RMCA No Colour Powder - review


I suspect that most beauty-lovers have heard about this fabled setting powder: every man and his dog seems to love it and it frequently shows up in favourites posts and videos - perhaps in part because it's so reasonably priced.

I'd been wanting to try it for ages but I had other setting powders to get through first, so once I'd done that, I went ahead and ordered it. I've been using it for months now and I'm pleased to report that the hype is warranted. More on that below.

Long story short, yes it's great but yes the packaging is ridunkulous. I mean, why? Perhaps it's very cheap to make, which helps keep the cost down.

It's like a salt and pepper shaker, but the holes in the cap are so large that they spill product everywhere. That's an easy fix though, and it's certainly not a reason to dismiss it: like many, I dispensed some of mine into an old sifter container that I'd saved for that purpose and the problem was swiftly solved.

RCMA claims/product details:
  • Beloved by makeup artists and beauty editors alike, RCMA No Colour Powder is a cult-classic staple for everyone's makeup kit 
  • Suitable for all skin types, skintones and occasions
  • Has no filler or pigment, so it will not alter the colour of your foundation
  • Lightweight and finely milled
  • Sets your base invisibly, leaving a silky smooth finish
  • Designed to be cake-free
  • The weightless texture buffs effortlessly into the skin without leaving behind an ashy cast 
  • RRP $27 AUD for 85g, but do shop around

There's the dastardly packaging above and below. You can see how the whole arrangement just isn't going to end well. I did try using it as-is for a while and all it did was spill too much powder out each time so I had to keep putting the excess into a separate, empty container I had on hand.

I didn't use it like that for long and it's a lot easier to just dispense it into any container that works. Also, if you just dispense enough for a month or two each time, then you're not exposing the rest of the powder to air every day when you open the cap - a good thing, since there's a lot of powder to get through.


This is an excellent product and I recommend it. Packaging aside, I can't fault it and I definitely can't fault the price-tag or the amount of product you get - it must be one of the cheapest setting powders on the market, when you consider the huge 85g you're receiving for your money.

It's a standard white setting powder that's finely milled and invisible on the skin. I use mine for setting my whole face. I'm sure you could bake with it if you wanted to but I'm not someone who bothers with that step so I can't confirm whether it works for that purpose.

I use a brush to apply the smallest amount to both my under-eyes and the rest of my face. I have dry skin so I only use a tiny bit - just enough to pull back the shine from my tinted moisturiser and take away some tackiness so that my powder products blend better.

What I love about this is that it does the job without fuss or fanfare, and it's so finely milled that it never looks dry or cake-y on my skin. It also doesn't leave a white cast and it has a slight smoothing effect so my pores and texture don't look as noticeable (perhaps in part because it's pulling back any shine, which naturally makes things like open pores look less obvious).

There's a reason why makeup artists love this product: it works and it's not badly priced, plus you get a huge amount of product so you won't be repurchasing it any time soon. Since I'm only using this on myself and I don't need much for my dry skin, I can see this lasting me for years.

I can't fault this so I've given it an HG tag. One day I might try Laura Mercier's famous Translucent Setting Powder, but that's expensive and I don't need my setting powder to do anything else but set my makeup because I use Hourglass' Dim Light over the top for the finish, so I can see myself repurchasing this for years.


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