Loose powders are scary territory for brown skin! They can make us look ghastly. Both in real life and flash photos. Or, in some cases, they can make us look extremely dry and cakey. Loose powders can be especially horrifying for me because I have a pretty deep skin tone and I have dry skin too. Unfortunately, they have a tendency to make me look both ghastly and ashy. Yikes!
I’ve tried a handful of loose powders with pretty decent results. From high end to drugstore. But rarely would I get that smooth, flawless look everyone else achieves using loose powders. Until recently, when I picked up a few drugstore loose powders to try. Including the new Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powders. Spoiler alert: they’re bomb!
The Packaging & Shade Range
The packaging is the first thing you’ll notice about the new Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder. It’s mighty chic and luxurious for a drugstore powder! The Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder features a square design that’s a little bulky but still feels nice in hand. It’s mostly plastic, of course. However, the Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder doesn’t feel cheap at all. In fact, it’s pretty sturdy. One of mine took a nasty fall on a hardwood floor and was still pristine. Nice!
The shade range is quite impressive and rather diverse, too. I can dig it, Maybelline! The Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder comes in 8 shades ranging from Fair to Dark. Pretty much anyone can find a good match to set their foundation or concealer with the Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder. I was shocked to find 2 shades that work like a charm for my skin tone.
Conceal + Highlight
You know us brown gals have a lot of dimension to our skin. Using a single shade to set your concealer and foundation isn’t always ideal. For starters, no one is completely one shade. Plus, if you like to highlight and contour (like me), then you definitely need a slightly lighter shade to make your highlight pop a little more. Here’s where 35 Deep comes into play. It’s a neutral golden tan that brightens my highlighted areas without looking pale, ashy or chalky.
Perfect + Set
I opted for the deepest shade available to set my foundation, 40 Dark. I have to tip my hat off to Maybelline for creating this beauty! The 40 Dark shade is probably the deepest loose powder I’ve ever seen in stores. Making the Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder a great contender for dark skin beauties like Black Opal and Iman. Okay, Maybelline! 40 Dark is a deep, warm golden bronze that’s perfect for my skin tone. It blends in easily and doesn’t make me look too dark or ashy.
Is the formula any good?
Yes, sis. Yes, it is! I was expecting the Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder to be a bit chalky with a thicker consistency. Boy was I wrong! The Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder sports an extremely finely milled texture that leaves this powder feeling silky smooth and soft to the touch when applied. The formula feels weightless on the skin and quickly begins to absorb. Which is lovely because it doesn’t just sit on top of skin making it look cakey and dry.
Does the Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder have flashback?
The quality of the Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder is impressive! Many chocolate cuties struggle with flashback using loose powders. This isn’t the case with the Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder. I tested these powders with different foundations and different lighting ranging from outdoor and indoor with my ring light and flash. The Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder looked great every time! I always looked my correct color and even noticed a bit of a blurring effect. Score!
Oily skin? Or dry skin?
The formula is also great for all skin tones. Though you still have to be careful to not use too much. I used the Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder on my best friend, Tiara, and it performed incredibly well on her oily skin. She remained matte without looking dry, cakey or overly made up.
The Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder isn’t too shabby on dry skin either! However, it seems to work best for foundation. The formula is slightly mattifying so it works well to knock out any excess oil (or shine) that makes my foundation slip around and settle. On the other hand, the formula didn’t work quite as well under my eyes. I still liked the way the Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder looked on my skin by the end of the day. But I noticed that it began to look a teeny bit dry and slightly crease around 8-10 hours. Still not bad! Even so, I prefer to stick to using the Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder for my foundation and my trusty Black Opal powder for my concealer.
Is the Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder worth it?
Absolutely! I’ve tried many loose powders from NARS and Fiona Stiles to NYX and Black Opal. The Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder is one of the best loose powders I’ve tried so far. And it’s only $8! I highly recommend giving the formula a try!
Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder in 35 Deep (top) and 40 Dark (bottom)
Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder in 35 Deep (under eyes) and 40 Dark (all over)