Friday, 18 June 2010

Finishing powder--Part 2

Following on from my 1st post, I am going to talk about another four of my loose setting powder:-)






























Paul&Joe Finishing Powder--This is from their Sahara LE collection. I forgot to take a pic of the puff included, it is really gorgeous!

£18 for 10g

YSL Semi-Loose Powder Natural Radiance--Shade 2. Excellent match for my skintone.

£35 for 17g

Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating Powder--Shade 02 Teint Beige, a mix of yellow, beige, white and rose. This is launched as part of the summer collection, they basically revamped the packaging and colors.

£33 for 30g

VOV Castledew Loose Powder--Got this on Gmarket for around retail price. The shade is 23, because my face is a lot lighter than my neck it is always better going for a slightly darker shade rather than a lighter shade IMO.

£6 for 30g


Packaging

Paul&Joe always shine in this department. This is just sooo pretty, and the attention to details is incredible! I know cardboard isn't the most practical packaging for pure vanity Paul&Joe easily wins me over:-P YSL has a very clever portable packaging, with a built-in shaving mechanism that when you screw it you can easily control the amount coming out. I love its portability and the fact that you won't lose unnecessary product. I know loose powders isn't for carrying around, still it is good to know that there won't be a big mess when moving it around. I believe many brands have tried to copy it since (talking to you Smashbox Halo). Newly revamped Guerlain has the most decadent packaging, it comes with a sturdy metal-felt case, which is a big plus for the new packaging. VOV is by no means by ugly, but the puff included felt cheap and useless. I guess you get what you paid for, so can't complain!

Paul&Joe > YSL = Guerlain > VOV

Texture and Color

Guerlain has the creamiest texture again and I somehow favour its strong scent(violet I think?). Though I find it too shimmery to be used all over. YSL is perfect for my skintone, finely milled, almost matt. The only problem is that when I layer it on it can be a bit cakey. I have not tried the Paul&Joe on my face yet, from swatching it in-store I know it has shimmers and texture-wise it is a dream. VOV is on the drying side, color match is good.

YSL > Guerlain = Paul&Joe > VOV

Value For Money

As expensive as Guerlain goes, I can see it last me years even with daily use!

VOV > Guerlain > Paul&Joe > YSL

Overall

My favourite is YSL since we are talking about setting powders here, I do heart the Guerlain Meteorites for highlighting purpose.

So I hoped you enjoyed my mini series, do you like this format of comparison reviews? If so what would you like to see reviewed? Just comment and lemme know^^

4 comments:

  1. very nice comparison/review! the ysl setting powder sounds great! i wish they bring back YSL here in the Philippines :(

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  2. Thank you for the comparisons!

    Is the P&J powder really sparkly? I was thinking of getting it but I saw on some blogs that its matte but you say its shimmery... do you think its too shimmery to use all over your face? even in the summer? Thanks!

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  3. Hi Sheila,

    I reckon it's ok for all-over as the shimmer aren't glitter if you know what I mean? Like the YSL, which at first I thought was completely matt but then my friend swatched it once and I only noticed the shimmer on her hand then. Hope if helps:-)

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  4. This is a lovely powder comparison post! I have the old version of the Guerlain Meteorites Powder, but I'm so craving for the new version now, hehe...

    Thank you for being a visitor to my blog! :)

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