I received such amazing feedback from my friend Jolandi’s previous guest review on a foundation suited for readers with oily and sensitive skin, that we decided to introduce products that work for her or that she tested on a more regular basis. Unlike me with dry/dehydrated skin, Jolandi has oily and very sensitive skin and her opinion and experiences with products enhance the scope of reviews I am currently able to do on the blog. So without further ado, here is another guest review by Jolandi on the Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder:
I achieved great results with Clinique’s Stay-Matte Foundation (click here if you missed the review) and was therefor keen to try the Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder. I was specifically looking for a powder to set my foundation in the hopes of achieving an even longer matte look throughout the day. I have read online reviews where some use the Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder on its own without foundation, but with my skin, a powder will definitely not provide enough coverage. With that said, my opinion below is thus based on the product as a way of setting foundation and not as product to be used on its own in lieu of foundation. So, here’s what I thought.
Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder
Packaging: I think the Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder’s packaging is just so classy with the green marbling effect and their branding embossed in silver on the flip top cap. The compact has a very handy built-in mirror and a sponge applicator that is re-washable. I’ve read that some would have liked an extra compartment for keeping the sponge separate rather than just placing the used sponge back on the product, but this does not really bother me as I never use the complimentary sponge anyway.
Formula: The powder is finely milled and allows for just enough product to come loose with each application. I use a kabuki brush for application and the product doesn’t seem chalky or to break loose like some other pressed powders.
Coverage: Based on reviews, there are people who use the Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder on its own as the light coverage is all they really need. This is unfortunately not true for me. I have been using this powder as a means to set my makeup at the beginning of the day and I have noticed a significant difference in the wear of my makeup because of it. According to their website this powder provides light to medium coverage when used on its own.
Finish: The finish and feel of the Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder are lovely as well. The product settles really well and it leaves my skin feeling smooth, soft to the touch and not cakey at all. I can confidently use blush and a highlighter afterwards to get a glowy sheen in all the right places. The best part though is not having to worry about oiling up way too soon.
Wear: As mentioned before, I have been using this powder mainly to set my makeup at the beginning of the day and cannot really comment on the wear when used on its own as a means of coverage. With that said, I usually need to touch-up about four hours after the first application. I then apply a thin layer of the powder with a small powder brush that I carry around with me. This keeps me matte and oil-free for the rest of the day. Compared to not using any powder to set my make-up, my skin is often oily within an hour or two after applying my foundation. So using this powder really does make a huge difference in terms of how my skin feels (and looks) when using this powder.
Suitable Skintypes: According to the website the Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder is suitable for dry-combination, oily and very oily skin types.
Price: €33.50/R395 for the invisible matte shade and R475 for the rest of the shades.
Shade Range: There are 11 shades in the range including a translucent shade. Click here to view the shade range.
What did I think? I really loved the non-cakey look and feel of this product on my skin. I was super impressed with how long my skin stayed matte before having to re-apply to freshen up. As I have extremely oily skin and battle to find products that suit my skin type while giving me a shine-free look, I was a little disappointed to have noticed some clogged pores over the last few weeks. I think the current hot and humid conditions we have experienced in Europe over the past couple of weeks might be contributing to these breakouts as well. I do have to stress that I have an unusual combination of skin concerns: oily, prone to redness and sensitive skin, so it’s not that uncommon for me to have some breakouts even after using products specifically formulated for the most sensitive skins. So, it shouldn’t be an immediate cause for concern just yet as there are other factors to rule out in terms of the breakouts.
Will I buy this product again? I will most likely continue to look for that one perfect finishing powder, but in the meantime, I am more than happy to continue using the Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder.