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MicroSmooth Baked Powder Foundation by Sephora Collection
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MicroSmooth Baked Powder Foundation

finish: demi-matte coverage: medium coverage
Variation: 05 Porcelain
05 Porcelain15 Nude25 Beige30 Sand35 Bronze40 Tan56 Mahogany60 Deep Ebony
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it leaves my skin looking so smooth and flawless, and never looks like i am wearing makeup, no matter how much i apply

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i loved how fine this powder is and how it smoothed out my face

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this powder is like nothing i've ever used before - smooth, soft and radiant

- Sephora User

this powder is not a full coverage powder but omg i love the way it doesn't add too much coverage but makes my face look more smooth and a little more radiant

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lightweight and effective - gives an amazing finish that lasts

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it's lightweight and provides an airbrushed finish

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good quality

i love the sephora brand and this is one of their best quality products

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great quality at a great price

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pore minimizing

pore minimizing

i love how it fills in my pores and makes my skin look flawless

- Sephora User

i love this i have larger pores and this minimizes them as well as helps provide a smooth transition between my concealer and foundation

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this powder is excellent for that and does exactly what the description says, you can easily build this foundation from a light covering to as full of a coverage that you need

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i love full coverage make-up and this is very buildable

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blends well

super smooth powder without too intense pigment, blends my makeup in and sets the face beautifully with a light sheen, always makes my makeup look 10x better

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sets and blends perfectly

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not creasing

amazing coverage, doesn't crease or make you look dry, and doesn't oxidize

- Sephora User

no smell, no creasing, it sets the foundation perfect

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color accuracy

doesn't oxidize

but once it oxidized to my skin it's perfect

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but once it oxidized to my skin it's perfect

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staying power


wear it everyday and stays on even with my busy schedule wearing a face mask

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best finishing powder ever it gives a nice glow and it last alllll day

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of course as everyone else alissa ashley was the reason why this beautiful powder was brought into my life,now i have dry skin ,this is the best foundation powder i have ever used ,and i’ve used and have a lot of high end foundation powders but this powder beats them all,it’s so nice ,it’s a sheer,silky, hydrating powder looks good over any and everything,it has a baked texture and it’s not full coverage but over a foundation u can build it up enough to get a good amount of coverage and it never look cakey or dry ,i brought two,thenthey we’re going to discontinue it ,then they brought it back, and i just brought two more so glad because i’ve hit pan in both the ones i have ,i use it all over the face and a lighter shade under my eyes it’s the best ,for oily skin it will still look beautiful but don’t know how well you would like it cause of the oils

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it never looks dry or cakey

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beautiful color, mattifying, and looks amazing over my foundation

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i wear this and sometimes wear the 8 hour mattifying compact, i love them both equally

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i really love the semi matte finish

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has a really nice semi matte finish

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medium coverage

great coverage, medium to full coverage

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use this powder nearly everyday so easy and has got light to medium coverage so good for light makeup says to set your foundation or on its own

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Sephora userJanuary 9, 2019

Very Nice Powder

It’s a very pretty powder. It adds a very nice glow to my make up. I wear NC60 in MAC and this powder was not ashy at all, it blended right into my foundation. It didn’t really smooth my skin, but that could’ve been because of the brush I used. It’s very sheer but the texture can get cakey very quickly. I’m not sure about how mattifying it is because I did set my makeup with the MAC fix (The powder felt dry on my skin) and that’s a pretty hydrating spray, but I’m going to use I with different setting sprays to see if anything changes. With the fix , I was extremely oily 5 hours later. But it looked really nice, I like the smell (I can’t pinpoint what it smells like), it didn’t turn my foundation red or yellow (I have neutral undertones). I used it with the Kat Von D foundation in Deep 78 with the Milk Make blurr sticks as my primer (fail). So I’m going to use it with other foundations, primers, and setting sprays. My only gripe is that I wish it came in darker shades. I’m dark, but not deep dark or deep. And I use the darkest shade. I added a photo that I took on the bus (by accident) and I think my makeup looked really good (please ignore my eyebrows). And lastly, for once ever, my glasses didn’t smudge my makeup, and that in itself is why I’d use this powder again. Less

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Sephora userNovember 23, 2012

Not for my oily girls

I usually wear the sephora mattifying powder foundation. I wanted a different alternative for fast application plus being convenient in a compact so I thought I'd give this a try since I love the mattifying powder, I tried this in the sephora store & it was stunning & smooth like it promised so I bought it the next day I wore it out ran a few errands then I started getting oily so it was time to blot I looked in the mirror & it looked like I had a lil map on my nose forehead cheeks & upper lip :/ I blotted then blended it out then reapplied I gave it a chance for a couple of more days of dissapointment it would not hold up against my oily t-zone & looked gross & cakey I tried to love it but it had to go back I reccomend this for dry skin if your oily I'd stay away but I would say try the mattifying compact it looks natural & doesnt slip off or get blotchy <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__translate-span">« less</span>

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sephora userApril 20, 2018

Why Didn't I Try This Sooner?

I purchased this because thataylaa on YouTube has raved about it and like her, I also have very dry skin. I absolutely love this powder. No matter how I use it, it always looks flawless on my skin and not like powder at all! The shade Nude is also perfect for my light, neutral toned skin, however, I will definitely be getting a darker shade for the summer time when I have a more light-medium skin tone. I began by wearing this powder over my Josie Maran Vibrancy Foundation Fluid and I loved it. When I first applied, I was a little scared because it definitely provides more coverage than a setting powder (since its foundation and all) which is something I am not used to. But after just a few minutes it practically melted into my skin and my complexion looked flawless and not cakey at all, it still felt hydrated, but was also set well enough to blend powder highlight and bronzer on top. I set with my Mario Badescu Facial Mist and Smashbox Primer Water (yes, high maintenance but I love them both so much!!!) and my skin looked flawless all day, except for just a smidgen of creasing on my forehead but that's very normal. I also wore this alone for a few days and after not wearing powder foundation for years, I was extremely surprised! This lasted all day on my skin and somehow made my skin look better and better throughout the day. I still had a dewy glow at the end of the day and didn't feel or look cakey or dry at all! I will definitely continue to by this product because I am IN LOVE!!!

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Sephora userJanuary 10, 2013

Dark Skin & Oily Skin Approved!

I have EXTREMELY oily skin and I have tried so many powder foundations. I actually came across this powder, by a happy accident, while watching a video review for something else. I loved the coverage it gave the woman in the video, so I decided to try it out for myself. When I went to Sephora and the clerk applied it to my face, it looked amazing! The smooth, MATTE, silky finish didn't look or feel heavy; it buffs and blends out so well; it matched my skin tone perfectly; and I didn't look ashy! I'm a medium-dark (deep) skin tone, and ashy-looking skin is just the worse thing! I bought it immediately. After a couple weeks of using it, I'm still just as in love as the first day. These are the tips I have now learned: 1. Applying too much (like any product) will make you look cakey. 2. Oxidation of the product [due to my oily skin] was very minimal. Being that the foundation itself is oil-free, helps out a lot. It truly held my oily skin at bay...although, I would still say to all the oily skin people out there to not neglect your mattifying gel, if you use one. If you're having a long day, you may have to occasionally blot and reapply...but that's just expected. 3. With a light hand, the Microsmooth works wonderfully as a finishing powder over liquid foundation or BB cream. Applying it over cream foundations, however, has a so-so outcome. 4. If you want a very natural look, then wear the powder on its own. You'll look as if you're wearing nothing, while still appearing somewhat flawless. 5. The correct foundation brush for this powder is integral for proper coverage. If you have, or having some similar to, the Sephora Pro Flawless Airbrush #56 (a dense buffing brush), then you are on the right track. I would also recommend a retractable brush, since you can adjust the brush's density for either a light or heavy coverage. 6. Besides a foundation, the powder is weightless and matte enough to work as a highlight powder. These are my opinions, and I know this product may not work for everyone. I can only hope my review will be helpful to anyone out there wanting to give this powder foundation a try. Plus, you can't beat that price! <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__expand-link pd-reviews__translate-span" data-hide="8288226536464696398-full" data-show="8288226536464696398-short" jsaction="pdui.tvc">« less</span>

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Sephora userJuly 21, 2017

Your skin but better

I have tried many different powders from various brands and when I found this baked powder by Sephora a few years ago, I fell in love!!! The powder gives you the appearance of your skin but even more flawless. It's light weight, medium to full coverage, looks airbrushed, fills in pores and doesn't break apart on the face on long days (I have oily skin). My friends who have dry skin love this powder too...they just add a few drops of oil to their face beforehand. The best brushes to use is a dense kabuki brush/flat top brush if you want medium+ coverage. Or if your look for light coverage then use any nice fluffy large powder brush. There is a little bit off fallout when you swirl your brush but that's completely expected because this is a baked product, but you can control that if you use a dense brush. I hope that Sephora NEVER EVER discontinues or changes the formula. I use number 30 and I'm light/medium with an olive undertone. I usually use number 123/Y365 from MUFE (if u need a color reference). But then I also have this powder in 30 and 35 for when I'm tan and really tan. I'm thinking of picking up 1 shade lighter to highlight the face. In terms of how long this last, it depends on how often u use it. sometimes it lasts me a little over a year with maybe weekly use (one time per week) and other times maybe 3 months if i use it daily. The best part of this powder is that it's affordable amongst all the powders in the store and PEFORMS EVEN BETTER than the rest. <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__expand-link pd-reviews__translate-span" data-hide="-8111600863184389501-full" data-show="-8111600863184389501-short" jsaction="pdui.tvc">« less</span>

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I use this to set my whole face it’s makes my skin look so smooth and flawless and a little goes along way. I also use it I go heavy handed with my bronzer or blush and use this to blend and soften!