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Fair skin foundation
I have very fair skin & color matched as Sephora's lightest 1Y01. I can't seem to find anything that works for me. I am so frustrated. I wrote a post on here once before and received a few recommendations that gave me hope but alas, my face is the same pain in the butt per usual. Not only is my skin fair, but also red and covered in hyperpigmentation from old acne. I also have a bit of ice pick scarring , large pores, and genetic dark circles. Every foundation I try is either too dark or emphasizes the wrong areas.  -Makeup Forever Mat Velvet + in Alabaster 15 is what I'm currently using but it seems to move/powder a bit? It's the perfect color when I first put it on but then it oxidizes and is too dark! I'm thinking about switching to a primer like Benefit's Porefessional to see if that helps when worn under the foundation but I'm frustrated. I've been using Nars Chantilly which I like & prefer to the Urban Decay naked concealer. I don't know if I should try mixing with a white foundation but I feel like I should be able to find something that works for me if I'm paying so much money otherwise why not just mix through the drugstore? My large pores & ice pick scarring are also especially on the apples of my cheeks/cheeks and nose so they're front and center. I don't know if something like bare minerals matte foundation would work or be too dark. Any suggestions/insight would be greatly appreciated! 
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HALL OF FAMER Sprytely / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Skincare can help with the scarring, redness, and hyperpigmentation, and to some degree with foundation oxidization as well. I am much happier with foundations when I'm ... see post
Ideas For Replacing Too Faced Secret To No Makeup Palette?
Ok so I finally got through my stash of the Too Faced Secret To No Makeup palettes that I owned and I went to order more but I see they are no longer available.  I love these palettes for traveling so I am now wondering what I can use to replace these?  I adored these palettes.  Any suggestions of a similar palette?  I do prefer the creamy palettes versus powder due to my skin type.   Does anyone know if they are going to bring these back out?    Thanks heaps to everyone in advance for help.
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BEAUTY BOSS Astray / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Thank you so much for all of your suggestions.  I am going to research them all now. You guys are the best! see post
BeccaXJaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Palette
I am starting this discussion because after writing a 3 star review of the new Champagne highlighter and blush palette by Jaclyn Hill and Becca, my review was deleted. I've been going through all of the reviews and it seems like Sephora is deleting any reviews that are less than 4 stars. And I don't mean the negative ones that people were posting even before the palette had been shipped. I mean ones AFTER the palette shipped and people had actually started to receive them. I just gave my honest opinion of the palette (no unnecessary negativity or "hating") and it was deleted. That is so shady to me. Sephora is clearly trying to keep all of the "OMG THIS IS AMAZING!" reviews to boost sales on the official release date. I thought the point of the review section was to give your honest opinion of a product, good or bad. Am I wrong? And I was a little wary to post this because I was afraid Jaclyn's minions would come after me and say I was just being a hater. But I'm not. I love Jaclyn and Champagne Pop is one of my favorite highlighters. I've been subscribed to her YouTube channel for years and I watch her videos on a regular basis. I just wanted to give my honest opinion of the palette.      *UPDATE*   I think it's important to continue to be completely honest here so I wanted to give an update. I just checked the reviews again and my original 3 star review magically reappeared. Maybe someone saw this post and put it back up? I still stand by what I said about it being deleted though. I know what I saw and my review was definitely gone. I am very familiar with the Sephora website so I really don't feel like this was an error on my part. I suppose it could have just been some technical glitch but it still seems fishy to me considering other people have said they've experienced having negative reviews deleted as well.      *ANOTHER UPDATE*   Welp, my review is gone again. I see some new reviews from other users that are between 2 and 3 stars so I'm interested to see if those will disappear as well.
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NikaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi kelleynr - let me take a look into this for you and I'll send you a PM soon! see post
Armani Luminous Silk and primers
Hello! I've been playing with the Armani Luminous Silk foundation and while I like how natural it looks, I find that I really struggle with longevity with this foundation. I've got dry/dehydrated, sensitive/reactive skin and while this doesn't irritate or cause break-outs, it does wear off very quickly by the end of the day.   I've heard that allegedly this foundation has a primer built in, but I don't think it does anything for longevity. For dry/dehydrated ladies that wear this, do you use a primer with it? If so, which one? If not, do you use anything to beef up the longevity (e.g.: powder, etc.)? Thank you!
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BEAUTY PRO creasedshadow / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
The only primer I've had success with is Benefit's Stay Flawless primer http://www.sephora.com/stay-flawless-15-hour-primer-P379221. I apply a swipe from the stick, blen... see post
No makeup. Actually.
I'm going to post a picture of me without makeup. Because hey, I love makeup, but I'm also working on embracing my face au naturel, too.   None of this "I'm not wearing makeup" when you're wearing a tinted moisturizer, brown mascara, and have a slight flush to your cheeks and lips. I'm talking no makeup AT ALL (No, not even clear lip balm).   This is me, about 10 minutes out of the shower.   Anyone else brave enough?    
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HALL OF FAMER geekbeauty / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
i honestly think you look gorgeous - beautiful skin and hair! see post
Alternative to Kat Von D Lock It liquid foundation in Light 44?
Hi! Since the foundation I use is out of stock, I'm looking for something very similar. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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BEAUTY BOSS Tiiiiiffany / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I was just about to start the same tread! Also, if any known BTer from Ontario has it in their local sephora, I would gladly send e-transfer covering full cost and shipp... see post
Under eye setting powder
Can someone please reccomend a setting powder to use under my eyes and set my concealer?  If I don't use powder my concealer creases and does not last,  if I do use a powder it tends to make my skin look dry and show all of my fine lines.  At 38 I want to 10 years younger not 15 older.  Help!
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JaneanBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi cuevas77,    I suggest Lancome's TRANSLUCENCE Silky Loose Powder. This is a very lightweight powder and gives you creaseless and smooth finish. It also does not e... see post
Clinique Perfectly Real Compact Makeup
I've been wearing Clinique Perfectly Real Compact Makeup in shade 134 for years and years but Sephora doesn't sell it anymore. It has been my go-to for as long as I can remember, but I guess I'll have to find a replacement!   Does anyone have any suggestions on a similar product from another brand? 
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Try Clinique directly and their gone but not forgotten program, if discontinued. Sephora doesn't necessarily have every shade any brand makes, especially when, like Clin... see post
Bronzer for dark skin
Hi,    I wear Makeup Forever foundation  COLOR   R520   -  Cinnamon.  I am not sure what bronzer to get.  Please help me!
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BEAUTY PRO AbbySee / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Hi QueenTH, Are you looking for a matte or shimmer bronzer? For contouring or for all over face? Liquid or powder? see post
Kat Von D foundation help!
Im trying to find the right foundation shade for myself in the Kat Von D Lock-It foundation but can't seem to know which shade I am. I usually wear the Sephora Collection 10 HR Profection foundation in Clair light 20. Can anyone help? Thanks! 
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lilladygidget / NEWCOMER / replied
Thank you!! I'll definitely give those a try  see post
Favorite BRONZER?
What is is your Favorite Bronzer and why?
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HALL OF FAMER alexasteph / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I agree with the other posters so far. Benefit Hoola is a great grey tone I use for contouring, and the Too Faced bronzers are awesome for adding color to the high point... see post
Vent + need advice
I've had it with Sephora, guys. Some of you might have seen my posts last month when it took me three visits to the store to buy a bb cream and a bronzer (the MUAs basically kept telling me I'm out of luck with my skin tone and kept suggesting products that didn't suit my skin tone at all).   Anyway, yesterday, I went to Sephora to look at Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder and pick a new blush. They didn't have all the testers for Hourglass, so I didn't get to buy one. I picked up NARS in Orgasm because I ran out of it and wanted to get one more blush. The person helping me convinced me to get NARS in Torrid. It looked like a lovely shade and since the light at the store is crappy, I trusted her advice and bought it.   This morning I took a look at Torrid and it's SO not a match for me. I have a light/fair skin with cool undertones and I think Torrid would be more suitable for someone with medium skin tone. It looks orange on me, even pulling some red. Ew.   So, I decided to drive to another Sephora location, since the one by my house proved to be useless time and time again. I went during the day, so that I could see the products on my skin in natural light. I want to use the Hourglass powder all over my face.  The MUA showed me Radiant. It's obviously way too orange for me but she just said: "Well, I use it as a highlighter, it should work for you". Um, are you serious? The girl has medium with yellow undertones... I asked her to try Dim Light or Diffused Light on me. She applied the Dim Light and it looked fine, I think. I asked her about Diffused Light and she applied it OVER Dim Light, so while my skin looked nice, I have no idea which shade I should get.    I also asked for advice on blush. I told her that I re-purchased NARS in Orgasm and that I got Torrid but didn't like the colour. I asked about Tarte and Too Faced blushes because I've heard good things about them. She said that her favourite blush is TF in Captivating. I said that I don't think it'll work for me because it looks really warm. She proceeded to apply it to my face anyway. It looked horrible. She kept saying it's her favourite shade but, again, she has a very different skin tone from mine.  When she asked me what I think, I told her that it's definitely not a match for me. To this she responded "Maybe you should just stick to Orgasm then". WTF?    So yeah... This was not a pleasant experience and I'm pretty sure I'll just stick to online shopping.     I am a brunette with brown eyes, fair/light skin with some pink (I use Bobbi Brown tinted moisturizer in Light and Nars concealer in Custard). Help me make a decision: 1) Hourglass - which shade? After looking at more swatches, I'm leaning towards Diffused Light.  2) Blush. I love NARS Orgasm but would like to try something new.    TIA!  
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HALL OF FAMER makeitup305 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Have you looked at the new Lorac blushes? They sell them at Ulta. The color Prism is a beautiful peach shade. Milani Luminoso is gorgeous too. see post
3Y09
Anyone else matched with 3y09 who can recommend me a foundation or powder...
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JaneanBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @juelz281,   Do you like a certain finish? Matte or natural? Are you oily or dry?    Lancome's Teint Idole 24 Hr Foundation is great for all skin types. It i... see post
The Fair/Pale Thread
With so many users looking for the right product to use on their fair/pale/alabaster skin, I thought it would be great to start a thread specifically for this.   Some of the main questions I see have to do with the following: - Foundation/concealer shades - Contouring - Highlighting   I'll be posting comparison reviews and photos of everything I can get my hands on with these categories, as well as any others that people would like to inquire about. If you'd like to give input as well, please list the following:   - Skin IQ/MAC ID/describe skin tone and undertones - Skin type - Foundation matches (make it clear what is a perfect match if you have one, and what is slightly off) - (optional, but highly helpful) Photos of your skin with and without makeup, swatch comparisons, etc. Please ensure there is proper lighting, with little colour overcast (like fluorescent lighting).     ME: Skin IQ: 1y02 (closest neutral "match") MAC: NC8-10 Skintone is very pale, neutral to cool toned, translucent, prone to burning and freckles. Some surface redness. Cannot tan whatsoever. Type: Currently normal/combo. Slightly sensitive. Prone to dryness/patches and oilier nose.   Foundation Matches: - Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer sx01 (99% match; more neutral toned, which evens out my redness perfectly) - CoverFX Custom Drops N10 (same tone as KA SS) - Dolce & Gabbana 60 Classic (perfect match) - MUFE HD Foundation Y205 (ever so slightly too light, but looks super natural with contour or blended with a drop of coverfx n10) - Giorgio Armani Luminessence (slightly cooler toned, great match though) - NARS Chantilly Concealer - DiorSkin Nude BB Cream 001 (slightly darker and too pink, but wearable, especially if wearing contour or bronzer) - KVD 42    Common recommendations that are too dark for me: Urban Decay Naked Foundation 0.5 (too dark for me, but would for for a tone darker than I) YSL (Touche Eclat concealer in 1.5 works though) GA  Hourglass  Tarte  EL  Too Faced Smashbox (fair is slightly too dark; would work for some a tone darker than I) Dior Foundations/serums (other than the one BB cream)   Too light: MJ Genius Gel cream 010     Foundation comparison swatches in natural light:   L-R:    Spoiler (Highlight to read) NARS Chantilly Concealer MUFE Y205 D&G Classic 60 KA SSE sx01 GA Luminessence CoverfX Custom Drops N10 DiorSkin Nude BB Cream 001 UD Naked 0.5   NARS Chantilly ConcealerMUFE Y205D&G Classic 60KA SSE sx01GA LuminessenceCoverfX Custom Drops N10DiorSkin Nude BB Cream 001UD Naked 0.5      Contour: WIP     Highlighting: WIP     Let me know if you'd like any other categories, would like more info, or have any questions!    
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BEAUTY WHIZ harrypotterfan6 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Color IQ: 1R06  Skin Tone: Light with neutral undertone, I burn easily, then tan in the sun Foundation matches:  -Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hr full coverage foundation ... see post
What is a good alternative to liquid foundation that is lighter, yet still gives a similar coverage, to wear during the summer?
DaneeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi ewalsh12 :)   I'd suggest looking into a tinted moisturizer! Most tinted moisturizers are sheer or medium coverage and even have SPF which is perfect for the summ... see post
Q. Foundation shade
I am currently shade 117 marble in makeup forever foundation HD stick. I want to find the match for the marc jacobs remarcable foundation. Which would be my shade in the marc jacobs foundation?
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MaliBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi maggsm96,   Your Color IQ is 2Y02, for the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation, in COLOR 117 = Y225 - Marble. There isn't an exact ... see post
Foundation Shades
Hi, I am using the make up for ever ultra HD foundation in 110=R220. I am looking to try the kat von d lock it foundation, and I am wondering what shade I would be?
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HALL OF FAMER virgo87 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi @JordyT   You would use the color Light 44 in the KVD Lock It Foundation.   http://www.sephora.com/lock-it-tattoo-foundation-P311138?skuId=1398858&shade_code=2R0... see post
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector..Thoughts?
  What does everyone think about this product, I really wanna try it but I don't want it to be super glittery.. So thoughts?
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HALL OF FAMER JazaChai / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have Moonstone, Opal, Champagne Pop, and Pearl, and I love all of them. They aren't glittery at all, but they are shiny depending on how you apply them. It's a metalli... see post
Looking for a new full coverage liquid Foundation.
I currently use Kat Von D Lock It foundation, but find by the end of the day it has worn off. I use primer and a setting spray, and it still doesn't last. Does anyone know of anything similar that may last longer or have any tips or tricks to make it last all day? 
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BEAUTY WHIZ Insomniacmuffin / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I recently had a Sephora makeover using the Shu Uemura lightbulb foundation. It was full coverage, very light weight.. gorgeous. I never wear full coverage because of th... see post
Good Foundation for Acne?
I'm looking for a new foundation that's good for acne prone skin & sensitive skin. If you could please give recommendations! Thanks!
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meganmcdonaldd / FRESH FACE / replied
the MUFE matte velvet is a good one for sensitive skin and covers acne really well   the estee lauder double wear also covers flawlessly but you really have to wash we... see post
Is the beauty blender worth it?
I've been using my real techniques expert face brush for awhile but it's just not quite doing it for me anymore. Is the beauty blender worth it or is it dupeable with beauty sponges such as the Sephora brand one? Let me know what you think!
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BEAUTY CONNOISSEUR katele1 / BEAUTY CONNOISSEUR BEAUTY CONNOISSEUR / replied
If you have a Costco membership, they have it on their website for 29.99$ for a pack of 2 beauty blenders so it save you like 5$. Just ordered mine few days ago.  see post
Primer + Foundation for mature combo skin
Hi all, I had an appt at Sephora last week for a 45 min makeover. I mainly wanted them to assess my primers and MANY (expensive) foundations & tell me which went together & were my shades still ok. Well, that didn't happen. Here are the primers I have: Hourglass Veil Mineral & Smashbox Iconic (original). Foundations: Givenchy Teint Couture Blurring Foundation Balm, Makeup Forever HD (old formulation), Makeup Forever Mat Velvet +, and Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation (which I used last summer & really liked). I've read that the primer is supposed to go w skin type (e.g., silicone based with oily skin) AND that primer is supposed to go with foundation (e.g., silicone-based with like). I can't figure out what to wear with what & I am going crazy! Thanks!!
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BEAUTY CONNOISSEUR drsparkles / BEAUTY CONNOISSEUR BEAUTY CONNOISSEUR / replied
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SOS - Drenched in oil
It never fails when I try a new foundation that after 3-6 hours, my faced is drenched in oil. It is not only ridiculous, but it is super embarrassing! I need help ladies! I have (OBVIOUSLY) super oily skin. I'm also acne prone. I need help on finding a foundation that can actually get me through the work day without looking like I just went swimming. PLEASE AND THANK YOU!
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BEAUTY BRAINIAC southernbaker / BEAUTY BRAINIAC BEAUTY BRAINIAC / replied
Unfortunately this is not a simple fix. I struggle with PCOS also and am dealing with excessive oil glands too. I'm not trying to get too personal, but are your hormones... see post
Foundation help please!
I need help finding a foundation..I have weird skin tone and have tried on several ...nothing has worked...I have fair neutral undertone, dry skin, medium to full coverage, would like more of a luminous or natural finish...please help!  In dire need:-)
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BEAUTY PRO AbbySee / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Hey,   NARS All Day Luminous and MUFE HD have the widest range of colors, IMHO. When shopping for foundation (a task that I dread), I try to go midday, try on sample, ... see post
Setting Powder
Hi beauties!!   I'm looking for a powder to set my under eyes.  I am currently using the Bare Minerals Mineral Veil.  I've used a few others but each powder I have makes my concealer powdery.  Or it changes the color of my concealer and makes it orange and gives it a weird bumpy texture.  So want a powder or a way to set my under eye concealer that isn't going to change the color or texture of the concealer.   I've done the "baking" with my beauty blender and I've used powder brushes and fan brushes to apply powder but nothing is really working.  Any advice is much appreciated!!
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HALL OF FAMER spikeorrn / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I like the Laura Mercier secret brightening powder.  I get the the best results by using very little & tap the brush off really well. see post
ABH Brow Wiz - Dark Brown or Ebony?
I have black hair and black eyebrows and medium skin tone.  I am just wondering which ABH Brow Wiz color to opt for....Dark Brown or Ebony?   I have been leaning more towards Ebony....any suggestions?
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BEAUTY BUFF ExcuseMuahh / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
And that is exactly what i am going with.   currently I am just using eyeshadow as a brow filler thing....it's working well but rather just have a pencil type to carry... see post
How to keep my foundation from melting off my face
I have a little bit of acne so I use a full coverage foundation. I used to use the tarte amazonian clay but it wouldn't stay on with any primer so I bought a new foundation,two faced born this way. I either use a laura geller primer or the two faced hangover rx primer and my foundation still disappears, I do set it with a powder but its not an actual setting powder. Any ideas or products to help me out?
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BEAUTY WHIZ purly / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
A lot of people told me I had "oily skin" and I believed them, until someone working at Sephora pointed out that your body overproduces oil if your skin is too dry. So I... see post
Battle of the bronzers! Please help!
I'm currently on the hunt for a new bronzer/contour. I know, I know you're not supposed to technically use a bronzer as a contour and vice versa, but I've narrowed my search down and was wondering if any of these work for both? I don't hard core contour, just lightly on my check bones, hairline and sometimes a touch on the side of my nose/jawline. Nothing that actually is dark enough to make a contoured look, which is why I would rather have a two in one product that works mostly as bronzer!   Here are the ones I'm most interested in: 1. Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Bronze 03 2. Too Faced Soleil Bronzer in Chocolate 3. Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Bronzed (is it any good?) 4. Smashbox Bronze Lights in Warm Matte   Let me know your thoughts! I'm staying away from Hoola because I've read it can be a little muddy and I think it's too "grey" for my skin tone to act as a bronzer as well as to help lightly contour
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BEAUTY PRO AbbySee / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
You are welcome and I hope that you enjoy it!     see post
pressed powder
OILY SKIN! ugh, so i recently started using the 24 lancome matte foundation and im in love! however, i still get oily and i wanted a good recommendation for a pressed powder that will keep my skin matte throughout the day. also, whats the best way to prevent "smile lines"?? 
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BEAUTY WHIZ 6ixGirl / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Definitely try out Rimmel's Stay Matte powder. It comes in several different colors including translucent. It's on par with high-end powders. It's finely milled, not too... see post