Friday 23 March 2018

Three best...mattifyng pressed powders

Backstage at DKNY.
Backstage at DKNY.
From left: MAC mineralize skinfinish in natural, Bobbi Brown sheer finish pressed powder and Rimmel stay matte pressed powder.
Catrice eyebrow filler perfecting and shaping gel and Lait-Creme Concentre.

Andrea Byrne

Mineralize SkinFinish in Natural, €28.50 MAC, available in Brown Thomas Dublin

This has been my holy grail pressed powder for the past two years, and it's probably the most-used product in my make-up bag. Why? Well, I've an incredibly oily T-zone and this leaves a soft-focus, matte finish to my skin, without being too powdery or cakey.

Sheer Finish Pressed Powder, €34 Bobbi Brown, available in department stores nationwide

Feels light and comfortable on the skin and yet is super at keeping shine at bay for at least five hours. However, the accompanying powder puff is useless, so instead apply loosely with a soft powder brush for a more even finish.

Stay Matte Pressed Powder, €5.95 Rimmel, available nationwide

As good, if not better, than most of the high-end offerings, this keeps make-up fresh and shine-free without clogging pores. Now, the packaging certainly won't blow you away – but at that price, do you care?

*product of the week

Lait-Creme Concentre, €13 for 30ml Embryolisse, available from Chameleon Salon, 23 Fairs Street, Drogheda, Co Louth, Tel: 041 984 4522

It is by no means a newbie, but it's one that every woman of every age should know about. A cult product among French women, it works wonders as an intense moisturiser, a pore refiner and a skin primer.

*star buy

Eyebrow Filler Perfecting & Shaping Gel, €3.99 Catrice, available in selected pharmacies and department stores nationwide

Even my product-snob friend couldn't believe how good this was at taming brows and filling in unsightly gaps. It works on all shapes and shades of brows.

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