Sometimes I really shouldn’t be allowed out, you know. I was at a launch with the founder of Erborian a couple of months ago, and I got so excited by this product that all I could say for about 20 minutes was “It’s a jelly! But it’s a powder! But it’s a jelly!”. This is, I suspect, why I’m not going to be challenging any of the major beauty editors in the UK any time soon, I’m, like, sooooo eloquent and all that.
So, Erborian 0.09 Touch au Ginseng Cream Powder Compact, what is it? Well, it’s a powder. but it’s also a jelly (look, I don’t get out much these days, and it may be affecting my vocabulary) and I find it makes a really nice base in its own right. The 0.09 name comes about from the amount of water in the formulation, with only 0.09% aqua, this is basically a water-free product. It’s a hybrid powder that has an amazing bouncy texture, not in the slightest bit powdery, and I find that it smoothes out uneveness in tone beautifully.
What it’s not, I have found, is a finishing powder. It’s more of a base in its own right, though a sheer one. It’s rather a firm product and needs to be applied with a sponge, so over a foundation it’s not the greatest finishing product as the sponge has a tendency to remove foundations, but over something like a lightly tinted CC cream (and it has to be said that Erborian make one of the best CC creams ever, especially now it comes in a new “light” version), or BB cream, it’s rather wonderful. I use it on its own on good-skin days too.
Because it’s a bouncy jelly texture it’s perfect for carrying round in your handbag, because unlike powdery … erm … powders, it won’t crack owing to being thrown around a bit. And it never looks powdery on the skin, and won’t cake. It leaves a lovely velvety, glowing finish, and a little of it goes a very long way. There’s a good-size mirror in the lid too, for touch-ups on the go, though even on my oily skin, touch up requirements have been minimal, this has great lasting power.
It costs £27 from Erborian.com.
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