Powder Set

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$27 
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Category:
Makeup > Powders > Pressed Powder
Last Updated:
11/23/2012
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Powder Set is another product that AmazingCosmetics touts as "a-mazing," but it is actually a very basic finishing powder. Although Powder Set has a smooth, blendable texture and it works well to set makeup, there is absolutely nothing about it that warrants the price. Several similar products are available at the drugstore for a fraction of the price, but if you choose Powder Set, you'll find it has a drying matte finish that emphasizes, rather than hides, rough-textured skin. On the positive side, it's great for keeping excess oil in check.

Although this finishing powder is supposed to be workable for all skin colors, it isn't. The sole shade is very light and imparts just enough color to appear ashy on tan to dark skin tones.

Pros:
  • Smooth, blendable texture.
  • Works well to set makeup, and for touch-ups.
  • Minimizes excess oil.
Cons:
  • Not translucent as claimed; the one color doesn't work for all skin tones.
  • Pricey.
Talc, Zinc Stearate, Methylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Propylparaben

AmazingCosmetics was founded in 1999 as a small online company that sold only one product—an expensive concealer. Co-founders Lisa Thurman and Sue Katz believe a great concealer is the ultimate must-have for a woman’s makeup routine, and the fashion magazines often tout it as being as amazing as the market claims make it sound.

If you're hoping that the media buzz justifies the hefty price tag of this concealer, you'll likely be disappointed. The truth is that, although AmazingConcealer is a good product, it isn't one of the best concealers we’ve ever used, and it certainly isn't suitable for use on all skin types or on every imperfection. (We explain why in the AmazingConcealer review.)

Since the launch of AmazingCosmetics and the success of AmazingConcealer, the line has expanded its makeup line with products for the eyes, lips, and face, including the now-popular Velvet Mineral Liquid Foundation with their "AmazingConcealer Technology." Once sold only online, AmazingCosmetics is now available in Sephora and Ulta stores across the U.S.A.

In our research, we found AmazingCosmetics's chief weakness to be its price point, despite some very good products. Most of their product formulas, while good, are available in other products from less expensive brands, which often have better options, so there’s little reason to splurge here. Still, there are several products that are worth sampling for their unique qualities, including the inaugural AmazingConcealer and the offshoot of this perennial favorite, the Velvet Mineral Liquid Foundation SPF 15. Beyond those two, you can safely gloss over the rest of this brand’s offerings, unless you don’t mind paying extra for equally good products you can find elsewhere for less.

For more information about AmazingCosmetics, call (847) 680-5247 or visit www.amazingcosmetics.com.

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