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Sunday, July 8, 2007

The Best Pressed Powders Ever

This category covers the very best pressed face powders available, regardless of price. Feel free to weigh in on your favorites. This list is actually comprised of two separate lists:
1) The Beauty Insider's Picks: My own personal list of the best products in that category, in no particular order
2) The Popular Vote: The results of a poll I did of over 1000 beauty-savvy consumers, in order of popularity

The Beauty Insider's Picks
1. Hard Candy O-blot-erate: Don’t be put off by the pale blue tint. This translucent powder is neutral on every skin tone, and it instantly obliterates shininess without feeling heavy. Packaged in a sleek silver compact, it comes with an adorable heart-shaped sponge. $16
2. Amazing Cosmetics Powder Set: This colorless, lightweight powder in a silvery compact absorbs oil, of course, but it also sets and even waterproofs your makeup. $17
3. Body & Soul Cosmetics Perfect Face Powder (“Brunette”): The company’s signature retro packaging shows up in this adorable, flaunty-worthy compact. Inside, you’ll find an oil-free, translucent powder that wipes out greasy skin. $32
4. Lola Pressed Powder (“Toast”): I can’t resist the metallic red compact and the fluffy pink puff, but it’s the supersilky, translucent powder that makes this a favorite. $27.50
5. Chanel Natural Finish Pressed Powder (“Translucent 2”): The signature black compact is unbeatably elegant, as is the supersheer powder with light-reflecting pigments. $42
6. Estee Lauder Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder (“Transparent”): Estee Lauder offers many elegant options for compacts, including some limited editions, making your choice as personal as your style. I love the luxe golden alligator compact, filled with oil-absorbing, light diffusing Lucidity powder. Plus, the $9.50, refills are as easy on your budget as they are on the environment. $32
7. T. LeClerc Pressed Powder (“Translucide”): I love the vintage feel of the embossed, matte silver compact, and the silky, weightless powder it contains. $45
8. By Terry Perfecting Glow Compact Powder in Refillable Jewel Case (“Radiant Apricot”): This weighty, silvery compact is stylish and substantial—a real luxury. Inside, a supremely silky powder that doubles as a sheer natural foundation. The exclusive “triple-correcting pigment” and creamy texture creates skin that is matte yet radiant. Compact: $174 (approx.); powder: $43 (approx.)
9. Chantecaille Compact Powder Foundation (“Cashew”): This galvanized nickel compact is gorgeous and sophisticated, and the powder foundation keeps skin hydrated while fighting shine. $49
10. Versace Invisible Pressed Powder (“V2004”): The powder may be invisible, but the compact certainly isn’t. This decadent, glamorous golden compact with the company’s signature Medusa emblem virtually screams: “Look at me.” Fortunately, it makes shiny skin a bit less conspicuous. The talc-free, fragrance-free formula moisturizes, mattifies, and leaves skin luminous. $38

The Popular Vote
1. MAC Blot Powder in “Medium”, $17
2. MAC Studio Fix in “C3” and “C4” (tie), $23.50
3. MAC Studio Finish Powder/Pressed in “NC20”, $18.50
4. NYC New York Color Pressed Powder in “Translucent”, $1.99
5. MAC Select Sheer/Pressed in “NC20”, $19.50
6. Becca Compact Pressed Powder in “Sesame”, $38
7. Lancome Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup, $33
8. Chanel Natural Finish Pressed Powder, $42
9. Benefit Get Even, $26
10. Lancome Photogenic Sheer Pressed Powder, $27

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