Guest Post by Ashley Bergin of Hub Pages
In the world of makeup, there’s a list of hyped up vocabulary 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 a full face of makeup that appears to amp up oil levels!
Many popular products sprawled all over social media actually contain ingredients that can spell disaster for oily and/or acne prone skin. Let’s take a look at some…
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 and not controlling shine.
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.
About 1 hour into the party, my face began to itch horribly. I scampered to a bathroom, and found that my face had turned orange like an Oompa Loompa! I called my salon-owning friend in, practically hyperventilating, and asked if she had any makeup I could use because I needed to wash my face ASAP. It was from her that I learned all about oxidation! She said that she swore off Bare Minerals because it will often merge with skin oils and actually change color – hence the giant orange stain on my face. In addition, she said I was probably allergic to the Bismuth Oxychloride in the product, and that caused the itching. She had 2 other friends who had the same reaction!
I don’t know how anybody with even slightly oily skin uses this powder. It’s a relatively popular brand, but with my excessively oily skin it did NOT work! I did end up being brave enough to use the transparent Mineral Veil again, after seeing that it didn’t contain the dreaded Bismuth ingredient. It was just “ok”, but didn’t control oil enough to justify the hefty price tag. As for the powder foundation – I’m not really sure what caused it to oxidize, as I have tried a couple of mineral powders from different brands, and they did not do this. I think it just didn’t have enough ingredients to control oil, so once it mixed with the oils from my skin, disaster ensued.
This powder contains both Talc and Polyethylene, which are notably thick, heavy ingredients that do not meld well with oily skin. Talc does absorb oil to some degree, but when it becomes overly saturated, will create a thick paste. Polyethylene is a synthetic ingredient that creates a film over skin, which potentially could prevent sebum from surfacing. However, this could cause breakouts, as skin is smothered by the product and oxygen is not able to circulate. In addition, severely oily skin will simply ignore this barrier, and sebum will surface regardless. For these reasons, Colorstay Powder is not good for touch-ups. When you continually layer a Polyethylene product over itself, it will become cakey and sticky as it mixes with skin oils.
On the up side, this powder does contain Kaolin and Corn Starch, which are highly absorbent to skin oils. However, these 2 promising ingredients do not make up for the lousy effects of Talc and Polyethylene. If you’re going to use this product, use it 1x only, after freshly applied foundation. Then, switch to a transparent matte powder for touchups.
Now, a few suggestions for powders that actually DO work on oily skin...
Unlike most colored setting powders I’ve used, I only need to retouch 1x per day when I’m at work. This seriously lasts 4 hours before re-powdering is necessary, and even though I’ve used it for the past 7 years, I’m still in awe every time I look in the mirror and don’t see a hideous gloss all over my face.
For anybody who is 100% against mica, silicone (dimethicone), talc, pearl powder, bismuth oxychloride, and artificial ingredients, this will be their holy grail. I’m incredibly acne prone, but this stuff is so gentle and light weight that I’ve barely suffered from any breakouts all the years I've used it.
The ingredients in this are minimal, they don't load it up with unnecessary fillers or chemicals. The rice starch is a great oil absorber, which helps foundation last longer and prevents streaking. It does contain talc, so if you have known sensitivities to that ingredient, you’ll want to avoid this one. I've found that I only have a bad reaction to talc if it's included with other pore clogging ingredients, like dimethicone (which Palladio's formula does not contain). If it's one of those days where I need light weight extra coverage over my foundation, this is my go-to choice.