Finally had enough time to test out the Althea Petal Velvet Powder (Note: This product was sent to me for PR consideration).
TLDR; while I generally dislike white loose powders, I am ok with this.
The powder is micro-fine and soft to the touch, as it says in the claims. I had concerns that it would look ashy on me–and it does, but upon initial application. Buffing it in and waiting for my oils to come up (which doesn’t take a while) solves the problem.
Oil control is decent. My nose and forehead starts to show noticeable (but negligible) shine by the 3rd hour which is actually great for how oily my skin is. However, if you wish to use this to mattify a korean-level wet-finish base, look for something else. Of us oily folk, I probably have the highest tolerance for shine. What I can’t tolerate is looking chalky which this powder doesn’t look. It also doesn’t seem to cling to dry patches but it’d probably be better to check reviews by dry-skinned people.
I met with Hollie (Random Beauty by Hollie) recently and she recommended mixing in Ben Nye banana powder with this powder. I used up mine so I tried the sample loose mineral powder foundation I received from Ellana Minerals instead. BESTEST TIP EVER, Hollie! It addressed the initial ashy-ness I experienced and prolonged the oil control.
The powder costs ₱210 for 3g (around the same price as Laura Mercier Loose Setting by the gram, but easier on the pocket). It is packaged in a screw top jar with a sifter, typical of most loose setting powder containers. Since the product only has 3 grams, the jar and puff are small. If you’re used to a big puff, I suggest transferring this to powder jars available in Beabi.
I think this is a good dupe for Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Face Powder for a fraction of the cost.
If you decide to get this, please share in the comments how it performed on you 🙂