Bodyography Oxyplex Loose Powders in Wheat and Cocoa Tan - review and swatches


I reviewed Bodyography's Oxyplex pressed powder in Amber last year (see here), and I can't believe how long it's taken me to review these two loose powders!

At a pinch I probably prefer the pressed versions of this powder, but that's mainly because loose products can be messy and I find pressed powders easier to use. Otherwise there's not much in it.

I received Amber 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 to HG status straight away, 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.

These powders are just as good, minus the mess factor, and I can't imagine ever using any other mineral powder.

I bought Wheat as a points purchase in the Violet Box shop so I could mix it with Amber - Amber was a little too dark to use as a foundation but it was too good to use as a bronzer alone - and once Amber ran out, I needed a darker colour to mix with Wheat so that, again, I could use the mixture as a mineral foundation.

I bought Cocoa Tan as that darker colour, and I could probably have gone a shade darker for mixing purposes because it's the right colour for my face for most of the year, and it's only really now - at the tail end of winter - when I need to mix it with a little of Wheat to make the colour paler.

Anyhoo. Let's have a look at the powders.

Above and below, Wheat is on the left and Cocoa Tan on the right. You can see that both are great neutral colours that aren't too pink or yellow based, meaning they're the kind of powders you can apply lightly and they tend to merge with your skin - even if the colour isn't quite right.

This means I can use Wheat as a finishing powder once Cocoa Tan is all gone, and it won't make me look pale if I use a light hand.

Bodyography claims/product details:
  • Breathable formula allows for all-day wear
  • Smooth and silky in texture for easy application
  • Enhanced with anti-aging 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, & E provide essential daily nutrients
  • Disguises minor imperfections through light reflecting technology
  • Formula's moisturising properties condition and treat while preventing caking
  • Shelf-life after opening: 36 months
  • RRP $59.95 AUD for 27g, but do shop around

Above I've swatched Wheat lightly on the left and Cocoa Tan lightly on the right (shot taken in natural light). You can see how well they merge with the skin, even though they're not quite the right colour for my wrist.

There's the shot again in direct sunlight:

I've put two thick dots of the colours below (Wheat on the left; Cocoa Tan on the right):

Below I've blended the two colours together:

And for comparison purposes, below I've put a stripe of Wheat on the left, one of Cocoa Tan in the middle, and I've blended them together on the right:

There's my bare face for reference:

There I am wearing a blend of the two (natural light):

And again in direct sunlight:


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. 

Above I've applied the powders very lightly (which is how I would normally wear them), but you can build them to your desired level of coverage and they won't look cakey or dry your skin out. I generally don't wear powder foundations because my skin is dry and most powders exacerbate that problem and give me lines I never knew I had, but these don't.

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

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!

They're not the cheapest products on the market (although you can often find them on special, so do shop around), but they're not the most expensive either. On top of that, you get a whopping 27g in each tub and a three-year shelf-life, so they're good value in the end - particularly because you don't need to use truckloads to get a nice, natural finish that delivers that 'my skin but better look'. Which is exactly what I'm after in a base product.

I can't recommend these enough. I've given them an HG tag. Huzzah!

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