I read about Benefit Cosmetics launching Thrrrob face powder some time in January. I finally got to see this face powder in person yesterday at the Benefit Cosmetics counter in Parkson at KLCC.
My verdict is that I did not like Thrrrob at all. I still don’t get the name – why not Benefit Throb?
This is being sold as a face powder not a blush. Honestly, I cannot see anyone wanting to use this powder all over the face because it is sparkly. There is lots of glitter in it and the texture is gritty. So not like Dandelion which is relatively finely milled.
The color of Thrrob in real life is much lighter than what you see in the pictures online. It is a very pale cool pink with glitter and shows up even less than Dandelion. If you found that Dandelion was too light for you, skip Thrrob. Dandelion shows up quite nicely on me as a light pink blush. I can imagine that Thrrob will show up as light pink with sparkles.
I tried swiping the colour with my fingers but it barely showed up on the back of my hand. The sales assistant told me that it was meant to be applied over foundation. To me, that defeats the whole purpose because not everyone likes to apply foundation. I sometimes like to just have loose powder on and a blush and no blush should ever have to be made to be applied over foundation! She also told me that she was wearing it at that moment and I saw that it was a light pink on her medium tone skin. I cannot imagine anyone wearing Thrrrob over their whole face – it would be too pink.
I’m not overly fussed over the cardboard packaging because I own Dandelion and Georgia but somehow, the packaging of Thrrob bugged me. Maybe because its dark, scuffed edges show up more. Either way, I felt it looked cheap.
My advise for anyone lusting after Benefit’s Thrrrob face powder is to check it out in real life. You might like it or you might be like me and hate it. But if you never see it you’ll never know! Thrrrob retails at RM129 in Malaysia and US$28 online.
I was told about the Kanebo Blanchir Whitening Smoothing Conditioner ( Medicated ) when I visited my regular Kanebo salon for my facial. Its not a new product but its new to me and is recommended for oily skin.
The Blanchir Smoothing Conditioner is actually a treatment. It absorbs oil and mattifies the skin and helps to smooth and skin and reduce pore sizes. Its recommended for night use only and is supposed to help the skin control oil production too. It is only to be applied where needed – usually on the forehead and nose or the T-zone.
Does it mattify? Yes it does. It also makes your skin feel super smooth where you apply it. However, I don’t quite know about the pore reduction and I stopped using it after a while.
However, I’ve since discovered a new use for this cream – pimple cream! Seriously, its one of the best pimple creams I’ve ever come across! One tiny dab of this cream on an inflamed pimple and the next day, its either gone or reduced and the redness is gone. I think its to do with how it dries up the skin around it. You don’t end up with flaky skin like what you get with regular pimple creams like clearasil or oxy – just normal smooth skin with no pimples. Awesome!
Used as a pimple cream, it would take forever to finish so price wise its pretty good. However, it’d be too expensive to buy it just to cure pimples.
Pros: Wonderful for curing pimples, mattifies and smoothens skin
I picked up a brochure for the L’oreal True Match Mineral Foundation at the pharmacy just a few days ago. This new commercial mineral powder foundation has just launched here in Malaysia with a promotional price of RM60+ or so. That’s pretty expensive when I know of some really nice mineral foundations from etailers that retail for much less.
However, the brochure was great because there were nice pictures showing how to apply mineral powder foundation. The product is the L’oreal mineral powder foundation but just ignore that and follow the procedure with any mineral foundation and a kabuki brush.
I do use a method similar to this to apply my Lumiere mineral foundation.
I’m not getting the L’oreal mineral foundation though. I tested it in Singapore at the end of last year when they launched and I did not like it. The brush felt stiff and poked my face and the powder was cakey and thick no matter how much I tapped off. I’m no stranger to using mineral powder foundation and I just did not like the texture of L’oreal’s. I’ve read people’s comments saying that it isn’t a true mineral foundation because of its ingredients but I’m no expert on that so I’ll refrain from comment.
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I saw these tubs of Canmake Loose Cheek blush powder in Sasa and I immediately fell in love with them. Which girl can pass up the adorable clear lucite tubs with the cute little puff nestled within? They are like mini tubs of Kanebo T’estimo’s layer loose powder blush.
This is a loose powder blush. From experience, loose powder blushes can be tricky to handle if they are pigmented. This is because just a little dab can leave you with clown cheeks. So, the fact that the Canmake powder blush is sheer has its benefits.
I tested Baby Pink, Rose Pink and Orange. Baby Pink is a very light pink colour with slight shimmer. It hardly shows up on my skin and would only suit the very fair in my view.
Rose Pink is a medium pink shade with gold toned shimmer. This one appeals to me because it is a slightly shimmery peachy shade on my skin. It reminds me of T’estimo’s PK20 loose powder blush which I missed buying and I’m happy to have a cheap option at my disposal. Orange was just orange. It would probably suit those with tanned skin but only made me look bruised and strange.
The loose powder blush comes in a little tub with the softest cutest powder puff you will find in a beauty store. There is a sifter so all you need to do is hold the puff against the sifter and turn the tub over a few times so the colour gets onto the puff. Then tap it against your hand to disperse the colour and only then pat it on your face. It is sheer so it makes for less mistakes and you can layer it on for more intensity. A tub of Canmake loose cheek powder costs RM36.90.
Now who said that cheap was not good?
Pros: Cheap, sheer, cute packaging
Cons: Wears off faster