Bodyography Oxyplex Pressed Complexion Powder in Amber - review


This review has been a long time coming, and it's the first in a series of Bodyography reviews that I hope to do over the next few weeks.

I received this product in a past Violet Box, and it remains the best product I have ever, ever received in a subscription box. Ever. My golly it went straight to HG status immediately, and along with my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders and Blushes, is my top makeup pick without question. Honestly, it's so far beyond stand-out that nothing I've ever come across can compare.

Interestingly, I did a makeup class with a MAC rep not so long ago, and when asked what I normally used as a base, I mentioned Bodyography products. She went berserk with praise and told me to stick with them!

As you can see, I've obviously been using this product a lot. It's too dark for me to use as an all over face powder, so when I first tried this and realised how darn good it was, I went to the Violet Box shop and picked up the loose powder in Wheat (too pale for me by far, but the only colour available) so I could mix them. Honestly, it was lucky I had points to use, otherwise I wouldn't have taken the punt that they would work together. They do : )

What I've been doing for the past year is mixing a little of each together to get a colour that matches my skintone exactly, depending on how tanned I am. I usually mix enough to last me around a month and then mix again, or otherwise move on to trial another product and leave these two for a while and just be glad that I own them. You're probably not meant to crush up a pressed powder and mix it with a loose one, but who cares. It works.

In my next post, I'll review both Wheat and Cocoa Tan (both loose powders), but for now I thought I'd just stick with Amber, since it's a different type of product and on me it doubles as a bronzer.

Bodyography claims/product details:
  • This heavily anticipated collection was inspired by the millions of women worldwide who crave the naturalness of minerals from the earth to achieve their beauty looks
  • Takes mineral makeup to the next level by cocktailing it with natural anti-ageing treatment properties and infusing it with oxygen
  • Breathable formula allows for all-day wear
  • Smooth and silky in texture for easy application 
  • Enhanced with anti-ageing properties to restore skin's overall health
  • Lightweight and versatile formula layers for desired coverage
  • Enhances complexion of skin with hint of glow and brightness
  • Vitamins A, C and E provide essential daily nutrients
  • Disguises minor imperfections through light reflecting technology
  • Provides a natural coverage to even out the skintone and cover blemishes
  • Formula's moisturising properties condition and treat while preventing caking
  • Clears skin and prevents future breakouts
  • Six shades available (pressed powder)
  • RRP $70 for 11.8g
  • Shelf-life: 36 months
  • Available in Oz from eg

For more information, see the Bodyography website.

See above wrist swatch. It's a great bronzer colour for me, though I suspect it would be too dark for lasses with pale skin and might even pull a bit orange on lighter skintones.

Here's me with clean skin (click on any image to enlarge it):

And here I am with my Wheat/Amber concoction on my face and Amber on my cheeks as a bronzer. I've also applied Amber over my eyes with a heavier hand, just to give you a better idea of colour (I wanted to keep things natural on my cheeks).

How unbelievable is that difference?! And I've only applied the lightest lightest dusting of powder on my face. INCREDIBLE. I've never come across anything like it. I really hope the photo shows just how good it is.

There we are again in natural light above, and in direct sunlight below. You can't really tell I'm wearing anything (except the bronzer bit) and my skin looks hydrated and (almost ; ) ) wrinkle free. 

This NEVER happens to me with powders: I have dry skin. Powders dry me out and not only do they enhance my wrinkles, they also give me wrinkles I don't have. 


Obviously, I'm completely in love with Bodyography Oxyplex complexion powders. With good reason. They provide natural coverage and make you look amazing without making it look like you're wearing makeup.

They're also incredibly lightweight and allow your skin to breathe, so you don't feel like you've got anything on. The tiniest dusting evens out your skintone and covers imperfections. 

When it comes to doing my post on the loose powders in Wheat and Cocoa Tan (the latter being a product I bought to match my skintone in summer, the former being one I bought as a mixer product), I'll do a heavier application so you can see how the coverage builds.

As for product claims, as far as I'm concerned, these powders meet all of them. Honestly, I can't rave enough about these products. And to find face powders that aren't drying - yaysers, waaahhhooo, huzzah etc etc.

I love Amber as a bronzer, but I've been inclined to use it in my Amber/Wheat mix because it's far too precious as a face powder to be using as a bronzer only. I'll probably cry when it's gone.

Can't wait to review the other two powders, as well as the Tahitian Glow primer I've got sitting there waiting patiently to be opened. Woot woot.

Tell you what, it's lucky I'm on a self-enforced beauty spending ban, because just reviewing this product is making me want to buy the whole damn range.

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