One of the things I had in mind when I created this blog was to share my experiences on the beauty products that I have tried and/or am still using.
I have combo/oily skin and so I’ve been looking for products to control that. With the blogs I have read, I came across some items of interest.
My most recent buy was the Etude House Zero Sebum Drying Powder.
Product details: Got the Drying Powder for Php 398.00 (6g). A quick overview from etudehouse.ph says it is “A mineral powder that provides clear skin without dryness or flakiness. Made of mineral powder (80%) to dry oily and waxy sebum breakouts and below the surface efficiently.”
Ingredients: The ingredients list was really hard to read from the packaging. I was squinting and ended up crossed-eyed. If you want or need the list of ingredients, you can find them at etudehouse.com.
The weather, room conditions and skin preparation prior to makeup application all play a factor on how our skin reacts to the products we apply. I’ve noted them down below. Listed here are 4 ways of how I used the Zero Sebum Drying Powder in combination with other skin products. Unfortunately, I don’t have any Before and After photos to show you.
The white powder is really fine and has a mild citrus scent which I like. Application was done using the included microfiber puff. I blended it with a face brush using light strokes just to evenly spread the fine powder across my face.
- On bare skin
Weather and room conditions: 10am, a bit warm but not humid. I was in an air-conditioned room the whole day.
Skin prep: Washed face with cleansing bar.
Observation: At first, it looked like I had put talc powder on and it was too white. But then after it set, it toned down and matched my skin. My face was completely matte and felt a bit too dry but there were no visible dry patches. Started to see some shine after 8 hours. It’s just like having a little bit of highlight across my T-zone. It actually lasted the whole day. My face did not oil up as much even after 12 hours. No retouching or blotting done.
- Prepped skin
Weather and room conditions: 10am, warm but not humid. Room was air-conditioned.
Skin prep: Washed face with cleansing bar. In order, I used toner-serum-in-1, pore minimizing serum, and then moisturizer.
Observation: This time it felt more comfortable since the skin was prepped well. My face didn’t feel dry, it was just matte. By 8 hours, there was a bit more shine than last time. The shine was still tolerable though so I didn’t blot. It was like this for 12 hours.
- With BB cream
I used Garnier SkinActive BB 5in1 Miracle Skin Perfector for Oily/Combo Skin in Light/Medium.
Weather and room conditions: There were light rain showers that day. Was in an air-conditioned area. I was going around the mall. Hehe.
Skin prep: Washed face with cleansing bar. In order, I used toner-serum-in-1, pore minimizing serum, and then moisturizer. Next was BB cream and blended it with my fingers.
Observation: The BB cream gave a glowing effect. I needed to use a blotting paper after 4 hours since my face became a little too shiny for my taste. But it was still pretty good. Didn’t have to retouch.
- With 2-way cake
This time I used Maybelline ClearSmooth All-in-One Two-Way Cake.
Weather and room conditions: It was raining out so it was a bit cold though the rain eventually stopped. We attended a wedding at Noon that day so we were in and out of air-conditioned rooms.
Skin prep: Washed face with cleansing bar. In order, I used toner-serum-in-1, pore minimizing serum, and then moisturizer. Applied the 2-way cake using a wet sponge.
Observation: While the 2-way cake already gave a me a matte finish, I still decided to put on the Zero Sebum Drying Powder. With the 2-way cake alone, I got oily in 3 hours. I started to have a little shine by around 6 hours. I blotted with oil paper just to see how much oil there was, and there was little. Another 2 hours passed and it was still good, for a total of 10 hours. Only then did I have to use oil paper again.
Overall, I’d give Etude House Zero Sebum Drying Powder 5 out of 5. I believe it stayed true to its promise of providing clear skin without flakiness, and drying oil and sebum breakouts. While the Drying Powder is white and I have a fair complexion, it would still suite other skin tones. Just don’t use too much and let it set. 😉
Sorry for the long post. Here’s a bitter gourd. ;p