Have you ever had a cosmetic product that is so dang cute that you can’t bear to actually use it?
While it’s no secret I love cute things, I also love not having oily skin. So of course I’m thinking double win with the Oil Queen Cotton Pact by Korean brand Holika Holika. Little did I know that this same cute cotton cloud puff motif is featured inside, engraved into the powder. Holika Holika! You can’t possibly expect me to desecrate such a cute little thing just to powder my face. Why would you do this? But alas.
I used it.
Inside we find a shiny mirror and one of the softest face puffs I’ve ever experienced.
I have no idea what this says.
I TOLD YOU IT WAS CUTE. Look at it.
A little bit closer now. And with one swipe, it’s all gone. But fret not, for it’s immortalized forever here on my blog.
UV Protection: SPF30 PA++
Controls sebum and oil
Mineral oil, talc, vaseline, ethanol and paraben-free
Sebum control pact that controls overflow of sebum and changes the skin from an oily skin to a soft skin.
Cotton 0.5% Extract, Iceland Glacial Milk, Green Tea Extract, Calamine
It’s a white powder for sure, but it’s pretty translucent as long as you don’t cake it on. If you do have darker skin though, I’d be careful. Can you see the swatch on my hand? No? I can’t either, but it’s there, promise.
Left: With BB cream only. Right: With BB cream and Oil Queen powder on top.
So you wanna know my thoughts?
Yeah. Not really surprised, since I’ve pretty much given up on oil-control things working.
This product reminds me a lot of the Shine Control Powder by Neutrogena in texture, color, and failure. Although it claims to be long-lasting, you might get an hour or two of use out of it before your pores begin their lovely sebum serenade. For me, it mattified, yet my skin still looked sort of shiny. Right now my nose is a mess, both oily and dry, and this powder sank into my pores and just sat there. Being white. I looked spotted and flaky. Use a primer? Well, I haven’t found a primer that actually works for me–they all smudge when I put makeup over them. Whatever. And if you try to put on more powder? Cake City.
Also, zero coverage, so make sure you use a decent BB cream or some concealer beforehand.
So yes. Disappointed, not surprised, and not even too broken up about it because I still got a cute compact out of the deal.
It’s kind of a shame though, because I like the powder puff and the scent is light and pleasant. I imagine on normal-skinned folk it would make for a good blotter to carry around, but that’s sadly not the case for me.
It is, however, Kitten-approved. That’s a pretty big deal, I think. (Kittenpuff Lovebutton just got a haircut so she’s very self-conscious right now. Please leave your judgmental comments at the door.)
The Oil Queen Cotton line also includes Primer, Loose Powder and Makeup Fixer.
Pros: Really cute.
Cons: No coverage, can look cakey on dry areas, sinks into pores, not long-lasting, not the best for dark skin.
Final Verdict: Would I purchase again? No. But I have no regrets because it’s still really damn cute. You can find it at PrettyandCute for $15 USD.