* josie maran argan matchmaker powder foundation c/o $34 *
I’m a massive powder addict; I don’t really feel like my face is finished until I’ve topped it all off with a good powder to set everything in place. Most of the time, I plump for a translucent option – the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder is one of my absolute favourites – because I find that they tend to offer the nicest finish without a trace of cake-y-ness however in recent weeks, I’ve been testing out a new alternative in the form of the Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Powder Foundation (c/o $34).
Now normally powder foundations just aren’t my bag – I’ve given a whole heap of them a go and they just don’t seem to work for me at all – but this product sounded so different from all the other options that I’ve tried and tested that I was actually quite excited to give it a whirl. The pressed powder formula is described as a ‘customised, one-step complexion-perfecting foundation, formulated with Matchmaker’s signature chameleon pigments and infused with 100 per cent pure argan oil to balance, hydrate, and nourish the skin’. So far, so good.
There seem to be a lot of face products out there at the moment which promise to adapt and evolve to match your personal skin tone (I know the Body Shop’s BB cream has been formulated along a similar idea) but I was intrigued to see how the concept would work in powder form. I was also really interested in the idea of an argan oil-infused powder; when it comes to argan oil products, Josie Maran is pretty much one of the best in the business so I had pretty high hopes.
So, the verdict. All in all, I have to say I’m pretty pleased. The lightweight formula feels really lovely on my skin, it sets my liquid foundation and concealer well and, despite it being a powder foundation as opposed to a translucent powder, I didn’t find any issues with caking. In terms of the colour adaptation and those oh-so-special chameleon pigments, I can’t say I really noticed anything overly different from any normal powder however… I have the light/fair option and it seemed to work really well with my skin but I’m not sure if that’s because it had snazzy adapting powers – or because it just happened to be the right shade. Might be worth giving it a swatch if you’re unsure.
The only real issue I had was that I found myself getting a bit shinier than I normally would having used my regular translucent powder – and because of this I did feel the need to touch up a bit more often than normal. Not the end of the world by any means, just a bit of a faff. Particularly when you’re as a lazy as I am.
Other than that, it’s a delight to use. And my skin really did feel quite lovely even after I’d taken my make up off which I’m going to put down to all that lovely argan oil brilliance piled on into the product. It’s obviously a bit more expensive than your average drugstore option so it might not be one for those of you who aren’t too fussed by powder in the first place…!
What do you guys think? One you might like to try?