It isn’t Makeup Monday, but I got sick of seeing words alone on Daydreamt’s homepage hahaha. So. I recently purchased the Too Cool for School BB Foundation Lunch Box, and along with this, I made a sort of repurchase of my favourite powder by Korean cosmetic brand, Innisfree – the Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder – BUT this time in Loose Powder form, rather than the Mineral Pact.
At first I thought the Powder was a little overhyped for what it did, but I don’t often hit pan on my products so clearly does something right. I like how it is translucent and it also brightens my skin. I love my Mineral Pact (shown below) – with it’s very finely milled powder which does a good job of setting my heavy under-eye concealer and base makeup.
I was going to repurchase it, but because I couldn’t find anywhere on the Internet that pointed out the differences between the Powder and Pact: they look very similar, with the same basic packaging and the same apparent ingredients: “with Jeju natural mineral and natural originated mint” – so I decided to give the loose powder a go and give you guys a comparison. It was $AUD 10.99 on Ebay (5 grams, ~$2.20 per gram) – just a little cheaper than the Pact which I found for $AUD 13 (8.5 gram, ~$1.50 per gram). This means that the Pact is actually more bang for your buck, but outright you will be paying slightly more for it.
Packaging: First of all, a lot of things are similar when it comes to the packaging of the products – the color of the container and the fact that it comes with a really lovely powder puff with the Innisfree label. Innisfree does a great job at keeping their packaging minimalist and clean.
The clearest difference is the fact that the Powder does not have the mirror that the Pact does – and for some this may only be a small difference, but for me this is a bit disappointing. The Pact mirror is possibly my most oft-used compact mirror because when you’re at the powder stage, it’s good to take a final close look at your makeup to ensure nothing is creased or unblended. Also, mirrors that come with say, eye shadows or blushes, almost always end up messy and covered in fall-out product. But the mineral pact mirror is protected by the powder puff and the pressed powder is not very messy or colorful, so the mirror is always pretty clean.
The mineral powder comes in a screw-on container, as opposed to a snap on lid like the pact. This makes sense for a loose powder, since no one wants fallen powder anywhere if for some reason the container is dropped.
The product is dispensed through the typical few holes in the container which allows a little bit of product out at a time. I generally shake the closed container with the powder puff inside, to transfer some product onto the puff to use it. The pact is a little more straightforward, just allowing you to rub the product onto the puff directly.
Product: In terms of the product itself, it’s hard to identify a real difference. It’s the same, finely-milled translucent powder in a loose form – and the powder does well to set your makeup and prevent too much shininess. The loose powder seems to be somewhat finer, but the difference is not very noticeable.
On it’s own, used to lessen shininess, I have to say that it does not last all day so it will require touching up.
The product feels very light and not at all cakey – sometimes when I use heavier powders, I feel uncomfortable applying it to my skin, but this product feels so light on my skin that I don’t feel like it’s going to clog my pores or anything like that at all.
It also claims not to contain 6 common causes of skin irritation: Parabens, Talc, Artificial Fragrances, Animal Ingredients, Artificial Colors and Mineral Oil, so I’d assume it’s good for sensitive skin.
Overall: I really like the powder overall and definitely recommend it to anyone who is in the market for a good, low priced and non-irritating setting powder. If picking between the two products, I would probably go with the pact because of the mirror and the ease of using it… but it depends on the medium you’re using to apply it.
If you use a kabuki brush, then the loose powder is better because it is easier to get the product without digging into the pact. If you use the powder puff, the pact is much easier and less messy to use.