It is Christmas Eve!
If you have been following this beauty advent since day #1 thank you so much for joining me. I hope I have introduced you to some new products and inspired you with some present ideas (including ones for yourself!).n
I suddenly realised the other day that posting a present idea on Christmas Day is a pretty redundant thing to do since the shops will be closed and everyone will have completed their shopping….(oops)…but I cannot, not share my 25th stand out beauty item with you. It is TOO good! Make sure to tune in.
Back to today’s wonder product. I was gifted this little beauty and it has been my go-to setting powder for months.
For years I was (and still am) completely obsessed with Chantecaille’s luxurious and insanely expensive HD Perfecting Powder (it has to be experienced to be believed and imparts the most glorious soft focus). Many pressed powders invariably end up crumbling if you carry them around in your makeup bag everyday and knowing how expensive the Chantecaille was (64 of your finest pounds, dear reader) I was desperate to find a more affordable alternative or a high street ‘dupe’ I could recommend to my clients.
In the past I had been impressed with Laura Mercier’s powders (the translucent and invisible are both excellent) but disenchanted with the packaging (clunky, breaks easily) and then when this came along – at £5 – I couldn’t believe it.
This is a brilliant everyday powder for setting your makeup. I only ever apply it along the t-zone channel and to set spots that have been covered with concealer. It contains talc (but so does the Chantecaille HD) which some may not like. If you prefer your setting powders without talc do take a look at Jane Iredale’s pressed powders.
How much is it:
£4.99 (some sites are showing it for as little as £3.45)
Where can I buy it:
Boots, Superdrug, feelunique.com. Anywhere that sells Rimmel.
Who is it for:
Light to medium skin tones. Though it says it is translucent on the packaging and a translucent product, in theory, should work on all skin tones, I suspect this will look ashy on anyone with an Indian skin tone or warmer. For very deep skin tones see brands like Nyx and Laura Mercier, both of whom do fabulous loose and pressed powders.
Coming up tomorrow…
My final post for this year! *wails*. Tomorrow I shall be revealing my top beauty find of the past TWO years. Can anyone guess why it might be? I have banged on about it enough to friends and clients! See you tomorrow and have a lovely Christmas Eve.
A bit more about my Advent Cal:
My advent-themed calendar is designed to give you, lovely reader, some ideas for presents this gifting season. The list is based on my Top 25 Beauty Buys of recent years. Of the 25 products which made the cut, some I have used for the first time this year and others I have been using for several years. The selection criteria for each product was as follows:
1. It is a product I have repurchased or know I will definitely repurchase at some point
2. It is an item I believe will genuinely make an awesome gift for someone this Christmas
This series is not sponsored and you should know that, like many makeup artists, I am one of the fussiest people I know when it comes to selecting and using beauty products. They have to blow me away. Hope you enjoy!