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Yellow, not sallow! Bobbi Brown Pale Yellow pressed powder

Guys, I have not lost my mind . . .

You’re would be right to think that I have lost my marbles because I am a chocolate girl and I’m proud of my dark skin and, yes, I did buy a powder in the shade Pale Yellow!

The shade: Bobbi Brown Pale yellow sheer pressed powder
The shade: Bobbi Brown Pale yellow sheer pressed powder

Why? Two reasons,

It’s one of my favourite powders to set my concealer. We all know how concealers like to slip and slide if they are not set with powder.

Secondly, the pale yellow colour disappears into my skin and gives my face a bright, fresh, albeit a matte finish. Why? The yellow neutralizes any redness or discoloration on my skin and evens out my skin tone when used as a finishing powder.

Swatched:  The Bobbi Brown sheer finish pressed powder
Swatched: The Bobbi Brown sheer finish pressed powder

This guy comes in a sleek, square compact and the mirror is large, so you don’t have to push the mirror really far forward if you want to catch a glimpse of your gorgeous face. This compact will fit easily into your handbag, I’m just a bit afraid of the sharp corners of the compact, but I can live with that because it doubles up as a weapon . . . much like the stiletto heel, modeled after the stiletto knife . . . adds new meaning when someone says to you “ I need those gorgeous killer heels in my life” Lol


Bobbi Brown sheer finish pressed powder come in a solid, sturdy sleek black compact with sharp corners . .  beware!
Bobbi Brown sheer finish pressed powder come in a solid, sturdy sleek black compact with sharp corners . . beware!

The compact comes with a puff that has a velvety upper side. I always bin those . . . I prefer using other puffs like my Estee Lauder fluffy powder puff and then dust it all off with a large fluffy brush. If you swirl a dense brush over this compact, it can easily break apart and there’s nothing worse or messy than a broken compact. Note to self: Buy the Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder. the next time.

Truth is, I bought this powder because I thought it was going to be a dupe for the Ben Nye Banana powder. And no, it isn’t. It’s far to sheer and less pigmented than the Ben Nye Banana Powder

This powder will even out your skin tone but offers no coverage. So if you camouflage and conceal, paint over imperfections and what-what, this will do nothing for you. For those with oily skin, though, it will leave you shine free for about 8 hours because it’s an oil-free, oil absorbing powder.

Amazingly, it didn’t oxidise on me. Either this product is super clever or my Skin Medica AHA/BHA cream is not doing its job!

Where to buy: Bobbi Brown counters across the country

Price: R450

Dupes: Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Pressed Powder (R455)

MAC Prep and Prime Colour Correcting pressed powder in Neutralize (R415)

If you know of any cheaper dupes for this, let me know.

Hope you enyoed this review!
















Posted by Beauty Bugle / in BLOG, Product Reviews

Heavenly Smashbox Halo Hydrating Powder

I am convinced. Smashbox has some help from Heaven! The Smashbox Halo Hydrating Powder is an ethereal product. I wonder if angels wear it?

The silky powder needs a halo!!! It truly creates a prefect canvas worn alone with a primer or dusted lightly over foundation as a finishing powder. I can be built up to sheer, medium to full coverage.

I got the shade in light/medium for my tan skin. These colours do run dark so I got a shade lighter for my tan skin.
Well it works!!!!

The powder comes in a compact with a mirror but the brilliance is in its twist mechanism, which allows you to get finely milled freshly, ground powder. This also allows you to control the amount of product you need so you don’t end up wasting the product or making a solid mess.


The texture of this product is silky and satiny and goes on smoothly.  It does not look chalky and highly pigmented powder.


Due to its hydrating properties, it does tend to oxides but as I mentioned before, try it out first and give it a few hours to settle – and if the colour changes, get a shade lighter.


It’s perfect for all skin types and doesn’t cling to dry patches. It creates the illusion of minimized pores and fine lines because it doesn’t settle into creases, lines and pores. As far as the long term benefits of reducing the signs of ageing go, I can’t say.

unlike MAC’s Magically Cool Liquid powder, it isn’t shimmery and does photograph well, it does have the same soft texture you would expect from a hydrating powder.


It comes with a cute, mini kabuki brush, which I don’t use; the bristles are a bit too stiff for my liking. I prefer using a soft dense kabuki for fuller coverage on its own.  I use a large fluffy brush to set foundation.


While it is a bit bulking to carry in your clutch, it will fit comfortably into your handbag. You will need to touch up during the day, but it wears well for at least 6 hours.

Apart from the oxidization and the price, I would definitely recommend this. It’s worth every cent spent and considering the amount of product you get and need to use, it’s really good bang for your buck.

Here are a few pics I’ve taken.

looks and tutorials to follow . . . so watch this space . . .


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