I Bought It Twice: Too Faced Primed and Poreless Pressed Powder

Two things about me: 1) Despite being a makeup lover, I actually don’t like to have too much of it. I prefer to keep an organized collection of items that I actually use and enjoy. 2) I’m currently in a mood where I want to explore new brands and products versus sticking to my tried and trues. I become excited when I’m near the end of a tube or a bottle of this or that, because it means I get to purchase something new, potentially better, to replace it.

My usage preference and current mood established, you can see why it’s a statement when I decided to purchase Too Faced’s Primed and Poreless Pressed Powder for a third time, despite other brands catching my eye. I had the opportunity to go with something new and I didn’t. Below are my reasons why.


Why I love it:

  • This powder delivers its promise of smoothing out the skin tone and filling in pores. I love that it preps me for a flawless foundation application. It also helps me speed up my routine when I don’t have time to wait for my moisturizer and other face creams to completely soak into my skin.
  • It lasts a while with daily use; about six months. I’ve never dropped the compact, but I do travel with it frequently, so it receives a fair amount of jostling. The powder has yet to crumble or crack.
  • If I am heading into a day without any makeup, this polishes my skin just enough for me to feel confident with a “bare” face. There is no shimmer to this powder, but it advertises light reflective qualities that give off a faux-inner glow. I’ve found this to be true.


What I’d change:

  • I’m not a huge fan of the application pad, I find that it sometimes absorbs too much of my skin’s oils and in turn hardens the product (this might just be the nature of pressed powders). It also gets dirty easily if used over foundation as a setting powder.
  • The cost is $30 per compact. This isn’t the highest price one can pay for a pressed powder, but it’s not super economical either.
  • I noted the the metallic detail on the outside of the compact wore off both times I purchased this and the cute little ribbon on the back of the applicator tore one time.


  • I use this powder daily after my skincare routine to prime my face for my foundation.
  • I switch off between using the application pad that comes with the compact and my favorite kabuki brush by IT Cosmetics. I start by loading my brush up with a couple swirls of the powder and applying it to my forehead and down over the rest of my t-zone, then extending it to my cheeks. I’ll go back for more powder to make sure the fine lines on my forehead and the pores on my cheeks are nice and filled in.
  • That’s pretty much it! Next comes whichever type of foundation I want to use. As I mentioned, some days I won’t even use foundation, this powder does enough to polish my face without it.


Other notes:

  • If I have a long day ahead of me, I will apply a liquid foundation primer before the pressed powder for extra support. Most often I do not.
  • I have also used the powder over foundation for touch ups and to set my makeup. It works for this, but I prefer a loose powder for setting purposes.
  • This product does boast all natural ingredients and added vitamins, always a plus!

xoxo Carly


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