Well, it’s not very often that I write a negative review; I’ve been lucky that way! But there’s a first time for everything, and sadly, this mineral powder foundation was the first culprit.
I really wanted to like this powder. I have been dying to try a mineral-based loose foundation powder, so when I ran out of my NYX Stay Matte Not Flat (read that review here) and found the GOSH powder on sale, I thought I’d give it a try.
GOSH is a Danish makeup brand based in Copenhagen and available at Shoppers Drug Mart here in Canada. I haven’t used any of their other products and this experience won’t sour me on trying them, despite being disappointed with the results of the powder. The Mineral Powder is available in three shades and retails for $22, though I got mine for half price (and I am thankful for that). The limited range of colours is the first negative I identified about this powder – the medium was too dark so I went with the lightest shade, which left me looking, quite frankly, like a sickly ghost. Now maybe when my summer tan (what little I had this year, given I slather my face in this sunscreen) fades, the shade won’t be so bad, but I’m not entirely sure if I’ll even try it again in winter.
The packaging was great. It features a siftable top that allows you to determine exactly how much powder comes out, which is a major plus. That said, once I applied the powder to my face (a bit too heavily the first time, I will admit) the consistency on my skin left a lot to be desired. It looked a bit cakey almost immediately (which I don’t normally experience even with my liquid foundation) and my pores, which are always a bit troublesome looked ABSOLUTELY HUGE!!! Like, I am talking craters on my nose and forehead immediately after applying (and that was after I used Benefit’s Porefessional, like always). I was not a happy camper, but there was no time to fix it before work.
I tried again the next two days, with a much lighter hand, and while the result was a bit better, the washed out pallor it created was not a plus. Bronzer couldn’t even fix this mess and I had to cut my face out of Instagram pictures those days because I legitimately looked ill. So that was that – back into the drawer it went.
Now, maybe my skin just really doesn’t like mineral makeup, but holy crap was my oiliness exacerbated by this makeup! I normally am able to keep my combination skin more or less in check, but not with this makeup – it was AWFUL! My entire t-zone became one greasy, cratered mess and it was NOT pretty. And I started to feel a breakout coming on, so while they say mineral makeup is supposed to be great for your skin, I’m not sure that’s the case for me. Sure enough, a day after stopping the powder, my chin was completely broken out.
Needless to say, I will not be recommending this product and hope that this review counters all the glowing ones I read before purchasing (ok, I read two) because I am definitely not a fan of this makeup, especially if you have combination/oily skin and because it doesn’t offer enough range of colour. Those are two major negatives in my books.
Have you tried mineral makeup and if so, what was your experience? Should I stay off the mineral bandwagon or give a higher end product like bareMinerals a shot? Let me know in the comments below.
Enjoy the pretty things in life,