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Now, I have heard numerous success stories about this product, and after months of contemplation I decided to purchase it. I purchased the travel size to get a good feel of it, experiment with it with different foundations, and so on.
When I dipped my finger in the powder and rubbed it on my hand, I was impressed with the smooth and satin finish it gave me. I was eager to try it. I have dusted it on top of Maybelline 24hr foundation, Maybelline Mineral Power liquid foundation, and Aveenos Positively Radiant tinted moisturizer (all with Smashbox Photo Finish Primer under) and it 1) gave my face the completed, flawless coverage without being too cakey or powdery, 2) made my skin feel baby smooth, and 3) absorbed oil and kept my face looking fresh and flawless all day.
One thing about this product is that its only ingredient is Silica. Theres a lot of controversy circulating the beauty community about silica in cosmetics. Let me break it down:
Silica is an abundant mineral found in the earth. It goes through processes to be turned into the finely milled silica powder. People are concerned that breathing in the silica powder or silica based mineral makeup causes lung diseases. Heres the truth- miners who mine the crystalline silica are more impacted with such diseases by breathing it in. The silica used in cosmetics has a different chemical form than the raw, crystalline silica. Silica microspheres, the silica powder used in cosmetics has undergone numerous processes to be finely milled rid of chemicals that can line the walls of the lungs and cause irritation. So, breathing in your mineral makeup is not dangerous.
Silica has beneficial purposes for the body and the skin. In cosmetic use, it naturally absorbs oil and glides on the face for a finished look. But, because of its light reflecting properties, it eliminates the look of fine lines and wrinkles and adds a glow to the skin.
Silica is often used an ingredient in most mineral makeup, but Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder contains 100% silica, which in my opinion, makes it the best finishing powder on the market. It delivers what no other translucent powder or finishing veil has ever done before. My skin honestly looks and feels flawless after applying this, and my makeup lasts all day with no touch ups. Like I said, I purchased the travel size just to get a feel of it. The full size can be purchased at Sephora stores or on Sephoras website for $30.