Mario Badescu Special Healing Powder

$12.00/ 0.5 fl. oz. (Prices vary on where the product is purchased.), Ulta, Amazon, Nordstrom (Also found at other stores)


How it claims to work:

Fight unwanted shine. A blend of natural oil-absorbing ingredients like Sulfur, Kaolin, Zinc Oxide, and Calcium Carbonate helps clarify congested complexions so T-zone shine is kept under control. Pore-clogging buildup and impurities are drawn from the skin, leaving behind a clearer, smoother, and more balanced complexion.

#MBSkinTip: Mix a small amount of product into your favorite loose powder. Lightly dust all over to set makeup, mattify skin, and help stay shine-free throughout the day


I wanted to try this specifically for setting my oily areas when I do my makeup. I was afraid that it would leave a white cast because it is a lighter color for women of color. We tend to stir away from white translucent powders because of that fear. Although, this particular setting powder is a light banana color. Mario Badescu recommends that you mix with your favorite loose powder. I haven’t tried that particular application; instead, I used it as a finishing powder. To give an idea of my skin tone color, I wear NC45 in MAC. I didn’t experience any white cast while using this product, which is awesome. I used it in my T-zone area because I had been experiencing extreme amounts of oil, and I was quite frankly tired of it. When I worked at Ulta, we recommended this product to customers who had the same problem. So why not? First trying it, I noticed it’s very lightweight on the skin. The test run was using it while at work and casually checking it throughout the day. I wasn’t completely satisfied with its ability control oil. I thought it was merely the same as any loose powder I tried before. I was a little disappointed because I was expecting it to do more. I expected it to go the extra mile to control oil since it does have that as one of the main purposes.

Ratings and Comments:

I give this product the benefit of the doubt. I think it has potential, but not for specializing in oil control. This is a good simple setting powder, and it’s better for the skin as it doesn’t clog pores.

I give this product a 2 out of 5.




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