Lipsi Cosmetics Aphrodite Powder - review


We received this sample finishing powder in April's Violet Box (reviewed here).

I wasn't expecting to like it because most powders dry my skin out and create fine lines that I never knew I had, but I was pleasantly surprised by this product.

I've seen online that a lot of people weren't happy about receiving this product, and I'm wondering whether they actually tried it before coming to a decision (same goes for the Pearl Fizz eyeshadow we received in the box).

It's definitely one of the better finishing powders I've used and I urge you to try it if you received that box and aren't sure whether you'll like it or not - you might find you like it more than you thought you would, as I did.

Lipsi claims/product details:
  • A fine, finishing powder 
  • Designed to absorb excess oil on your skin, allowing your skin to glow 
  • Sets makeup and absorbs shine while keeping your makeup fresh and natural all day long
  • Paraben free
  • To use: layer over your foundation and concealer for a flawless finish that keeps your skin completely oil free; wear it alone for a sheer soft coverage
  • Suits all skin types and tones
  • RRP $38AUD for 21g


Talc, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Zinc Oxide, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Trisodium EDTA, [+/- (May Contain): Mica (77019), Carmine (75470), Ferric Ferrocyanide (77510), Iron Oxides (77491, 77492, 77499), Ultramarines (77007), Chromium Oxide Greens (77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (77289), Manganese Violet (77742), Yellow 5 Lake (19140:1), Blue 1 Lake (42090:2)]

Above I've chucked some of the powder in my palm so you can see the colour, and below I've spread it out: you can see it has a slight blurring effect on lines. It has settled in the lines on my palms a bit but you would expect that since I just dropped it on: it doesn't do that to the lines on your face if you apply it with a brush.

Since it's really hard to photograph a powder like this once applied, I decided to take shots indoors with the flash on my camera (rather than outside in natural light), so you can see what it does better.

Below is my face before I've applied the powder (and note I'm wearing a BB cream, as I normally do):

There I am below wearing the powder. You can see that it manages shine (apart from above my eyebrows, where I've obviously missed a bit of skin hehe) and doesn't dry my skin out or settle into lines - if anything, it blurs my lines a bit. My face does look whiter in the below shot, but the powder doesn't actually wash me out: I think the flash just makes the powder show up a lot more.


This is a great little finishing powder and I'm enjoying using it. I can see why it's Lipsi's best-selling product: it really is a stand-out and it's rare for me to find face powders that I like.

It manages oil/shine well without making you look too mattified: I don't like super matte complexion products because I think they can look unnatural and, as mentioned, my skin is dry and I need more hydration than I do oil-absorption.

I also think it has a nice blurring effect and therefore does something towards hiding my pores and fine lines. I'm really surprised by this because the powder doesn't look like much and I'd never heard of it (so I wasn't expecting anything), but I won't be surprised if this product takes off and becomes a favourite for many.

The best thing about this is, it does exactly what it says it will do. I find that so rare these days and I'm always pleased when a product lives up to its claims. It's finely milled, controls oil and shine without making you look powdered, and it does help set makeup and make it last longer.

I haven't tried it on its own but I've read that it works well alone too. The only slightly bad thing about this powder is that I don't think it's super long-lasting, so in summer I imagine that I'll need to reapply it halfway through the day, but I have to do that with most products anyway so it doesn't lose points for that reason alone.

I really like this. If I were a powder foundation person I would be giving it an HG tag. But the fact that I like it and would buy it - even though powders don't normally pair well with my skin - says a lot in itself.

Five stars from me.

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