Translucent powder gets a bad rap since many beauty lovers operate under the impression that all facial powders make your skin look dry, dull, and cakey. It's seen as somewhat of a necessary evil, particularly for those with oily or combination skin who need to set their base makeup so it doesn't slide off by midday. The dilemma: Everyone has heard that dewy skin is in — and has been for quite a while now, making powder a less-than-ideal step. Gone are the days when we all tried to get as matte a finish as possible; here to stay is the fresh, rejuvenated look of skin that is moisturized and glowing — a result that can still be achieved even with finishing powder, as unlikely as that may seem.
The texture of Rimmel London's Match Perfection Silky Loose Face Powder is not what you might expect. Rather than being chalky or heavy, it has a lightweight and soft feel to it, and as counterintuitive as this sounds, it somehow doesn't even feel all that powdery — at least, not in the traditional sense. Finely milled and a little silky, this translucent powder is easily buffed on with a large, fluffy makeup brush, no extra blending or smoothing-out required. I was genuinely surprised that my nose and forehead looked poreless, yet my cheeks still looked dewy and the formula didn't stick to any dry skin or blemishes on my face.
The most beneficial results of the powder (to my own face, at least) actually involved one of my biggest insecurities: my dark undereye circles. My daily base makeup routine involves applying a fair amount of concealer to even out red and blue tones, but I know better than to load up my under-eyes with product, lest my dark circles look even more noticeable than when there's no makeup on them at all. Having a sheer, lightweight powder is therefore integral to getting the desired outcome, and that's exactly what the Match Perfection Silky Loose Face Powder delivers.
After applying and blending my creamy, medium-coverage concealer, I take a Beautyblender Micro Mini, dip it into the powder, gently shake it to remove excess, and lightly press it into the concealer to set it in place. Just like that, I've given my face the look of eight full hours of sleep all day long.
Even better, these high-quality results are by no means unattainable for the average beauty lover: This translucent winner is available at drugstores for just $5.