Smashbox Halo Yellow Color Correcting Hydrating Powder Review

I've been testing several setting powders of late. Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural was what I was using for a long time and after finishing it off I decided to investigate some others. The Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder was one of the first I tried since (reviewed in full here) and although I still plan to repurchase it now that it's done,  it's on to the next thing for me. This Halo Powder by Smashbox was the next one to land on my desk and although I have never been extremely excited over loose powders considering they manage to get everywhere I am surprised at how much I love this one. Products claiming to reduce redness have failed to impress me in the past, but with the bothersome ruddiness I have in my cheeks I am always intrigued by those that target the rosy shade.

What Smashbox says about this setting powder: "Reduce the appearance of redness and minimize the signs of aging in one simple step! The color correcting version of our revolutionary halo powder boasts a formulation of gold, 48 minerals and a powerful peptide to perfect skin"

Texture: This powder is very finely milled and soft with a light finish that layers on well so no overly powdery, chalky corn starch sort of feeling to it which is nice. I did find that it is a bit clingy in regards to dry patches so it didn't work for me at all towards the end of winter but is quite perfect at mattifying shine for the Spring and Summer months when my t-zone is oily. As for it's hydrating claims, I haven't noticed any drastic difference. 

Coverage and Color: As it's name clearly states it have yellow tones to it which not only even out the skin tone but actually reduce redness and give the face the prettiest glow. At the same time it is completely matte in finish so no sparkles or glitter at all. Although it helps with the redness it's still pretty translucent so I believe it will work well with many different skin tones. Often if my blush or bronzer goes on a bit heavily I will brush over with this powder and it just blends and evens the color out perfectly so that's fantastic too.

Price: There's no question that this product is on the pricier side at $39 but the fact that it works and is going to get me through the rest of summer and fall for sure makes it worth every penny in my opinion.

Photo Friendly? It isn't anything brilliant looking. The product does have a nice glow to it in person but not one that shows up in photos, I think it looks fine in pictures though.

Packaging/Travel Friendly? One of my favorite things about this product is the packaging which comes complete with a mirror in the lid for on the go applications. The lid screws on tightly so no worries about powder getting everywhere while traveling. By twisting the top part of the container the product is shaved into that loose powder and it then dispenses. This way the amount of product used each time can be controlled which is ideal! Although it's messy like all of my loose powders this one seems a little less prone to get everywhere with the rims around keeping it in the container a bit better.

Recommended Skin Types: This product would probably be best for those with very oily to only slightly dry skin tones. I wouldn't recommend it to those with very very dry or dehydrated skin as it will most likely cling to those patches. My experience in the winter time was that it settled in my dry areas and went a bit patchy- not a very pretty look. 

Lasting Power: I find that it works well at keeping my oily t-zone area shine free for about 8 hours which is pretty great. If I need to go out in the evening I would definitely have to re-powder which is really no big deal. It does keep my makeup set in place all day from my cc cream to the under eye concealer and even the occasional cream blush.

Scent: I haven't noticed a scent at all.


I usually gravitate towards loose powders if at all during the winter time since the Summer is when my t-zone is oily and I need a little extra setting power. This one is the exact opposite for me. I started using it a bit towards the beginning of spring when my skin was still a bit dry and it clung to all of those patches and dehydrated areas. I'm glad I didn't rule it out though because it works perfectly at setting my makeup, keeping oil at a minimum and creating a soft focus of sorts. 

The Round Up:


Sets my makeup in place and keeps shine at bay for 8 hours at a time.
Lives up to claims of reducing redness.
Mirror in lid is very useful for travel
Grinder lets out the perfect amount of product
Feels light and comfortable on the skin


Messy as with every loose powder
Doesn't work well for dry or dehydrated skin

Have you tried this powder? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments form below along with any of your other thoughts and opinions- I absolutely love hearing from you!

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