Review: Wet n Wild Photo Focus Loose Setting Powder
It’s time for a makeup review. 😊 I’ve had Wet n Wild Photo Focus Loose Setting Powder for some time. I’ve used it on and off. I recently just started using it again because I wanted something that looks more natural but also helps with oil control. This seems to be the best bet when looking at the ingredients. It’s short and simple. Also, from the times that I did use it, it didn’t irritate my skin or clog my pores. We’ll see if it’s still the same as before. Here are my thoughts on this setting powder this time around…
- Silky, weightless
- Set, mattify, absorb oil, bake
- Create a soft-focus effect
- Subtly blur fine lines and imperfections
This is a soft, silky powder that feels very lightweight on the skin. The shade I have is Translucent. It’s a light beige color, but it vanishes into the skin when blended properly. This powder is truly translucent. It doesn’t provide any coverage or even out the skin tone. I use this powder after I apply my foundation, and it makes my skin look less oily. It’s very good at absorbing oil on the skin and leaves the skin matte. I don’t need to use a lot of product either. Just a little bit and I’m all set. If you have dry skin or dry patches, using this powder is not a good idea. It accentuates dry skin and dry patches of skin. I skip it on my dry skin days, since powder makeup usually make dry skin look worse. It is an absorbent product. It’ll just put more emphasis on those flaky areas.
So this powder does leave the skin looking softer, but I haven’t noticed a blur effect on fine lines or imperfections. I don’t see it after using it so many times. On my skin, anyways. To me, it’s just a lightweight powder that helps to control oil on the skin. And that’s all I really use it for. It’s a really good product for that purpose. This powder does not leave the skin looking cakey at all. I can apply layers of this product, and my skin doesn’t look caked, heavy, or made up. I tried baking with this powder, since the product claims it can be used to bake. That was a mistake but at least I tried. I honestly didn’t like it. It was too drying on my skin and accentuated fine lines and wrinkles. Made my skin look dry and chalky. Uh…no. lol. It didn’t work for me for that purpose. It’s better at controlling the oilies. That’s what I’m going to use it for.
This setting powder comes in a decent size jar (0.70 oz. / 20 g) for only $5.99. It’s very affordable. 😁
Here’s the setting powder on my makeup brush. This powder is pretty dense. I think I went overboard though. Oops. 🤪
Here’s a swatch of the powder. It’s a light beige color. But don’t worry, it vanishes into the skin. All you need to do is blend, blend, and blend some more. This powder lives up to its name. You can apply as much powder as you want, and it’ll still be translucent. It’s also non-cakey. I tried applying the product on with many layers, and it still didn’t make my skin look blotchy and heavy. My skin still looked natural and makeup-less. YES! It looks like I’m not wearing any makeup!
Pros & Cons
- It’s truly a translucent powder.
- No breakouts
- Mattifies the skin, controls oil
- Claims to blur fine lines and imperfections, but it doesn’t (on my skin).
This is a really good, inexpensive powder that works to control oil on the skin and leaves the skin looking matte. It leaves my skin looking softer and less oily. It doesn’t look cakey. Looks natural on the skin. It also didn’t break me out either. I didn’t notice new breakouts while wearing it. Overall, I didn’t have any issues with this powder. It would be nice if it blurred fine lines and imperfections, since that’s what it says it would do. lol. If you’re looking for a powder that gives that effect, this is not for you. I’m just a tad disappointed in that. Just a little, ha. But the oil control is something I really like about this powder. It really does tame the oil in my skin. My skin is matte throughout the day, and it doesn’t take a lot of product to achieve that. Other than that, it’s a good product for the price. It’s only $5.99. It’s worth to give it a try if you’re looking for an affordable setting powder. As for me, it’s good but not great or amazing. I most likely won’t purchase it again after I finish what I have.
Review: Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Airbrushing Pressed Powder SPF 30
I have a new pressed powder that I’ve been trying out. It’s Physicians Formula Mineral Airbrushing Pressed Powder SPF 30! Check out my review on Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Face Powder SPF 16 if you haven’t yet. 🙂 Here are my thoughts on this face powder. I purchased the powder in Translucent. In reality, the color of this powder is apparent. It’s not a no color ‘translucent’ powder as it claims to be. It’s more of a light-medium but leaning towards medium. It was a little dark on my skin, but I continued to use it anyways since I already have it. I can work with the color. I still wanted to see what the formula is like. The overall formulation of the product may work. And honestly, I would be happy if it did. I’m having trouble finding a foundation, liquid or powder, that won’t clog my pores. Read on! ☺
This powder feels fine and soft. It smooths out the texture of the skin. It gave my skin an airbrush look as the product is described on the packaging. I was surprised! I really didn’t expect that. All of the powders I have tried this year didn’t provide my skin much coverage and made my skin look awful. The powder is a medium-full coverage foundation. It can provide light coverage just by simply dusting a bit of powder across the face. With medium-full coverage, it helps to cover minor acne scars and some fine lines here and there. And it actually does help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Besides finding a foundation that doesn’t cause breakouts, another reason why I chose this powder is because it contains SPF. I needed a powder on days when I do wear makeup to reapply my sunscreen. There’s no way I’m going to apply sunscreen again and reapply my makeup. It just doesn’t work. I really do not have the time either.
This powder has a higher SPF compared to the other powder from Physicians Formula (Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Face Powder SPF 16). The SPF in this powder is Titanium Dioxide (15%) and Zinc Oxide (10%). Awesome. But, I had trouble reapplying this powder throughout the day. My skin dried out terribly after each application. It could be because it’s a physical sunscreen. I haven’t found a single sunscreen that’s 100% physical that doesn’t dry out my skin, so I tend to stick to chemical blockers. Unfortunately, the powder accentuated every single pore and wrinkle on my face. It made my pores look more obvious. It’s just too drying on my skin. I tried using it on my face where I was breaking out in pimples. It made my acne look worse by making my skin look oily and greasy. At the same time, the powder collected into oily areas and dry patches. It didn’t truly help to cover spots. The outcome was terrible. I didn’t feel comfortable wearing this on top of acne for coverage or my skin for that matter. It looks like the issue with this powder is when I’m layering or reapplying. The more I put on, the drier my skin gets. Otherwise, the first application seems to go well. But I wanted something that I can reapply throughout the day. lol. 😭
Pros & Cons
- Fine, soft powder
- It’s not messy compared to Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Face Powder SPF 16 👈🏻
- Buildable coverage
- Airbrush finish
- Matte finish
- SPF 30 (15% Titanium Dioxide and 10% Zinc Oxide)
- Not true to color. Translucent has color to it.
- Can look cakey on the skin when reapplying
- Dries out the skin when reapplying
- Accentuates pores and makes them look larger
- Looks matte after application but skin looks oily after a few hours (if you have oily skin)
- Not oil-free. Contains safflower oil. Not necessarily a bad thing but I prefer oil free products due to having excessively oily skin.
- Can cause minor breaks if you have oily skin or acne-prone skin. It did for me. I developed tiny spots of pimples.
It looks like this powder didn’t work out as I wanted. The idea of this product is absolutely perfect. It provides good coverage. It smooths over fine lines and wrinkles. Makes the skin texture look more youthful. You know, that airbrush flawless look. It also contains SPF 30 to protect the skin from harmful UV rays. I wouldn’t mind the color if it didn’t dry my skin out and accentuated every pore, fine line, and wrinkle on my face. Also, it has a very short ingredient list, which I really do love! Since the results were disappointing and not up to par, it’s time to move on to something new. Farewell. 👋🏻