand items. They have buy 1 take 1 promos and discounts year-round, I believe, but every so often they have a concentrated campaign featuring more of those deals. Right now is one of those times. Until July23, you can avail of loads of body care essentials at a Buy 1 Take 1! You also get a free tote bag for every P500 purchase of Watsons-brand products.

Here are some of the items I saw while visiting the Watsons in SM Aura the other day. ^_^ Check the gallery for my comments + prices!

Aaaaaaand here's my haul! As usual, I got the Watsons Round Puffs, the pocket tissues, Gel Hand Soap, Hand Sanitizer, mini Wet Wipes, and Transparent Plasters. These are all staples in the house, in my vanity, in my bag. ^_^ I also grabbed a loofah, elastic head bands, Clean & Safe Antibacterial Wipes, A Bonne Scrub, and Biogenic alcohol.

As you can see, I hoarded on wipes. I will not apologize!

Been waiting for an opportunity to mention this: I hoard the Watsons Transparent Plasters because they stick like crazy. New shoes that chafe? I use the big band aid/plaster in this set (it has diff sizes). Wound on my hand? I use the smaller ones - they don't go off easily. Really useful and cheap at like 30-ish bucks per box.

So there. Visit your fave Watsons soon! What are your essentials from there?

 

This post is brought to you by Watsons.

Bobbi Brown Week: Rich Lip Color in Cosmic Raspberry

It's been a while since I've done a themed week. It's just that I find it difficult to commit to a particular topic or brand that's out of my way - meaning, unless the theme is something that runs through most of my "to feature" plate, it's going to be tricky to do. Oh, how I wish I have more time to blog! 

Anyway, I made sure that all my photos and notes are ready for this themed week as I've been using the products for close to a month now. So, let's all welcome Bobbi Brown Week where I will talk about a few picks from the brand! Yes, the same ones I'm giving to the Commenter of the Month for July. ^_^

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Let's start with the Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color in Cosmic Raspberry (P1,200+). This is one of the brand's most coveted lip colors - do a quick search and you'll see lots of women raving about it! I can see why. It's a heart-thumpingly bright fuchsia pink that would suit all skin tones due to its bluish base. It's like a classic red lipstick, sophisticated, daring, and such a complexion upper. Only, it's pink.

Color aside, the formula is also something to write home about. It's super pigmented - one layer is all you need to get this kind of opacity! It's very thin while still being rich at the same time. It's not drying on me, but if you have dry lips I would recommend a thin layer of balm first before this lipstick. 

Staying power is pretty good. It's on for a good 4-5 hours, and leaves a deep stain afterwards.

This is my part-ay look, haha. I didn't go to the said party though. As soon as I attached the falsies, it started to rain heavily! I was so bummed out. I rarely go out to parties at night, and I rarely go the extra mile with falsies. I just stayed home and took pictures so that all the effort won't go to waste. -_-

Back to the lipstick. It's the perfect party lipstick, but I've also worn this at daytime with less the makeup. I find it bright and fun but not tacky.

Yes, my face looks very yellow in these pics! That's because I was wearing an exceptionally yellow foundation that's a bit dark on me. Only noticed it after I took the photos.

Yes, my face looks very yellow in these pics! That's because I was wearing an exceptionally yellow foundation that's a bit dark on me. Only noticed it after I took the photos.

Overall, I love the Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color in Cosmic Raspberry and can see myself wearing this often as one of my statement pinks. Check it out if you're into similar colors! The long-wearing, pigmented formula won't disappoint you. ^_^

What's your fave killer fuchsia pink?

The cool thing about Ellana Loose Foundation refills

...Is that you don't need to pay the regular price tag while still getting the same amount of product. They are also easier to store since they come without the bulk of the original packaging. So! In case you don't know yet, Ellana Minerals offers 6 gram refills for only P330. The full-size is P460 which means you save P130. That's like, a cup at Starbucks.

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The refills come in foil packs to make sure they're fresh until you open them. Granted, that means they're a bit of a challenge to transfer to the Ellana loose foundation jar, but it's nothing a bit of patience can't overcome.

To transfer the powder, cut a small hole right at the corner of the refill pack. The jar has a bigger-than-normal hole so that it can accept the powder with minimal fuss. I keep it half-taped when I'm using it to dispense powder - I find that's a big enough hole to get the amount I want without making a huge mess.

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Back to the refills, just keep on shaking the powder down to the hole until you get the desired amount. ^_^ I know a lot of you gals are a fan of this foundation (I'm crazy about it) so I hope this encourages you to recycle your jar when you run out!

Any exciting plans this weekend?

Current HG: Burt's Bees Daisy White Facial Toner

This is another one of those things I should have written about a loooooong time ago, but haven't. Why? Because it's awesome! As awesome things go they become such an integral part of my routine that I forget they were even there. That's how you know that something works so well: you take them for granted because there's no version of the multiverse where it could not exist.

But enough with the hyperboles. Here's why I love the Burt's Bees Daisy White Facial Toner (P795)!

  • The Daisy Flower extract is supposed to brighten your skin naturally, and it's true - this toner does exactly that. My face looks clearer, smoother, and more even in terms of color after two months of using it twice a day. It also feels healthier, for some reason.
  • The toner is water-based and features aloe vera leaf juice as one its main ingredients. It feels mild on the skin, and does not sting my eyes at all if I apply it near the area. It doesn't sting even when I swipe it on top of open pimples. (Yuck but it happens and y'all know it!)
  • Tastes like water with a tiiiny bit of lemon steeped in it. Yes I went that far! It's just another piece of evidence pointing to the "natural-ness" of this product. It's labeled 99% natural.
  • As with all Burt's Bees skincare, this smells exactly like what the listed ingredients should smell like. It's a bit green, with citrus notes. Really wakes me up without being too strong.
  • This is sulit. After 2 months of usage, I'm just a little over halfway through the 175ml bottle. Not too bad! I assume this will last me for four months.
  • The bottle is perfect - you just press on the top to reveal a small hole that will dispense the product. There's no wastage and very little chances of product contamination.

What don't I like? Honestly, can't think of anything. I love it and will continue to use it (barring new products to review of course). I highly recommend for any skin type - sensitive, normal, dry, oily - but I do find it works really well on my combination skin. It also effectively clears up any makeup and oil residue on my face without drying it up. 

Hope this helps. ^_^ Try it too!

It's reigning red: Seven lip colors to dominate your day

Perhaps the best thing about a storm is the resumption of normality after. It's the knowledge that you survived, and that life is back on track no matter how far the winds have blown it. 

Anyway, let's all have a brighter day today by looking at seven amazing red lip colors that range from comfortable to daring! These are my favorite reds because they are simply impossible to miss. I've been embracing red lips lately (tighter than usual), probably because of the shitty weather we've been having. Red makes me feel like I can overcome anything, seize the day, rule the world. It's a color I feel every girl needs to have, regardless of confidence level.

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I'd have loved to do lip swatches just for this post but I'm pressed for time. :( In any case, just click on the links for the reviews and lip swatches. Here goes!

Apologies for the typo - the Clinique lippie is named  Mightiest Maraschino!

Apologies for the typo - the Clinique lippie is named  Mightiest Maraschino!

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Mightiest Maraschino (P920). If you love intense reds but hate how drying they are due to the pigment, you'll love this Chubby Stick! It's the most moisturising red I have in my collection. I also like how you can use it as a stain, or a lighter red if you're not feeling anything loud at the moment. Yay for adjustable colors!

Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie in Girl's Night Out (P499). This is a purplish red that totally works for my warm medium skin. It's very similar to MAC Rebel, which I have not included in the photo only because I can't find it. But yeah, this is a more affordable dupe!

Avon Over Nature Lipstick in Cherry Berry (P259). This looks quite dark in the tube but turns out to be a loud cherry red on the lips. Such a gorgeous shade! It's not for the faint-heated but it's definitely fun. Also love the non-drying formula of this ine.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park(P1,550). This is a muted, almost brick-y red. It's very sophisticated and a tad bit mature - a great color for work-related engagements. 

And so we come to the true, heart-stopping reds. These are my top three in that regard!

Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Heart (P1,200+). I think this was part of a limited edition collection, but nonetheless Heart shows just how bright Bobbi Brown reds can go. This is a bright, true red, almost going on neon. Even though it's matte, it's pretty creamy and not so drying compared to MAC.

MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red (P1,000). Yes, it's drying, but I love how...primal it is. It looks like the Bobbi Brown and Lime Crime in the photo, but on the lips it's darker than the two. Very dramatic. Unquestionably classic!

Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet (P920). If you're a red lover and really, seriously want to push the envelope, you'd love the Red Velvet. This is crazy-ass bright and as matte as it gets. It's just something you have to see in person to believe! 

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So there y'all go. Hope seeing all this red got your blood pumping on this gloomy day! Share your fave reds here too! ;)

How NOT to dress to impress

When I was younger I would always choose clothes that are "unique" - frills, dramatic details and all! They made me feel special because I knew very few people would wear them. What I wore defined my identity, not the other way around. How silly that is! I was just a fashion victim, then, like most people. I was just misguided in thinking that if only I can dress better and have better things, I'd be important.

Now I dress plainly, comfortably, and dare I say stylishly. Top from Forever 21 / Pants from Suite Blanco / Sandals from Stradivarius

Now I dress plainly, comfortably, and dare I say stylishly. Top from Forever 21 / Pants from Suite Blanco / Sandals from Stradivarius

Listen. Fabulous clothes, bags, makeup and hair shouldn't be the measure of your value as a person. Don't get huffy. You know you feel that too, how a branded and/or trendy article of clothing makes you feel like you're somebody. Maybe there's something to it especially if you have a bag that's equivalent to about half a year of minimum wage. You worked hard to be able to dress a certain way, by god you deserve to flaunt it!

That's true. You do! But do you do it for you or because you feel like others will value you more only if you look expensive and/or unique?

If it's the latter, that's no way to live a life. I'm not too old yet but as early as now I've learned that if others only appreciate what you look like or objects you have, your relationship with them - be it personal or professional - is dangerously shallow. Once you can no longer afford all that stuff, where would you stand with them? Who would you be?

Don't get me wrong though, I think it's important to have nice things. They make dressing up easier and faster, and in certain jobs, the best-dressed have an edge. But that's exactly what it is - an edge. No more. What really matters are the skills and ideas you can bring to the table. In business, you have to solve the basic problem of how your company can be more productive i.e. earn money. In relationships, how can you make the other person happier? Consistently? 

If you can hack these things, it doesn't matter if you dress like shit. You'd be the shit. (In a good way.)

So now, I invest in things that will make me more productive or develop a new skill. It makes me happier than the mindless buying I used to do whenever I have extra cash. When I do buy new clothes, shoes, or makeup I always look for basic ones that I can style to my own taste. I don't like things that turn me into someone I'm not. I'd rather use them in a way that enhances who I am. 

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

I'm already planning my August as early as now. I'm helping to launch a couple of exciting new brands next month, and another event for a heritage brand. Whew. I hope I can do it without dying - no, I WILL do it without dying, but I just need to make sure everything is ready way before they need to be.

Okay! Let's get down to the real biz! Today I want to talk about my current setting powder, a cult favorite none the less - the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder (~P1,200). This is a silky, colourless powder that a lot of people love for its uber smooth finish and oil control. So is it any good? 

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Yes! The texture is very fine, which allows the powder to get into pores and lines, smoothing them out seamlessly. I like that it doesn't look cakey (with moderation of course) and that it doesn't markedly alter the color of my foundation. The finish is matte, but not flat - if you like the dewy finish your skin would still show with this powder on.

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The staying power is good at about 2-3 hours before I get oily, depending on where I am. I won't say this is crazy awesome at oil control. However, it sets the makeup beautifully and it keeps the oil at bay for a reasonable time.

Here's a closer look at the what the powder actually looks like:

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A thick layer is obviously white on skin so I would recommend you use it sparingly. It should be completely invisible; a little does go a long way in any case. Here's my face with the powder on. You'll see it's nicely matte, and if you could touch my skin it would feel silky. ^_^

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I've taken a picture of this powder with flash (a pic I can't find huhu) and I'm happy to say it doesn't show up white on camera. It does have the slightest cast to it but I think it's only because I used too much. :P

This isn't something I would bring around due to the bulky jar, but if you like having loose powder with you to retouch with, this is the best possible packaging for it. It's not messy because of the twisting cover thingy that completely seals the powder in when you don't need it. No need to worry about the typical explosion of powder once you open the cap! You can also control how many holes you need to dispense powder.

This limits product wastage - something not a lot of loose finishing powders can promise.

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Overall, I love the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder and have been using it regularly to set my liquid foundation. It helps smoothen out my skin while making it stay a bit longer! I recommend this for normal to oily skin. Just retouch with a pressed powder or this same product if you need to.

Hope you found this helpful! Would love to know as well what your current setting powder is. Do you even use setting powder?

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