The makeup technique of color correcting saw a major resurgence in 2016. Instagram, the launching pad for all major beauty trends, suddenly became plastered with faces painted in tribal-like designs of green, purple, peach, red and yellow.
Soon after, beauty companies began releasing myriad new color-correcting creams and powders to help cancel out ruddiness, dark circles, veins and any other signs of imperfections.
In the colorful sea of these products, Bésame Cosmetics’s Violet Face Powder ($22, Sephora) caught my eye. Besame’s violet powder has been around for several years and is highly-regarded among the beauty community as a fantastic way to perfect and brighten all skin tones.
Designed for use alone or over foundation, the purple-hued translucent powder works to correct yellow and sallow tones in the skin to create an even complexion.
Inspired by Hollywood’s golden age of cinema, Bésame Cosmetics’ Violet Face Powder (as well as all the products in the Bésame line) has a vintage look that makes you feel like you’ve just stepped back in time.
Packaged in an adorable hexagonal box decorated with violets, the powder comes in a cute plastic jar that unscrews to reveal a fluffy powder puff for application. Inside the jar, a clear plastic lid that pops open and closed acts as a barrier to keep the loose powder from spilling out.
Made in the USA, the cruelty-free powder is also free of parabens and gluten.
To use the powder, you simply apply it over foundation or bare skin with either the powder puff or a makeup brush. The powder, which has a subtle violet fragrance, blurs imperfections and leaves behind a soft, matte finish.
Fab or flub?
Fab! I was once a non-believer of the power of purple-hued powders, but Bésame Cosmetics’ Violet Face Powder has made me a convert.
The finely-milled, translucent powder is a foolproof way to brighten and even out skin tone, and it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy like creams or liquids can.
I found the powder applies smoothly with a fluffy powder brush (I only use the powder puff for touch-ups), and it did a wonderful job of canceling out the redness from the broken capillaries around my nose.
While some powders, liquids and creams can cake or settle into the fine lines of your face, Bésame’s violet powder stood the test of time (even on my naturally oily face) and required very little touch-up throughout the day.
Although I mostly used the product as an all-over face powder, it also works well as a setting powder for under-eye concealer to help brighten skin and blur dark circles and veins.
For those interested in trying out similar color correcting powders, Bésame offers two additional setting powders, in vanilla and vanilla rose, that have different color-correcting powers from the violet version.
You can purchase all three powders in mini form in a limited edition set for $25 on the Bésame Cosmetics website. Not only is the set an awesome deal, but it also works as a great stocking stuffer or gift for any makeup lover.