Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Review:Stila Finishing powder

yes, this has been long over-due as I promised I would do a review on it awhile back and got a request for it so here it goes: :)

I got the gold finishing powder which is said to be a light golden champagne sheen.
As said on the site, Stila's finishing powder "Keeps your skin looking radiant with these velvety, light-reflecting powders. and is a "Luminous shimmer powder for the face."
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true, it does illuminate your face and is a gorgeous light goddessy gold but honestly I wouldn't use it to set my make-up-at least not all over my face. Because it has tiny flecks of gold/shimmer in it,I wouldn't reccomend putting this all over your face because its too shimmery to put all over the face and won't look natural. Although its not super shimmery like MAC's mineralize skin finishes (I don't think anything will be that shimmery!) it still does have shimmer flecks in it. Don't get me wrong, because I do love this product and use it everyday-but not to set my make-up. I use it as a highlight right above my cheekbones and it works perfectly. It gives me a really nice glow and can be used at anytime of the day whether youre getting ready for work,school,or even a night out!

but if you're looking for a good setting powder, I definitely reccommend getting a MATTE one. I am using NARS loose setting powder and let me just say that I looove it! I use it every single day to set my foundation/tinted moisturizer. And in this care the saying really is true about "A little goes a long way" you just need the tiniest amount to set your make up. I love using the fan brush to do this. I tap some of the powder into the cap and I dab my fan brush into it and tap the excess off and just lightly go all over my face and it sets beautifully! Its a black squared box and has ALOTTT of product in it. I bought this more than 10 months ago and I still have so much and looks like I barely touched it but I use it everyday.

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So if you are contemplating on getting the Stila finishing powder to set your foundation, then I don't reccommend getting it because I think you will be unnsatisfied. but DO try out the NARS setting powder :) because Stila's retails for $32 and for 2$ more you can get the NARS one for only $34!

hope this review helped you all :)



  1. i've got the stila illuminating finishing powder in bronze and just ordered it in gold last week and now after reading this review i want the NARS setting powder! AHHHHH burning a big hole in my pocket :( hahaha

  2. thanks for the review :)
    yeh.. I would rather get a matte setting powder..
    at least this works great for highlighting your face :)
    I might want to try the NARS setting powder :) I see a lot of people like this :)

  3. Thanks so much for doing the review! I really had my heart set on buying this powder as a setting powder but now I'm not too suure. It might be a bit overkill on top of my Illuminating foundation :(.

  4. A lot of 'finishing' powders are really shimmery these days hey? The color does look nice though!