Review: Stila Sheer Pressed Powder

Makeup junkies all have their can't-live-without makeup products kept in their makeup kit. However, there are certain products that we miss that I think should have a place in our makeup kit.

I've always been impressed with foundations and pressed powders. This is the makeup product that I stock up on (second to eyeliner, of course) cos I use it alot. This year, I kind of stopped using them cos of my tan. So I ended up selling my MAC blot powder and other foundation.

As I was cleaning my makeup train case two weeks ago for a shoot, look what I found:

Stila Sheer Pressed Powder in Light
Php895 at Rustan's Dept Store

my beat up pressed powder


when opened

after 4hrs of wearing pressed powder

Stila's description of their sheer pressed powder:
Get shine under control with stila'a sheer pressed powder. The oil-control formula is finely milled for a smooth, flawless finish. Skin looks clean and polished, never cakey or heavy. Perfect for touchups anytime, anywhere.

ingredients: talc, polymethyl methacrylate, silica, zea mays (corn) starch, octyldodecyl lactate, isononyl isononanoate, pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate, cetearyl ethylhexanoate, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, caprylyl glycol, hexylene glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, dimethicone, zeolite, nylon-12, zinc stearate, bht, phenoxyethanol, sorbic acid, [+/- mica, titanium dioxide (ci 77891), iron oxides (ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499), ultramarines (ci 77007)]

- compact / thin
- nice packaging
- comes with a sleek powder puff
- available here in MNL
- affordable price
- a little goes a long way
- works well despite its being sheer
- available in 4 shades
- stays on for a long time (about 5-6 hours)

In between:
- gives a matte look (this is a pro for me)

- none!

- you can use the puff that comes along with it or any face brush depending on what you prefer
- can be used alone or after putting foundation
- apply the powder on the oily parts of your face only. then blend it out

5 out of 5 stars

I really like this pressed powder for a lot of reasons. I can't believe I forgot I have this product! I think the last time I used this was last September. Anyway, I like this product because well, it's Stila. And honestly, the brand has never disappointed me. Second, this product is very affordable. It's less than Php1000 and gives the same effect as MAC blot powder (which retails at Php1200, btw). The packaging is unique and it's compact! You can put it in your pocket and it won't be bulky! I've had this pressed powder since November 2007 and although I've already hit the pan, there's still more left. I use this every morning before I go to work and every time I check my face in the mirror after lunch, my face is still not oily. Two thumbs up for the staying powder! It really does keep oil at bay!

Happy Monday everyone!


  1. is it still just Php895 today? thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Thank you for the review Gem, it's very helpful :)

  3. Stila is generally a good brand, thanks for the review ^^

  4. gr8 timing, was just looking for a matte pressed powder! can we really put it ontop of my oily face right away? should i blot my oily face wif a paper blotter first? thanks for any tip!

    xoxo elle

  5. @ laarni lopez: if I'm not mistaken, it's really Php895..or maybe Php995? hehe!

    @ krissy: you're welcome :)

  6. @ carine: I really love Stila! you're welcome dear :)

    @ elle: I'm not a fan of blot papers cos I hate seeing the oil from my face hehe. I sometimes use this alone and it still does keep oil at bay. It's sheer anyway so it won't be a problem even if you put a lot until you reach the matte look that you want :)


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