Friday, June 10, 2016

Innisfree No Sebum Powder Review

This review is long overdue and I finally got around to finishing it. I've heard almost every K-blogger or Asian blogger rave about the Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder, and since I was looking for a loose, more mattifying alternative to my NARS Translucent Crystal Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (which still hasn't run out, btw), this was definitely a must-try.



For those who aren't familiar with the brand, Innisfree is one of the many Korean roadshop cosmetic brands that is eco-friendly (their packaging is recycled and printed using soy ink), uses natural ingredients, but is still very affordable. My experience with the brand has been pretty good, though none of what I've purchased have attained the 'Holy Grail' status. 

For reference, I have combination to oily skin that is fairly red (not rosy unfortunately), averaged-sized pores, and around NC25-30. 

Packaging

Getting right down to it, the powder is housed in a small, light green plastic container with another plastic inside holding the powder down. It does come with a puff, though I've never used it. I find that it just collects product more than anything else. The holed plastic inside is sealed upon purchase, and I'd recommend opening it halfway so as to gain more control in dispensing the powder. 

Though loose powder is less than ideal for taking around for touch-ups, I do find that the lid closes tightly enough so as not to cause a powder spill in your bag. 


Consistency

The powder is silky in feel and disappears into my skin when I swatch it on my hand. On my face however, I find that it can make my complexion look quite flat, even when I apply this with a damp sponge. I do notice the mattifying effect, but it sacrifices dimension to the face as a result. I also find that it emphasizes my pores greatly. It also is very detectable when used under the eyes, and highlights any lines and bumps in that area. 

I would say the powder smells fairly medicinal. I'm not irritated by the scent but if you're someone who is sensitive to any form of fragrance, keep this in mind.

Left - unblended power | Right - blended


Lasting Power

The disappointment continues here, I'm afraid! I find that this powder can only keep my skin matte for around 2 hours, even less when I'm not in an air-conditioned room. It's quite disappointing considering that the long-lasting mattifying effect is the primary claim of this product. 

I found that reapplication isn't ideal either as building the product (no matter what tool I use) leads to a very flat complexion with emphasized pores even more than it did upon first application, especially on the nose and cheeks. 

Price and Availability

Alex kindly purchased this for me in Hong Kong for around 98 HKD. I remember paying around 350 PHP for it, which isn't too bad for the amount. Sadly, Innisfree still isn't available in the Philippines, so you will have to rely on online shops (make sure they're authentic!) and family and friends travelling to Korea, Hong Kong, or Singapore to get your hands on this. 

Summary:
(+) No nonsense packaging      
(+) Affordable                         
(+) No breakouts                      
(-) Lightly scented; may cause allergies
(-) Dismal lasting power
(-) Flat complexion
(-) Emphasizes pores
(-) Not finely milled
(-) Not available in the Philippines

Maybe it was wrong for me to expect too much, but the hype around this is definitely misleading as it made it seem like the perfect powder at such a good price! While I am disappointed, I don't feel too bummed considering it was cheap. I wouldn't recommend it however, if you've been spoilt for choice with finely milled powders.

What about you - have you tried this cult classic? What are your thoughts? 

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