Friday Favorites: Finishing Powder

I have been on the hunt for a good finishing powder for a very long time.  I have tried so many different ones and I have never been fully happy with them.  Some left my face feeling very oily, some gave me the caked-on feel, some weren’t long lasting, and some didn’t seem to make a difference at all in my skin.  I have tried loose powders and pressed powders with nothing ever seeming to be the right fit for me.  They have all ranged in price as well from super expensive to the cheaper brands. What I really wanted was something that was lightweight, mattifying, and gave me an overall polished look without breaking the bank. I have shared before that I use Rodan + Fields Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid as the base for my makeup, and I absolutely love it. You can read more about it here. What I was lacking was a good powder to go over it to give me more of a matte look.  

I follow a lot of bloggers and influencers on Instagram and am always watching their Instagram stories. I mostly follow them for outfit inspiration but occasionally I will catch one or two of them sharing their makeup routines. Most of them wear way more makeup than I do and use triple the amount of products.  A lot of times I just click through the makeup tutorials without watching them because I like my routine to be simple, easy, and lightweight.  About 3 months ago, though, I just happened to stay on one for a while and really paid attention to what the girl was doing and the products she was using.  She was doing her quarantine face which wasn’t a full makeup face like she normally wears, so it was more my style.  Anyway, she used a finishing powder that she said she highly recommended.  Since I have been on the lookout for one, I decided to make a quick trip into Target and grab one to try.  It is made by NYX which is a clean, cruelty free brand that I like, and it is super affordable.  I have tried their loose powder before and didn’t love it, but I have never tried the HD Finishing Powder that this particular influencer recommended.  It is a pressed powder that comes in 3 different color correcting shades. Use the Translucent shade to set your look, the Banana to brighten, and the Mint Green to diffuse redness. I decided to go with the Banana for my needs.  Let me tell you…I have finally found the perfect product for me!  I LOVE this powder so much.  It does everything I wanted and more.  It is extremely lightweight, doesn’t leave me feeling oily, and lasts all day.  The thing I love about it most, though, is that it instantly gives me a soft “filtered” look.  I’m not kidding.  You know how you can use camera filter or a photo editor to give yourself a soft, polished, smooth finish to your skin?  This product does that naturally without the filter.  That is the only way I can describe it for you.  It gives me filtered skin that looks flawless! It helps to hide all of my imperfections and discolored skin. I am totally obsessed! I have been using it for a little over 2 months now and will continue to use it for as long as it is available. I use a retractable kabuki brush to apply it.  I start by using the brush with it only partly retracted to make the bristles more compact and pat the powder under my eyes to set my under-eye brightener. Then I retract the brush fully to sweep the powder across the rest of my face. It doesn’t take a lot to get that polished, matte look.   I absolutely love the look it gives me.  

This is a non-filtered, unaltered image that was taken in portrait mode on my iPhone after applying the NYX HD Finishing Powder.

The NYX HD Finishing Powder is my new best friend! If you are looking for a good finishing powder, this is definitely one that you should try. I have tried so many and this one is by far my favorite. It is super affordable, and it works! I highly recommend it and am so glad I watched that video that day and decided to try it. 

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Friday Favorites: Concealer

Let’s talk concealer. There were times when I used to rely heavily on concealer because my face was always broken out and it was a huge mess.  I felt like I was covering my entire face in concealer because my skin was so bad. Now, my skin is totally clear thanks to my Rodan + Fields Unblemish Regimen, so I don’t really need concealer that much anymore.  I do, however, still like to use it under my eyes.  It just seems to brighten them and make them pop a little more. It isn’t that I have really bad circles or anything to cover up; I just think that it enhances your eyes.  Anyway, I discovered a new concealer that I love a few months ago and wanted to share it with you because it is so easy to use and it provides great coverage.  I am now obsessed with e.l.f Cosmetics’ Lightweight Concealer Stick.  You can find it at Target (not online), Walmart, Ulta, Walgreens or any other store that carries e.l.f. Cosmetics.  The shade I use is Fair/Light, but it also comes in Light/Medium and Medium Dark.  I like for it to be almost a shade lighter than my foundation because I want it to serve as a highlighter for my eyes.    I typically apply my Rodan + Fields Radient Defense Perfecting Liquid first and let it dry while I apply my eye shadow and liner. Then I apply the concealer.  I do this by making an inverted triangle under my eyes. With this stick it is just like drawing on your face.  It’s so easy and mess free. Then I typically just use my ring finger to blend it in, but you can use a blending bud or brush if you prefer.  Once it is all blended in, I add a little powder to set it, and I am ready to go.  

Apply by drawing an inverted triangle under your eyes.
Blend using your finger, blending bud, or blending brush.

As you can see in the last picture, the skin under my eyes now looks brighter and it just helps to accentuate my eyes. I love it! They do have a highlighting stick that looks just the same, but it is more iridescent than I like for under my eyes. I actually like to use it on my upper cheekbone line for a little sparkle when I am going out but not for everyday use.

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