I have another face powder to share with you today. This time it’s the Burt’s Bees Mattifying Powder Foundation in the shade 1110 Vanilla. I got this one at Shoppers Drug Mart with my Optimum points because  I couldn’t spend money on yet ANOTHER face powder (I already bought FOUR in 2018), and  I REALLY wanted to try this one because it’s all natural and I do like to go as natural and clean as possible with my products. So, let’s see how this one works for me and how it compares to the other ones I have…
Burt’s Bees products are made with natural ingredients so let’s take a look at what goes into this Mattifying Powder Foundation.
Formulated without parabens, phthalates, SLS, petrolatum or synthetic fragrances; dermatologist tested; never tested on animals
squalane – The saturated portion of emollient ingredient squalene, which is a natural component of human skin sebum (oil). It is a wonderfully moisturizing ingredient as well as being a source of replenishing fatty acids and antioxidants. (source)
calcium silicate – functions as an absorbent, a bulking agent, and opacifying agent due to its pearlescent and viscosity controlling properties (source)
stearoyl glutamic acid – Emulsifier derived from coconut and amino acids. (source)
bambusa arundinacea stem extract – Bamboo
glyceryl caprylate – A monoester of glycerin and caprylic acid that serves as an emulsifier and skin conditioning agent. (source)
tocopherol – Vitamin E
maltodextrin – Used in cosmetics and beauty products because of its ability to bind other compounds and stabilize formulas. (source)
glycine soja (soybean) oil
linolenic acid – Naturally occurring, colorless polyunsaturated fatty acid liquid that functions as a skin-conditioning agent and skin-restorative ingredient. (source)
linoleic acid – Unsaturated omega-6 fatty acid found in corn, safflower, and sunflower oils and used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics. (source)
glyceryl undecylenate – An ester of glycerin and undecylenic acid. Functions as a skin-conditioning agent. (source)
titanium dioxide (CI 77891) – A naturally occurring mineral used as a colouring agent, whitener, thickening agent, and sunscreen ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products. (source)
iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) – Coloured pigments: red, yellow, black
tin oxide (CI 77861)
Ingredient source: product label
Our Mattifying Powder Foundation is a lightweight, non-comedogenic, shine-control formula with buildable coverage that blends effortlessly.
The compact has a hidden compartment which houses an application sponge and a mirror. The sponge is cute with its hexagonal shape, but that’s about all it has going for it. I mean, it works ok, but I’m just not a fan of sponges for applying powders; I much prefer a mini puff. Anyone else?
When I was at Shoppers I had my L’Oréal Paris True Match Powder with me so I was comparing the Burt’s Bees shades against it. It was a close call between the shades 1105 Bare and 1110 Vanilla, but if I remember correctly, Bare seemed to be a tad bit cooler than Vanilla so I went with the latter.
This is what Vanilla looks like compared to the L’Oréal powder in W2 Light Ivory.
These two are very close in colour, right?!? The L’Oréal powder is a wee bit more pigmented and very lightly warmer, but they’re still quite close to each other.
And now for the big test… how does it look on me? One thing I have to mention before going any further is that these pictures were taken after I had already spent two weekends outside under the sun, so I do have a little bit of a tan going on. It’s not a HUGE tan, but this is not my usual winter paleness. Anywho, this is what the powder looks like on me, applied with the sponge.
Given my current colour/tan, this powder is pretty much perfect for me!
I did apply it thicker than I usually apply my powders to show you how much coverage it can give. Because I had it this thick, after 4-5 hours once my natural oils started seeping through it did look a bit cakey.
Given that the L’Oréal powder was a shade too dark for my liking when I reviewed it, it would be perfect for me right now (given how it compares to this Burt’s Bees powder). That being said, I like the ingredients in this one WAY MORE and given that the shades look so close to each other, this Burt’s Bees powder is a clear winner in my books.
I need to get a better applicator though because the sponge is really not the best; it’s too thin and feels really flimsy. For that reason, I haven’t been reaching for it all that much. Once I get a powder puff this powder will be my go-to for now (until my tan gets darker and I need a new shade).
Have you tried any makeup products from Burt’s Bees?
– Chantal 🙂
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Computer geek by day and super mom by night, Chantal loves to try products of any kind and share her thoughts with the world.