Saturday, 24 September 2016

Why I'm (Mostly) Done With Loose Powder

Loose powder, we're through.

I started out by working with you. I got into indies in 2012, and back then, there were almost no pressed indie powders. So I accepted loose powders into my life. I taught myself to wrangle with the different kinds that I bought - eyeshadow, blush, highlighter, contour powder, various translucent face powders. I worked with sifters and avoiding spilling powder all over the place. I tried to figure out the best way to travel with you, again avoiding powder explosions in my bag. But now, I'm done.

Loose powders are messy. They don't lend themselves to quick application. It's way too easy to pick up too much with a brush. Indies are all about crazy pigmentation, which is good if that's your preferred aesthetic, but I do not like ridiculous amounts of pigment. I prefer a more muted aesthetic. And pressed pans have started to make their way into the indie world so I'm not stuck with little jars of sparkly powder. Plus, you know, I don't even wear eye shadow anymore.

I fired almost all of my loose blushes and the remainder of my loose shadows into my destash pile the other night. I'm going to continue using loose face powder and my loose contour, because it's one of a few indies that made an easy to blend, not overly pigmented colour face product - thanks, Pumpkin & Poppy! (And I remember that I've never really reviewed it.)

But I'm embracing my laziness and desire to be as efficient as possible. So good-bye, loose colour cosmetics. We had a good run. 

6 comments:

  1. And this is why I've never been tempted to get into indie eyeshadows or blushes. I know very well that I'm lazy and no matter how pretty the makeup, I won't reach for it if it's not easy to apply. Though maybe I should be more open to indies if pressed powders are becoming common!

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    1. I've gotten more lazy as my makeup journey has progressed. Indie blushes are a lot easier to work with now - a lot of brands used to make the most pigmented, hard to blend loose blushes - but still. It's not something I want to deal with anymore. I've still got a few loose blushes in my drawer for now, but I'll probably end up pressing these ones myself.

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  2. I'm still quite new to indie make-up game so I don't mind loose powders too much. I try to be as careful as possible so I don't spill the powder everywhere but I see your point. Loose eyeshadows, blushes etc. aren't as efficient as their pressed counterparts.

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    1. Exactly. And now I value efficiency more than I did, which I think is a huge part of it.

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  3. I feel exactly the same way! I got super deep into indies a few years ago, before most (if any) brands were coming out with pressed products. I accepted the messiness and high maintenance aspects of loose powders through most of undergrad, but... I'm so over it now. I'm lazy. I accept this fact about me. My future will also be many years of shift work and terrible hours. I've yet to take the plunge like you have, but I've also been strongly considering straight up destashing most if not all of my loose indies because I simply will never use them. (People always suggest pressing, but getting the materials to Canada is annoying and expensive.)

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    1. It really is a pain to get pressing materials here. The only reason I'm even considering it is because I bought a 100 pack of pans and had a friend ship them to me from the US. I'm still really split on pressing my favourite loose blushes. I might just keep them loose for now and if I don't touch them, get rid of them.

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