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My typical makeup routine (after applying moisturizing sunscreen) goes like this: concealer, followed by face powder. Next, a few swipes of blush to the cheekbones, eye shadow, a generous coat of mascara, and then lip color (these days, a lip stain layered under a gloss). I’ve never really been into primers or liquid foundation. This is why I jumped at the chance to test drive the Juice Beauty Refining Finishing Powder ($22 in the shop) in Organic Sand.
As we’ve come to expect from Juice Beauty (a favorite of vegan actress Alicia Silverstone), this product is as natural as it gets. The finishing powder is made with plant powders, fruit extracts, and minerals – among them no less than 13 certified organic ingredients. With this hefty dose of antioxidants, the product is meant to protect your skin and prevent premature aging, all while leaving your face “refined and flawless.”
But does the product live up to its claims? Well, for me, it most certainly did. That being said, I have two gripes about this finishing powder. One of them is the container. While I love the generous size of the jar (my fluffy blush brush had more than enough room to sweep up the super-soft powder), applying the product could get messy, a common issue in general among loose powders in sifter jars. The first time I used the makeup was after it had been tumbling around in my purse on my commute home. When I opened the jar, powder sputtered everywhere and I had to spend a couple of minutes trying to shake the powder back into the jar. Travel friendly this is not.
Gripe number two: the Organic Sand (the only color option we received at TIA headquarters) was a little light for my medium skin tone. I probably would have been better off with the Tan. But I won’t blame the product for my not using the correct shade. Regardless, the finishing powder went on silky-smooth, did a commendable job of controlling my oily T-zone, and never settled into creases or fine lines by the end of the day. I almost always need to blot mid-day (especially in the warmer months), and I found myself needing to do so no more (maybe slightly less) with the Juice Beauty powder than with my usual powder foundation.
The texture of the product is amazing – it almost melts into your skin to leave a matte finish. After I’m done with this jar, I will definitely be adding it (the Tan version) to my wish list.
Ingredients: Organic powders of manihot esculenta (organic tapioca)*, zea mays (organic corn starch)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe powder)*, vitis vinifera (organic grape seed oil)*, vaccinium corymbosum (organic blueberry seed oil)*, punica granatum (organic pomegranate seed oil)*, rubus idaeus (organic raspberry seed oil)*, actinidia chinensis (organic kiwi seed oil)*, vaccinium macrocarpon (organic cranberry seed oil)*, fragaria ananassa (organic strawberry seed oil)*, euterpe oleracea (organic acai berry)*, lycium chinense (organic goji berry)*, tocopherol (Vitamin E), ricinus communis (organic castor seed oil)*, extracts of thymus vulgaris (thyme extract), melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree extract), rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary extract) and citrus sinensis (sweet orange oil). May contain: mica, iron oxides
*Certified organic by a USDA approved agency