Just about if not all cosmetic brands offer pressed powders and it goes without saying that some are better than others. In my opinion within the budget sector finding a great, everyday pressed powder is easier said than done; you want a product that will set your make-up, won't cake should you require a touch up throughout the day and is cheap enough to replace should it shatter within your bag - we've all been there at least one. Like I said it is not a small task but I feel I have found the answer within Bourjois Silk Edition Compact Powders.
The Bourjois Silk Edition Compact Powder are presented within glossy, black plastic packaging that is more than robust. This well sized powder will more than survive daily knocks, rolling around at the bottom of your handbag. Not only is it sturdy but it contains all you will need for day to day use including a soft, silicone make-up sponge and a well sized mirror. Personally I do not use the sponge and find this powder best applies with a large fluffy brush but when in a jam I would happily use the provided applicator.
To the best of my knowledge there are six shades to choose from and I have the two typical suited to medium skin toned shades: 53 Beige Dore which is the lighter of the two and more yellow based and 55 Meil Dore which is deeper and more olive in tone. In my above swatches I have swiped heavily so you can see the shade but blended out the colour saturation is far less intense. I am currently wearing MAC NC30 in foundation and fine Beige Dore to be a good match. I must stress that unlike most setting powders the Bourjois Silk Edition Compact Powder do offer a little additional colour and coverage - the coverage can be built up to a medium level without caking or appearing heavy. If you have great skin or an aversion to liquid products I see no good reason why the Bourjois Silk Edition Compact Powder can not be used as a powder foundation.
At first I thought the Bourjois Silk Edition Compact Powder would be a great dupe for the Chanel Healthy Glow powders but in actual fact they are so much better and offer far more. The Bourjois Silk Edition Compact Powder not only offers a little additional coverage, a tint, oil control but the light formulation also blurs imperfections such as fine lines and pores. The Bourjois Silk Edition Compact Powder blend like a dream - yes it is a powder (a soft, silky powder at that) but on the skin it feels like a cream and to a certain extent gel like. Bizarre but rather pleasant and cooling all the same. The beauty of this powder is that it doesn't cling to dry areas of the face nor does it further dry out the skin or ever look heavy - regardless if you are a little heavy handed like myself. On my currently combination skin one application stays in place around 7 hours before my oil creeps in around my t-zone/cheeks; not bad considering Bourjois only claim an 8 hour wear time which I'd imagine to be true for those with normal/dry complexions.
I realise this is heavy praise but I truly can not think of a better pressed powder on the UK high street.
Bourjois Silk Edition Compact Powder £8.99 via Feel Unique - link.
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