I have been on the hunt for a cheap yet high quality powder compact to keep in my handbag for touch ups on the go. I have tried the expensive compacts before but I hand on heart have to admit that the beatings my handbags usually take, I’ve trashed more than I have ever finished. High end chemist / drug store brands are the way forward for me.
Have you ever seen the damage a pressed powder can do to the contents of a handbag after its been slung in to the boot of a car or dropped from an airport security conveyor belt? It’s not pretty and no way for a £30 powder to die.
Anyway, I digress. My high street ‘high end’ foundation of choice is currently the Bourjois Healthy Mix (or the Healthy Mix + Serum for lighter coverage days) so I hunted out Bourjois new pressed powder – The Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder. I chose shade 52- Vanilla as I hover around 52 + 53 in the foundation but prefer my setting powders to be a touch lighter.
I absolutely love the packaging. A hot magenta pink, slim line compact with splashes of colourful fruit on the front. Very summery and appealing. The packaging certainly is slim which I love. It’s sturdy but not excessively packed. The Unifying Powder doesn’t come with a an applicator so that also cuts out some extra space.
Inside the compact is a large non distorted mirror which is so so handy for touch ups on the move. The powder has the same fresh fruity smell as the Healthy Mix foundation so if you hate the smell of that, definitely bare that in mind when you try this. If you like it, then it’s all good!
If you run your finger over the powder the first thing you will notice is how smooth and creamy it is. A light, finely milled powder that feels like it almost melts on contact with the skin. The powder applies with light coverage and colour when used with a powder brush but can sometimes sink in to fine lines and pores if you are a little too heavy handed or try to apply with fingers (for patting under eyes or on a spot) or with your own foam applicator.
The powder claims to last 10hrs with mattifying effects. I’m not entirely sure of this claim as I don’t get overly shiny in the cooler months so I have nothing to back this claim up but I do know it provides a light mattifying veil as soon as it is applied.
If you are a fan of the Healthy Mix foundation I would highly recommend this powder…. And for £8.49 (price correct at time of posting from www.boots.com) you can’t knock it for handbag touch ups on the go!