During the chilly months, my skin looks a little bit dull and lifeless. I exfoliate, I moisturize and yet, I cannot fully recover from the paleness of winter. And so, I turn to brightening and correcting powder.
Splurge. A few years ago, a friend gave me a Guerlain Meteorites Voyage Compact ($170), the original brightening powder. The mix of colors and minerals in the powder give the skin radiance and life. Apply it over foundation and you go from matte and dry to vibrant and bright. It’s kind of miraculous.
Also, if you have combination skin, this powder and it’s pearly counterpart will remove even a hint of shine from your skin even in the sweltering August heat.
Save. Obviously, Guerlain is not for those on a Hill Staffer budget. I couldn’t believe when I went to replace the compact how much it cost. So I went searching for a cheaper alternative. After a few Google searches, I came upon Physician’s Formula Mineral Correcting Powder ($14).
The concept and the products are very, very similar. Apply multi-colored powder over foundation and transform matte, lifeless skin into radiant, vibrant, supermodel skin. And if you have a little acne or rosacea, the green in this powder will help tone that down. It’s not a miracle cure, but it helps.
Verdict. $170 for face powder? Will it clean my house and bake me cookies? No? Then, of course, I am going to choose the drugtore brand. It doesn’t work quite as well, but it’s not 92-percent worse. So if you need a little perking up, don’t pay too much for it.