Guest Post by Ashley Bergin
In the world of makeup, there’s a list of hyped up words currently circulating that’ll cause cringe for any oily-skinned girl. Think hashtags such as: Luminous, Glowy, Reflective, Prism, Creamy, Radiant, and the atrocious “Dewy Dumpling”. For those of us who fight tooth and nail to prevent shine, we can’t imagine purposely applying makeup that appears to amp up oil levels!
Many popular products sprawled all over social media actually contain ingredients that can spell disaster for acne prone skin. Let’s take a look at some…
Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrushed Finish Powder
The main ingredients are Talc, Mica and Dimethicone! These are 3 very unfriendly ingredients for oily, acne prone skin.
Talc and Dimethicone create a thick paste that clogs pores, the effects of which are intensified if the user has oily skin. Mica only adds shine to the skin, and should be reserved for eyeshadow and appropriately placed highlighters. In addition, this powder contains Rosa Multiflora Flower Wax. While we give them props for using a plant-derived ingredient, it’s still a rubbery wax that’s likely to clog pores.
When freshly applied, this powder looked nice and had even coverage, but it didn’t control shine for more than an hour. At a price point of $34, it seems like a whole lot to pay for burying your skin in less than stellar ingredients.
La Mer’s “The Powder”
Nestled among some unpronounceable synthetics, along with a few high-quality natural ingredients, we find the same offenders: Dimethicone and Mica. Plus, I can’t really figure out why such a pricey brand would add synthetic colors like Red 7, Red 30 and Yellow 5.
I actually sampled some of this at Nordstrom’s, wanting to find if it would truly provide the flawless finish it promises. Admittedly, it felt silky and gave me a poreless finish, but this was oh-so-temporary. I was wearing my usual water-based Dinair foundation, but skipped powder so I could see the genuine effect of La Mer’s brand. After I used the sample, I wandered around the store, browsing and trying on some shoes. Around 2 hours later, I checked my complexion in a dressing room mirror and was disappointed to see oily breakthrough and ACCENTUATED pores! I’ve used drugstore Cover Girl Powder that has a longer lasting finish than this bizarrely expensive product.
Thanks to Instagram, the “dewy dumpling” look (using La Mer’s Powder) is trending, which is horrifying to those with oily skin. There’s a fine line between spot-highlighting for a slight glow, and covering your entire complexion in a powder that coats you in shine, yet does nothing to control oil. All for $110 no less! Let’s leave this one for the dry skinned ladies.
We’re not just here to target overpriced powders...there are also drugstore brands and lower cost items that underperform.
E.L.F. Mineral Pearls and Halo Glow Setting Powders
While I'm a fan of quite a few E.L.F. products, these two powders were some of the worst for I ever tried on my oily skin. Not only do they have zero oil-control, they add an unwanted sheen to the complexion. These are especially bad to use when you might be photographed, as they contain mica, which reflects light and adds shine.
Mica can also clog pores, or at the very least it settles into pores and fine lines, massively accentuating them. While the Halo Glow Powder may appear unsuspecting, it contains a LOT of mica that becomes visible after application. In addition, these products both contain bismuth oxychloride, which can cause intense itching on oily skin.