The Ultimate Affordable Setting Powder


I want to get something straight – I'm not a powder girl at all. Never have been as I found that most compact powders were too cakey for my liking. No matter how hard I tried to try and test new releases, they all did the same – make me look unnatural, accentuate dry patches (or a flakey nose) and completely dull my complexion. I thought to myself; ‘who cares, I don't even need that ol’ powder’. Or so I thought. Oily T-zone sufferers – you know what I'm talking about. The shine on my forehead and on my nose started to get out of hand but I wasn't willing to give up my gorgeous, plumpy and dewy foundations. That's my favorite kind! But shine shouldn't look ‘sweaty’ so I definitely needed something to help me streamline shine where I want  to (e.g.cheekbones) but to banish it from the T-zone. I really wasn't feeling like committing to a high-end powder as I had no clue if I'd like it. Also, drugstore powders sort of let me down in the past (Max Factor Powder Puff, L'Oreal True Match, Rimmel Stay Matte). None matched my needs and I was on the verge of settling with that unattractive ‘sweaty’ look when this humble compact flew right into my hands. I had no idea how much it would become important for me – it's one of best make-up finds of this year! Revelique Soft Compact Powder is something you need – and I don't write this lightly.

Zeljela bih naglasiti kako nisam serijska korisnica pudera i pod tim mislim na kompaktne pudere. Nikada nisam uspjela pronaci puder u kompaktu koji bi izgledao prirodno na mom licu. Koliko god sam pokusavala upratiti novitete, nisu mi prazili sto sam trazila. Uvijek su pravili iste greske – naglasavali bi suhe dijelove lica (zimi perutavi nos) i u potpunosti bi mi iscrpili svu boju sa lica. Mislila sam kako sam zavrsila sa njima za sva vremena no citateljice koje imaju masnu T-zonu, znati ce zbog cega je jedan takav puder vise neophodnost nego dodatak u kozmetickoj torbici. Sjaj na nosu i celu je poceo da mi zadaje probleme a sa druge strane se nisam zeljela odreci tecnih podloga sa ‘dewy’ efektom. Pa one su mi omiljene! No cim je sjaj poceo izgledati kao visak sebuma, shvatila sam kako nemam drugog izbora vec da intenzivno tragam za odgovarajucim puderom. Necim sto ce prepustiti sjaj jagodicama a T-zonu osloboditi nezeljenog viska sebuma. Istinu govoreci, nisam bila spremna da izdvojim vecu sumu novca na takav puder posto mi je iskustvo pokazalo kako cijena nije garant kvaliteta. Sa druge strane, drogerijski puderi su me razocarali toliko puta da se zaista nisam mogla na njih osloniti (Max Factor Powder Puff, L'Oreal True Match, Rimmel Stay Matte – svi su bili razocaravajuci). Tacno kada sam pocela gubiti nadu, ovaj skromni kompakt je doleprsao u moje ruke prije mnogo, mnogo mjeseci. Tada nisam mogla ni zamisliti koliko ce mi postati bitan – za mene je jedno od najvecih kozmetickih otkrica godine! Revelique Soft Compact puder je nesto sto mislim da trebate isprobati – iskrena preporuka.

Let's just swiftly mention the basics so I get down to the good stuff. Packaging is the classic Revelique stint – black, sleek and minimalistic. This round, elegant compact looks appealing and in no way ‘cheap’ but it could be even more slender if the middle compartment was kicked out. When you first open the compact, you'll be greeted by the handy mirror inside the lid and a creamy pot of powder. Than you shift open the middle layer where the powder resides and down at the bottom you'll see a white powder puff with the Revelique logo. I must admit that I rarely (if ever) use the powder puff as I apply this powder with my Real techniques Buffing Brush. These two work like magic together. The only time I'll use the powder puff is when I'm at work or out and about and I've forgotten to take my Buffing Brush with me. That's why I feel that eliminating the powder puff and the bottom compartment would provide an even more slender and elegant design. But, these are just my wishes – practicality isn't downsized and the thickness of the packaging isn't a nuisance. But, these are really the boring bits and the real deal is the powder itself. You get 9g for approx $8 – an utter bargain! The powder stays fresh for 18 months after opening and I believe that will suffice as I estimate that I'll use up my compact before those 18 months run out. Yup, ladies and gents – this will be the first powder ever that I'll hit the pan! You can't see it now as I've photographed it while it was untouched, but this baby will soon be known as the first powder I've hit pan with. I'll document that moment and brag, just so you know and that's exactly what you can expect.

Ukratko cemo spomenuti par osnova kako bih mogla preci na najbitnije stavke zbog kojih sam zavoljela ovaj puder. Pakovanje je prepoznatiljivo za Revelique – crno, ugladjeno i minimalisticno. Okrugli, elegantni kompakt ni u kom slucaju ne djeluje ‘jeftino’ no smatram da bi djelovao jos ljepse kada bi se srednji tj.posljednji pretinac izbacio. Kada tek otvorite kompakt, docekaju vas zgodno ogledalo u unutarnjoj strani poklopca te kremasta posudica sa puderom. Nju njezno podignemo i pri dnu se nalazi mekana, pamucna pufnica (spuzvica) za nanosenje pudera. Moram priznati da je rijetko (ako uopste) koristim posto sa ovim puderom najvise volim koristiti Real Techniques Buffing Brush. Savrseno suradjuje sa teksturom ovog pudera. Samo ako sam zaboravila ponijeti taj kist a nalazim se na poslu ili sam negdje u pokretu – onda cu se posluziti spuzvicom iz pakovanja. Ne smatram da dodatak spuzvice i same ambalaze gdje je smjestena uticu na kompaktnost pudera niti je sama ambalaza zbog njih debeljuskasta. Samo je moja preferenca da bi pakovanje bilo dodatno tanje i zgodnije bez njih. No ovo su dosadni detalji jer stvarni fokus treba da je na samom puderu. Za cijenu od 11,75KM u cm trgovinama u BiH (ali i u Austriji i Bjelorusiji), dobijemo 9g proizvoda sto je izvrsno. Puder zadrzava svjezinu 18 mjeseci od otvaranja sto mislim da je sasvim realisticno. Uvjerena sam da cu prije isteka tog roka dotaci dno ovom puderu. To je za mene jedan historijski podatak jer mi se nikada prije nije desilo da potrosim proizvod u kamenu. Kada se taj momenat desi, vjerujte da ce biti dokumentovan fotkama i rado cu vam se pohvaliti.

I have the Revelique Soft Compact Powder in Beige (20) but heads up – as much as a total of four shades (Nude, Beige, Sand, Caramel) differ in their pans (some look too dark or too warm), they all look almost the same on the skin. They only provide a slight tinge of color so they're not translucent but they adapt to every skin tone in a incredible way. It's almost like they sink in instead of just ‘sit’ on the face. In my mind, these aren't meant to provide heavy coverage and hide major flaws on the face. In fact, these are very lightweight powders and extremely finely milled. They apply like a soft veil over the skin, completely hugging every facial curve. You literally cannot detect this powder on the skin as it looks absolutely flawless and natural. I wouldn't exaggerate if I say that it feels like a much, much more expensive product. It's free from fragrance, parabens, oil and PEG. It's just very gentle towards the skin and it combines well with liquid foundations and concealers underneath. Sometimes I dust it over my YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat or my LRP Rosaliac CC cream and it looks spectacular. Shine erased – literally. It can hold off the shine for approx 7-8h but when you reapply it – it never ever cakes! I have no idea how this is done but for me it's worth like pure gold. When my complexion is relatively fine, I just apply some concealer and top it off and fixate it with this compact powder. It's really good at fixating make-up so it holds its own for an entire day. It gives a unique finish – something similar to a ‘velvet’ finish as it does mattify but never to the point of dullness and it somehow enhances the complexion with a nice sheen as well. A gorgeous, gorgeous product. Hands down, the best powder I've used so far. This is my HG powder and is something I'd personally recommend to all skin types as it never accentuates dry bits whilst layering never results in a cakey mess. This is a definite repurchase!

Moj Revelique Sof Compact puder je u nijansi Beige (20) no imajte na umu da sve cetiri nijanse (Nude, Beige, Sand, Caramel) – koliko god djelovale razlicito (neke su u ambalazi previse tamne ili previse tople), na kozi djeluju skoro pa identicno. Njihova prekrivnost nije intenzivna, pruzaju samo blagi dodatak boje cisto da nisu transparentni a svakoj kozi se prilagodjavaju na nevjerovatno efektan nacin. Kao da se upiju u kozu radije nego da ‘sjede’ na njoj. Nisu namijenjeni pruzanju potpune prekrivnosti niti im je zadatak prekrivanje vecih nepravilnosti koze. Ovdje se radi o izuzetno laganim, prozracnim puderima koji su fantasticno fine teksture. Nanose se poput svilenog sala koji grli svaku oblinu lica. Doslovno je nemoguce primjetiti ovaj puder na kozi posto izgleda jako prirodno. Ne bih pretjerala ako bih rekla da ostavlja dojam mnogo skupocjenijeg proizvoda no sto je u stvarnosti. Ne sadrzi parfeme, ulja, parabene niti PEG. Jako je njezan spram koze i odlicno se kombinira sa korektorima i tecnim podlogama. Volim ga nanositi preko svoje YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat podloge i LRP Rosaliac CC kreme. Izbrise svaki trag sjaja sa T-zone i ten drzi matiranim cca 7-8h. Jedan od aduta je cinjenica da koliko god slojeva nanijeli – nikada se ne primjeti na licu! Kada mi je ten zadovoljavajuci, samo njime fiksiram korektor i u tu svrhu je fantastican (traje cijeli dan). Jedinstvenog je efekta na kozi posto nije u potpunosti mat (radije je barsusnast) a istovremeno kozi podari i lijep, suptilan sjaj. Ne izvuce zdravu boju iz tena. Prekrasan proizvod i najbolji kompaktni puder koji sam do sada isprobala. Ovo je moj HG puder u kamenu i nesto sto od sveg srca preporucujem apsolutno svakome (bez obzira na tip koze). Ne istice suhe dijelove dok ga mozete slojevito nanositi a da ne proizvede ‘masku’ na licu. On ce biti kupljen iznova i iznova!

*Some of these products may have been sent to me for review. For more information, see my disclaimer.

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