I have been wanting to jump on the mineral make-up bandwagon for years but I just had too many make-up in my arsenal, I needed to fight the temptation for another make-up spree. However, while "researching" on new beauty products at Beauty Bar last month, I happen to try The Supernatural Airbrushed Canvas. It promised airbrush finish and that got me interested. The temptation was too strong, I needed to get myself one!


 
What it is according to Philosophy: A sheer, multi-tasking 4-in-1 high-pigment powder that serves as a foundation, concealer, powder, and SPF in one. This multi-tasking powder formula provides sheer, natural coverage and leaves the skin with a smooth, airbrushed appearance. It conceals, camouflages, and provides SPF protection all in one easy step. 

I say... 

Formula: Talc-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, water-free and oil-free like any other mineral make-up. Perfect for sensitive skin. It also has SPF 15 for moderate sun protection. 

Texture: More light-weight than ordinary loose powder. 

Coverage: Moderate coverage, perfect for my skin. It evened out my skintone perfectly but when I tried it on one of my clients, it failed to cover redness on partsx of her face as well as her embossed blemishes. This is definitely a foundation, but not a concealer as it says it to be. 

Finish: The powder provides a matte finish but since there's shimmer in the formula, you'll end up with a silk-satin finish. I recommend this neither to anyone with seriously oily skin as the shimmer adds shine nor to those with dry skin as powder amplifies flaking. 

Shades: Beauty Bar only offers two shades from extreme poles -- Natural (a light neutral shade) and Bronze (a dark tan shade). I got Natural, which matched my light and neutral skintone. It's a mystery though why Philosophy Philippines didn't choose to bring in shades that would suit our Asian market when there's in fact a total of seven shades in the US. Lucky for me my skintone right now is a match to Natural. I worry though it's going to be too light once summer hits and I sunbathe myself to a medium tan. 

Packaging: Enclosed in a wide short pot with a built-in sponge applicator and comes with a mirror. The sponge gets dirty so quickly so it needs to be cleaned every now and then. It's a terrible thought that you might be rubbing dirt and germs into your skin every day. 

My Verdict:
I definitely love the effect this foundation gives my face. I've gotten multiple compliments already since day 1 of using this. However, I notice my face looking dewy and a bit shiny in photos (taken from point and shoot cameras) even if I look fine in the mirror or in person. I'm going to make the most out of this powder but I doubt I'm buying another one soon as summer is coming and Natural would be too light by then. 


Last December 2010, wearing The Supernatural as my base

Beauty Tip: If Natural shade looks too light on you, you can use it as a highlighter on the cheeks, nose and chin. As for Bronze shade, treat it as a bronzer instead of an over-all powder. Swipe in the hollows of the cheek and anywhere you'd want to sculpt to add dimension on the face. 

Philosophy The Supernatural Airbrush Canvass SPF 15 is available in Beauty Bar at 2,350.00.