Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Setting Powder VS Finishing Powder: What Is It?

...sometimes, I'm a bit confused by marketing buzz-words and gimmicky names.  Okay, so I REALLY get lost when companies put out new products with different names, and they do an awesome job of grabbing my attention.  After research, many consider this the same thing - (to-may-toh... to-mah-toh) - and I feel like I have two great examples of my favorites to help distinguish what I think of them:

MUFE HD Microfinishing Powder: This has been a staple for years... and a god send since using Bare Mineral's mineral veil.  It mattified my looks, and added no extra color.  Set my makeup well, and prolonged my foundation's wear without oxidizing and turning my face an orange tint.  It's a translucent silica powder, so no extra color was added, just mattified.

Guerlain's Meteorites in Teint Beige 02: After seeing all the luxurious hype about the infamous "Ballz" on Make Up Alley, I decided to treat myself this holiday season with something new.  "Teint Beige" implies that it has a "beige tint" and there is an irridescence and floral fragrance to this product in which I very much enjoy.  The main difference between this and MUFE's HD powder is that this has a very fine amount of pigment, for which includes color correcting pearls with a slight shimmer.

Where they both are the same: You "finish" your makeup looks with either of these products and they are in powder form.  They also "set" the makeup in place because of their powder properties.

The difference is there!  - Where MUFE's HD powder is supposed to be an "invisible" powder, it definitely "SETS" the makeup.  There is no added purpose for it, thus the reason I consider it a "Setting" powder.  Guerlain's Meteorites however, has color correctors and shimmer for a "glow".  I find that the color correctors and light shimmer in the pearls give that "Glow from within" look ["Yay!" for marketing catch-phrases!] and it can definitely be used as a highlighting powder.  Used as an all over "Finish" to your look with the slight glow it imparts is gorgeous!

The VERDICT? - TIE.  I find that each serves a seperate purpose.  

Guerlain gives that glowy/dewey look without making you look oily throughout the day AFTER you've "finished" your makeup and want to add that extra OOMPF!  [This is why I consider it a "finishing" powder, since it's the last step of adding any color correcting, pigment or highlight properties to your look.]

MUFE HD mattes down your look and "sets" the final look in place once you are done with everything.  What you see is what you get, and applying the "setting" powder will not change the look once applied other than its mattifying properties.

What are your thoughts on this?  Agree/Disagree?  I'd love to see what you have to say!


Erica J said...

thanx for this - i was thinking of doing something like this but instead with all of the face spray's--- i have elf's hd powder and yes it does mattify and i recently ordered a finishing(?) powder (the one with the pigment) and I am hoping it will make my face look glowing- we shall see- i actually was thinking of trying my stila stuff both underneath and over top of my makeup

Soma Seven said...

Definitely drop me a line to let me know how you like the finishing powder you purchased! I did not realize how much I liked this sometimes trivial product, but I feel like my look is not complete until I use one! Glad you enjoyed the post! xoxo

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