Nature Republic: Green Tea Pore Powder

Move over, other tinted sebum control powders, you’ve just been unseated.  Nature Republic’s Green Tea Pore Powder is the new #1 tinted powder.  I’m surprised it took me this long to find it. (For loose white/translucent powder, Innisfree’s Mineral Powder is still #1.)

I was looking for a new powder because the local Innisfree store has been completely out of stock of Mineral Powder for over a week now. I don’t know why. They’re sold out of everything: the 10th anniversary special editions that are all the rage right now, the regular edition, even the pact! The Blur powders and pacts are fully stocked, but I don’t want that stuff anymore.

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Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder, 10th anniversary edition

 

Previously, I’ve reviewed Innisfree’s Mineral and Blur powders, and also the Blur pact.

Nature Republic’s Green Tea Pore Powder contains 5 g of product and costs 8,000 won, which is the same amount and price as Innisfree’s No-Sebum Blur Powder.

Both Nature Republic and Innisfree’s tinted powders are available in one shade, a supposedly one-shade-fits-all color.  Innisfree’s powder was almost perfect, except for a problem with clumpiness and a slightly damp/sticky face at the end of the day.  Nature Republic’s powder fixes this problem, and is the perfect powder.

Packaging

Simple, clean packaging.

 

The container is almost exactly like Innisfree’s container.  The obvious difference is color, of course. Also, the printing on Nature Republic’s case is printed on the surface of the plastic (raised), and tempts you to scratch at it.  Innisfree’s is completely flat and printed in the plastic.

 

A powder puff is included, as usual. I do not recommend using this. A brush does much, much better.

 

Scent

The scent is a generic pretty floral scent.  It’s stronger than Innisfree, but it’s still weak.  I have a super sensitive sense of smell (runs in the family) but I don’t mind the smell at all.

 

Formula

Perfectly milled, powdery powder!  It’s a little flat right now from being squashed by the sifter, but you can see how powdery it is.  The container is exactly the same size as Innisfree’s – likely the same design by the same manufacturer.  Nature Republic’s powder is filled up, possibly because it’s a looser, flowier product than a likely clumpy Innisfree.

If you check out my review about Innisfree’s No-Sebum Blur Powder, you’ll see that I complained about how clumpy the powder was, and how difficult it was to tap out of the plastic sifter/divider inside.  (The white No-Sebum Mineral Powder does not have this problem.)  Here’s the photo of the Innisfree powders, again:

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Innisfree Blur Powder on the left, Innisfree Mineral Powder on the right.

 

A photo of the sifter, with powdery powder!  This makes me super happy.  No more clumpy Innisfree Blur!

In terms of color: when I tested it at the Nature Republic store, I immediately noticed that it was lighter than the Innisfree Blur powder. I worried about this a little, but it turns out that I shouldn’t have worried at all.  It blends into my skin no problem – and for reference, I am probably somewhere around NC 30 in skin tone.  I don’t know for sure because I’ve never had the chance.

 

Left: Nature Republic.  Right: Innisfree Blur.

In this photo where I’ve just dumped the powder on my arm, it’s hard to see the difference in color.

 

Left: Nature Republic.  Right: Innisfree Blur.

Slightly more spread out, you can see that Nature Republic leans towards off-white, while Innisfree is more beige.

 

Left: Nature Republic. Right: Innisfree Blur.

Blended out more, but not fully blended out. Sorry for the lousy blending on the Nature Republic (left), I should have used more powder.  Rest assured that they’re both equally blendy.

You can see that Nature Republic still shows a more off-white color, and Innisfree has a beige-ish color to it.

 

Face test

 

The shine/glow/grease (choose your preferred word) from the BB cream is completely tamped out and mattefied by the powder.  And right now, the matte look is what I like and want.  I had a hard time getting the camera to focus because, well, the powder’s blurring effect worked!

 

Arm test

In the middle, you can see a slightly shiny rectangle of bb cream.

 

And now some Nature Republic powder on the right-hand side! I’m using my absolute favorite powder brush, the Retractable Kabuki Brush by EcoTools. So soft and portable!

 

You can see a clear division in the middle, where the Nature Republic powder has mattefied the bb cream.  Totally blends in with my skin color.

 

Staying Power

Powerful stuff, just like the other sebum control powders I’ve tried from Innisfree and Etude House.  The difference is that Etude House does not have a tinted sebum control powder, and Innisfree’s tinted sebum control powder causes my face to be slightly (very slightly) sticky at the end of the day.

I applied this in the morning at 7 am, and when I returned home at 5 pm, my face was still completely matte.  When I ran my fingers along my face, I could still feel the powdery texture.  I love it!!

Ingredients

Convenient!  The side of the packaging has an English-language ingredients list.

 

How much green tea extract is in it?  Look somewere on the middle-right of the photo above, and you’ll see 녹차 추출물: 500 ppb (Green tea extract: 500 ppb). That’s ppb as in parts per billion.  500 parts per billion … that’s nine zeros.  An average of 500 parts/units of green tea in every 1,000,000,000 parts of the total. No, you’re not really buying it for the green tea.

The box has instructions to use it as the last step in the makeup routine.  Similar to the other powders out there, this powder also promises sebum control – in addition to the appearance of healthy skin, and blurs away the appearance of fine lines and pores.  Keep cap closed, keep out of reach of infants and children, stop using it if irritation or reactions occur, keep away from extreme temperatures, etc etc.

 

Recommendation

YES, a million times yes!  THIS is the tinted powder to get (if it plays well with your skin tone).

 

Details

Korean: 네이처리퍼블릭 보테니컬 그린티 포어 파우더
English: Nature Republic Botanical Green Tea Pore Powder
Retail Price: 8,000 won
Amount: 5 g
Ingredients, Korean: 마이카 (CI 77019), 탤크,실리카, 합성플루오르플로고파이트, 에칠렌/아크릴릭애씨드코폴리머, 폴리메칠메타크릴레이트, 스쿠알란, 디메치콘,티트리잎추출물,콩오일, 녹차추출물, 레몬버베나잎추출물,페퍼민트추출물, 로즈힙열매추출물, 보리추출물,알로에베라잎추출물, 트리에톡시카프릴릴실란, 라우로일라이신, 에칠헥실글리세린, 글리세릴카프릴레이트, 하이드록시프로필비스팔미타마이드엠이에이, 메치콘,정제수, 부틸렌글라이콜, 1,2-헥산디올, 시트릭애씨드, 소듐벤조에이트, 페녹시에탄올, 향료, 황색산화철 (CI 77492), 적색산화철 (CI 77491), 흑색산화철 (CI 77499), 울트라마린 (CI 77007)
Ingredients, English: mica (CI 77019), talc, silica, synthetic fluorphlogopite, ethylene/acrylic acid copolymer, polymethyl methacrylate, squalane, dimethicone, tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) leaf extract, soyabean (Glycine soja) oil, tea (Camellia sinensis) leaf extract, verbena (Lippia citriodora) leaf extract, peppermint (Mentha piperita) extract, dog-rose (Rosa canina) fruit extract, aloe (Aloe barbadensis) leaf extract, triethoxycaprylylsilane, lauroyl lysine, ethylhexylglycerin, glyceryl caprylate, hydroxypropyl bispalmitamide mea, methicone, water, butylene glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, citric acid, sodium benzoate, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, yellow iron oxide (CI 77492), red iron oxide (CI 77491), black iron oxide (CI 77499), ultramarines (CI 77007).
Brand Page: naturerepublic.com

 

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