Sometimes I just want to be a poreless alien babe… A couple weeks ago I was at a drag show, and a queen named Kylie Minono was passing shots of vodka to the people seated behind me. She apologized for reaching over me and told me that vodka can sink into your pores. “But wait, do you even have any? Girl, what do you use and where can I get it?”
Well, you can get it at Ulta! It’s a $29 pressed translucent powder aptly named Bye Bye Pores (which you’ve probably heard of by now) from It Cosmetics.
Let’s backtrack for a second.
I don’t have large pores, but they can get clogged pretty easily, so I try to let my skin breathe as much as I can. Luckily, I’m a workaholic who barely has time for breakfast, let alone fierce wings before work. I wish I did, but I also like sleep.
When I have dry patches, healing spots, or just want the smoothest finish possible, I reach for a silicone-based primer. If I’m getting ready during the day, I reach for Murad’s Invisiblur Perfecting Shield. It stands out to me because it’s a primer with SPF 30. Since I can’t step outside without sun protection, it’s a godsend. While I wear it on light makeup days too, I usually wear it all on its own. I like that it offers protection without making me look shiny. I also love products that let you know exactly how much you have left, because running out of a staple without even knowing it was close to empty is not a great way to start the day.
The consistency of Invisiblur reminds me a lot of Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer and Benefit’s Porefessional, so if you love silicone-based primers, I bet you’ll love this. While it definitely blurs my pores and smile lines, it isn’t real-life Photoshop.
But It Cosmetic’s line of Bye Bye Pores pressed powders kind of are.
I prefer to use a loose powder under my eyes, but the Bye Bye Pores translucent powder is great for everywhere else. The blush on the other hand is not quite right for me. It works if I use just a touch, but I don’t really like using just a touch of things, you know? I like going all in and slathering stuff on my face — unless it’s foundation or concealer. The blush is the same great Bye Bye formula, just too pink and dark. I don’t think it melds well with my coloring, but it will suit a lot of skin tones from light-tan to medium-deep.
My favorite brush to use with the translucent powder is the Heavenly Skin Powder Brush #701, which is also from It Cosmetics. It is chinchilla soft but, you know, not chinchillas. It feels so pleasant and distributes the product evenly. The last I looked, the blush and brush are exclusive to the Bye Bye Breakthroughs set on QVC, which also includes the translucent powder, Bye Bye Undereye Illuminating Concealer, and a truly fantastic cleansing balm for $72.50.