March 14, 2016

Review: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder

Today's review is a cult favorite among many, including myself, but I realized I never actually did a full review for you guys. The It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder retails for $24 (0.23 oz) and is available in-store and online at Ulta, and the It Cosmetics Website.

After finally purchasing the full size of this powder, I now have a complete understanding of the product, and if I would recommend it to you guys.

Let's get in to the review!

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder

It Cosmetics claims:

"...anti-aging, face finishing powder that delivers a face-perfecting airbrush effect. It absorbs oil and shine, and blurs away the look of pores, without settling into lines and wrinkles. It sets makeup and helps to diffuse the appearance of wrinkles and pores instantly....

...Anyone who wants anti-aging benefits and wants to instantly blur away the look of pores and imperfections, diffuse the look of lines and wrinkles on the face, and achieve a more radiant looking, flawless and air-brushed looking complexion."

The powder comes in one universal colorless shade, "Translucent", and comes packaged in a plastic compact with a sifter. Not ideal for travel as the powder will build up in the lid when the compact is moved around.

The actual powder is a loose powder that is colorless. The color is a light ivory with slight yellow undertones but appears clear on the skin.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder

The texture of the powder is it's biggest highlight. The powder is very finely milled, and actually feels like silk! The name "Silk HD" really is accurate.

As the powder is touted as being an "HD" powder, I wanted to make sure this was flash photography friendly, which it is. There is no flashback with this powder.

As far as absorbing oil and shine, this is both accurate and not accurate. When applied with a loose brush and dusted over the skin, it takes away any shine on top of the skin, but doesn't help control oil throughout the day. However, when applied with a dense brush and buffed into the skin, the powder immediately absorbs any oil and shine and leaves the skin looking and feeling dry. DO NOT buff this into the skin!

This formula is ideal for normal to oily skin. If you have combination-dry or dry skin, I do not recommend this, or applying any powder to the top of your skin, as it will only emphasize any dryness.


My favorite way to apply this powder to my under eyes and face, is to apply a light amount of the powder onto my Real Techniques Setting Brush and pat the powder into the skin, not swiping.

With this application, I can set my powders and foundation into place without it looking heavy or cakey.

This powder does an excellent job blurring the look of pores, not really with the look of fine lines or wrinkles, but it helps prevent product from settling into them. I have very enlarged looking pores, so this really helps blur the look of them without adding extra texture.

The Negative.

My one big gripe with this product, and it has changed my opinion about which version is better, It Cosmetics now offers a pressed powder version of this powder, is how messy this product is!

This powder is so finely milled that when you try to dispense the product out of the compact, or pick it up with your brush and apply it to your face, the powder goes everywhere. It's in the air, it gets on my clothes, and it even got into my eye when I applied this underneath my eye and my eye felt irritated throughout the day.

So while being very finely milled is a great aspect in terms of blurring the look of pores and giving a perfected look to the skin, it's terrible in terms of how applying the powder. There's no substance to the powder so it ends up being very messy.

Unfortunately, the Bye Bye Pores Pressed version contains BHT and Butylene Glycol, so I won't be purchasing the pressed version for that reason. But if you don't mind the ingredients, I recommend this version over the loose.


Silica, Soluble Collagen, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phytonadione, Collagen Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Silk. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77492).


This powder is excellent for blurring the look of pores, and giving the skin a more perfected appearance. It helps prolong the wear of your makeup, particularly if you have oily skin. If you struggle with product settling into fine lines and wrinkles, this will help prevent that from happening. The ingredients are fairly non-toxic, and if you have acne prone skin, this didn't cause any breakouts on my skin. However, because it is so finely milled, it's a disaster to work with and it's too messy. And be careful not too apply too much or too densely, or it will suck any moisture out of your skin, this is definitely not for dry skin.


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