Compact Powder: The Ultimate Bestsellers (September 2012)

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Looking for the right compact powder to touch-up during the day?  Here’s a guide to the most popular compact powders on the market today.

1. Clinique Superpowder Double Face Makeup $22 (0.35oz)
8 Shades; light to dark tones

2. Shiseido Sheer Matifying Compact SPF22 $38.50 (0.35oz)
18 Shades; light to medium tones

3. Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder $36 (0.38oz)
10 Shades; light to dark tones


1. Clinique Superpowder Double Face Makeup $22    Buy Here
This is a long-wearing 2-in-1 powder and foundation in a portable compact.  It works as an over-foundation finish or alone as a powder foundation.  The extra long-wearing formula provides good coverage while leaving a natural look.  Especially fit for combination skin. Non-acnegenic and fragrance-free.

Ingredients: Talc, Isostearyl Linoleate, Titanium Dioxide, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated lecithin, Trimyristin, Alumina, Methicone, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Manganese Violet, Red 30 lake, Carmine, Bismuth Oxychloride, Red 7 Lake, Ultramarines.

2. Shiseido Sheer Matifying Compact SPF22 $38.50  Buy Here
This talc-based pressed powder is unbelievably silky and light, glides through skin with a sheer, natural and matte coverage.   Perfect product for those with oily or combination skin, since Shiseido’s super oil-absorbing powder prevents shine. Beautiful, lasting matte finish without looking dry or chalky.  Micro-Smoothing Complex, a Shiseido-exclusive ingredient also pampers and softens the skin. This product is oil-free, noncomedogenic, dermatologist-tested and fragrance-free. It’s about as good as it gets!  I also like the fact that Shiseido sells refills for $30, and the case separately for $8.50.

Ingredients: Active: Octinoxate (3.9%),Titanium Dioxide (17.5%); Inactive: Talc, Synthetic Fluoroapatite, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Barium Sulfite, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Silica, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethylcyclohexane, Bis-Hydroxystearamide, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Diphenyl Dimethicone/Vinyl Diphenyl Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Hexemethylene Bis-Hydroxystearamide, Diisostearyl Malate, Nylon-12, PEG/PPG-35/41 Dimethyl Ether, Polysilicone-2, Sorbitan Sesquistearate, Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Aluminum Stearate, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Methicone, Tocopherol, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate, BHT, Tetradecene, Chlorphenesin, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides, Mica

3. Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder $36    Buy Here
The sleek, square shaped compact powder is an elegant solution worth carrying throughout the day. It contains finely milled, translucent, talc-based face powder with a lightweight texture that sets foundation and eliminates excess shine. This oil-absorbing sheer powder is 100% oil-free. Ingredients like vitamin E comforts the skin. Ten flattering shades range from fair to dark skin.

Ingredients: Talc, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Silica, Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Zinc Stearate, Zea Mays Starch, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Carmine.

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