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Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder


Name: HD Microfinish Powder
Brand: Make Up For Ever
Price: C$35 or C$18 (to go size)
Purchased from: Sephora

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder (to go size) and Sephora
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder (to-go size) and Sephora Collection Pro Natural Powder Brush #40

Having a shine-free face is one of my main concerns in daily life and also in cosplay. I hate looking oily (who doesn’t) and having shiny spots on your t-zone can ruin any good cosplay photo. The HD Microfinish Powder from Make Up For Ever has been keeping my skin matte since I started using it a few months ago and I love it. It makes my skin look like satin! I also always apply a generous amount of it on my face and neck when I cosplay. That’s why I was horrified when I came across pictures of celebrities with awful cases of makeup malfunction which were attributed to this product.

Nicole Kidman Make Up For Ever HD Powder Ashley Judd Make Up For Ever HD Powder

What I learned is that while this product looks beautiful in person, it shows up white when you’re photographed with a flash. Doing further research, I found that the powder won’t make you look like a ghost if you apply it sparingly with a fluffy brush. Since cosplayers are photographed by various people at conventions and we never know who will end up shining a flash in our face, I decided to test this theory and show you the results!

For my test, I used the same amount of powder that I wear daily. I applied it lightly with a fluffy powder brush (Sephora Collection Pro Natural Powder Brush #40, pictured above). The following photo was taken with flash less than 1 metre away from my face. The powder looks pretty good if I might say so myself!

Make Up For Ever powder test

I came to the conclusion that this powder is still fine to use for cosplay makeup and you should look good even if some random convention goers photograph you with a flash. Just don’t apply too much of the powder; it’s not like you need it anyway. I usually just pour some in the lid, swirl my brush in it, tap any excess off and dust it all over my face. However, if you’re going to have a photoshoot in low light conditions where a flash is going to be the main source of light I’d use a different powder just to be safe.