Thursday, May 31, 2012

Bring Back Dusting Powders!

A beautiful vintage dusting powder tin
for sale on Etsy
I love all the beauty products out there (Sephora is my playground), but I'm sort of an old-fashioned girl when it comes to skincare. Nothing removes makeup like cold cream, and since it moisturizes as well, that's one less thing to do before I collapse exhausted (or, um, tipsy) into bed.

For the past several days, New York has been hot. Really, really hot. I carry a paper fan in my purse but it's not always enough to keep me from feeling icky. And then I remembered how my grandmother always kept a tin of delicious-smelling powder on her dresser. Her powder puff seemed like the softest thing in the world. I didn't know it then but I know now the powder absorbs moisture beautifully. So the other night, and I was stewing in sweat, I wondered: why aren't dusting powders as popular as they used to be?
According to the Lush Cosmetics UK site, dusting powders date back to the 18th century, which is pretty cool. I did an informal survey (read: I Googled dusting powder on my phone while lying in bed). Dusting powders are still out there but so many are shimmery. As I am no longer a 12-year-old girl, I'm not interested in being sparkly, at least not during the day. And frankly, the containers just aren't as pretty as they used to be. I'm a sucker for beautiful packaging; I want to display my wares on a vanity. Here are some great dusting powders for grown-ups I found:

(from Crabtree & Evelyn) I love that this comes in lavender and rose water.

(from Lancome) How elegant! My mom wears Tresor but I've never tried it myself. I really wish Lancome made this in Miracle! That's the fragrance I wear.

(from Lush) I like that this one has cocoa butter. I'm trying to avoid being greasy, but my skin definitely gets dry, too. It's scented with jasmine, which is nice and light. Maybe this is a scented powder to consider as an alternative to my normal perfume. At only 11 bucks, it might be worth a shot!

But I'm not buying a single thing I don't need, so for now, I've just put a bit of baby powder in a container and I dust it on with a pouf so I can still feel like a lady.

Do any of you use dusting powder or collect the tins?

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