I’ve never been particularly interested in Calvin Klein make-up line. The packaging definitely looks nice and classy, but all the items I’ve tested were horrible. Eyeshadows were not pigmented and the shade range was poor, lipsticks and lipglosses had a weird texture and the shades were not very good, blushes were chalky. Later, I didn’t bother checking out the rest of the line and very soon the make-up line was discontinued.
My sister, who is not much into make-up surprised me with CK Subliminal Purity Mineral Based Loose Powder. I have no idea where she found it. I was very sceptical about the powder and I’ve almost told her that I would prefer cheap powder by Catrice or Essence. Luckily, I’ve kept my mouth shut and tested the powder. So far, I’ve been using it for five days and I have to say that it is excellent.
The powder comes in a big round plastic box with a black cap. There is also a white puff included. The box is really heavy, but it is because of the cap which is heavier than the bottom jar with the powder (there is 20 grams of powder inside)
I have it in shade 201 Ivory. This is a light peachy shade. I was worried that it would make me look too pink, but it goes transparent. The shade is illuminating. It doesn’t mean that it contains shimmer, but that the shade is flattering and skin-tone correcting – something like Meteorites pearls, but without shimmer.
The powder is very finely milled. When I put it on the skin, the powder feels silky. It is not dull matte – it gives a natural looking finish. What I like very much is that it is not drying and doesn’t emphasize dryness or dry flakes.
I’ve tried applying it with a thick Sephora Mineral Powder brush and with the regular loose powder brush. No matter what method of application I’ve been using, the powder doesn’t look cakey. It also minimizes the appearance of pores.
I also like its oil-control properties. It keeps me matte looking for the whole day. Keep in mind that when I talk about matte finish, I mean on a natural looking, normal, slightly matte skin.
In the end, I only have to say: Thank you, sister. So far this is my favourite loose powder and, since the whole line is discontinued, I’m glad that there is so much product inside.
mica, silica, nylon-12, phenyl trimethicone, squalane, methylparaben, propylparaben, sodium dehydroacetate, tocopherol, trisodium edta, +/- CI 19140, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77891
A thichker layer of ck Calvin Klein loose powder, slightly blended: