I am a huge fan of translucent powders! Something about their finely-milled texture and weightless feel have made me gravitate towards them whenever I want to set liquid foundation. I've been raving about the Tarte Smooth Operator Foundation for years, but its $32 dollar price tag made me want to find a cheaper alternative. The Mary Kay Translucent Powder is a loose setting powder that costs $16 and is available on marykay.com and through Mary Kay Consultants. Is it a nice alternative to the Tarte powder? Keep reading to find out!
Mary Kay did a nice job on the packaging. The product is housed in a plastic container which is similar to most other loose powders, but I really like that the sifter can be opened and closed. This makes it so easy not to make a mess with this product which is usually why a lot of people steer clear of loose powders.
The texture of this powder is great! It feels just as finely-milled as other translucent powders I've tried. On my skin it feels silky smooth, but not quite as smooth as the Tarte powder.
This doesn't leave a white cast on my dark skin, as long as I use a fluffy brush. I also notice that it blurs some of my skin's imperfections- almost like putting on an instagram filter in real life!
The main reason I like using translucent powders is for oil control, and this one does a nice job at keeping my skin from looking like an oil slick! It can extend the wear on my foundations for hours, and I don't have to constantly blot my face. But the staying power on my Tarte powder is amazing. At the end of the day I'm in disbelief at how matte my skin still looks.
Overall, this is a great powder, and the lower price tag will likely make me repurchase it in the future. The packaging, texture, and finish are all nice, and it does a good job at oil control. I will probably continue to use Tarte Smooth Operator because of it's amazing oil control, but I'll probably only use it on special occasions. The Mary Kay powder is definitely a good cheap alternative, and I recommend trying it if you're in the market for a translucent powder!