Hi my beautiful friends..
How are you doing today? I am still enjoying post trip happiness and enthusiasm, I really waited long for this day and now we are back in the normal day routine; time flies so fast gosh! I am excited to share my trip experiences with you all, we made one day trip to New York City, Washington DC and Philadelphia respectively and it was super amazing and tiring at the same time. It was great exploring cities through public commutes and long drives, special thanks to my baby who was super co-operative and happy all the way long! My best friends (in beauty deptt.) were sunscreen, make up remover wipes, primers, eye liners, face powders and my new smashbox halo hydrating perfecting powder which I will review today for all of you.
Firstly my sincere happy gestures to sanjeev sir & rati for this wonderful gift again and also for being so understanding and co-operative throughout my sad, depressed phase. Jomol I can never forget how you always made me feel so loved and courageous even in darkness and sadness. I owe so much to IMBB, a loving, concerned friend like you Jomol and an amazing patient and understanding ambience created by all of you. I feel incomplete without IMBB now. Anyways, before I get overwhelmed let me head straight towards my review. So please read on further to know more about Smashbox halo hydrating perfecting powder..!!
Price: $49 for 0.50 Oz (15 g), exclusive of shipping and taxes
Packaging: This finely milled golden brown silky powder comes in sturdy black pot with twirl around packaging followed by safety cap tightly locked which is user friendly and helps in avoiding accidental spillage while using it or while travelling. I found it most convenient during my trip as it comes with inbuilt mirror and this twirl around mechanism ensures minimum spillage or no excess loss of powder. I just twist it gently to get right amount of powder on my brush and rest is safely locked beneath safety cap without any hussle bussle. Over all it’s a win win stuff in terms of hygiene, user friendly and travel friendly aspect.
My take on Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder in Fair/Light:
It comes in nearly 10 shades ranging from fair/porcelain to tan/dark skin tones, I believe we all can have our picks among the shades available. I picked its fair/light version considering my Asian fair skin with yellowish/pink undertones and it really worked fine on my skin all the way long! I believe it’s my best possible match so far!
The texture of powder is really silky and it definitely makes me feel comfortable even after using it for 6-8 hours which also means that it stays put for good 6 + hours on my oily skin. I use my sephora mineral powder brush to use it and it just blends well on my skin leaving behind natural yet glowing, luminous sheen which is visible on my face throughout day. I am yet not decided whether to call it perfecting powder or foundation as it also works as foundation too, giving me flawless finish while hiding minor flaws such as redness on my face and light blemishes though it won’t give full coverage. It keeps oil at bay for good 4-5 hours alone and when paired up with Revlon primer it gives me shine free yet dewy luminous look for good 6-8 hours which is really impressive.
I also like it for the fact that it never oxidized or looked ashy on my light skin tone, my complexion looked all natural and luminous throughout our trip and I never felt the need of touch ups before 8 hours believe me! It does not look cakey nor settles in fine lines around my lip and eye area. However, I doubt if it works well as an anti-ageing product too as I could not see any visible difference on my skin other than luminous and brightening effect. I don’t have ageing concerns other than temporary fine lines which started appearing around my eyes and am happy to declare that it camouflaged them up to good extent. Moreover, I used it regularly for a week and it never broke me out nor it accentuated my oily, acne prone skin so far. I am pretty satisfied with this stuff though I feel it’s slight pricey.. 😛 I would recommend this product to every skin type gal preferably oily/combination skin type as it effectively wipes away oil and shine from face for good hours. I just wish smashbox included an applicator at such high price.. 😛
Let’s sum up pros and cons:
Pros of Smashbox HALO Hydrating Perfecting Powder in Fair/Light:
• An innovative perfecting powder cum foundation which works well on any skin type
• It is finely milled soft and silky powder which feels extremely natural and light weight on my skin
• It easily blends with any mineral powder brush or puff to give flawless even skin tone apart from luminous healthy glow for good hours
• I could not locate parabens, sls like chemicals in its formulation
• It never accentuated my oily, acne prone skin nor it irritated my sensitive skin at the same time
• It works really well on my blemished skin while hiding minor light blemishes effectively
• It gave me soft, natural yet luminous skin tone for good 6-8 hours apart from sweeping away oil and shine off my face
• It did not oxidize nor gives ashy look just perfect for outing and parties
• It photographs well apart from looking all natural in person
• Hygienic, user friendly and travel friendly packaging which ensures minimal spillage and product loss while using it outdoors or indoors
Cons of Smashbox HALO Hydrating Perfecting Powder in Fair/Light:
• It is definitely pricey for an inbuilt mirror and product.. 😛
• I miss an applicator with its high end price
• It only hides your minor imperfections which excludes acne, blemishes and scars i.e it does not give buildable coverage on pigmented skin
• It might be tricky for dry and very dry skin type gals
Over all I am glad that I tried it out of my curiosity with the help of IMBB, I am loving it and wearing it almost every day since I mastered few tricks of wearing face makeup courtesy again IMBB. I would say if you have problem free skin and you need a light weight foundation cum powder which also gives sheer coverage then go for it! It is great for oily and combination gals, I would like to give it 4/5 considering its high price and overall performance! I won’t get it again personally as it will last me a year and half probably and meanwhile I can try other new launches in market..:)
Hi friends so here comes a virtual trip to Washington DC, hope you enjoy it..
PS: I have used smashbox HALO hydrating perfecting powder and hope you can see how natural and luminous it looks. Please don’t mind our exhaustive faces we had been walking and tripping since 2-3 days and it was obvious to show up on our face even after dainting painting. 😛
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