Total Perfection Mineral Powder

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Makeup > Powders > Mineral Powder
Last Updated:
11/9/2010
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Mineral makeup is everywhere these days, so why shouldn’t Canada-based Quo get in on the action? Mineral makeup isn’t anything special, but leave it to the world of cosmetics to take something ordinary and make it sound miraculous.

Quo’s contribution is a loose-powder foundation packaged in a tiny jar with a sponge applicator affixed. You tap the sponge against your skin to dispense the powder (there’s no seal to remove before first use), and the result is quite good. Many mineral foundations can look heavy and dry, but this one has a silky, lightweight texture that provides sheer to light coverage and has a predominantly matte finish. We say “predominantly” because the more of this powder you apply, the shinier it gets. Those whose skin requires more coverage will have to be OK with a finish that feels matte, but looks shiny, although it isn’t a sparkling, glittery shine. The stores we visited offered only two shades of this foundation, and additional information wasn’t available from the company. That said, the couple of shades you’re likely to come across are best for light to medium skin tones.

Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides

This relatively small but comprehensive makeup line is sold exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada, and is one of their star performers among a backdrop of other name-brand drugstore product lines. The impetus behind this simple but elegantly packaged line was the need to bring makeup artist–quality cosmetics into a mainstream drugstore. As heroic a claim as that may be, the truth is that there have always been superior makeup formulations at the drugstorein fact, some of those products have set the standards that the rest of the industry tries to keep up with.

Despite their unconvincing excuse for launching yet another cosmetics line, many of Quo's products have velvety, smooth textures, even application, and a pleasing mix of classic and contemporary shades, including neutral-toned foundations. As was the case when we reviewed this line a few years ago, the standout products are the powder eyeshadows and the makeup brushes; however, the lipsticks and lip liners are also worth your attention. A significant improvement from my last visit is that now the Quo displays feature testers for every product, and the staff at Shoppers Drug Mart encourages you to use them! We wish more drugstore cosmetic lines would incorporate this feature, but for now, this is another area where Quo really stands out, and it deserves serious consideration by Canadian residents and visitors alike.

Of course, not everything Quo offers is remarkable and, if anything, their expanded roster of products seems more gimmicky than innovative, although some of the newer items are outstanding and, given the new testers, now you can try before you buy. The concealer category is the weakest, followed by the powders, which, with one exception, aren't keeping pace with advances in this area, especially compared with the preferred options from L'Oreal and Revlon (often sold right next to Quo). 

For more information about Quo Cosmetics, visit www.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

Note: All prices for Quo Cosmetics products are in Canadian dollars.

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