--What does the promo say?--
"Because it’s translucent, this powder is the perfect match for any skin
tone – from very fair to dark. It sets foundation for a sheer, invisible
finish and has light-diffusing properties designed to help soften the
appearance of imperfections for a skin-perfecting look. The powder feels
weightless, natural and velvety soft on skin and is suitable for all
skin types, even those with sensitive skin. The long-wearing formula
keeps makeup looking fresh throughout the day, controlling unwanted
shine while never looking chalky. Wear it over your favourite Mary Kay® liquid or cream foundation as a finishing touch or by itself for a naturally beautiful look."
A screw-top plastic pot that has a disc inside with holes in it to control distribution. The disc twists to open and close whenever required and this is not problematic to control.
After applying concealer and foundation, apply the powder lightly. It can be built up if you feel more is required to set your base. Again, this isn't difficult, but of course you require a powder brush (contrary to the picture, the RRP doesn't include a brush), so make sure you have one before purchasing.
As promised, this worked perfectly with my skin tone thanks to its translucence, and I can imagine it would work well for just about everyone in this regard, helping to set your base for the day. Naturally, being translucent, it doesn't offer any extra coverage, so those wanting more coverage may find it less suitable. However, the powder's light-diffusing properties mean that this doesn't seem to be too much of a problem, and as promised, there is no chalkiness.
--Texture and consistency--
Light, velvety-smooth and non-irritating as promised.
Seems to set the base very well, without sliding or flaking off. No worries here.
--Value for money--
This comes in at about the same price range as Laura Mercier and Elizabeth Arden, so in terms of brand reputation and visibility, Mary Kay is perhaps pushing it slightly. However, quality-wise it is worth the money, and even though I was sent mine for free this time, I would consider purchasing the product when my current pot runs out.
Mineral Powder Foundation, £14.50
TimeWise Foundation Primer, £14
Eye Primer, £16
Special Edition Kabuki Brush, £10