Chalked Up

Since I-don't-know-when, I used less and less foundation, and converted to the powder cult.

But the perfect loose powder is difficult to come across. I've been happy with Caron, T.LeClerc and Shu Uemura loose powder - all praised as good products.

That is until I found out what talc is.

Though it is a natural mineral, the cosmetic use of talc is loosely linked to the causes of lung, skin, and ovarian cancer.

This is very upsetting news for a health freak like me. I stared at the tins of powder as if they're ghosts sitting on my vanity counter. Well, I'm not dead. Yet.

I put on my shoes and went on a mission to find talc-free powder.

Almost all the quality cosmetic brands' loose powder contains talc, except Makeup Forever's brand new High Definition powder.

This was a very unexpected find. I've never cared much for Makeup Forever, but this product is special. Absolutely talc-free, this micro-powder has an unusually fine texture that glides like a film onto the skin. Without being dry or exaggerating fine lines, just a small amount is enough for an all day wear.

The only drawback is that it does not have the "soft focus" look that talc powder provides. I wore this today from 9am till 8pm. My skin remained fresh to the touch at the end of the day. This might just be worthwhile.


Her.Peachieness said...

I love how you're so health conscious. I need to be more like you. I rarely check ingredients in my beauty products let alone read ANYthing on the label (I just recently checked my Visine and it expired a few months ago...luckily I haven't been using it too often). You should do a picture comparison of the talc vs. your new talc-free find. Keep up the wonderful reviews. ^_^

cheryl said...

i guess part of the reason why i keep my makeup/skincare collection small is that i wanna b able 2 keep track of them, & feel safe using them... u're rite: i haven't posted my photo up there for a while! gotta do that :-D thanks for viewing my blog so often! hope it's a fun read for ya!

Her.Peachieness said...

Haha, I do like to stop by don't I? For some reason your blog makes me feel like I'm at a spa. I guess it's your bg/layout and the pics you always put up are always so clean looking!

Nic Nic said...

wow thanks for the insight I had no idea! so all loose powders have talc in (excluding Makeup forever you just talked about)? I was thinking about T.leClerc atually! any good?? :D

cheryl said...

her.peachieness: i'm glad u like my blog - i try to keep both text & images really clean & simple! :-D

nic nic: hi there! u know what, t.leclerc is a mix of talc and rich starch. i find the mixture very coarse, even though the colours are very effective. i'll review makeup forever's powder for ya!

Bliss said...

Thank for the information, i didn't think talc was dangerous because most of our makeup contain it.

cheryl said...

bliss: hi there! yea it's weird a lot of not-so-healthy ingredients are in all of our skincare/makeup... hope u found the review useful!

' * : . b | u 3 . : * ' said...

ooh it says hi-def powder! i wonder if it does work well for those situations.

cheryl said...

blu: hi there! yea it works really well as a finishing powder over foundation, makes my face look very very polished, not dry at all.