Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Oil Control Powders

I am always envious of dry skin, how it looks amazing in photographs and never really has too many breakouts. I want it all, a matte looking skin that still has a radiant finish.
If I apply a powder to matte down my skin I often find by 3pm I have a build up of product that appears not only to have a powdery cakey finish but that also appears a darker colour to the rest of my face.
The solution is a colourless powder that will absorb oil and matte me down without any colour build up.
I have tested some out for you like minded wrinkle free oily skinned beauties!

Daniel Sandler Invisible blotting powder

This is a talc based powder that gave a good matte finish and kept shine at bay for around 3-4 hours.
Available in the one colour it was really easy to touch up with using the included pad and mirror.
 No chalky feel but I think this is more suitable for a fair skin tone. My skin tone is quite pinky and if I have self tan on then this can look a little ashy. Therefore I would say for an olive to dark skin colour you may find this unsuitable.

Merle Norman Flawless effect oil control pressed powder
This powder comes in five colours but as I am reviewing colourless powders I have used the translucent powder.
 Although this is meant to be translucent it does have a peach based colour to it. On application though this peach tone is not as obvious.
The particles are really finely ground and it definitely gives a smoother soft focus to the skin.
 After touching up throughout the day I did find that this powder caked a little and looked patchy in places. 

MAC Prep and Prime finishing powder 
   This is my favourite blotting powder, even more so than MAC's Blot powder.
I find it absorbs oil and keeps me matte for longer. I only use this very lightly so I find that it doesn't have a chalky build up but I think if you wear it heavy it may start to look lighter in places.
Probably not good for dark skin tones. If you do have a dark skin tone then I would suggest MAC Blot powder in medium/dark, dark or deep dark.
The only downside to this powder is that it has no powder puff included. Not the end of the world but it is required!
This also comes in loose powder.

Make-up Forever High Definition Powder

I wish this came in a pressed form as I find it less messy and more transportable this way.
I used a small powder brush to dust this over and instantly my skin is matter and softer looking.
The powder is super fine and feels really silky. Rather than a total matte finish it has a slight radiance to it which is nice if you still like a slight glow to your skin.
Although beware, it can flash back in photographs if used too heavily.

Which powders do you use and love?


  1. Just in time for summer, I'll have to pick up the mac one soon :) Laura x

  2. great post - I might purchase the mac one! I love the matte look, and also have the same problem with product build up! x

  3. Thank you for posting this! I have an oily t-zone and am constantly on the hunt for products to combat the shine there. I have been using MAC's Blot Powder for a while now. Although I do think it helps combat shine, I have to be very careful to not over apply bc/ it can start to look cakey. I am going to try the Prep & Prime Powder next time & see if it works better for me as well!

    xx Louise
    A Little Beauty Luxury

  4. I use the Mally Face Defender which is a clear pressed powder. It looks strange because it is clear but it works wonders.

  5. I use the Mally Face Defender which is a clear pressed powder. It looks weird because it is clear but it works wonders.

  6. Great post! MAC Blot powder is my holy-grail and I've not found anything else like it but I will definitely check out these products! x

  7. i don't have a problem with oily skin, but i have the MUFE translucent powder. i never use it -- in fact, i have no idea why i even bought it in the first place. i like it though! it makes a great primer for lipstick.


  8. Love the MAC P+P, I always have a compact of it in my collection. My fav powder of the moment is the Dior Capture Totale, beautiful finish and does not budge. I also love the Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre in the slighty peachy tone. Great for adding a little lift to pale skin.

  9. IMO, the MUFE one is overpriced (it's about $30 here in the States). All it is, is branded silica powder, which you can buy from somewhere like TKB Trading or Coastal Scents for a lot less.

  10. I like the sound of the MAC prep and prime - this might have to go on my list of needs! :-)

  11. I'm going to nab that MAC one - I get really oily skin, it's such a pain!
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  12. I also love the HD powder from MUFE.
    And I also wish it would come in a pressed form.
    Do you know Revlon's Colorstay Aqua? It's does cool your skin when applying.
    Awesome for hot summer days!


  13. I love Chanel pressed powder, I don't know if I like it yet, I used to wear benefit hello gorgeous powder.

  14. I love chanel compact powders!

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  16. i need a good new powder! i love rimmel stay matte but it does leave my a bit cakey

  17. Beautiful products, I never tried the Daniel Sandler but they look so good!! thanks for sharing!

  18. I have oily skin, and the best powder I have found is the Origins silk screen. However, it is not color-less, and it is made for fixing the make up, not so much for fixing-up during the day.

  19. I just thought I'd post for your darker skinned readers. I'm NW50 in MAC and I use the MAC P&P powder on a daily basis without a problem/cast/ashy look. I stopped using MAC Blot Powder because it gets cakey and looks ashy/dead. Black Opal (US brand) also carries a translucent finishing powder (loose and pressed)that works well.

  20. Hi! I'm also one of those wrinkle free oily skinned beauties :) Currently I'm using MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC35. After scouring through lots of colors, I find that this is the perfect shade for olive or asian toned skin. Touch ups are minimal and do not leave a cakey finish. Just fine flawless matte after-effect.

  21. I use the MAC one and I really like it!

  22. I use the MAC one and I think the finish look is perfect !

  23. For someone with horrendously oily skin, this was so helpful and interesting to read xo

  24. I use the MAC one and I haven't found anything that beats it yet. It works really well on very oily skin!

  25. I like Rimmel Stay Matte - cheap n' cheerful!

  26. I read in Cosmo that if you get oil build up you should use blotting paper and not continue powdering over powder and that if you are getting a shiny face that maybe your'e using the wrong product...? But I'm definitely no expert... I love your videos, they give me the confidence to experiment

  27. I have the MAC blot powder, and definitely find it makes my clients look slightly white in flash photography as well as the MUF HD powder. Looks like I need to check out the MAC prep and prime one! Thanx for the details!


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