Transparent & Translucent Face Powders; Suqqu Vs Laura Gellar

I must confess although I occasionally get an oily nose, my face is largely dry, especially as the day progresses.

So god only knows why I have an obsession with pressed powder. I just think it’s the chic process of taking out a compact and patting the nose; although its not something I see much these days.

So I recieved Laura Gellar Blotting Powder in the post – I don’t even remember ordering it, but it was on my QVC Waitlist apparently. Hey-ho, I’ll give it a go.

This powder is white but is translucent (I am dubious when things that are white, are described as colourless because even on my medium toned skin, I can definately see a white veil on my skin.) It comes with a fan brush, which is fine.

The powder worked great! (although I don’t have madly oily skin), it was pretty colourless, and left a matte, glowy texture to my skin. I have been using it as a setting powder cos I really don’t get the oily in the day, but I want to keep it as it has a nice texture.

It reminded me of another *unused* powder I have – Suqqu Invisible Veil Transparent Powder.

I was wowed by the idea of this because it is completely invisible – you can see the writing on the bottom of the pan because you can – well, see through the powder:

Clever eh?

I imported this a while ago and it cost me a ridiculous amount of money, something like £65. As Suqqu is now availble in London, Selfridges, I am sure that it is cheaper to purchase.

I have tested it out; it is the strangest product because its hard to gague if it is working or not. I had to find a shiny patch and see if it mattified and yes it did! But its see through – there was no magic or wow effect on the skin – it just mattified and left no colour. Hmph.

The Suqqu is one you can leave, definately unless you have a super oily face and plan on powdering a few times a day then you won’t have a cakey build up effect. I am still fond of it – after all, it is an innovation. You are paying for the technology baby, the technology.

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  1. MandyPandy says

    Thanks for reviewing the Suqqu clear powder! We don’t have Suqqu in the US, but ever since I heard about the powder I’ve been obsessed with it. I wonder, how did they get it to be clear? I’m assuming that it’s silicone based, a bit like a dry primer.

    I’ve also heard good things about Suqqu’s curler. It’s supposed to be one of the best on the market.

  2. Row says


    Now funny you should say that, I am DYING to try the curler – my shu isnt working so well these days, (although it has never pinched me) but you are supposed to replace a shu two, three times a year whenever the pads run out…

    Yes the powder is very silconey in feel – dry silcone is a good way to describe it. Its good I guess, I hate piling powder on my face :)

  3. MandyPandy says

    I never cared much for Shu’s curler, personally; the curl is far too subtle (though it rarely pinches, it’s true). I can’t seem to dispose of it, though, as it’s the first curler I ever bought. Memories.

    I actually use ELF’s eyelash curler; at only $1 in price, it’s better than any other curler I’ve used (and I’ve tried a fair few).

    Actually, you only have to replace the curler pad on a Shu every 3-6 months. Shu doesn’t sell replacement pads (gee, I wonder why?) so you have to pick them up from Shiseido. Not sure how much they cost in the UK, but they’re $7 here in the US.

  4. Row says

    Oh I have Elf, doesn’t work for me though…at the moment Shiseido probably works the best but I am going to get my hands of Suqqu…

    Well the Shu SA told me they don’t sell the pads, because by the time the two included curler pads have gone flat, it means the curler action has worn down and needs the whole thing needs to be replaced.

    But I can’t bring myself to replace an entire curler 1 – 2 times a year although over time, my Shu Curler is getting worse.

    Huh, I just remembered having my first curler, it was Bodyshop, £2.50 and amazing…might hunt one down but it’s probably £20 these days