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FAN MAIL FRIDAYS: Deciphering Face Powders

It's only 1pm and traffic's already looking mad outside. Oh, Manila!

To kill traffic, let me just entertain you today with our FMF from Leslie:

Dear Martha,

Love your blog. Not only does it feature high end products, but drugstore finds as well. I consider myself a beginner in makeup and one thing has been bothering me or confusing me, to say the least. There are so many different types of Face Powder in the market. Can you differentiate each of them please?

Leslie

Hey Leslie,

Thanks for writing. I  feel you. There are so many makeup products right now that you know which is which and which ones to use! That's why us Beauty Bloggers are here: we're here to help you out and that's what I'm gonna do for you today. :)

There are a lot of face powders out there, but I believe that they're only meant to do the same things (that is to mattify skin, blot oil, and set liquid bases) and they're all the same product, but only have varying names. I will list down and define the most common and popular powders that women use.


1. Pressed Powder

- the most common powder; it's everyone's first- ever makeup product when they began their journey in beauty. A pressed powder is used to freshen up the skin and usually lightly tinted to even out the skin tone naturally. It can be used on its own or on top of a liquid base.

2. Loose/Finishing/Setting Powder

- Works just like pressed powder, but only in crushed form. Loose Powder, due to its milled state, gives a softer finish than pressed powder.

3. Blotting Powder

- Usually in pressed powder form, but has a sheerer, virtually invisible coverage. It's usually applied on the T-Zone to blot away oil without adding additional coverage and is usually used in PRO events like photo shoots and fashion shows.

4. Veil Powder

- Veil Powders are almost as sheer as Blotting Powder, but they usually have micro shimmer to give skin a radiant effect; It is applied after liquid base and setting powder, and on areas namely the forehead, bridge of the nose, and cheek apples.

5. Powder Foundation

- The powder with the thickest coverage amongst all mentioned in the list. Powder Foundation is good for oily skin and it's much faster and easier to use than liquid foundation, but yields the same coverage.

Hope this list helped, Leslie. Have a stress- free Friday, guys!

*Got a burning question about makeups, skin care products, beauty dieting and health tips, exercise, relationships or whatever? Shoot me an email at martha.stabarbara@yahoo.com, via POWR form, or The Beauty Junkee's official fan page and I'll try to get back to you asap.

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24 Lovely Thoughts

  1. So that's how Veil powders work! Now i know! I started with pressed powders too and i use powder foundation on top of liquid bases. I seldom use loose/setting powders. Haven't tried any blotting powder though.

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  2. I much prefer pressed powders but the translucent kind! When I'm in a hurry, I want something I can use easily and conveniently. Very interesting to know what a veil powder is!

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  3. Oh, I don't know anything about blotting powder and veil powder. Thanks for additonal learnings:) I used to love pressed powder when I was younger, I have tried some loose powder too. I love powder foundation since I seldom use liquid foundie when I'm in a hurry.

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  4. Oh cool! I never knew about Veil powders, but since they have a radiant effect, is it advisable for those with oily skin? :)

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    1. Depends on the kind of shimmer that the veil powder has. Should you use one, avoid applying on the T-Zone. Avoid altogether if your entire face tends to get oily. :)

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  5. Wow.. powder alone have a lot of types.

    If it would be not much to request Ms.Martha, could you give as well some of your HG products for each item.. pleaseeee TIA. 😊😊😊

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    1. Hi Mabel, gladly!

      Powder Foundation: Shiseido Powder Foundation/Pixy UV Whitening Powder Foundation/Happy Skin Don't Get Mad Get Even Powder Foundation
      Pressed Powder: Estee Lauder Invisible Powder/Prestige Face Powder
      Blotting Powder: The Balm Sexy Mama
      Veil Powder- none because I don't really use this product. :)

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  6. Wow.. powder alone have a lot of types.

    If it would be not much to request Ms.Martha, could you give as well some of your HG products for each item.. pleaseeee TIA. 😊😊😊

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  7. Wow! I thought veil powders were just fancier versions of setting powders! Oh but what is the difference between finely milled powders and the normal ones? Should we always choose finely-milled? Thank you Miss Martha!!

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    1. Finely- milled powders look more natural and don't put you at risk of patchy application and chalky payoff. :) Finely- milled is still much better in my opinion. :)

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  8. I have no idea that veil powder exists! Thank you Ms. Martha :) I'll soon try the blotting powder though.

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  9. I used to not understand why people use loose powders when they are so messy. Now I know that they deliver a softer finish and lighter coverage :)

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  10. I didn't know that there were so many kinds. Wow i learned a lot today.

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  11. Now I know the differences! I always wondered why this powder and this powder have difference effects. I blame it on the brand, but really they must have different functions.
    thanks! Great post Martha!!

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  12. Additional knowledge! Thank you TBJ!
    Aside from happy skin, what other local brands produce good powders? Thank you so much! :)

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  13. ang dami palang klase, dati j&j powder lang okay na, hehe, but thanks for this post kasi natututo kami. mas marami palang choices and different usages ang powders. ;)

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  14. Thanks for posting this information regarding face powders. It can be very confusing at times too, knowing the differences between products. Now I know. Yeah, started with face powder too, they still have the Pond's Angel Face before in red case. Then Johnsons' Pure Essentials, and the ever handy Johnson's Baby Powder , and Paper Powder blotters ( the one with the Marie Antoinette design on the cover, forgot the name). Have a great day, Ms. Martha!

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  15. I agree, Manila traffic is sooooo annoying. Sobrang sayang sa oras. I have to deal with that everyday. :/

    Anyway, this post is super informative. I don't know much about their differences as well. Veil powder is new to me. :) Galing, you were able to point out their differences in a short way. Super confusing kasi pag namimili ka na sa stores.

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