My go-to product for oil control over the past 5 years has been Mattify Cosmetic’s ULTRA Powder for oily skin. It’s a loose powder that’s amazingly light weight, gives me a flawless look & is the one and only powder I’ve found that actually controls my oily skin. Ever the product junkie, I’m always trying new things, so when I stumbled upon Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder, I couldn’t’ resist. It claims the same as the Mattify ULTRA Powder – that it will control oil, and can be used before and after foundation. I’ve been searching for a pressed powder that has the same effectiveness as the loose Ultra Powder. Excited by the fact that a pressed powder could do this, I made the pricey $30 purchase. Would I regret my decision?
The first day I used Primed & Poreless, the weather was a bit humid and warm – which always causes my oily skin to act up. I applied the product both under and over my Dinair foundation and headed to work. After a few hours, my face began to feel sticky with oil. I used a blotter sheet to take care of the problem and touched up with the Too Faced Powder. About an hour later, my face felt sticky again! This was getting a bit irritating, so I blotted and re-touched. By this time, it was only noon and the powder was already starting to feel a bit heavy.
At this point, I really wanted to reach for my Mattify Ultra Powder, but decided to forgo my usual routine in the interest of this product review. Throughout the afternoon, I had to blot 4 more times! Each time I patted on a bit more of the Too Faced Powder to even out my skin tone. By the time I got home, my face felt layered in powder. It was also starting to feel rather itchy, so I scratched an area above my eyebrow. When I looked down at my fingernail, a stripe of makeup was stuck underneath. Ew!!
Too Faced Powder literally lives up to its name, in the fact that it actually gives you a second face layered on top of your real face! I realize that the product may not be intended for touch-up that consistently through the day. But, when you have oily skin, touch-ups are a must after blotting. The product would probably be good for someone with dry or combination skin, but (as with most other products I’ve tried) could not handle my super oily skin.
I didn’t bother to check ingredients before using it, but have since discovered that it contains dimethicone (as the 3rd ingredient) and talc. This would explain why it felt so thick on my skin. My face is notoriously resistant to products that are heavy in dimethicone, so that’s a definite downfall for this product. I’m afraid if I would’ve kept using it before foundation, I would’ve ended up with breakouts, because dimethicone typically clogs my pores.
Since it was so pricey, I’ve keep the Too Faced Powder in my purse for emergency touchups when the loose Ultra Powder is not convenient. Once in a while I’ll apply a quick dab of it to even out my skin tone. The compact I kept in my purse beforehand was Cover Girl’s Clean Pressed Powder. It’s only around $7 and does a far better job of absorbing oil. The CG brand does contain dimethicone as well, but it’s much further down on the ingredient list & doesn’t irritate my skin. The downfall to the CG brand is its bulky thick packaging – but so far it’s the best pressed powder I can find. For loose powder & maximum oil control, I’m definitely sticking with the Mattify ULTRA Powder. You can read my review of Mattify ULTRA Powder here. Considering the price & ineffectiveness of the Too Faced Powder, I will not repurchase this item.
THE GRADING SYSTEM:
How does Too Faced Primed & Poreless Powder compare to Mattify! ULTRA Powder? Based on the Pros and Cons below, I would score Primed & Poreless at C- and Mattify Ultra at A-
Too Faced Primed & Poreless Powder
- Comes in convenient compact powder form
- Doubles as both primer and setting powder
- Good for dry skin or combination skin types
- Cute, flat compact is easy to carry in purse or pocket
- Upon first application, feels light and minimizes pores
- Feels heavy after a few touchups
- Contains dimethicone, which can clog pores
- Adds a thick textured layer to skin after touchups
- Doesn’t absorb skin oils – not helpful for oily skin
Mattify ULTRA Powder
- Provides amazing oil control
- Does not clog pores or cause acne
- Doubles as primer and setting powder
- Does not contain dimethicone or talc
- Doesn’t add a chalky layer to the skin
- Feels amazingly light weight, even after many touch-ups
- Loose powder that’s a bit messy for on-the-go touchups
Summer heat and humidity can destroy makeup! It’s the season when I depend most on matte face powder to help my makeup survive.
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