I’m trying to be balanced about this review of ROSIE FOR AUTOGRAPH Translucent Finishing Powder, but since I’ve worked out the cost compared against my regular face powder brands, I can’t help thinking, You Fool, this was an impulse buy too far!
WHAT IS IT?
- An ultra-fine transparent loose powder, with a silky, weightless feel.
- Reduces shine, evens skin tone and sets make-up for a naturally luminous, flawless look.
- Hypoallergenic and not tested on animals, BUAV approved. (Hurrah!)
HOW TO USE
Shake pot to release powder into top, dip a powder brush into the top of the pot, tap brush to remove excess and apply to desired area using a circular motion.(Like buffing you mean?)
The powder itself is quite gorgeous, it’s super pigmented, finely milled and the rose gold packaging is wildly glamorous (I love all things rose gold). One application, and you are guaranteed to stay shine free for a good 8-9 hours, no retouching required.
So far, so good.
Mature skin looks older when it’s matt and flat, there should always be a slight shine, a hint of ‘youthful’ glow. I thought I could detect a delicate sheen when I tested it, so I decided to apply it all over my face and buff away like mad with my foolproof Daniel Sandler Kabeauti Brush.
After buffing, buffing and buffing, and thinking I looked OK, I was horrified to realise that I had travelled to work looking like a sickly cross between a very old Marie Antoinette and Casper the Ghost. This powder is beyond white, it’s the whitest of white finishing powders.
I actually made the same mistake the next day – it’s not the buffing brush, or my technique that let me down, but the strength of the powder!
WHERE I THINK IT SHOULD BE APPLIED FOR BEST RESULTS
If you’re like me and haven’t quite got the hang of contouring (the best I can do is apply a soft line of NYX Taupe along the edge of the jaw and under the chin), then using the powder as a highlighter, and not as a ‘proper’ finishing powder, is the way to make this product work for you.
I use a Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush for this, but any similar sized brush will do. The idea is to ‘dab/pat’ the powder in the shapes below and then gently buff and blend.
The inverted triangle shapes under the eyes work really well and helps to light up the eyes.
A thin line (blended out of course), on the very edge of the jaw line will help to define it and create the illusion of bringing it forward ie make it seem like there’s an actual jaw line there. The same principle applies to the tip of the nose and the chin; dab, pat it down and blend.
I wouldn’t use this powder anywhere other than where I’ve illustrated below, the matt whiteness isn’t flattering, but as a highlighter to bounce light onto the face in a non shiny way, it’s ideal.
£18.00 for 8g. I don’t care how pigmented it is, that’s still too much money when I compare the cost per gram with my two regular face powders: Chanel, also finely milled and long lasting, but can be buffed to within an inch of its life, and my everyday old faithful, Clinique.
CLINIQUE Blended Face Powder & Brush Invisible Blend £23.00 for 35g = .66p per gram
CHANEL Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder £36.00 for 30g = £1.20 per gram
ROSIE FOR AUTOGRAPH Translucent Finishing Powder £18.00 for 8g = £2.25 per gram
I’m ashamed to say I had forgotten I even had this, but I do remember being appalled by the tiny pot.
LAURA MERCIER Secret Brightening Powder £19.50 for 4g = £4.88 per gram
I will do a like for like comparison at some stage, but I think Rosie’s powder, at nearly half the price, is an excellent dupe for Laura’s cult powder – I wonder if that was the intention? Hmm…
ROSIE FOR AUTOGRAPH Translucent Finishing Powder £18.00 8g Marks & Spencer