Over the years I have seen several positive reviews of Corn Silk Original Satin Pressed Powder pop up from various bloggers and journalists on the internet and truthfully the product never really interested me. The problem is what some may deem classic I see as dated and the fact that the powder is really fragranced always put me off - it has an old lady type perfume scent. However I guess we should never judge a book by its cover...
Truthfully you won't win any cool points when it comes to the Corn Silk packaging - it looks and feels cheap with a black and gold style plastic case. It is a little too 80's for my personal taste but it does contain a powder puff and a mirror so that you can apply on the go which is always helpful.
To the best of my knowledge the Corn Silk Original Satin Pressed Powder only comes in one shade - Translucent which is deemed a suit all shade which I agree to some extent. The problem with Translucent in my opinion is that on really fair skin tones it can turn the skin slightly orange tinged and on deeper skin tones it leaves a white cast. Translucent only really works when the powder is truly invisible like the HD setting powders tend to be, this yellow tinged offering from Corn Silk is not that and as a result it does leave a little tint on the skin.
My biggest problem from the get go has to be the scent - it is rather strong and does remind me of something my grandmother would use. The fragrance is just too much (on second thought it invokes memories of school and the cheap soap) and the thought of using it made my face feel itchy which is never a good sign. Fortunately once on my skin it didn't really irritate it but it never fully absorbed into my skin rather it sat on the surface looking and feeling heavy. The finish is rather matte but with random shimmer particles at the same time and it can make your foundation look cakey not to mention the powder is extremely dry in texture so it is not ideal for dry skin types. As it is so heavy and fragranced I do worry that with continuous use that this would lead to blocked pores and skin problems. I can't deny that it left my skin shine free for around 7 hours which isn't all that bad going considering my skin type and the current warm weather but for me it is not something I would use again. Truthfully for what it is the price is too high when you consider that Rimmel et al offer much better alternatives for cheaper.
Did you have a better experience than I did?
Corn Silk Original Satin Pressed Powder* £8.16 via Boots - link
* PR Sample sent for consideration of review.
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