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Saturday, 21 April 2018

Soft Focus Powders | An affordable option from Freedom?

Freedom Pro Highlight Powder in Ambient

I'm sure a lot of you will know what a soft focus powder is, or would have heard about the Hourglass ones. However, I was a bit late to the party and if you're also like me, you might be wondering what on earth they are?! To put it simply they're almost like a very subtle highlighter but one which you can use all over your face as a setting powder (well maybe with the t zone left out).

I first heard about this concept when I was reading some reviews on the Freedom Pro Highlight Powder in Ambient. I don't have many powder highlighters (my dry skin prefers cream/liquid formulas), but I wanted one or two just to try out, and this one was on offer for £1.50 so I thought might as well! (In hindsight maybe I should have just gone for one of the MUA ones). Anyway, a lot of the reviews were saying it's a very, very subtle highlight and more of a finishing powder to give a natural glow. I'm all about the glow these days (although to be fair I've never been hugely bothered about contouring, I prefer the dewy high cheekbones look).

I really wanted this product to work for me because who doesn't want their skin to look glowy with minimal effort?! However, the first obstacle was the shade range. With the choice of only two shades and both of them quite cool toned, I went for Ambient as it seemed like the only feasible one for South Asian skin. The other option was Diffused which was much cooler. Although on the Revolution Beauty website it seems like they also do two more shades in Brighten and Glow (but those swatches aren't appealing to me either).

Freedom Pro Highlight Powder in Ambient

When I first got this, I loved trying it out on a daily basis. It was definitely a bit more pink toned but it blended into the skin so it wasn't too apparent, and I loved how smooth the formula felt and how it melted into the skin to give it a very soft reflective sheen. However, the more I used it, the more I started thinking that wait this isn't actually working! I would swirl a massive powder brush into this and go around the perimeter of my face a few times, really getting a lot of product on the brush but it barely showed up. Then when I overloaded it, I realised yes the powder was smooth but it felt too ashy on the skin, then it would layer up to look a bit powdery (with quite a bit of fall out too). Layering up the shade would also give a pinky-grey tinge which is far removed from the glow we want.

So to sum it up, I love the idea of a soft focus highlighting powder but this isn't the product for it (it might be a coincidence but they've also discontinued it on Superdrug). The formula doesn't really have any glow imparting properties, especially for those of us with dry skin. I can't help but think a base, like a radiance primer or hydrating serum, would be more effective. However, I do have to mention the packaging is really amazing for such a low budget product, what with all the swirls and the sturdy compact (makes you think where all the money goes in high end products!).

Freedom Pro Highlight Powder in Ambient

However, I will not give up in my quest for a soft focus powder! I've scoured the internet and some good options so far seem to be; Wet n Wild Reserve your Cabana (for fair skin), Models Prefer Soft Touch Mineral Powder (for fair - medium skin), Essence Pure Nude Highlighter (for medium skin, this one seems to be a bit more shimmery though), Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (for fair - tanned skin), or the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. The Elf illuminating palette was going to make a feature but it seems like they reformulated it for the worse.

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be many more options, especially for tanned skin, but I'll try to update this once I hear of any!

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Have you ever tried soft focus powders, and do you have any recommendations?

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55 comments:

  1. I'm so gutted the whole Freedom brand has been discontinued as I really liked these powders. I've not found a true soft focus powder, but the best I've found is the Soap and Glory Glow All Out Powder xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation, I have heard good things about S&G powders x

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  2. I love the idea of a glowy looking powder, but haven't really tried one i love. Good luck on your quest to find one you love!! xx

    https://aimeelillx.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. Haven't heard of this brand but the highlight looks nice!

    https://covetedbeauty.blogspot.ca/

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  4. Gutted about the shade range! Two shades is ridiculous, hopefully they bring out more soon! I love the idea of this product, and I hope you manage to find one you love xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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    1. It really is, especially because most people would find the shades either too cool/too warm, there isn't an in between x

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  5. I had never even seen this product before! I love the Hourglass powders- and for me you just can't compare them!

    Emily xo
    www.emilynewstead.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I think I will have to give them a go one day x

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  6. What a cool product! I really like Physician Formula's butter line, works like a dream!

    x,
    S | Je M'appelle Chanel

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    1. I wish we could get those here easier! x

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  7. Ohh I haven't heard of this brand before. I'm not the biggest fan of soft focus powders and they are easily omitted from my makeup routine, as like you said, I prefer using a radiance primer or just in general a well moisturised base and cream products to give me that glow. I haven't tried the Hourglass one yet, but I have used the Guerlain pearls for a long time which does a really great job at giving that glow and with a light hand shows up nicely on medium skin. The price tag though, I'm not loving that much 😞 🤣

    Sam Hodgett || Beauty & Lifestyle Bits



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    1. Thanks for the recommendation, I will check it out at a counter. That's true, they're not a necessary step but I was hoping they would give my skin a bit of a glow on those days where it just looks dull x

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  8. The Hourglass ones are forever on my could dream about list, they are beautiful. It's so strange now that you've mentioned they've stopped selling it online, that's quite peculiar. Definitely keep us updated for if and when you find one that works well on your skin tone hun
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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  9. I've never tried this brand but I've heard about it before and it seems like this brand is really an affordable one, for this price it's worth a try :)

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  10. I'm a massive fan of those freedom makeup highlighters, they're so subtle & pretty!

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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  11. Looks so pretty! Have a great day!

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  12. Looks like a lovely product!
    http://lambassadrice.com/

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  13. It's a pity this particular powder failed to impress, although I see what you mean about it not completely having a 'glow' about it. Hmm, i'm always a little curious when brands discontinue a product, you may have a point there! Hope you're having a lovely week so far anyway babe! :)

    aglassofice.com x

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    1. Oops, I meant when stockists discontinue brands, haha!

      Gabrielle x

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    2. Thank you! Yes, I think compared to MUR, Freedom wasn't as raved about x

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  14. This looks nice when swatched but it wouldn't suit my skin either, too bad for that. I want to try the Essence Pure Nude Highlighter but it is always out of stock here.

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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    1. I have literally never seen that one in stock! x

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  15. That's such a shame, but it does look pretty!


    tipscapsule.blogspot.com

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  16. Lovely post as always, I liked your thorough review of this product. I’d never heard of a soft focus powder before but I do like a dewy high cheek bone effect too. I thought this product might be good, so sorry it didn’t meet your expectations, although I’d never heard of the brand. Hope you find something better sometime though, one of the other products mentioned might be good. Hope you have a great week! :-) xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Thank you so much :) Hopefully they do x

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  17. It's a shame that this didn't work for you as the shades are so limited, but it's nice there were still some positives to the product. I guess it's better than falling in love with it and then finding it was discontinued, at least you're not too sad about that, haha!

    Hope you are having a lovely week so far and you have a fun weekend ahead of you :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. No, that has actually happened to a product I used to love and I'm a bit gutted about it x

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  18. I love the packaging! So sorry it didn't work out well for you, I doubt the shade would show up well on my skin too. I now mostly rely on my sun cream to get me the glow I want haha! It's better than any highlighter that I've tried before and more natural. :D

    yanrula x
    Let's connect: Bloglovin'

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    1. Haha that is very true, sun creams are perfect for giving you that natural glow ;) x

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  19. I have never tried anything by this brand. Well there are a few brands on my radar though haha! But I love the pattern on this powder it looks so pretty. Having oily skin I prefer subtle shimmering powders. I love the Hourglass ambient powders as well as the essence nude highlighter. There are a few drugstore options as well that I like. :-) Hope you are able to find one that you like.

    Via | http://glossnglitters.com

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    1. Thank you, I might have to try one of those x

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  20. Such a shame that it didnt work for you. It looks so good.

    https://www.fashionablyidu.com/

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  21. why did they discontinue this brand before I gave it a gooooo :( Such a lovely review!!! <3

    Serene xo

    http://www.surrealserene.com

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  22. I actually haven't heard of this brand before but the powder did look nice, however it's a shame it didn't totally work out especially since it lacks in colours. I also haven't been using powders (only to control my oily) but since summer is coming up I'll probably look more into them.

    Stacey, thebambieyes.com

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    1. I normally just powder my t zone, but it is all starting to get a bit shiny with our late summer x

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  23. I have 1 - 2 Freedom products in my collection and I have to mention, they do provide sturdy and high end looking packaging for an affordable brand! I have always stayed away for powder highlighters from the same reason you mentioned! It' a shame the product didn't show up much on skin and then retailer got it discontinued, we might have a connection here! Thank you for writing this honest review!
    Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!
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    Ankita | Real Girl Talks
    http://realgirltalks.com/

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    1. Thank you! Yes it was a shame, it just seems to blend in but nothing happens haha x

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  24. omg I HATE when brands only have two shades and all in cool tones. I'm warm toned and it gets me so annoyed when i want to buy a highlighter, but i end up looking like a clown bc its too blue. i feels you girl i feels you.

    http://cynicalduchess.com

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    1. Haha thankfully there's quite a lot of warmer toned ones out there, try Becca Opal, that looks amazing on x

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  25. I think the Hourglass ones are probably the best, nothing I have tried really compares, but I hope to find a dupe too haha, great post. Thank you for sharing, loved reading your thoughts on this, I haven't tried anything from Freedom xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    1. I might just have to give them a go then ;)

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  26. Wow this looks like such a pretty colour oh myyyy <3

    findyourownhope.blogspot.com

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