As I have mentioned in my other posts, I am no stranger to Erno Laszlo Skincare. It is the first luxury skincare line that I began using at the age of seventeen. I used it religiously for many years, but eventually strayed from the line. Recently I decided to revisit some of my old favorite products- among them the loose Controlling Face Powder in Translucent (Light). Erno Laszlo, having recently been sold to a new owner, is in the midst of designing new packaging, discontinuing some old products, creating new products, and relaunching the line that was at one time chiefly associated with Hollywood royalty the likes of Marilyn Monroe.
Some of the Nordstrom store locations still have the loose Controlling Face Powder in stock, but online you will only find the Controlling Pressed Pressed Powder. I purchased mine in Translucent (Light) which is a barely-there neutral shade that I either wear on top of my Erno Laszlo Regular Normalizer Shake-It (reviewed here) or on top of whatever foundation or tinted moisturizer that I choose to wear. According to Erno Laszlo, Controlling Face Powder is a "Facial powder for normal to oily skin. Controlling Face Powder is a treatment powder that helps control oil all day long. It gives skin a polished, matte appearance."
Back when I was seventeen I was reluctant to put anything like foundation on my skin, but this powder was considered part of the treatment line, and so I used it as such. It gave my skin such a beautifully polished appearance, or that flawless "Laszlo Look" in the vernacular of Laszlo devotees.
If my early beauty routine had not been informed by the ordered specificity of the Laszlo regimen (read: regime- LOL, but there was a stringency to the order of things) I am not sure how I would approach the application of this loose powder, but every time I open this elegant faux Carrara marble jar I am transported back to the seventeen year old me. I was "taught" to apply the loose powder with a cotton ball and buff it into my skin until I reached a flawless level of blended perfection.
Today I still apply it with a cotton ball, but I leave all of the blending and buffing to either my Hakuhodo G527 (reviewed here) or my Hakuhodo G543 (reviewed here).
Unblended on my arm. Once blended it vanishes completely leaving only a beautifully even complexion.
Laszlo's Controlling Face Powder has a refined light texture that is neither too drying, nor in the least bit cakey for my combination skin. It is very comfortable and long wearing, and since I'm not excessively oily in my T-Zone I don't require many touch-ups. Make no mistake, this formula is not for everyone- it is specifically formulated for normal to oily skin types. Beauties with dry complexions can receive the same lovely flawless finish with Laszlo's Duo-pHase Powder which is specifically formulated for extremely dry to slightly dry skin types.
If you are opposed to using products that contain parabens- be sure to note that there are 5 of them in this powder.
Overall assessment: I am very happy with this product. It's pretty old school compared to powders such as MAKE UP FOR EVER's HD Microfinish Powder, but rest assured you will not see any of the horrifying bounce-back when the flash hits this Laszlo powder.
1 oz. $48.00All stock images taken from Erno Laszlo. The remaining photographs are all mine.