I have been slacking on my beauty series and I apologise, I'll be catching up before the week runs out. I'm back on track now with the third edition of the series. Under the microscope today are two powder foundations, one's high end and the other is a drugstore brand.
There are days when I'm in a hurry or I have to do my makeup in the car. Dealing with liquid foundations at such times can be a nightmare so I find that a powder foundation is easier to apply whilst still providing decent coverage.
Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation
This is easily the most popular powder foundation that ever existed. Like most MAC bestsellers, it has adorned the vanity tables of many a great woman. I'm in the shade NC55 and this is a product that I have used for many years.
MAC says "".
I'd like to disagree with MAC on the full-coverage bit. When I wear this powder, it gives only a really sheer coverage for my blemishes. In actual fact, I almost never wear it alone but usually as a finishing powder for my liquid foundation. When I do wear it alone, it only lasts about an hour before requiring a touch up.
In terms of packaging, it is in a nice sturdy compact with a separate section for the puff at the bottom which I really like. Nothing worse than powders that don't create room for the puffs, bacteria haven, eek!
It is also very easy to apply, scent free and comes in a wide range of shades, there's something for everyone.
In summary, I cannot for the life of me understand why this product is referred to as Powder plus Foundation. It doesn't possess any foundation-like characteristics to me but it is a nice powder. It very easily goes cakey though so you'd be better off applying it with a large powder brush or kabuki rather than the sponge provided. It retails for £20.50/$27/N6500, pricey but it will probably last you a whole year before you hit pan.
Sleek Oil Free Creme to Powder Foundation*
I'm a huge fan of Sleek products (no news there) so I don't know how this product has managed to evade me till now. I'm usually the crazy lady in the shop snatching up all the Sleek makeup on display, no jokes. Thus, I was very excited to try out their powder foundation in the shade Praline. They have about 30 shades to choose from.
It's packaging is pretty similar to MAC's, bottom compartment et al. However, you do get much less product in the compact. I must warn you though, if you are sensitive to scents you won't be pleased with this product. It has a really strong, cosmetic-y scent which took me aback but I guess I got used to it after a while.
Sleek describes it as "provides a super-smooth finish, with medium-to-full coverage that is perfect for concealing dark circles and blemishes"
This product is very creamy so I expected it to blend effortlessly. On the contrary, I initially found it really difficult to apply and blend. I remedied this by applying a tiny bit more moisturiser than usual, solves the problem. I first use my fingers to apply and blend and then go in with a buffing brush for a flawless finish.
It is indeed medium-full coverage as my blemishes were concealed. It lasted about 3 hours before requiring a touch up, not bad.
As with all new products, I was scared that this might break me out but it didn't so yay! I have been enjoying using this powder foundation and the fact that it has got SPF15 is an added bonus for me.
If you are in Lagos, Konga stocks it for N2735, buy it here. For my UK based folk, grab it in any Superdrug that has a Sleek stand for £7.30.
|L-R: Mac Studio Fix, Sleek Creme to Powder|
The Final Verdict
Mac Studio Fix
Sleek Creme to Powder
Length of Wear
I'm sure it's no surprise that I have chosen Sleek's Creme to Powder as the winner of today's Beauty Battles. It provides great coverage without appearing cakey, it has SPF and it is pocket friendly. To see what it looks like with a full face of makeup, view this recent post.
What are your thoughts on today's winner? Have you tried it out before? Please share your experience if you have :-)
Peace and Love,
* This product was sent to me for review, my opinions are however 100% genuine