Last month, I was checking out the newness at Sephora, and I came across a new end-cap. As in—they had literally just finished installing it. I was super excited, because I’ve heard of Amazing Cosmetics, but I hadn’t tried out any of their products yet. Friends have assured me that their concealer is nothing short of amazing, but since I wasn’t in the market for a new concealer—I picked up their Velvet Mineral Pressed Powder Foundation instead.
After selecting my shade (Light Golden), I marveled at how incredibly silky the texture was. And I also noticed that even though it’s a matte formula, it didn’t make the skin look flat. But once I got it home, I noticed that it just wasn’t for me after all—and the excitement I had over my new-found treasure quickly disappeared the next morning when I went to apply it as my foundation for the day.
What didn’t work for me…
No matter how long I waited for my concealer or primer to set/dry, the Velvet Mineral Pressed Powder Foundation clung on to those areas for dear life and would not let go! This resulted in a cakey look on some areas of my face, and accentuated any crepey-ness under my eyes (making them look worse than they really are). I tried this many, many times to see if it was something I was doing wrong—and I couldn’t find any way to stop it. I tried lightly buffing it on with a kabuki brush, I tried a clean sponge, and I tried the puff that is included with the compact. In fact—the only way it didn’t accentuate those areas, was when I went sans concealer or primer. In the real world, it’s rare that I go without at least one of those things when I need the coverage this product is supposed to provide. Consider me very, very bummed to say the least!
On the bright side…
I am able to carry this in my handbag and touch up small areas with it when I’m out and about—and it does a great job at hiding the broken capillaries around my nose in the middle of the afternoon (when my existing makeup has started it’s disappearing act in this excessive L.A. heat). It also looks great on it’s own—provided I don’t wear primer or concealer underneath it, but for my own everyday needs it’s not just practical. Unfortunately, those aren’t the reasons I bought it for! If you go without concealer or primer, this may be something for you to investigate further—because I think they have a great selection of shades; from the most fair-to-deep complexions.
Another thing I like about this compact is that it has a plastic lid over the powder to separate the product from the powder puff. I wish more brands employed this type of component in their products housed in compacts. It’s super helpful for not letting the product gather the oils from your face or moisture. This keeps the product clean and dry.
I wish I could give the Velvet Mineral Pressed Powder Foundation a higher rating because I REALLY wanted it to work, but based on my personal experience—I just can’t.
Price & Availability: $36—Sephora, sephora.com