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Loose Powder Un-Lovin’Taking a break from all the eyeshadows I’ve currently been bombarding this blog with, allow me to share with you a product I used to dislike putting on — loose powder. Two words: HUGE MESS. No matter how carefully I shake the jar to sift the powder, it just all goes cray cray from there. Powder gets everywhere. All over the table. All over other products. And worse, sticks to the packaging-devils that are NARS compacts. The Obsseso-Compulso in me is not amused. Not only that — I also dislike the all-caked-up-like-its-a-birthday look that loose powders can easily create when you overdo application. It’s better reserved for the blinding camera and stage lights, not for everyday mascara-tube-length away interaction with people.
FLOWER IN A POWDERDespite those horrors, I still believe that loose powders have almost-magical capabilities they promise to deliver. When applied properly, they blur out imperfections leaving the face perfectly polished like it’s Hollywood red-carpet ready. Enter Diorskin Nude Rose Powder, a light-reflecting pink powder that has very tiny micro-shimmer almost undetectable when blended onto the skin. This is a fairly new product released last Spring in the U.S. to replace the now-obsolete Dior Capture Totale Loose Powder (my mom went through jars of that one so I’m excited to introduce her to this!).
Texture & LongevityThe powder is very finely milled — the definition of smooth, silky, un-chalky. The minute it touches my skin, it seems as though it pulverizes and wants to blend into my skin itself. It is quite close to its predecessor which is also as very finely milled making it my mom’s favorite. The difference then from the former variant lies in the finish. It also has good oil-control properties because it lasted from noon to dinner without me having to blot my face with my fave Starbucks paper tissue (my blotting weapon of choice!). I couldn’t speak for those with oily skin, though as I’m normal-combination.
FINISHBeing a light pink powder, I know it will turn off the yellow-undertoned gals out there for fear of looking ashy. Don’t dismiss this just yet, though. I’m yellow-undertoned myself and this didn’t turn out ghost-like for me. In fact, I love the subtle radiant glow it emits once the powder sets. The specks of glitter are kinda like the sparkly bits in Guerlain Meteorites. Undetectable from afar but noticeable when you’re close enough to make out what I ate for lunch. Although I’d go as far as saying that the shimmer in this powder is more undetectable on the face than Meteorites’ shimmer. The finish looks as if I were airbrushed to perfection with indirect sunlight immaculately illuminating my face as I strut down the hallway. Don’t believe me? I’ll leave you then with a larger-than-usual FOTD with this powder on just so you can see what I’m rambling on about. I’m still overcoming a few bits of dryness due to my peeling and exfoliating woes but you can see how the powder doesn’t emphasize those scaly flakes. I like how the finish still looks skin-like but rosy and glowing.
Overall ImpressionsThis is a keeper! I’m not usually keen on loose powders for reasons I stated above that I wouldn’t mind repeating again — cakey and messy. I was quite hesitant to have spent $56 on this not knowing if I’ll be liking it at all but I’m glad I took the plunge. It’s something I can say that I can wear on an everyday basis on top of either sunblock, tinted moisturizer or concealer that instantly adds that “what’s-new-with-you-did-you-cut-your-hair” look. I would recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a finishing powder that’s not too flat, dry but gives off a subtle rosy radiance instead.
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