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Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder

What it is: A translucent mattifying powder. What it does: This shine-stopping pressed powder blots oil and keeps shine at bay. The lavender shade applies invisibly and works on every skintone. Try it on naked skin (if you run into the hot guy at the gym), or over foundation (for touch ups on the dance floor without destroying your makeup). Because the formula contains super lightweight, oil-absorbing rice powder, you won't feel the powder, but you'll see the shine-free results. What else you need to know: This powder comes in a gorgeous, transparent purple compact that seems to glow from within and features Urban Decay embellishments of skulls, flourishes, and flowers. Pop it open to reveal a mirror and handy puff applicator. What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates - Phthalates
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Questions & Answers for Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder

Question
Do you need to blot first?
I know for a fact with my regular powders that if I don't blot before I apply a powder product, the oil from my face seeps into my powder and ruins it. Do I need to blot first and then apply?
asked 1 year, 3 months ago
barbiedoll963
(Sebastian, TX)
on De-Slick Mattifying Powder
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Blotting is a good idea, yes. Also, keep the little plastic cover that comes with the product in order to keep a barrier between your puff and the product. This stops oil from your puff from ruining the powder.
answered 8 months ago
meanqueen
(Seattle, WA)
answer 2
No you do not need to blot first. Just apply with a "dabbing" motion.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
nevertan
(Apex, NC)
answer 3
I put it on once in the morning and for the first time in my life, I never have to apply again. If I found myself needing it later in the day, I would always blot.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
FloridaHeidi
(West Palm Beach, FL)
Question
Brush or Sponge?
Which works better for application, brush or sponge. And what brush would you recommend to use with it.
asked 4 years ago
mangosong
(Forest Hills, NY)
on De-Slick Mattifying Powder
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
You can use either a brush or a sponge. I like using a brush at home and a the sponge for touch-ups. The brush will give you a slightly lighter coverage.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
melissabt
answer 2
I suppose a brush. I use it with a Brush and it works just fine :)
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
jas7
(Windsor. ON)
answer 3
i have used both. Usually will use a brush in the mornings after inital application then the sponge for touch ups throughout the day if needed :)

and I suggest NOT rubbing/swiping the product if you use the sponge because it just rubs your makeup and oils around. I try to tap or pat with the sponge because I find it looks and feels much better
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
ccurtis
(cleveland, ohio)
answer 4
The applicator it comes with works great, Just dab on and it sets makeup perfectly.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
qsm33
(SF, CA)
answer 5
I carry it in my purse because I wait to see the shine before I apply. So I always use the sponge that comes with it and it does an awesome job at blending the powder on my face.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
momodks
(San Diego, CA)
answer 6
I've used both - but I prefer a brush. But the sponge that comes with it works just fine if no brush is handy.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
mese
(Miami, OK)
answer 7
It comes with a puff applicator, which is neat because the back of it sorta sticks to the mirror (not unlike ColorForms!)
answered 4 years ago
kerrydd
(Stony Point, NY)
Question
Compared to de-slick in a tube
How is this powder compared to the mattifying gel? I have heard awesome reviews on the gel but would rather use the powder.
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
carolineriley
(Philadelphia, Pa)
on De-Slick Mattifying Powder
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
I think the gel does a great job all on its own.. since I sometimes forget to layer the powder as a finishing touch. However, the two of them together work wonders for keeping oily areas under control on my face. They're definitely good investments!
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
ardubs
(Illinois)
answer 2
I have very oily skin, and for me, the de-slick gel works better. The powder is almost like any transluscent face powder. However, the two used together generally do a good job of keeping me from looking like a total grease ball. I still haven't found that miracle product, but the two together are a good start.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
natasha44
(Chico, CA)
answer 3
The directions say to apply the gel first and then top off with the powder. However, I like to just apply the gel and then use the powder only when I need it over my makeup. I don't feel that the gel would do a good enough job over the makeup.
The powder itself isn't very long lasting, so you would have to keep reapplying.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
makeupjunkienew
(Fort Myers, FL)
answer 4
This is way better!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
jas7
(Windsor. ON)
answer 5
i personally wasn't a huge fan of the gel because i found it kinda "caked" off when i'd go apply my foundation. I prefer the powder for the case that it works as a setting powder and touch up powder versus the gel i only used as a primer.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
ccurtis
(cleveland, ohio)
answer 6
The gel is much, much better. It stays matte for much longer and controls the oil fairly well. Good luck!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
crewgurl
(Boston, MA)
answer 7
It does more or less the exact same job, really. I got this version because it's a little more forgiving to my travel needs, and the texture wasn't as funky to the touch. It also is extremely lightweight. You put it on, and forget it's even there, unlike the gel, which has always felt, to me, like an additional layer of junk on my skin.
answered 4 years ago
FangoDeMaria
(Miami, FL)
Question
How does this compare to MAC blot powder?
I use MAC blot powder but it makes the makeup appear cakey. Is this better in terms of appearance after being used repeatedly?
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
bigspenda
(Miami, FL)
on De-Slick Mattifying Powder
6 answers
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answer 1
It doesn't have a cakey after effect! You just have to put a thin layer on.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
rccmkc
(Fort Stewart, GA)
answer 2
Yes. This is very fine powder and does not cake on at all. A little goes a long way!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
tricee
(Birmingham, AL)
answer 3
I recommend Tarte's Smooth Operator Finishing powder. Urban Decay's Mattifying Powder still makes the face feel cakey after multiple touchups throughout the day.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
iheartroxy
(Seattle, WA)
answer 4
personally, i had no problems with repeated use. especially since it worked so well, i didn't have to repeat very often. but i have not tried the mac product
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
wittyname
(New York)
answer 5
Absolutely, this product does not cake
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
veganbonnie
(Toronto)
answer 6
I would say yes, if you want to avoid the cakey look don't use the puff applicator , use a powder brush so it doesn't pack on heavy. It's light so when I apply the de-slick it looks natural.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
ChillLADY
(Las Vegas, NV)
Question
Will this move my makeup when I use it?
Does this remove your makeup or smudge makeup when you use it?
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
new2sephora
(Central PA)
on De-Slick Mattifying Powder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I use Bare Escentuals and I have noticed some foundation on the application pad that comes with it after I've used it. However, I haven't seen a noticable difference in the layer on my face, so I can only assume the powder coming off is some that I haven't blended in properly. Hope this helps!
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
ardubs
(Illinois)
answer 2
Will not disturb previosly applied makep.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
hzac
(Barrington, NJ)
answer 3
I put this on right after after putting on makeup and it does not smudge it. I use a big brush rather than the round sponge applicator it comes with. When I use it for mid-day touchups when my makeup is more melty, I just pat with the sponge so as not to smudge.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
ninjatuna
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 4
It does not smudge makeup at all and it's best to apply it after you see some shine.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
flowerbomb20
(Chicago)
answer 5
Not at all! That was the greatest thing I discovered.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
melinohio
(monclova,OH)
answer 6
Not @ all
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
gonzalez
(San Miguel, CA)
Question
compatible while used over other foundations
does this still work as well if it's applied over other brands of foundations besides urban decays own brand?
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
mizsuzyq
(east brunswick, nj)
on De-Slick Mattifying Powder
6 answers
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answer 1
Yeah! It works the same over any brand of foundation, or even no foundation at all
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
missveronika
(Oakland, CA)
answer 2
I use this over Bare Escentuals mineral makeup with no problems and it blends in great. Hope this helps!
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
ardubs
(Illinois)
answer 3
I use this after applying mineral makeup and it works fine. I think you can use this with any foundation brand that works for you.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
ninjatuna
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 4
This is the only Urban Decay product I use and it works fine with my other makeup. I usually apply it first before my foundation in the morning and then late afternoon again on top of my makeup. works great for me.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
meeshel
(Portland, me)
answer 5
Yes. I've used this over Bare Minerals and Almay's foundations, and it works wonderfully! You can also use it under the foundations as a sort of primer and it still works just as well.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
kayteelo
(Glenview, IL)
answer 6
It does work on foundations other than Urban Decay. it can also work over other makeup or on bare skin, which comes in handy.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
slf9
(Chicago, IL)
Question
oil control
Does this absorb oil better, or the Urban decay De-Slick In A Tube Mattifying Gel? I know both of these absorbs oil, but I want to know which absorbs a longer time, because I don't want to have to retouch it every 2-3 hours.
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
kopiko
(San Francisco, CA)
on De-Slick Mattifying Powder
6 answers
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answer 1
I never have to apply this more than once a day,it works that well!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
hzac
(Barrington, NJ)
answer 2
I've been using it for two months now and it does not clog my pores. It's a very light powder and you only need very little. From my experience, it's best to use it once you see some shine, not as a setting powder or else it won't be very translucent. Hope this helps!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
flowerbomb20
(Chicago)
answer 3
I haven't tried the gel, but can only assume that the texture of the minerals maintain their integrity more in a powder form. It just makes sense that the gel must have something added (whether good or bad) to aid in keeping it in a liquid state.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
gp7194
(new orleans, la)
answer 4
i can't say which is better, but with the powder if i go for a really long time (hours) without a touch-up, the oil that is visible is way less than before i started using this. i will admit that i need to occasionally apply more powder, but i'm no longer horrified by the sight of a seriously greasy nose when i do.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
wittyname
(New York)
answer 5
Im not sure about the comparison but I only reapply twice a day. The powder brushes on clear so you can put it under or over your makeup. The compact lasts me a few months. It's well worth it.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
meeshel
(Portland, me)
answer 6
I've tried both seperately and together. Because of the oil level of my skin, I usually have to apply about 3 times through out the day. I lightly blot with a tissue first, then apply the mattiying powder.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
wunluv96
(oxnard, ca)
Question
Does this powder have any scent at all?
I'm very sensitive to fragrance and scented products. I usually get migraine headaches from scented products. I went to my Sephora store and they were out of this product. They only had the display sample one, which has been left opened and exposed to air for quite some times so I couldn't really smell anything. I asked a few sales associates and they weren't sure if it was scented or not. Is this powder scented?
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
pearlythepug
(St. Louis, MO)
on De-Slick Mattifying Powder
6 answers
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answer 1
the powder is not scented... its very similar to the make up forever HD powder.. no scent, no color.. its great.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
hinab
(brooklyn, ny)
answer 2
I find that I have the same issue, in regards to scent. I can smell almost anything that is applied to my face, but this has a very subtle sent. I believe it's made of rice power, or something along those lines; which is also the base for the mattifying capabilities. It's not a strong scent, like any common powder, and I find that it doesn't bother me at all.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
oncewasgold
(McKinney, TX)
answer 3
I had to practically put my nose into the powder to detect a scent. I would consider it unscented.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
nevertan
(Apex, NC)
answer 4
I can't say definitively that this is fragrance-free, but I can't actually smell anything when I hold it under my nose.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
bringoutyourbest
(SF. CA/Amsterdam, Netherlands)
answer 5
It does have a scent to it. It's very faint but it's there.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
teehat
(Rancho Cordova, CA)
answer 6
Yes, it smells like baby powder ot talc. Not a great smell but not horrible.
answered 3 years ago
nohairskincare
(Great Falls, MT)
Question
Will this cause me to break out?
I REALLY want to try this, but I am so afraid the Talc will clog my pores and cause me to break out!! I have just gotten my acne kind of under control, and don't want to go thru that again. My T-Zone is oily, but not too, too bad. Do you think I should give this a try??
asked 3 years, 9 months ago
diana7
(Elyria, Ohio)
on De-Slick Mattifying Powder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I feel like this is definitely worth a shot to try, especially with Sephora's return policy. If you don't love it, return it. You seriously need so little of this product I don't see it clogging your pores being an issue. I was debating buying this for a while, and eventually i caved and bought it- and i LOVE it
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
sarah1415
(Largo, Fl)
answer 2
I have acne too and try really hard to keep control. I use acne meds (retin A and benzyl perozide) I also use Mufe #120 foundation did not break me out. This powder broke me out really bad - small blackhead like bumps. As always, try before buying!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
123pancakes321
(Montrose, CA)
answer 3
try it ...its good....
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
cpatty
(se aurora co)
answer 4
I say go for it. I have oily skin too that is acne prone. I've been using this for about two months and no breakouts! It's worth a try.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
tricee
(Birmingham, AL)
answer 5
I've battled break-outs with other products but this one has not caused any problems yet... I've used them enough that if they make me break out, I would have already... and I have very sensitive skin and that hasn't affected it either.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
foreblake
(La Quinta, CA)
answer 6
I have normal skin and have been using this product for about 5 months and it has not broken me out.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
808wahine
(Hilo, Hawaii)
Question
apply after blush? clog pores? and how does it compare to MUFE HD Microfinish Powder?
I don't use foundation or any powder. I just wear sunscreen and blush. I was wondering do u apply before or after blush?

if apply this after blush, will it clog the pores? My understanding is oil will go through blush and be trapped under this powder. So doesn't that clog your pores?

How does it compare to MUFE HD Microfinish Powder?
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
lalala07
(LA, CA)
on De-Slick Mattifying Powder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I prefer this to MUFE HD powder, but since it's never in stock I have had to go back to the MUFE. The De-Slick is much more portable and the cheap powder applicator it comes with actually works very well. I use very finicky pro airbrush makeup and De-Slick is the ONLY thing that has made my foundation look even more flawless. UD "Razor Sharp" on the other hand only looks horribly cakey (no matter what they tell you at the counter). If you can't get your hands on De-Slick, then Definitely try MUFE.

Be Aware that BOTH this and MUFE will glow when hit with a camera flash. If you're pale like me then you turn into a ghost with eyes and lips but not many other details. I don't mind since I'm terrible pale anyway. I imagine if you hit this with some bronzer it would help control that problem, just be aware of it and plan accordingly.

Hope this helped, Good luck!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
mobilekiwi
(Menlo Park, CA)
answer 2
i've been putting this on before blush & it hasn't clogged my pores. if you put it on over makeup it will make the applicator pad dirty, which i found the first day i got it - i put it on over the powder i was already wearing. i was able to clean it but since then have always put it on first. if i need more throughout the day i avoid my cheeks so i will not get blush on it.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
jayne22
(chicago, il)
answer 3
I apply this at the very end of everything, after blush and foundation and bronzer and all of that. It's the last thing I do, to set everything
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
missveronika
(Oakland, CA)
answer 4
I apply after blush to set, and I haven't had any problems with pore-clogging even with multiple applications throughout the day.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
ninjatuna
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 5
i use moisturizer, sunscreen, a primer, and this product. no foundation at all, and i have not had an issue with clogged pores.
as far as how it compares to the microfinish powder, i do not know. i'm not trying any other product to solve my oily skin problem because this works so well.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
wittyname
(New York)
answer 6
This powder is I think intended to be used as a setting powder with oil-control properties, so I would definitely use it over blush to keep your blush intact. This powder shouldn't clog your pores - this powder actually ABSORBS oil rather than just covering it up, so with this powder you won't have any oil sitting on top of your skin and clogging your pores. :)

In my experience, MUFE's Microfinish powder is great for really evening out my complexion, blurring fine lines and making my pores look significantly smaller, but it doesn't provide a ton of oil control. UD's De-Slick powder doesn't really blur fine lines or make my pores look smaller, but it keeps my skin really matte while also making it look brighter (it's more of a lavender color versus a white, which makes skin look brighter and less pasty). I would say if you have a LOT of trouble with oil control give this a try, but if oil control isn't your main concern, MUFE's powder will do just fine. :)
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
darklikefox
(Burlington, VT)
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