Having pale skin is often seen as a bad thing. I can’t tell you how many comments I’ve seen slating bloggers who ‘look totally washed out’ and could ‘do with a spray tan’ and quite honestly I think it’s a real shame. It’s a shame that we don’t celebrate the natural individuality of people, and that instead we pressure each other to morph into something just because it is seen as ‘socially acceptable’ at the time. I don’t buy into peer pressure as much as I used to anymore, but there was a time for me that fake tan became an obsession. I hated the paleness of my skin and wouldn’t be seen at school without at least one coat of gradual tan on.
It took me some time to grow up but now I have I feel like I have finally accepted myself for who I really am. I like to play around with makeup and try new hair styles, but I no longer want to morph into something that I’m not, nor do I want to revolve my life around what other people want. I don’t like fake tanning on a regular basis for many reasons, so therefore I don’t do it.
Today, to support my fellow pale skinned friends, I’d like to point you in the right direction for finding pressed powders and compacts. It’s not always easy finding makeup brands that cover natural light shades, so to save you doing the extensive homework I did I’ve selected my top 5 currently on the market for you to test out:
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
My top pick is Rimmel’s Stay Matte Pressed Powder, because it’s silky smooth, highly pigmented and best of all, truly pale with great colour options for my skin type. I also like the loose powder version, but it tends to run out a lot quicker. I use both versions to set my foundation and often use them throughout the day to assist with oil control in my T-section. It’s not a winner for dry skin, so if that’s something you suffer from maybe try the MAC option I mention later on in this post.
Rimmel Match Perfect Compact Powder
If you have pale skin with a slightly pinky undertone, Rimmel’s Match Perfection Ultra Creamy Compact Powder will be a dream for you. It provides a matte finish and is also highly pigmented. You can use the puff provided in the compact or use a brush (like I do) – either way you’ll find that the result is flawless rather than pore enhancing, and brightening to the skin rather than cakey.
MAC Prep & Prime CC Colour Compact in Neutralise
MAC Prep & Prime CC Colour Compact is a product I’ve mentioned many times on Make Me Up Marie before. Although in pictures and on first impressions it looks highly pigmented and brightly coloured, it is in fact a really subtle and gentle powder that can be used on pretty much any skin type, especially those with pale skin! It’s actually designed as a colour corrector, so to save complicating anything I always opt for Neutralise as it acts as a nice setting powder for my foundation and always makes the appearance of my skin look better. For more in-depth reading on this, visit: http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/beauty-tips/use-mac-prep-prime-colour-correct-line-tips-mac-senior-artist-victor-cembellin/
Seventeen Miracle Matte Pressed Powder
The only way I can describe the Seveteen Miracle Matte Pressed Powder is really creamy. Yes, it does provide a matte finish and it certainly is a powder and not a cream, but it also has a softness and depth to it that, like I said, can only be described as creamy! I like it for this and also because it’s oil free, which is important to me. Most importantly though, it has the ideal colour match for me and my pale skin.
Maybelline 24hr Superstay Waterproof Pressed Powder
Maybelline’s 24hr Superstay Waterproof Pressed Powder needs to be bought in your exact shade, otherwise it will ruin your whole experience with the product. There are really dark shades of this product available, as well as light, so I’d recommend swatching in a store before buying. Besides finding a colour match, this product is great for pale skin that requires a lot of coverage. It has the ability to make even your flaws flawless, which is incredible for such a well-priced product. The downside is that you can only use it once or twice (at a push) within a day, as layering it makes you look cakey and can drag foundation.
That pretty much rounds this post up for today! I do hope you’ve found the reviews useful, but if you have any more questions about a product please do feel free to post your comments below 🙂