Product Review: Clinique Blended Face Powder and Brush in Invisible Blend

Clinique Blended Face Powder and Brush, 1.2oz/35g, US$22/CAD$27
Clinique Blended Face Powder and Brush, 1.2oz/35g, US$22/CAD$27

We landed on the moon, built rocket ships, the Great Wall. But for some strange reasons, the perfect, true translucent loose powder is still very hard to find. Does it even exist? Anyway, this is another loose powder I purchased, hoping this to be the one.

Most of the ‘translucent’, ‘colorless’ loose powders I have tried either looked too pink, too beige or too white, none of which was translucent in the true sense of the word. Even the closest one (belongs to Koh Gen Do) still imparts a somewhat white cast on my face. I did a lot of research and found Clinique Blended Face Powder to be among the best reviewed, and at the über affordable price at CAD$27.00 (US$22.00) for a whopping 35g (an amount for loose powder largely unheard of), it can’t go wrong. Or can it?

Well, there were a number of reviewers that noted the invisible blend shade, which was supposed to be invisible, wasn’t so invisible after all. It gave them an ashen pallor, which is, in my opinion, worse than looking slightly too white. And unfortunately, I fell into this group, with this particular shade making me look darker, sallow and pallid, none of which was flattering at all.

Clinique Blended Face Powder in Invisible Blend
Clinique Blended Face Powder in Invisible Blend

The powder itself is finely milled, but it doesn’t quite control sebum as much as I had hoped, though I don’t even have oily skin. It fails to set makeup. If I wore a foundation, it would smear with or without this powder. Most of the time I wear a primer and top it off with this powder, and in an hour or so I start to look darker than I started out, and I need to blot my skin throughout the day.

I never bother with brushes that come with the makeup, and the retractable swivel brush that came with this powder is no exception. It is a useless brush, too small and tapered for it to be useful for applying loose powder.

Overall, despite the ample amount of powder you are getting for relatively little money, I cannot wait to use it all up because I want to get a better powder next time. I don’t think I will repurchase this in another shade – there are plenty of powders on the market and I much prefer to return to Koh Gen Do – I don’t really recommend this unless you have a darker skin tone. For reference, I am NC15 (MAC) or the lightest Beige Ochre shade in Japanese foundations and the invisible blend shade looks much too dark on me.

Ingredients:

TALC, SILICA, KAOLIN, MAGNESIUM CARBONATE, HDI/PPG/POLYCAPROLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, SQUALANE, ZINC STEARATE, SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLSILANE, PHENOXYETHANOL, +/- IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), MICA, FERRIC FERROCYANIDE, CARMINE (CII 75470), BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007)

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