| Review | Westman Atelier Vital Pressed Skincare Blurring Talc-Free Setting Powder

Westman Atelier Vital Pressed Skincare Blurring Talc-Free Setting Powder Review and Swatches

| Review | Westman Atelier Vital Pressed Skincare Blurring Talc-Free Setting Powder

It's actually about time Westman Atelier released a powder. The brand has had their Vital Skin Foundation Stick (full review here) since their launch but not until now did they release a powder to go with it. While I'm not a powder person sue to my dry skin, the skincare-infused formula intrigues me. Will this powder truly feel like skincare and make my skin look flawless? Read on to find out! 


Westman Atelier Vital Pressed Skincare Blurring Talc-Free Setting Powder Review and Swatches

The Westman Atelier Vital Pressed Skincare Blurring Talc-Free Setting Powder retails for $75.00 USD and is available at Sephora and other retailers. The powder is housed in a heavy, small, reflective gold compact. The compact has a nice weighty feeling to it in your hands that feels expensive. The reflective packaging is beautiful but be aware that it is a magnet for finger prints and scratches. Luckily, the brand gives you a thin drawstring cloth pouch for the compact. The bag is a nice touch but feels a little cheap and will really only protect it from getting scratches. It is a pretty compact t pull out for touch ups though. 


Westman Atelier Vital Pressed Skincare Blurring Talc-Free Setting Powder Review and Swatches

Westman Atelier Vital Pressed Skincare Blurring Talc-Free Setting Powder Review and Swatches

SHADES 

This formula currently comes in four versatile shades to suite a specific range of skin tones and one universal translucent shade to suit all skin tones. Since I own way too many translucent (the clear kind) powders, I decided to go with one that is designed to enhance my medium skin tone. I mean technically, the colored ones are still translucent powders but they just have a subtle tint that will help correct and perfect the complexion. 

While I haven't tried the universal shade, I don't notice much of the correcting properties of this powder. The color is very faint and subtle, I think if anything, it might provide a slight brightening effect but even that is not noticeable. I don't think the shade matters that much but this is relative to your skin tone. For example, I don't think a very fair person should opt for the deepest shade even though the coloring is very subtle but they can choose from the lighter shades available. 


Westman Atelier Vital Pressed Skincare Blurring Talc-Free Setting Powder Review and Swatches

Crème - This powder has a very pale yellow tint to it and when I applied to the skin, it blends in completely invisibly. 


FORMULA

This pressed powder has a super soft and ultra-fine texture. You can barely dip your brush into the powder and you will pick up a lot of product. This is a very impressive texture for a pressed powder because when you press a power into a pan, you can really loose that light and sir-like texture. However, this feels almost like a loose powder and it acts like a loose powder. Due to the very light and fine texture, I highly recommend using a smaller brush or a more tapered brush to allow you to control the product and the application of the product.


Westman Atelier Vital Pressed Skincare Blurring Talc-Free Setting Powder Review and Swatches

The powder instantly melts into the skin and looks totally invisible on the skin! It also doesn't feel like anything on the skin! You don't feel or see the powder at all! If you apply this powder over a very dewy or glowy foundation, it will instantly mattify down the shine but it doesn't make the complexion look completely matte. It just dulls the shine and makes the complexion look naturally matte, like the natural look and texture of the skin. It gives the skin a velvety finish that is so flattering. The real magic this powder offers is the burring and soft-focus effect to the skin! 


Westman Atelier Vital Pressed Skincare Blurring Talc-Free Setting Powder Review and Swatches

I don't have heavily textured skin but when I first used this powder it shocked me how significantly smoother and softer my skin appeared! It was very apparent in pictures. I looked at pictures of my skin with this powder on and I thought, "Wow! What's on my skin?", this powder literally has me mesmerized with my skin! I don't use powder 90% of the time I wear makeup but this beautiful texture and filtered effect has me head over heels for this powder! It makes me want to reach for this powder every day of my life! You need so little of this powder to set your face! The tiny bit of powder just creates such a powerful effect and it goes way beyond the abilities of a typical face powder. 


Westman Atelier Vital Pressed Skincare Blurring Talc-Free Setting Powder Review and Swatches

This powder sets my makeup so beautifully and perfectly. The powder makes my makeup last longer, it prevents any oils from peeking through throughout the day, and my makeup looks pretty flawless long into eight hours! It really helped my makeup wear beautifully on a hot day. I'm not a believer in makeup that looks flawless for long after eight hours. I don't think makeup is supposed to be perfect for forever and you will need to touch up. Since I have dry skin, I need little to no touching up when I'm wearing this powder, even if I'm having a long day. 


Westman Atelier Vital Pressed Skincare Blurring Talc-Free Setting Powder Review and Swatches

INGREDIENTS

Now, the "skincare-infused" claim does raise my eyebrows. Here is the full ingredients list: 

Zinc Laurate, Mica, Lauroyl Lysine, Silica, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Enterococcus Faecalis, Butylene Glycol, Water, Hydroxyapatite, Zinc Oxide, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopherol, May-Contain: Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Red 30 (Ci 73360).

While I like the way this powder feels on the skin for long-term wear, I don't feel like it has improved my skin in any way. It's just a very comfortable formula. I know that there are a few brands who include this claim when it comes to their powders but I still have some doubts. While this powder does feel very nice and seamless on the skin, it's hard to really tell if there is skincare in the powder acting on my skin. Most of us already wear skincare day to day prior to applying makeup and you're using so little powder, so even if you're using it daily, you probably won't notice the "skincare benefits" from this powder. 

Even if we want to give the brand the benefit of the doubt about the inclusion of skincare, the product description highlights the following "skincare ingredients": 

-Quinoa Seed Extract: Minimizes the look of pores and retexturizes the look of skin.

-Vitamin C: Neutralizes free radicals, visibly evens tone, and supports natural collagen.

-Probiotic: Enhances skin’s natural defense mechanisms.

Let's look into these "skincare ingredients" a bit deeper. 


Westman Atelier Vital Pressed Skincare Blurring Talc-Free Setting Powder Review and Swatches

Quinoa Seed Extract - This is a great anti-aging ingredient that stimulates the synthesis of collagen. While this formula contains this ingredient, we need to keep in mind that not all forms of an ingredient makes it an active ingredient. Additionally, the amount of this ingredient in this formula is most likely not enough to impact your skin and that's IF the extract is potent enough to actually do something, this product is not directly contacting the skin and we use so little of it. 

Vitamin C - If you already know a fair amount about skincare, you will vitamin c is one of the most unstable ingredients that you can include in a product. Its instability means that it breaks down rapidly and will no longer provide the benefits for your skin. Now, powdered vitamin c is a more stabilized form of this ingredient but again, the formula doesn't contain enough to do anything nor will this powder have direct contact with your skin, like your skincare would. 

Probiotic - This is one of those ingredients I really don't like brands throwing around because a real probiotic is a "live culture", it is a living organism but we all know that unless you're refrigerating your products, this "probiotic" is most likely a marketing ploy. 


Westman Atelier Vital Pressed Skincare Blurring Talc-Free Setting Powder Review and Swatches

THE LOOK 

You can see how flawless my skin looks in these photo and it's not my foundation! Obviously, my imperfections are covered but it is the powder that creates that seamless, smooth, and soft texture. Obviously, I still have some texture on my skin but my skin looks significantly more perfected and softer. I also love how it doesn't look at all like powder on the skin, it's totally invisible. 


Westman Atelier Vital Pressed Skincare Blurring Talc-Free Setting Powder Review and Swatches

Westman Atelier Vital Pressed Skincare Blurring Talc-Free Setting Powder Review and Swatches

FINAL THOUGHTS 

I will admit, when I first saw this powder release, I had no interest in it and I thought it was just going to be another overpriced translucent powder. Also, I am just not a powder-person; however, this powder has completely changed my mind! This powder makes me want to actually use powder daily again! In fact, I have been reaching for this powder every time I do my makeup. It really makes my skin looks so beautiful and flawless! The way the powder blurs, softens, and filters my skin is so incredible and unique to other powders on the market! It is luxurious and feels truly special. While I don't believe the skincare properties are anything significant or what makes this formula special. I like the idea of skincare infused makeup but I'm still very skeptical and I don't think it actually makes a difference in my skin. That being said, I still think this is an ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE powder and totally worth it! I know it's expensive but I think it is easily one of the best products the brand has to offer and I have tried almost all of their products. This is a MUST-HAVE!


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