I do love a yellow-toned face powder. For years, my default face powder has been Hourglass Diffused, and, after hitting pan on my third one, I thought it was time to possibly try out a few different ones rather than just blindly buying the same powder again. Enter Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Banana Powder.
A finely milled, soft yellow powder, Rodial are promoting this off the back of the current contouring trend as a “matte highlighter” for the high points of your face, and therefore allegedly perfect for that massive “Instagram Face/part time pornstar” makeup craze we’re seeing everywhere at the moment. Me being over forty, I can’t be arsed, frankly, with attempting to create cheekbones on my gigantic wheel-of-cheese face, nor can I be bothered attempting to look like a Kardashian when my only plans for the day are popping over to Budgens in my pyjamas for a croissant or seven (which might explain my giant melon-head, now I come to think of it). Oh, and you can “bake” your foundation with it, for all your “waking up wanting to be a Drag Queen” days. We all have them, apparently.
Actually, all I want a powder to do is set my foundation, even out my oiliness, and stop me looking like a boiled lobster on those days where my redness is too much to handle. This powder fulfills all those functions really well. It’s highly milled, soft on the brush, and spreads over the face beautifully without caking. I like it very much. It definitely hides redness, and does it very well. I love the hefty compact too, it’s a statement piece in any makeup bag. However, it is very, very matte, and, being of a certain age, a very matte powder can exacerbate fine lines and wrinkles, and I worry that it’s not the most flattering of finishes if I apply with slightly too heavy a hand. I use it in conjunction with a powder that has a more gleaming finish which I will tell you about tomorrow to counteract that.
Is it a replacement for my beloved Hourglass Diffused? Well, no. But its a good powder nonetheless and I’ll use it on days when I want a matte finish that lasts.
Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Banana Powder costs £52 and is available instore now.
The Fine Print: PR sample.