I purchased this Mosaic Compact Powder from Essence on an impulse one day at my local chemist. I was waiting for a script and saw this on their stand. They didn’t have a tester out but it seemed like a pretty, light bronzing powder (not too orange) and it was very affordable so I just grabbed it. Now, I love Essence products typically, so I had high hopes but this Mosaic Compact Powder has one fatal flaw in my books: Glitter.
The overall texture is quite soft but the glitter makes it grainy to the touch. I did enjoy the tone of this powder – colour wise it could have worked well as a very natural bronzer for my pale skin. I found the formula to be a bit dry and dusty so if you blend too much the pigment seemed to disappear – but not that glitter! I just can’t deal with the silver micro-glitter.
As you can see from the images above the glitter isn’t that obvious when you first look at this product, but trust me, the first time I wore it the sparkles caught my eye all day.
To try and get some use out of this I did take it with me on a trip to Bali and used it as a body bronzer. It worked ok for that in the context of a resort holiday, where wearing glitter near the sand while drinking cocktails, seems appropriate… but I don’t live the kind of life that requires ‘sparkly body bronzing’ on a daily basis.
I haven’t worn it since and that was over a year ago.
If a sparkly, affordable and fair bronzer sounds like your thing, you can purchase this Mosaic Powder Compact for AU$5.75 from Priceline, but I have to admit that I just don’t love this product.
Have an amazing day!