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July 23, 2014

Combat the shine: Fashion Fair Oil Control Powder

Ah the great British Weather! The last couple of weeks have been completely boiling in the UK, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees! Now whilst I absolutely love the warmth of the sun dancing across my skin, sadly my makeup does not! And I have been forced to bring out all the big guns for fear of my makeup (on days when I wear it) sliding off my face.

Enter in my current oil control hero in the form of Fashion Fair Oil Control Pressed Powder in Sugar – A bit of a mouthful, but all is forgiven due to its efficiency.

Described as

“A translucent silky, pressed setting powder that is oil – absorbent and eliminates shine”

I love the packaging; its design is sleek and discreet enough to happily touch up on the go, even on the tube!

I decided to try it out during one of the hottest weeks of the year so far and did the test using my normal moisturiser (not oil free) and minus a primer, just to see how it would perform.

The results? It really does what it says on the tin

It mattifies and controls my shine throughout the day without leaving me looking grey or like I’m applying for a role in a Marie Antoinette film.

The powder is very finely milled which allows you to build up lightly to the level of powder that you would like to apply. Saying that though, because it performs so well, it is better to start off with a light hand and build up gradually so you don’t look too flat.

I also found that there is a skill to applying it depending on the look you would like to achieve.

When I applied a light dusting using a fluffy powder brush I found that it was a much lighter finish and not so mattified (is that a word?).  Instead it sits nicely on your foundation if you would still a bit of shine to come through but it still stops you from looking oily.

When applied using the puff that’s included, it provides a much stronger mattifying and oil controlling effect, but minus the grey/white look that can often happen with translucent powders. The first couple of times I tried the puff I struggled to get the balance right of the amount of powder that I was picking up, and did look a little flat but this was easily fixed by spraying a finishing spray on my face.

Final Verdict: It’s ultra fine and is perfect for setting your makeup to combat any shine

The powder is also available in 11 other non-translucent shades to suit a range of skin tones from light to dark, which is something I love about the brand as it caters to a wide range of complexions and tones.

 It retails for £23 and is available from Debenhams

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