I am a fan of the complexion enhancer. I love shimmer and glimmer. Too Faced has released a new shimmer powder: Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Powder. It is a soft golden ivory shimmer that will warm up pale to medium skins. It comes in a compact with a glam chandelier on it. I love it because I love how Too Faced does shimmer. It retails for $25. TheBalm has released a new shimmer powder: Mary-Lou Manizer. I am not wild for the name being that I think being an “izer” of any type isn’t cool. It’s a beautiful golden ivory shimmer powder that works nicely with light to medium skins. It makes a nice eyeshadow and highlighter for face and body. It comes in a mirrored compact with an under arrest blonde pin-up type gal on it. This retails for $22.

Both powders are very similar. Both are multi-use powders that provide a “soft” shimmer. Too Faced’s contains anti-oxidants. TheBalm’s is talc and paraben free. You can pick them up from Sephora.

I bought this brush over two years ago and it still looks as good as the first day I used it. This has been one great investment. This brush has survived daily use and weekly washes. I love it. It rarely ever sheds. It is dense and the bristles are soft. It is the perfect size and it distributes bronzer perfectly. I typically use it with Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil, NARS Bronzer, and Clarins Bronzer. All of them work so well with this brush. I swipe it on and buff it out. With bronzer,  I apply everything in four big strokes: forehead, both cheek bones, and down the nose. The handle is thick and isn’t too stubby. It’s sturdy. It sells for $25 which isn’t a horrible price, especially for something used daily that is great quality. I keep it clean by washing it weekly with a gentle soap such as my shampoo or face wash. Sometimes I use a hand soap because it is antibacterial. I’m really impressed with how well this brush has held up. I think it should be in everyone’s brush collection.

I love the packaging of Coty Airspun Loose Powder. It is the original packaging and I wish more companies would keep the same look. It gives this product such an adorable retro glamor. It is a cardboard “hatbox” with the cutest powder puffs all over it. The classic burnt orange means that the product has scent and the teal background means that it is fragrance free. Of course, I went for fragrance. The fragrance is a bit old fashioned and I can understand why people would want to go the fragrance free route. I just love the old fashioned scent that is a bit “powdery” and floral and all lady. The container is packed full of loose powder. I have it in a tinted beige shade. The powder will last for a long time. The powder mattifies and really does provide a perfect vintage look. A little of the powder goes a long way. I still like to look “dewey” so I brush on just a little and blot with tissue. It is a wonderful product and I will repurchase. I mean goes for like under $6, looks so cute on a dresser, and does its job. What more could I ask for?

I bought Papier Poudré Face Powder Sheets because I like the packaging. I love the belle regal lady on it and I like that it sells for $3. It isn’t the most amazing product that I have ever used but I do like it. You get what you pay for.

First off it is a bit weird because it is in a “book”. It reminds me of a matchbook or something because the cover is a thicker and like the cardboard of a matchbook. You get 65 sheets per book. Each sheet look like butcher paper with one side dusted with a powder (talc, if that bothers you). The powder is fresh and lightly herbaceous scented. I like the super light fragrance. You pretty much tear the paper out of the book and blot your face with butcher paper/construction paper. It works but so does rubbing your face with a tissue. This is just a bit more glam. I bought Rachel for light skins. I really do not see the powder at all on my skin and I don’t think it really matters. There is White for super pale skins and Rose for medium to dark skins. I still haven’t noticed the powder on my skin and it does not “disturb” my makeup. I blot and do not rub. I’ll probably repurchase being that I live in this humid rainy climate and it does feel nice to have all the grime and oil “sucked” off my face. You can purchase these from beautyhabit.com where they sell one book or a box of 12 books. It is also available at b-glowing.com.

Benefit is known for their catchy, kitschy packaging, names and advertising. Everyone has to admit that is why we gave them a try to begin with. If you still haven’t tried any of Benefit’s products then you should. Not all of their products are great, they can be expensive and hokey. But most of them are nice. For instance, some of those little boxes of powder.

First, the packaging of these are usually cute. Functional, um..no, cute…yes. I have mine on my dresser because I don’t want them to break or get nasty in my makeup bag. If you have put yours in with your other makeup and have traveled, please let me know what happened. I just have a feeling it ended up being shattered…Anyways, most of the powders are lightly scented, very lightly and have a nice texture. They come with huge flat brushes that I rarely use because it deposits too much color in one area. I’ll start my guide with the first box I ever tried.

Dandelion: The Perk-Me-Up Pink Powder– This is a non-chalky pale pink powder with a hint of shimmer and a light floral fragrance. It comes in a cute dandelion puff box. When I bought this back in the day, the sales associate sold it to me like a blush. Yeah, whatever. Not enough color for me, this is sheer stuff. You’d have to have like a gallon of Benetint under it to show up. You could use it as a blush if you were terrified of blush and were scared of having 80’s flashbacks when applying something with pigment. I lightly brush it all over and it adds a little color in a good way. It makes me look alive if I am sallow.

Georgia: A Peach Face Powder That Radiates Sunshine– This one is more my speed because I’ve always wanted an Uma Thurman peaches and cream complexion. It’s a sheer peach powder with a little shimmer and a peach scent. It warms my complexion and I like it better than most bronzers. It too can be used as a blush like Dandelion if you want minimal pigment, but I like it all over. The box has a graphic peach on it. It could have cuter packaging in my opinion.

Hoola: A Natural Bronzing Powder– This is a deeper bronze shade matte bronzing powder. I can’t remember the scent because I never purchased it. This is too dark for my skintone and has a tendency to look mucky. I have a friend that uses it, she is way more tan than me and it looks awesome on her. Her skin is oily and she prefers to have a bronzer without shimmer since she spends good money and time to not look shiny. The packaging has an orchid on it and the brush has a teal handle. Do not use the brush with this stuff. It will mess you up and make you look like a zebra. Use a normal bronzer brush for a natural look.

Dallas: The Perfect Combination of Bronzer and Blush– This is a sheer rosy bronze shade with a hint of shimmer. Sorry again, I didn’t buy this so I can’t remember the fragrance. This can be used as a blush or as a bronzer. This color is all wrong for me. It’s too pink to be a bronzer and to dark to be a blush. It works for some folks. My mom loves it but she is really tan. The box is cute with a chick riding a horse into the sunset. I want to love it because I love the packaging. The Benefit website says it is for everyone but that ain’t true.

10– This is a nice powder that is you’re supposed to do the “sexy sweep” with. I don’t. I apply it with a normal brush where I want to. One side is a perfect pale, shimmery pearl pink that is an awesome highlighter and eyeshadow. When I use it I get tons of complements and look flawless. I brush a little over the cheekbones. The other side is a shimmery bronzer that works with my skintone. It is a great contouring set. Both sides can be used as shadow and the colors look great on the body too. It is a very versatile product. I just don’t like the “sexy sweep” which is when you apply the powder with pink side up and the bronze side down and sweep. It doesn’t blend correctly and never looks even. Use a normal brush. And the packaging is stupid looking. It has like a rhinestone belt on it and some outline of a lady. Not cute. And I can’t smell it.

Thrrrob: A “turned-on” Face Powder– Gross, my face powder does not have sexual feelings. Anyways this is a brighter pink with a little shimmer that is supposed to look like a natural heart-racing flush, we know what they mean. It’s a nice color, especially as a blush. I don’t like it all over. I don’t look great with a pink face. It could work if you had that color in your skin. I’m kind of yellow. The packaging is a red and pink corset or something. It’s kind of tacky.

Each box-o-powder sells for $28 and comes in a cardboard box with a flatbuki style brush.