Beauty Battles #3: The Powder Foundation


I have been slacking on my beauty series and I apologise, I’ll be catching up before the week runs out.  I’m back on track now with the third edition of the series. Under the microscope today are two powder foundations, one’s high end and the other is a drugstore brand.

There are days when I’m in a hurry or I have to do my makeup in the car. Dealing with liquid foundations at such times can be a nightmare so I find that a powder foundation is easier to apply whilst still providing decent coverage.

Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

This is easily the most popular powder foundation that ever existed. Like most MAC bestsellers, it has adorned the vanity tables of many a great woman. I’m in the shade NC55 and this is a product that I have used for many years. 

MAC says “A one-step application of foundation and powder. Gives skin a smooth, flawless, all-matte, full-coverage finish. Long-wearing: lasts for up to eight hours“. 

I’d like to disagree with MAC on the full-coverage bit. When I wear this powder, it gives only a really sheer coverage for my blemishes. In actual fact, I almost never wear it alone but usually as a finishing powder for my liquid foundation.  When I do wear it alone, it only lasts about an hour before requiring a touch up.
In terms of packaging, it is in a nice sturdy compact with a separate section for the puff at the bottom which I really like. Nothing worse than powders that don’t create room for the puffs, bacteria haven, eek!
It is also very easy to apply, scent free and comes in a wide range of shades, there’s something for everyone.

In summary, I cannot for the life of me understand why this product is referred to as Powder plus Foundation. It doesn’t possess any foundation-like characteristics to me but it is a nice powder. It very easily goes cakey though so you’d be better off applying it with a large powder brush or kabuki rather than the sponge provided. It retails for £20.50/$27/N6500, pricey but it will probably last you a whole year before you hit pan. 

Sleek Oil Free Creme to Powder Foundation*

I’m a huge fan of Sleek products (no news there) so I don’t know how this product has managed to evade me till now. I’m usually the crazy lady in the shop snatching up all the Sleek makeup on display, no jokes. Thus, I was very excited to try out their powder foundation in the shade Praline. They have about 30 shades to choose from.

It’s packaging is pretty similar to MAC’s, bottom compartment et al. However, you do get much less product in the compact. I must warn you though, if you are sensitive to scents you won’t be pleased with this product. It has a really strong, cosmetic-y scent which took me aback but I guess I got used to it after a while. 

Sleek describes it as “provides a super-smooth finish, with medium-to-full coverage that is perfect for concealing dark circles and blemishes

This product is very creamy so I expected it to blend effortlessly. On the contrary, I initially found it really difficult to apply and blend. I remedied this by applying a tiny bit more moisturiser than usual, solves the problem. I first use my fingers to apply and blend and then go in with a buffing brush for a flawless finish.
It is indeed medium-full coverage as my blemishes were concealed.  It lasted about 3 hours before requiring a touch up, not bad.

As with all new products, I was scared that this might break me out but it didn’t so yay! I have been enjoying using this powder foundation and the fact that it has got SPF15 is an added bonus for me. 

If you are in Lagos, Konga stocks it for N2735, buy it here. For my UK based folk, grab it in any Superdrug that has a Sleek stand for £7.30. 


L-R: Mac Studio Fix, Sleek Creme to Powder

The Final Verdict


Mac Studio Fix

Sleek Creme to Powder



Length of Wear











I’m sure it’s no surprise that I have chosen Sleek’s Creme to Powder as the winner of today’s Beauty Battles. It provides great coverage without appearing cakey, it has SPF and it is pocket friendly. To see what it looks like with a full face of makeup, view this recent post

What are your thoughts on today’s winner? Have you tried it out before?  Please share your experience if you have 🙂 

Peace and Love, 


* This product was sent to me for review, my opinions are however 100% genuine 


  1. November 1, 2012 / 4:45 pm

    One thing I've learnt wiv foundation+powder products is dat for blendability dampen ur sponge or spray fix+ on ur brush dis will also help u achieve a buidable coverage 🙂

    • November 1, 2012 / 9:34 pm

      Oh yeah, forgot to mention that I sometimes spray Fix+ on my face before applying too.. Thanks for sharing..xx

  2. November 2, 2012 / 11:38 am

    I havent tried Sleek as am not a big fan of their product, but after reading your post, i will give the brands a try.lovely post as usual.

    • November 2, 2012 / 1:28 pm

      Oh no! omg I love Sleeek..please give them a try 🙂

  3. November 2, 2012 / 4:43 pm

    The sleek product looks like a better match for your skin tone as well!
    I'm not a foundation or powder girl but If I ever want to try one I'll head over to sleek!

  4. November 2, 2012 / 9:55 pm

    Sounds amazing – I've never used a powder foundation, sounds ideal for those mornings where time is of the essence!

  5. November 5, 2012 / 11:06 am

    Lovely post as usual. To be honest, at the beginning of the post I was expecting MAC to win even though I've never used it before.

    Sleek seems like really good deal. I use the Sepia shade (I'm dark). I got it on Too bad I got it before they started giving out free coupons for Sleek Makeup Studio makeovers worth N3000.

    Please recommend another of their products I can buy so I can get the coupon. Thanks.

  6. November 5, 2012 / 12:45 pm

    I read this post yesterday. Just saying but Sleek never markets the creme-to-powder as a powder/foundation but as a foundation that has a powdery finish so I am wondering if it should be placed side by side with Studio Fix which is a dual powder. The product I think should be in place of Sleek is the Tara Orekelewa dual powders. Try it and let me know what you think about them.


  7. November 5, 2012 / 6:11 pm

    I'm so late but I can't help but chant Sleek's praises..
    Sleek's Creme to Powder is the ideal essential for the woman on-the-go.
    – it is Oil free, therefore very good for those in tropical regions and those with oily skin.
    – it has both foundation and powder xteristics thereby easy to apply quickly
    – coverage as stated above is above par.
    I'm not sure what blendability as used above profers but mine (Noisette) blends perfectly.

    The only issue might be having to change your applicator often as a foundation brush is too light for it. This encourages good hygiene anyway so..

  8. November 5, 2012 / 7:57 pm

    I really like studio fix powder too but the sleek one looks like a great alternative Xx

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