Forget the Blur loose powder version – get this pact instead! The loose powder is a great product but it’s a drag to dispense the product. You either get too little by attempting to shake out the clumpy powder, or get too much by dipping your brush directly into the powder. And it’s a mess to carefully measure out the right amount onto the cap, and use that. The pact solves all these problems.
Previously, I had compared the Blur powder and the Mineral powder. I absolutely love the Mineral powder, and was expecting the same quality from the Blur powder. Nope. The Blur powder is clumpy and, for some reason, I need to use more of it in order to mattify my face.
I had thought that the problem was that it was a new product, at the time that I bought it. I went to Innisfree last week, and hoped that they had fixed the clumpiness by then. But when I tried out the Blur powder again, it had exactly the same problem as before. It hasn’t been fixed. However, I did check the Innisfree website, and it appears that they are selling the same March 2015 batch. Maybe in the next batch, whenever that happens.
But first, the packaging! It’s pretty standard for Innisfree, to have relatively non-decorative packaging – except for their special editions.
Some product descriptions and directions in English.
A few promotional bullet points. Yay words!
I guess the Korean public agrees with me on the Mineral and Blur powders and pacts. On Innisfree’s weekly popularity rankings for face makeup (in the midsection of their Korean website), the Mineral powder is always the most popular of the four, closely followed by the Mineral pact. The Blur pact is usually a few spots behind the pact, and the Blur powder is somewhere at the end of the Top 10 … usually, it isn’t even there.
The white Mineral powder has the right consistency for loose powder, but is quite pale. If you’re dark enough (I’m NC30-35, which is a medium-dark skin tone in Korea), you’ll find that the Mineral powder looks too pale in autumn and winter. I did just fine with the Mineral powder in spring and summer, but bam – here’s autumn, and suddenly this white cast is just sitting on the surface of my skin instead of blending in.
The Blur pact (which I should have bought months ago) fixes this problem.
The cover doesn’t quite swing open 180º, but that’s fine.
It comes with Innisfree’s usual powder puff applicator, which is separated from the pact by a fitted piece of plastic. The powder puff will work fine in a pinch, but I really recommend using a powder brush.
Like this! I’m using the Retractable Kabuki Brush from EcoTools.
One swirl is enough to pick up a good amount of product. Of course, I have to repeat the process several times to actually cover my face in powder … I can’t use this one swipe for my entire face!
It’s hard to say what the color is – it’s a very light, yellow-tinged beige. It’s not going to match everyone, but it’s going to match the medium to medium-dark (for Korea) skin color ranges.
The back of the case has two holes, to help with pushing the powder’s container from the case. It could be that this is the first time I’ve actually paid attention, but I’ve never noticed these holes at the back of powder compacts.
A downside (only slightly) is keeping the product hygienic. For the powder, I would always shake it out and use it on the cap, which kind of kept the main reservoir clean. I would periodically clean the cap, and never had any breakouts. For this pact, however … I will periodically spray the pact with alcohol, to sanitize it. Moisture from BB cream or sweat/oil gets onto the applicator, which then gets onto the pact, and potentially leads to bacteria growth and … breakouts on your face! You don’t want that.
Cost-wise, the pact works out to be a little cheaper than the loose powder. The pact costs 12,000 won for 8.5 grams, and averages out to 1,411 won per gram. The loose powder costs 8,000 won for 5 grams, and averages out to 1,600 won per gram.
Yes, I will totally buy this again. The only way I’ll ever buy the Blur powder again, is if Innisfree fixes the powder’s texture.
Update, April 2016: This is still the best tinted pact out there, but I really prefer Nature Republic’s tinted loose powder. Pacts are more convenient for carrying around in a purse, though.
Korean: 이니스프리 노세범 블러 팩트
English: Innisfree No-Sebum Blur Pact
Retail Price: 12,000 won
Amount: 8.5 g
Ingredients, Korean: 탤크, 마이카, 실리카, 보론나이트라이드, 에칠렌/아크릴릭애씨드코폴리머, 스쿠알란, 폴리메칠메타크릴레이트, 티타늄디옥 사이드, 부틸렌글라이콜디카프릴레이트/디카프레이트, 피이지-10디메치콘, 합성플루오르플로고파이트, 메치콘, 트리에톡시카프릴릴실란, 디메치콘, 에칠헥실글리세린, 글리세릴카프릴레이트, 틴옥사이드, 녹차추출물, 미네랄솔트, 박하잎추출물, 백년초열매추출물, 난추출물, 동백나무잎추출물, 귤껍질 추출물, 1,2-헥산디올, 황색산화철, 적색산화철, 흑색산화철, 향료
Ingredients, English: talc, mica, silica, ethylene/acrylic acid copolymer, polymethyl methacrylate, boron nitride, squalane, synthetic fluorphlogopite, titanium dioxide, methicone, triethoxycaprylylsilane, dimethicone, ethylhexylglycerin, glyceryl caprylate, tin oxide, green tea (Camellia sinensis) leaf extract, mineral salts, mint (Mentha arvensis) leaf extract, Japanese camellia (Camellia japonica) leaf extract, orchid extract, cochineal cactus (Opuntia coccinelliferra) fruit extract, tangerine (Citrus unshiu) peel extract, 1,2-hexanediol, yellow iron oxide, red iron oxide, black iron oxide, fragrance.
Brand Page: innisfree.co.kr
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