Tested on animals:No
Sometimes, a brand has to go back the drawing board. Case in point: The original RESIST Flawless Finish Pressed Powder was a mixed bag—some shades could be a bit of a challenge to pick up with a brush, making it a tricky product to use. So, Paula's Choice has reformulated the powder, and we're happy to report the results are exceptional. Now a superfine, sheer-to-light coverage formula, this is a very good choice for those seeking a finishing powder that can be reapplied (without looking cakey or "heavy" on skin) throughout the day.
Like most pressed powders, this is well suited to those with combination to oily skin types (including the acne prone). It lacks emollients or shimmer, so it won't emphasize shiny areas, but these qualities also make it less than ideal for those with dry to very dry skin. It is fragrance free, so those with sensitive skin can certainly consider this an option.
Housed in a hard plastic mirrored compact, the RESIST Flawless Finish Pressed Powder also includes a fan-shaped brush. Though the brush (which is stored in the bottom of the compact) is made of synthetic hair, it is quite soft and is ideal for touch-ups.
The formula works well to dull shine or set your makeup—and unlike the previous version, this applies like a dream, blending easily across skin. Its sheer finish helps blur minor skin discolorations, and this manages to retain its natural appearance even after repeated applications. Paula's Choice claims this won't "magnify fine lines" or wrinkles, which we found to be accurate due to the powder's finely-milled texture. Of course, over application will emphasize wrinkled areas, but that's true of any powder!
The shade range is decent—the four shades available are neutral, offering options to suit those with very fair to medium skin tones. Due to the powder's sheer coverage, we found the shades to be more forgiving in terms of making a color match. However, those with deeper skin tones won't find an option among the range.
RESIST Flawless Finish Pressed Powder earned our top rating for its surprisingly fine texture, natural appearance and ultra-light feel on skin. We were also impressed that its accompanying brush is of far better quality than what is usually expected with such products. At its price point (under $20!) we would consider it a beauty bargain, too. This is "new and improved" done right.
- Superfine texture lends natural appearance to skin.
- Avoids looking heavy or cakey on skin, even after reapplication.
- Sheer to light coverage helps blur imperfections.
- Fragrance free.
- Four shades feels a bit limiting, though they are workable on a range of skin tones.