If you are looking for an oil-control makeup product that you can always count on to keep you shine free, I would highly recommend Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder. It is hands-down my favorite product to use on a daily basis and I haven’t been able to find another alternative that can beat it. I can confirm it does leave your skin soft and matte, as marketed.
So versatile, it can be used in 10 ways
Every Innisfree store I walk into in Seoul are always low in stock with this product. The BEST feature about the No-Sebum Mineral Powder is that it has up to ten tricks up its sleeve:
- Finishing powder (similar to Make Up For Ever HD Powder) the last stage of makeup
- Helps to retouch your makeup
- Alternative to using oil control paper
- Eye Primer for eyeshadows & eyeliners
- Dry Shampoo
- Nail primer
- Mascara Primer
- Matte Lipstick (after you apply your lipstick)
- Deodorant / Body powder for your armpits, neckline, legs etc. to keep you dry
- Body Shimmer (mix with your color shadow by choice, and it can create a shimmer that you can apply on your legs)
The texture is pretty fine and works well with any kind of makeup regardless if it is a Korean cosmetic or not. Thus, it will always give you a soft finish on your skin. If you happen to accidently have a lot on your hands, it can feel slightly chalky and you’ll want to wash your hands.
I give this a 8 out of 10 because even though this product is a godsend, I naturally have oily skin. I already have some serious fundamental sebum (oil) problems with my pores and usually need to touch up my makeup by 7-8pm if I am going to have a late night. I reckon it will do wonders to a person who has normal or dry skin. Let me know!
How and where you apply it is completely up to personal preference. I love the cushion puff that comes with the packaging because I mainly use it to pat my hair and use the powder as dry shampoo. It gets messy when you put the powder on your hands and then running it through your hair. Also, if my T-Zone needs a touch-up, it’s better to use the cushion puff rather than a brush.
However, how I use a brush to apply the powder over my cushion foundation (which usually gives off a dewy appearance) and lips to give myself a more matte look. By tapping some of the powder on the back of the lid, I softly tap my brush into the powder (not scooping up all). Next, slightly shake on my wrist to remove any excess. Then, I swiftly brush over my face to set the foundation, but I don’t press hard at all. I first do my forever oily T-Zone, then move onto under the eyes, cheek area, jaw, and then the outline of my lips. If I really want a complete matte look on my lips I’ll brush across my entire lips, but usually I like to just do the outer lip area to create a more 3D effect.
The solid green color with the brown text font perfectly aligns with their ‘natural’ and ‘eco-friendly’ image of the company and with the natural Jeju mineral and mint ingredients. It is renowned for its “6 free system”: paraben free, talc free, artificial colors free, animal ingredients free, mineral oil free, artificial fragrance free.
Although the packaging is small with 5 grams of powder in it, it fits perfectly in your hand and won’t take up too much space in your makeup pouch.
Prior to opening it, there will be an adhesive sticker on the side, which means it hasn’t been opened yet nor tampered with. It’s Innisfree’s way of saying “Yep, this was freshly made for you.”
It’s a screw-on cap and you’ll only need to turn it once for the lid to come off. You’ll see a cute cushion puff applicator that fits perfectly and underneath another sticker to peel to start using the powder.
I rated this a 9 out of 10 because I feel that if there was one aspect they could improve on it would be the actual holes from where the product comes out. I’m not sure if it is the size of the holes or the number of holes, but a whole new innovative way of releasing the powder should be created. However, I’ll leave that with the experts to Innisfree. Just like how Make Up For Ever has improved their HD Powder so the powder springs out like a flour sifter and the product comes out cleaner, I hope Innisfree will find a new way to upgrade this product without losing the amount of product available (5g).
Innisfree vs. Make Up For Ever vs. Urban Decay
Before using Innisfree’s No-Sebum Mineral Powder (now 1+ years), I used Make Up For Ever HD Powder for over two years. HD Powder is great when you are about to go out for a social outing and need to take a lot of pictures and you want to look oil-free. However, throughout the day I felt my oil & foundation building up as time went on which made me always having a strong desire to wash my face and reapply my makeup. Though if I just needed my skin to look perfect for 4-5 hours, especially for photos, HD Powder is what I would recommend today and it’s easily accessible in the USA.
If you want to use an oil-controlling powder on a daily basis, hands down Innisfree’s No-Sebum Mineral Powder is my winner, especially because I can also use it as dry shampoo when I’ve done an all-nighter and need to rush for work in the morning.
Although you can use this powder as an eye primer, I prefer not to. My favorite eye primer that I have been using for over five years that will last for hours has always been Urban Decay Primer Potion. I’m still waiting for the day when a Korean cosmetic eye primer can trump it.
Have you used this product before? Out of the 10 ways you can use Innisfree’s No-Sebum Mineral Powder, what has amazed you the most? I’d love to hear your review, thoughts & experiences in the comments below!
This review is based on Cee Ng’s editor review. Her review is based on real usage & review with her skin type as listed.
Skin Type: Oily
Skin Color: Light to Medium (No. 23)
Skin Undertone: Yellow undertone