Product Spotlight: RCMA No-Color Powder

Y'all... I just love the RCMA No-Color Powder. I know it got big when YouTuber KathleenLights started raving about it, but it's been a cult favorite of professional makeup artists for years.

            Photo from RCMA website

           Photo from RCMA website

One of the things that make it so great is that I can use it on any skin tone. It looks white but it goes on invisible. I don't know how this sorcery works. I've used it on every skin tone with no issues. I mean, yeah, if you over-do it, it can become ashy on deeper tones. But you really have to try hard to over do it because it only takes a small amount to make the magic happen.
 
Here are examples of different skin tones on which I've used this powder:

Now, I'll admit: when I first bought this, I could not figure out what the big deal was. It made my finished looks become all cakey and very obvious. Under the eyes would turn out crepey. What was everyone so on about?

Then I realized I was using way too heavy of a hand. It's honestly unbelievable how small of an amount you need to use in order to get the job done. I take a... oh, maybe a half a teaspoon size amount... for each section of the face. That's a very rough estimate - I mean, all I do is pour some out onto my palette, quickly dab a big fluffy brush into the pile (and I do mean quickly... I don't want too much on my brush), then I still tap off the excess even though there doesn't seem to be much on there, and brush it across the face in a sort of light gliding or flicking motion. It distributes the product with just the right pressure so the powder clings to the skin without being heavy. I have gotten it down to a science. I can actually see it put a flawless finish over the foundation and give it this sort of... soft focus look. That's the only way I can think to describe it. It seems to blur the pores right in front of my eyes. It's really remarkable, but it did take many a trial-and-error to get there. If you use it under the eyes, use an even smaller amount than you think you need. That is an area that will definitely look cakey if you use too much of this powder. A medium-to-big, soft fluffy brush is your best bet for the face, and a smaller soft fluffy brush like the Real Techniques Setting Brush is best for under the eyes. Don't get the powder over the whole surface area of the brush, though. Just get it on the center of the brush and allow the outer bristles to do the dispersing for you as you glide it over the face. That's my little tip but you may find a technique that works better for you. 

That being said, I truly do not get YouTubers baking with this. I know it looks good on camera, but from my experience using it on a variety of skin types, there is no way it looks as good in person, so I do not recommend baking with it. I mean, I don't recommend baking in general because I think it's absurd for everyday wear, but I digress...

So another tip: for very oily skin, I will dust some of the RCMA No-Color Powder on after a mattifying moisturizer has sunk in, and then continue onto the eyes. This gives the powder time to soak up any excess moisture left on the skin before I put on the foundation. After foundation, I'll go back in with another layer of powder and use Ben Nye Final Seal to lock everything in place.

And of course, the price... $12 for 3 oz. of product, and it lasts sooo long. The bottle is pretty big. I've made only a dent in mine and I've been using it for nearly two years. I have even given some away to friends and brides so they could try it out, and I still have plenty left. I consider it a steal for that price. 

I don't think I'll ever be able to replace this powder in my kit with another product. Have you tried it?