Review: MakeupForever | HD Pressed Powder

Good products usually get an encore, sometimes fantastic beauty products get a reincarnation. This is exactly the case with the Makeup Forever HD Pressed powder, an easy to use and portable version of their ever popular loose HD powder made for those close up moments in real life or on camera.

Brand: Makeup Forever Paris
Product: High Definition Pressed Powder*
Size: 6.2 grams
Availability: Sephora (in stores / online), Makeup Forever Boutiques World Wide
Price: $41 CAD / $36 USD
Would I (re)purchase: Possibly.

Housed in a sleek weighted black compact with a mirrored lid, this HD Microfinish Pressed Powder is formulated to create a soft focus, dimensional, naturally luminous look on the skin. With no talc, oils or added fragrances this universal translucent powder looks surprisingly stark white in the pan.
When it comes to high definition makeup (or any well applied makeup look in general), it’s usually the texture of the product and the way it sits on the skin which really defines its worthiness. Soft and very smooth to the touch, this powder applies like a clear chiffon veil on my face without a trace of the usual powdery residue. Though only 6.2 grams in the pan, I found that only a quick sweep over the T-zone and chin is required to set my makeup and there’s no need to apply liberally. In fact, I would highly recommend a soft natural haired brush in lieu of a puff or sponge as they pick up too much product. 
Once on my skin, it indeed imparts a naturally luminous finish yet without any visible sparkle or shimmer particles in sight. As someone who usually shuns powder for it’s overly matte and slightly cakey tendencies, this one impressed me with how well it sets my base while still allowing the luminous foundations I love to wear get their moment. In fact, if you have combination skin or just love wearing glowy moist foundations then this is the perfect powder companion.

As well this seems to be the first powder I’ve used to truly make a significant, measurable difference in the longevity of my foundation and in fact, I usually only need one touch up during the afternoon if at all. Perhaps it is the blend of specialty silicones but this powder seems to form an invisible layer over my skin so even with a little sweat and oil, they don’t seem to disturb the look of the makeup on top. 

However do note that for those with extremely oily or breakout prone skin, this effect may cause clogged pores thought I haven’t had any issues myself. And although this is marketed as an universal shade for all skintones, I have yet to test this on darker skins for the dreaded white cast effect so do consider this point as well.
Ingredients: Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Isoceteth-10, Caprylyl Glycol, Nylon-12, Aqua (Water), Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate.


When it comes down to the final decision on this powder, I think you need to consider what exactly you are looking for in your powder product. If a sheer look and makeup setting ability is what you desire then this is a fantastic option. If coverage and a strict matte finish is your look then you’ll certainly be disappointed. Personally I do prefer to carry a powder with some coverage for touchups but I do love the truly invisible texture on my skin and it’s ability to control oils without looking heavy or the tell tale sign of powder. 

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