Our Rating: 5 stars

For those craving a little bit of extra coverage over their cream or liquid foundation or perhaps those who only need the lightest possible tint to even out the skin tone, La Vie Celeste Finishing Powder ($25 in the TIA shop) is a good alternative to popular translucent setting powders like Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder ($32), a personal favorite of mine.

Finishing powder, in general, is exactly what it sounds like – a product meant to “finish” off the face. Ideally, at least for me, finishing powders should mattify the skin, set your face makeup, and leave you with a natural finish.

As I mentioned, La Vie Celeste’s finishing powder can be used over foundation or concealer to set the makeup and improve staying power. It feels very light when applied, so you don’t have to worry about adding another layer of product to what may be an already heavily made-up face. Personally, I use it by itself to provide super sheer coverage. I love wearing it alone; the powder has a silky texture comparable to baby powder. It not only feels nice, but there are no worries on my end about blending or looking cakey. It also claims to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – something I cannot comment on due to lack of experience – but I can say that a product that blends so effortlessly would doubtfully settle into lines.

Probably my favorite thing about this product is the packaging. Like most loose powders, it comes in a jar with a sifter to control the amount of product you get on your brush. What sets this powder apart is its sifter has a re-sealable cap (think Bare Minerals foundation packaging), so absolutely no product gets wasted and a cloud of loose powder does not suffocate you when you open the top. It is perfect to take with you when traveling, or just to throw in your bag for touchups on the go.

When looking at the ingredient list, I can see that La Vie Celeste has taken inspiration from its skincare line when formulating this powder. It contains green tea, olive leaf extract, and pearl powder – all staples in LVC skincare – as well as rice powder and silk powder to combat shine. It is also oil free and safe for use on all skin types, including sensitive.

La Vie Celeste Finishing Powder is truly a “one size fits all” face product; I believe that any skin type can find a use for it and enjoy it.

Ingredients: Kosher Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Silk Powder, Zinc Oxide, Pearl Powder, Mica, Olea Europaea (Olive Leaf) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract . May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarine Blue