Formulated without parabens and talc, TheBalm's new Photobalm powder foundation is said to offer buildable coverage and is ideal for all skin types. This foundation comes in 8 shades and will be launching later this month!
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The Photobalm powder foundation is available in 8 shades, I have the 4 lightest shades to show you.
Lighter Than Light has neutral undertones and is similar to N10.
Light is the equivalent of NW15, it has neutral-cool undertones.
Light/Medium is slightly lighter than N25, this color has neutral-cool undertones.
Medium is similar to N25, it has neutral-warm undertones.
There isn't a huge difference between Light/Medium and Medium, but Medium is slightly darker and warmer. I know that all the shades look similar on my skin, but I swear there's a difference between each shade!
Powder foundations aren't the best choice for those with dry skin, and this one is no exception despite the fact that it's supposed to be suitable for all skin types. I wore this foundation for 4 days in a row and it made my skin feel a bit tight on the fourth day.
For your information, my skin is super oily but a bit dehydrated in the colder months.
It's a light coverage, but you can build it up to medium. The formula is easy to blend and you can apply more product where you need more coverage. (Scroll down to see my before and after!)
The lasting power is impressive, it doesn't settle into my smile lines and it keeps my skin shine free for about 5 hours!
It doesn't separate either, even without a primer and setting spray.
The finish is super matte though, and powder foundations tend to accentuate dry patches. I almost always fix my makeup with a setting spray, and it's particularly important with a powder foundation!
Can you see the difference with the setting spray? (I used Skindinavia, by the way)
To be honest I think this foundation doesn't look good on its own, but I love it with a light mist of setting spray. It looks like my skin but better!
TheBalm's Photobalm foundation doesn't claim to be mattifying, but I've never tested a powder foundation with such great mattifying properties! Other powder foundations (like MAC Studio Fix Powder) aren't even half as good as this one for controlling the oils.
I will stop using it for now because my skin is too dehydrated for a powder foundation, but it sure will come handy next summer!
The TheBalm Photobalm Powder Foundation retail for $26 US for 9g and is available at Look Fantastic.
(I received these products in order to evaluate them and give my opinion, but rest assured that my comments are always honest and impartial.)