When did become the norm that makeup products have insanely long names? I originally titled this post the Wet ‘n Wild Mattifying Powder Review, and then noticed that the name is really much more elaborate than that! Last month I was browsing my local Walgreens when I saw the Wet ‘n Wild Fergie Center Stage display. On the display was a manufacturer’s coupon for $1.00 off any product. So I took advantage of that and picked up the new Take on the Day Mattifying Powder.
I bought this without reading the back, assuming that it was a translucent mattifying pressed powder. Then I read the back and noticed the “light reflecting” part. Is this one of those light diffusing powders like the Hourglass Ambient Light powders or that raved about one from Nars?
The powder itself seemed kind of scary to me. When you look at the powder in the pan, it looks really white and chalky. Then you notice the powder glistening a little in the light. I will say that this powder does have some shimmers in it that scared me when I first swatched the product, but they do not transfer to your face.
The packaging is plastic and kind of thick, and comes with a small puff. I was a little surprised about how small and cheap the puff was that comes with the powder because it has such a large space built in for it. Also, why there is so much black plastic space around the edges of the powder is beyond me. But the packaging closes securely and the product portion doesn’t “flap” around too much.
What I like: Confession, I had to REALLY REALLY rub my finger in the product for it to show up at all. It isn’t chalky at all in real life. I kept rubbing my finger over it and it kept showing up clear. I was convinced I wasn’t getting anything off of the compact until I tried it on my face. This thing really works! This does a great job of mattifying my face. Right now, I’m using up a foundation that is extremely glowy or dewy, so this has been a godsend. It lasts all day and does an amazing job of setting my foundation. Also, I love how finely milled this product is.
What I don’t like: The consistency is a little hard. I was using a fluffy brush when I first got this product and found that it didn’t really pick up too much product. It took me a week of experimenting with different brushes to find that with the hard consistency of this powder, the best way to apply it is with a dense flat top kabuki (my $3 Elf powder brush is what I use) or with the puff it comes with. Also, while it is translucent generally, if I apply too much I notice a white cast around my face. The shimmers in it throw me off every time I go to apply it, but luckily they don’t transfer (or I don’t notice they do and outside I look like a vampire from Twilight). And my biggest complaint is that this was a little expensive for a Wet ‘n Wild product.
Overall, I really do like this, but don’t love it. Its a good clear setting powder and it has been working great with the dewy finish foundation I’ve been struggling to finish, but it was expensive for a Wet ‘n Wild product ($5.99) and the consistency isn’t my favorite. If you like a really matte face, this might be for you but I don’t think you need to run out and get this.
What do you guys think? Have you tried any products from the Center Stage line from Fergie?