That a good face powder doesn’t have to cost much was already proven by the Catrice Nude Illusion Loose powder. But since loose powders can be quite messy, I prefer a pressed version. After hearing loads of good stuff about this waterproof powder by Catrice, I decided to give it a go. Will it mattify my make up and make it last?
At just under 5 euros, at €4.99 this powder is of course an absolute steal. So the price point is definitely an advantage. It is cheaper than the Bourjois Healthy Balance powder but should work as good as many high end brands. With Too Faced’s Primed and Poreless powder as one of my favorites, it will be a tough one to beat.
The packaging is pretty basic. It’s just a thin, plastic compact with a good sized mirror in the lid. There is no brush or other tools, which keeps the packaging very travel friendly and easy to store. The name is printed on in a shiny silver print and it contains 9 grams of product. That is as much as the Bourjois and one gram less than the Too Faced powder.
But what is the Catrice Waterproof powder? It is a pressed face powder that claims to be translucent. It should feel silky and mattify your makeup. The result should be a flawless looking makeup that can withstand humidity.
I have tried other Catrice face powders in the past, but didn’t like them as much as this one. What makes this a great product is how finely milled this is. The only downside that brings about is the fact you will go through this quite quickly. I have only been using this full on since April and I’ve already hit major pan. I think I’ll use it up before the end of June.
The shade name suggests this is a transparent powder and it is. Where other drugstore powders I tried still have some color to it, despite it being named transparent, this one truly is. It is a very white powder though, so if you are darker skinned, you may want to be careful with how much you apply. I feel it does leave some white cast, but against my pale skin, that is hardly noticeable.
Here you can clearly see what this powder does for my makeup. It looks quite powdery at first, but I like taking a tapered face brush and dust away any excess. The result is a very smooth looking face. This powder does not emphasize any dry patches and it does a decent job of controlling oil.
I do not have very oily skin, but this powder doesn’t last all day on me. Especially in my t-zone, this powder will start wearing down. After a full day of 12 hours, there is definitely some shine, but I think this lasts for a good 4 – 5 hours before it does.
The Catrice Prime and Fine Mattifying Powder Waterproof is definitely a product I will be repurchasing. I still have some other powders to try, but this is a great affordable option that just gets the job done. I will definitely keep it around for a drugstore option.
What affordable face powder is your favorite?