Hello everyone, I hope you had an awesome weekend! I was planning my Christmas makeup look yesterday (post coming soon!) and couldn’t decide which powder to choose so I thought I will compare them on the blog first. These powders are very similar so I thought they deserve to take part in the high-end vs drugstore series!
(PS. Healthy Balance powder was an Amelia Liana inspired purchase!)
The packaging of Clinique Superpowder is obviously prettier because it’s more expensive, but the Bourjois one doesn’t look bad either and it has a mirror inside. The only thing I’m missing there is additional space for a sponge – Clinique powder comes with a sponge and you can store it in the powder’s case but the flat Bourjois packaging doesn’t even let you keep your own sponge there.
Both powders are talc-based and they also have a few other ingredients in common (or very similar ones like methicone and dimethicone for example). They are both finely milled and very smooth in texture. Both have a satin-matte finish and give a little bit of coverage but the Clinique powder is more opaque and can be used as a powder foundation if you don’t need much coverage.
Clinique Superpowder feels light on the skin, but I would say it’s more for dry, normal or combination skin unless you pair it with a seriously mattifying foundation – because it’s so light it may not be absorbent enough for oily skin. My skin is oily/combination and I use the powder to set either my Estee Lauder Double Wear or Clinique Anti-blemish foundation and I do not have any problems with oily shine during the day but with lighter foundations I would definitely need to blot or reapply it during the day. I love how natural it looks and doesn’t give a cakey appearance even on top of EL Double Wear. It doesn’t clog pores nor breaks me out. I have been faithful to this powder for many years until I decided to try something new.
Bourjois Healthy Balance is more heavy and it mattifies the skin better and for longer. I use it with the foundations mentioned above or any others I’m trying out and it never fails. Because it looks a bit more powdery on the skin and it is so good at mattifying I use it on everyday basis and reach for the Clinique one on more special occasions when I need a truly flawless finish. Another difference is a strong scent of the Bourjois powder while Clinique Superpowder is fragrance free.
Let’s talk about the shade selection now and I gotta say that Bourjois wins here. The shade 52 Vanille is a perfect color match for me but if I use my EL Double Wear foundation I set it with 53 Beige Clair – I need a slightly darker shade that altogether with the foundation which is a tad too light for me will give the right shade. Both shades have yellow undertones even though it may seem that 53 Beige Clair is more peachy. Clinique on the other hand has a strange shade selection in my opinion – 01 is really light and greyish and makes me look like an ill ghost and 02 is a bit too dark and way too peachy/orangey. If I use it with, again, EL Double Wear it sort of meshes and darkens the foundation so it makes a match. Otherwise I cannot use it because it’s too dark.
I think that Bourjois Healthy Balance powder is quite a good dupe for Clinique Superpowder if you have oily/combination skin. Personally, because of the shade selection I’m not going to repurchase Clinique one when it finishes. Healthy Balance mattfies the skin better as well so I can wear it with any foundation I own or decide to try and that definitely is convenient, not to mention that it’s only a fraction (one fourth) of the Superpowder’s price. Neither of these products caused any problems to my skin. If you have dry skin, Healthy Balance might be too heavy for you so Superpowder would be a better option.
Have you used these products? What are your favorite powders?