If you're obsessed with finding the right combination of products to give you that buttery smooth looking complexion, then one of the products that you've probably tried, or at least, looked into, have been a litany of setting powders.
I personally prefer using loose powders to set the complexion, and for most of us, the perfect loose setting powder is one that locks creams and liquids into place, without taking away the glow that you've spent so much time creating. During my first trip to the new Nars Boutique in Atlanta, I decided to check out this powder in the translucent shade. I was out of my beloved Laura Mercier translucent setting powder, and I needed to re-up immediately, leaving me ZERO time to call LM to order. I tested it out on the back of my hand (I know, I know, not the best indicator of true performance) to set their Radiant Creamy concealer, then gave it the good ol' flash test -- it passed, and gave a beautiful soft, Albatross - like finish so I decided to purchase it.
Boy, was that a mistake. I decided to test it out on a few of my model friends, who are WOC, to see how it performed. In natural light, everything was fine. During the flash test, YOWSA. HD powder like flashback. I thought I'd used too much, and incorrectly. Take two. I used it during a wedding, in very light quantity, on Caucasian clients. In natural light and flash, it was fine. I tried the same technique on one of my WOC client, and one of my absolute worst nightmares occurred: she went to an event, took flash photographs, and....ghostface. I have since chucked it from my kit. Even though the product seemed to perform fine on my Caucasian clients, and gave a beautiful brightening effect when used under the eyes in VERY light amounts, I refuse to have products in my kit that ONLY work on one ethnicity. I pride myself on having a global kit, and being prepared for whoever sits in my chair.
FINAL VERDICT: If you're a woman of color, or you frequently work with clients of color, and that includes Asian and Latina, I strongly suggest that you try the Velvet Loose Powder instead. The light reflecting aspect of this powder is just not suitable for anyone with medium to dark complexions.
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