My skin has never taken well to mattifying agents. Over the countless times I’ve tried powder, primer, etc. to handle the oil, my skin basically says “thanks, but no thanks.” The powder mixes with the oil into weird, cakey clumps that stick to peach fuzz (à la the Friends episode in which Ross can’t get his leather pants back on, shouting on the phone to Joey, “the lotion and the powder are forming a PASTE!”). If you’re thinking “Damn, that sounds gross and I’m shocked this girl is disclosing such private information,” I know. It’s gross enough for me to surrender to oil for the past 15 years, accepting that my face will look like I’m the oil spill those poor baby birds were stuck in before Dawn dish soap saved them.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when the Glossier team sent me their new Wowder product to try. I was skeptical (see above) but in general, new Glossier products become staples in my makeup routine, so I was willing to give it a shot. The first thing I noticed was the packaging. Unlike the powder packaging that’s been around since the first BareMinerals infomercial (swirl, tap, tap) there’s a lip on the jar so you won’t lose powder, and there’s a mesh screen between you and the product so that your brush doesn’t get overloaded. Truly genius. The second thing I noticed was audibly saying “WOW!” when I swiped it on. No grease, no residue, no…nothing? It was like someone took a little face-sized dust buster and took away my oil but left behind smooth, matte skin that didn’t look like it belonged in Downton Abbey.
Some logistical information: Wowder comes in three shades: Light/Medium, Dark/Deep, and Rich. A few friends around the office have tried all of the different tones and so far, everyone’s found a shade they’ve been happy with. I’d recommend using the brush that’s made for Wowder because 1. You’ll get the smoothest application and 2. It feels like petting a bunny, which is a really lovely way to start your morning.
TLDR; Wowder lives up to its name, has a shade that will suit basically everyone, and is legit the only powder I’ve ever tried that I’ve not only used more than once, but that I’ve used every day. I even bought an extra to keep at my desk for emergency situations. —Augusta Falletta
Price: $22 (just the powder), $20 (just the brush) or $35 (powder + brush) — available in five shades