At least once a month I get asked a question regarding translucent powders that are intended as the finishing touch over your entire make-up. These powders are supposed to mattify the skin and prolong the wear of your make-up while giving the skin a softer and flawless appearance. There are countless translucent powders in the market and the quality varies so I decided to write a short post about my personal favorite translucent powders which might come in handy.

Mislim, da vsaj enkrat mesečno odgovarjam na vprašanja, povezana s t.i. translucent pudri, torej brezbarvnimi pudri v prahu, ki so namenjeni zaključku videza in nanosu preko tekoče podlage in drugih kremnih izdelkov. Ti pudri so namenjeni matiranju kože in podaljševanju obstojnosti ličil, koži pa dajo brezhiben videz. Na trgu jih je res ogromno in kakovost je zelo različna, zato sem se odločila, da napišem hitro objavo, ki ti bo morda pomagala pri izbiri novega pudra. 

Personally, I like the translucent powder to be very finely mild, mattify the skin and at the same time live up to the name translucent. Some (like the Trend It Up powder) leave a white cast over the face which can make you look unhealthy, even slightly gray. I try to stay away as far as possible from powders like that.

Meni osebno je pri brezbarvnih pudrih v prahu pomembno, da so resnično drobno mleti, po nanosu kožo matirajo, hkrati pa so neopazni. Nekateri (na primer Trend it Up puder v kamnu) namreč na obrazu pustijo rahlo sled belega prahu, zaradi česar cel obraz izgleda nezdrav, morda celo nekoliko siv. Takšnim pudrom se izogibam v širokem loku.

RCMA NO-COLOR POWDER (14€, 85g)

I waited a long time to finally get my hands on the RCMA No-color powder. The texture of this powder is incredibly soft so it’s very easy to blend out and completely translucent when applied correctly. It gives the skin a nice appearance, blurs the fine lines and mattifies well. The price is great considering you’re gettting a hefty 85g of product. RCMA is the only powder in my collection that can compete with Laura Mercier translucent powder when it comes to setting the under-eye area. The only negative is the packaging – as you can see I’ve already broken the lid off mine meaning I can no longer travel with it.

Dolgo, dolgo sem čakala, da sem končno v last dobila svoj RCMA No-color powder. Tekstura je izredno mehka, zato se ga povsem enostavno zabriše. Ob pravilnem nanosu je povsem brezbarven. Ustvari lep videz kože, nekoliko zabriše gubice, prav tako pa lepo matira. Glede na to, da dobiš kar 85g izdelka, je cena nadvse ugodna. RCMA je v moji kolekciji edini, ki se lahko za fiksiranje korektorja pod očmi kosa z odličnim Laura Mercier brezbarvnim pudrom. Edini minus je embalaža – kot vidiš, sem na svojem že odlomila pokrovček, zato z njim ne morem več potovati.

LAURA MERCIER TRANSLUCENT LOOSE SETTING POWDER (33€, 29g)

This is a really expensive translucent powder, but worth every cent in my opinion. Because of its price, I only use it over the eyes (except for special occasions). With every use, I can be 100 % sure that the concealer won’t settle into my fine lines which is what I expect from this powder. It has a slight yellow undertone so it can slightly darken up any illuminating concealer, but the difference is negligible. If you’re looking to invest into a good translucent powder, this would be my recommendation. The packaging is simple – I turn the closed jar upside down, shake it once or twice, turn over again and open. There is just enough powder on the sifter for both under-eye area with that particular method of use.

Izredno drag brezbarvni puder, ki pa je po mojem mnenju vreden vsakega centa. Ravno zaradi njegove cene ga (razen za posebne priložnosti) uporabljam le pod očmi. Ob vsaki uporabi sem lahko 100 % prepričana, da se mi korektor ne bo usedel v drobne gubice pod očmi, kar je tisto, kar od tega brezbarvnega pudra tudi pričakujem. Ima nekoliko rumenega podtona, zato posvetlitveni korektor lahko nekoliko potemni, vendar pa je razlika minimalna. V kolikor želiš investirati v res dober brezbarven puder, ti ga vsekakor priporočam. Embalaža je povsem enostavna – zaprt lonček obrnem na glavo, enkrat potresem, nato pa obrnem v pravo smer in odprem, pa se na “cedilu” (torej tistem luknjastem pokrovčku) nahaja dovolj izdelka za fiksiranje obeh oči.

PAESE COSMETICS RICE POWDER (18€, 15g)

Paese cosmetics Rice Powder is the first rice powder I ever used so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The formula is dry and a bit crumbly, so it’s a bit more difficult to apply as the RCMA and Laura Mercier that are both more compact. Regardless, it gives the skin a nice finish and is easy to blend out. The sifter is a bit different than in other packagings – you can turn it around and literally close the entire jar, for example before traveling. That way, you can make sure you won’t find the entire 15g on the top of the sifter once you open it again. I would recommend this powder for normal or dry skin, but I have a feeling it could potentially bunch up on really oily skin.

Paese puder je bil moj čisto prvi rižev puder, zato nisem vedela, kaj lahko od njega pričakujem. Je izjemno suh in drobljiv, zato se ga nekoliko težje nanaša, kot RCMA in Laura Mercier pudra, ki sta malenkost bolj kompaktna. Kljub temu ustvari lep videz kože in se ga enostavno zabriše. Cedilo v embalaži je nekoliko drugačno, saj se lahko z obračanjem pokrovčka zapira in odpira – na ta način ga lahko recimo pred potovanjem zapreš in s tem poskrbiš, da ob naslednji uporabi na vrhu ne bo preveč pudra. Priporočala bi ga predvsem za normalno ali suho kožo.

AVON MARK HD FINISHING POWDER (5€, 9g)

Avon set a new high with the Mark line and their HD finishing powder is no exception to this rule. I use this powder daily for my under-eye area, but I normally don’t use it all over the face because it’s a bit more difficult to blend it out and can leave a slight white cast. The packaging is OK – it has the same sifter as Laura Mercier or Paese – just close it, turn it around, shake a couple of times, turn again and open. The powder should be waiting for you on top of the sifter. I prefer this way of getting it out as opposed to sifting it directly into my hand. I feel that would use up more product and create a big old mess.

Avon je z Mark linijo resnično dosegel nov nivo kakovosti in njihov HD finishing powder ni nobena izjema. Tudi tega za vsak dan uporabljam pod očmi, nekoliko redkeje pa po celem obrazu, saj se malce težje zabriše, prav tako pa se mi zdi, da pusti malenkost belega filma. Enako kot Paese in Laura Mercier ima tudi Avon Mark puder luknjice v “cedilu” – izdelek zaprt obrnem naokrog, potresem, nato pa odprem in nanesem puder. Na ta način poskrbim, da ne ustvarjam nesnage in varčujem z izdelkom bolj, kot če bi ga skozi cedilo stresala direktno v roko, saj bi ga najbrž ven dobila preveč.

If I had to use only one translucent powder for the rest of my life (and someone else would pay for it), I would choose the Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder, but to be honest, each of the powders above will work almost as great. The best price-performance ratio goes to RCMA which you can get through Beauty Bay. Of course, there are probably other great translucent powders out there I don’t know about yet – do you have any suggestions? Until next time, stay beautiful!

V kolikor bi se morala odločiti in celo življenje uporabljati samo še en brezbarvni puder (in bi mi ga kupoval kdo drug), bi seveda izbrala Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder, vendar pa je prav vsak izmed navedenih dobra alternativa za pod očmi, najboljše razmerje med ceno in kakovostjo pa po mojem mnenju ponuja RCMA, ki je dostopen preko spletne trgovine Beauty Bay. Seveda dopuščam možnost, da na mojem radarju ni kakšnega drugega pudra, ki bi ga vsekakor morala preizkusiti – mi lahko ti priporočiš kakšnega? Do naslednjič, ostani čudovita!

 

I am quite partial to Avon Mark line as you may well know if you’ve been following my posts for a while. I love the visual elements of the brand with the stunning black and white prints and combinations that look great both live and on the photos. Since I’ve tried quite a few of their products by now, I chose the top (and some flop) products to talk about today.

Linija Mark pri znamki Avon je ena tistih, do katerih sem nekoliko pristranska – tiste, ki me berete že dlje časa, veste zakaj. Pri znamki mi je izredno všeč tudi celostna podoba, saj so izdelki v črno-belih printih in kombinacijah res čudoviti (in čudovito izgledajo tudi na fotografijah). Ker sem preizkusila že kar nekaj njihovih izdelkov, sem za današnjo objavo izbrala tiste, ki so me navdušili, pa tudi tiste, ki mi niso najbolj pri srcu.

LIPS/USTNICE

Let’s start with the lipsticks since I already wrote about them *here*. Mark Plump-it lipsticks are absolutely gorgeous, soft and comfortable on the lips. They are also quite long wearing as I can usually get away with re-applying only once every four hours. My favorite shades are Divine Wine, Reddy to go and Rose Kisses.

Začniva kar s šminkami, o katerih sem že podrobneje pisala *tu*. Mark Plump-it šminke so naravnost čudovite, mehke in prijetne na ustnicah, za standardno šminko pa tudi kar dobro obstojne, saj na mojih ustnicah zdržijo tudi do štiri ure. Moji najljubši odtenki so Divine Wine, Reddy to Go in pa Rose Kisses.

Unfortunately, I’m less impressed by Avon Mark Plump-it lip gloss which is supposed to give you a look of full and plumped-up lips. I wasn’t able to figure out the exact active ingredient (my money is on peppermint) but the tingling that comes with the use is absolutely something I don’t enjoy at all. The shade Mauve is gorgeous to wear independently or over a regular lipstick, but I don’t think we should sacrifice feeling comfortable just to look pretty – do you?

Na žalost sem manj navdušena nad Avon Mark Plump-it lip glossi, ki naj bi ob uporabi dali videz bolj polnih, napetih in sočnih ustnic. Čeprav mi ne uspe izbrskati, kaj naj bi bila glavna učinkovina, glede na skelenje ob uporabi sklepam, da gre morda za poprovo meto. V vsakem primeru meni občutek ni prijeten – barva Mauve je sicer čudovita samostojno ali ob nanosu preko šminke, vendar pa sama menim, da za lepoto ni potrebno žrtvovati udobja. Kakšno pa je tvoje mnenje o tem? View Full Post

I hate nothing more than the feeling of my make-up sliding up and down my face in warm summer days. Unfortunately, this feeling is often confirmed once I take a look in the mirror, but this only happens when I don’t do my summer makeup routine when applying make-up. Today, I’m introducing a couple of tricks on how you can make your make-up last longer throughout the day, regardless of the heat!

Če kaj sovražim, je to občutek, da moj make-up v sončnih in vročih dneh polzi po mojem obrazu. Žal se ta občutek še prepogosto potrdi tudi, ko se pogledam v ogledalo, sploh, če že ob nanosu ne poskrbim za vse potrebne korake. V današnjem zapisu preveri nekaj trikov, kako lahko sama poskrbiš za lepši videz ličil skozi cel dan tudi ob največji vročini.

I won’t go on and on about moisturizing the skin and applying a layer of SPF – surely, you’ve memorized the importance of that by now. I start my routine with a primer. I get so many questions about The Ordinary high-adherence silicone primer (which I already wrote about *here*) that I thought I’d show it to you one more time. In short, it’s not my favorite primer, but it does make for a good base before foundation application and somewhat prolongs its wear time. If you choose a primer without silicone, your make-up will last that much longer. I also apply an eyelid primer – currently I’m using the Avon primer which is quite soft and can be blended easily all over the eyelid. It also covers up discoloration and minor imperfections at the same time.

Tudi danes ne bom poudarjala, da je potrebno kožo navlažiti in nanesti kremo z zaščitnim faktorjem preden začneš z nanosom ličil – sedaj to že veš, mar ne? Sama rutino začnem z nanosom primerja. O The Ordinary High-adherence silicone primerju sem že pisala *tu*. Ni moj najljubši primer, vendar pa me dekleta zadnje čase toliko sprašujete o The Ordinary izdelkih, da ti ga tu lahko pokažem še enkrat. Na kratko: primer naredi lepo podlago za nanos tekoče podlage in nekoliko tudi podaljša njeno obstojnost, v kolikor pa boš izbrala primer brez silikona, bo ta obstojnost še boljša. Prav tako primer nanesem na veke, v kolikor nameravam nanesti senčila – trenutno uporabljam Avon primer za veke, ki je izredno mehak in se lepo zabriše preko cele veke, obenem pa še nekoliko izenači tone in zakrije drobne žilice v vekah.

I follow the primer with Bell Hypoallergenic Mat & Soft liquid foundation (more about it *here*). My skin has been looking better for the past couple of weeks meaning I don’t need a full coverage foundation. I like Bell liquid foundation because of the slightly matte finish  – if I want my skin to look more dewy, I can apply highlighter or liquid illuminator later on. Time permitting, I apply the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye waterproof concealer. The formula is thick and quite dry so I need more time to blend it properly without any visible transitions, but I know that it. will. not. budge the entire day.

Rutino nadaljujem s tekočo podlago Bell Hypoallergenic Mat & Soft (tudi o njej sem že pisala *tu*). Zadnje tedne moja koža ponovno izgleda nekoliko boljše, kar pomeni, da ne potrebujem polno prekrivne tekoče podlage. Bell tekoča podlaga mi je všeč tudi zaradi nežno matiranega videza, ki ga podari koži, poletni sijaj pa raje dosežem s kasnejšim nanosom osvetljevalca ali posvetlitvenega gela. Če imam le čas, pod oči nanesem It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye vodoodporen korektor. Gre za izjemno gosto in bolj “suho” formulo, zato potrebujem več časa, da jo zabrišem brez vidnih prehodov, vendar pa se nato cel dan ne premakne nikamor. 

Naturally, you then apply all other make-up products such as bronzer, blush, maskara and so forth, but don’t forget to lock your foundation to prolong the wear time! For the past few weeks, I’ve been reaching for Paese transparent powder focusing the most on the under-eye area since the concealer tends to sink into my fine lines. It’s a really great product, very soft and fine which means it blends out nicely, not leaving a gray hue over the face as some other powders do. After completing my look, I give my face a couple of spritzes with L.O.V Perfectitude 3in1 Prime & Fix spray (more about it *here*) which really makes my make-up stay in place. For a cheaper alternative, I can also recommend Avon Mark fixing spray.

Seveda lahko potem naneseš še vse ostale izdelke, kot so bronzer, rdečilo, maskara in podobno, vendar na koncu nikakor ne pozabi zakleniti svoje podlage in tako poskrbeti za daljšo obstojnost! Osebno zadnje čase največ posegam po dveh izdelkih, in sicer najprej čez cel obraz nanesem Paese transparentni puder v prahu, še posebno pozornost pa posvetim področju pod očmi, saj se zaradi suhe formule korektor kaj hitro usede v gubice. Ta transparentni puder je super, saj je izjemno mehak in se lepo zabriše, na obrazu pa ne pusti sivih odtenkov, kot je to značilno za nekatere druge pudre v prahu. Ko zaključim s celotnim ličenjem, pa na obraz še nekajkrat popršim L.O.V Perfectitude 3in1 Prime & Fix sprej, ki resnično fiksira moj make-up in ga cel dan obdrži na svojem mestu (več si lahko prebereš *tu*).  Kot dobro alternativo po nekoliko nižji ceni lahko priporočim tudi nov Avon Mark fiksator v spreju.

Sometimes, even all of these steps won’t help and you’ll need to freshen up your make-up during the day. I tend to blot my face with some blotting sheets (the best and cheapest are made by Essence) and then apply a new layer of a translucent powder that’s always in my purse. My favorite is the Rimmel Stay Matte which you can find in any drugstore. I hope this post helps and your make-up will look great all summer long thanks to this summer makeup routine. Until next time, stay beautiful!

Včasih tudi vsi ti koraki ne zadoščajo in je potrebno make-up osvežiti čez dan. Sama to najraje storim z matirnimi lističi (dobri in najcenejši so od Essence), nato pa čez obraz nanesem novo tanko plast transparentnega pudra v kamnu, ki ga imam vedno v torbici – moj najljubši je Rimmel Stay Matte, ki ga lahko kupiš v vsaki drogeriji. Upam, da ti je zapis v pomoč in bo tvoj make-up s pomočjo te poletne make-up rutine celo poletje izgledal prekrasno. Do naslednjič, ostani čudovita!