If you keep up with my Facebook page, you know I've recently become a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. I was hesitant to post about becoming a consultant, because I didn't want to lose the small online following I have. To combat this, I decided to continue posting my regular content in addition to Mary Kay related posts. As a way of meshing the two, I thought it would be interesting to do comparisons of similar products from three different brands: Mary Kay, a drugstore version, and a "high-end" brand. As the title suggests, this post is about translucent setting powder, so if you're interested in my beauty breakdown, please keep reading!
Loose powder of any shade is used to set foundation and reduce shine by creating a matte finish. Translucent powder is frequently used to set the undereye area and prevent creasing using a technique referred to as "baking".
High End: Makeup Forever makes an HD translucent powder that is very well known within the beauty community. However, if you're planning on taking flash photography, this is a product to be avoided because of its reflective quality. This product is available in two sizes: 8.5g or 4g. The larger size retails for $36 and the smaller size is $20. This equates to $4.25/g for the larger size, or $5/g from the smaller.
Mary Kay: This translucent powder is retails for $16, and is often bundled with blotting papers for $22. With 11g of product, it's roughly $1.45 per gram.
Drug store: e.l.f. sells an HD translucent powder which some people in the beauty community use as a dupe for the Makeup Forever version. This contains 8g of product and sells for $6 which comes out to be $0.75/g.
By strictly looking at the numbers, you might think e.l.f is the best deal, while Makeup Forever has the best quality. However, price and quality don't always directly correlate. I've used both e.l.f. and Makeup Forever's translucent powders a handful of times, and was never really impressed with either of them. While I have sampled the Mary Kay version, I never tested it in full, but I have met a young woman who has very oily complexion and swears by it. To put prices into perspective, e.l.f. is only $0.70 per gram cheaper than Mary Kay. However, Makeup Forever ranges from $2.80 to $3.55 per gram more than Mary Kay.
Thanks for reading my beauty breakdown! Everyone's skin is different, so there is no "perfect" product, and higher pricing doesn't always guarantee a better product either. If you've tried any of the above products, please let me know how you liked them in a comment below, to help others make an educated purchase! This page is dedicated to finding the best quality at the most reasonable price, so your input is appreciated by all!
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