Blended Face Powder & Brush
Last Updated:08.26.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Blended Face Powder and Brush is one of the best talc-based loose powders available, and is available in an attractive array of colors. This has a light, supple finish that clings well without caking and doesn't look dry or dull skin's natural glow.

Of the shades, use caution with Transparency 2 (pale pink but goes on sheer) and Transparency Bronze (nice color, but too shiny, though it's an option for evening sparkle). The finish this powder leaves is best for normal to dry skin.

The Invisible Blend shade goes on translucent but not too white, so it is indeed suitable for most skin tones looking for a powder that tempers shine without adding color. One more point: Toss the brush; it doesn't apply powder well, feels scratchy, and sheds too much.


Talc, Zinc Stearate, Magnesium Carbonate, Kaolin, Squalane, Isopropyl Myristate, Trisodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Ultramarines, Manganese Violet, Carmine, Ferric Ferrocyanide

Brand Overview

Clinique At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.

Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.

That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com

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I don't wear make up (sometimes just a BB cream), so this lovely light powder gives my face a smooth, soft finish. I'm quite fair, and the #3 shade is a good match for my skin tone. You will need a nicer brush than the one that comes with.

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Kelly M.
The loose powder is the best

Please do not shy away from the Invisible Blend #20, I'm African American with dark skin and this powder is wonderful. it does not leave a milky finish or white sheen. This powder is completely natural looking. I use it to set my make-up in the morning and that's it however during the Texas summer I need another application. The loose powder will last you a year or more. Here's tip when opening the loose powder shaker jar leave half of the silver cover over the holes for better control flow

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Great Value

This is a lovely loose powder that goes on very sheer and sets makeup beautifully. It's suitable for all skin types. You get a generous 35g of powder, which lasts a LONG TIME!! The most neutral shades are Transparency Neutral and Invisible Blend. Note: The Invisible Blend shade contains both Talc and Silica. The silica gives this powder a silkier feeling. The remaining shades do not contain Silica. Test before you buy.

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