MILK MAKEUP BLUR + SET: THE PERFECT SETTING POWDER FOR THAT SUMMER GLOW... AND TAN!!
DISCLAIMER: In this post, I’ll be talking about how I use the medium shade of this setting powder when I have a tan. This is what works FOR ME, and I’m in no way saying that the medium shade is for white girls with a tan - I know it was conceived for women with a medium skin-tone which closer to what my skin looks like in the Summer.
Hi guys! This week, for Beauty Wednesday, I wanted to finally share my review of the Milk Makeup Blur + Set Matte Loose Setting Powder. I shared it on my stories a few weeks ago when I got it at Sephora, and a few of you said you were interested in a final review… So here we are!
I’m pretty familiar with Milk Makeup’s skin products, because I’ve been using their Blur Stick primer for almost 2 years, and also fell in love with the Luminous Blur Stick when I bought it in the Sephora Glow Kit last November for a blog post. But to be fair, I had no idea they had a setting powder before that trip to Sephora, because I feel like no one is talking about it?
Anyways… I went to Sephora to restock on my usual setting powder, the Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder (which I reviewed here). But when I got there, I didn’t feel like dropping $40 on a setting powder, and figured I might as well try something new. Since I also tend to have much darker skin in the Summer (those Eastern European genes), I wanted to find something a little darker, because I find that the Laura Mercier powder has a tendency to make me look like Casper the friendly (and powdery) ghost when I have a tan going.
On a side note, I want to make it clear that I still love the Laura Mercier powder and I still stand by everything I said in my original review. I just felt like I wanted to try something different, because I’ve been using the same powder for about a year now. I like to switch things up and experiment with “fun” products like eyeshadow palettes (my fave!!), lip glosses and even beautiful face palettes, but when it comes to brow products and most base products, I find them a little more boring and just want to find one thing I love and stick to it, which is why I rarely review those, because I’m almost always using the same thing. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s keep going with the actual product we’re reviewing today…
So I was at Sephora, and decided on the spot I wanted something new. At first, I was drawn to the Too Faced Peach Perfect Mattifying Setting Powder, because I LOVE Too Faced and I’ve heard a lot of people rave about that one. But they didn’t have it in stock in my shade. So at this point, I felt a little defeated… Until I walked by the Milk Makeup display, and my eyes stopped on this baby.
I saw that it was available in 3 colours, so right away, I knew this might be exactly what I was looking for. The price point, $29 for 0.87oz also seemed pretty sweet to me, but what really sold me is when I read “loose setting powder that blurs pores, sets makeup, and cuts shine, not glow”. Yes, yes, YESSSSS!!!!
You guys know at this point that my main skin concern, since I got rid of my stress acne, is the texture of my skin, mostly due to large, annoying AF pores. I also have a skin that’s on the oilier side, so finding face makeup that will keep me dewy, not oily, is my main focus.
The claims of this powder also include blurring pores, cutting shine, locking makeup in all day - without the cakiness or flashback. It also has hyaluronic acid and avocado powder (which really intrigued me, I love me a natural ingredient!) that are supposed to smooth the skin and lay on top of it without settling into fine lines.
So as you can see, these are a lot of very heavy claims, and I’m usually super naive and gullible when it comes to makeup. Like, you’re telling me this bronzer is going to make me look like I went on a super expensive month-long vacation, give me a glow from within, do my dishes and make my bed every day? I’ll believe it, lol.
I thought I would go through all of these claims and share my personal thought on them, but right before, I want to talk about what is probably my favourite thing about this powder: The packaging.
This might sound ridiculous, because we all know packaging is only a marketing ploy and what matters is the actual product, but HEAR ME OUT. When it comes to Milk Makeup, I feel like it’s a little different, because their packaging is obviously meant to make our lives easier.
Their blur stick primer? LOVE that it comes in a stick that I can apply directly to my face without having to smear it all over my hands. And they did it again with this powder. When you open the protective lip, you see a little net that looks and feels close to a nylon (see picture below). And that’s actually genius, because it allows you to really control the amount of product you put on your brush really well, without wasting any product. Honestly, just that right there is a game changer.
I personally HATE the cakey look that makes you look like you’re wearing a powdery mask, and I feel like that tends to happen when you’re wearing too much powder. And while you can certainly get a lot of product out if you want to bake or something, you can also get the tiniest amount of powder just by rubbing your brush on the “nylon” to get that perfect matte blur they’re talking about.
So for days when you just want to set your T-zone with a tiny bit of powder (like, hello, me every day in the Summer!!) this packaging really has your back.
When it comes to blurring pores, I’m a little on the fence. I feel like when I look at my face right after applying the powder, I don’t notice a difference and I can still ver clearly see my pores. But at the same time, lately I’ve noticed that when I’m done with makeup and I look at my face, I really like the whole look. I feel like my skin looks better, and there’s just something I can’t quite pinpoint that looks better. Since this powder is the only thing I’ve changed in my makeup routine lately, I’m not denying that it might be due to it. Maybe it just needs a little time (and setting spray) to melt into the skin and get its final look.
Now let’s touch on the claim of staying glowy, not oily and lasting all day. I totally, 100% stand behind that claim. 2 weeks ago, we went to a music event in Long Beach, in the blasting heat, and stayed there from 1pm to 9pm, and danced the whole day, drank, sweat, the whole shebang… And my skin still looked great when I got back home. That really struck me, because exactly a year ago, I remember going to another music event, looking at myself in the nasty mirror in the porta-potty, and being shocked by how gross I looked. My makeup had melted and creased so bad into my fine lines, I remember thinking I looked 100 years old.
So if you’re looking for a powder that will carry you from morning to night, without retouching - And that won’t crease or budge or get oily, THIS IS IT. We also took a few pictures that day and there was definitely no flashback.
Safe to say, I’m super glad I tried this powder out, and this is definitely making its way onto my “Holy Grail” list, just like the Blur Stick did. Another great one, Milk Makeup!
Have you guys tried out this powder? Did you like it? Do you have another favourite setting powder??? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below, and don’t forget to come follow along on Instagram if you want to see more content like this (in a shorter format) and be notified when there’s a new post!
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