Sunday, 20 October 2013

Review: Nature Republic Orchid Secret Powder Pact SPF35 PA ++

This is another review that I apparently hadn't finished and left in my drafts so I shall complete it now even though the product is discontinued. It is easy to find leftover stock on eBay, however.
Brand: Nature Republic
Name: Orchid Secret Powder Pact
Shade: #21
Where to buy: eBay, $21.99

Nature Republic Orchid Secret Powder Pact contains 100 PPT of orchid extract as well as mineral extracts. Using a cosmetic ingredients dictionary, it seems orchid does nothing for skin; its only property is as a fragrance and it can be an irritant to some people. I'm quite liking using this dictionary to find out what ingredients do but in another way, it has been quite disappointing to learn ingredients are only put in as a selling point and don't actually have any benefits. Oh well, the more you learn!
I've never had a sample of face powder before - I like it! The sample packaging is a folded cardboard flap.
Inside top
The product on the inside of the packaging. It's covered by protective film and was enough product for two uses.

The sample packaging is quite pretty in a mature, feminine way but the full sized pack is soooooo gorgeous!
It has the same aesthetic as the sample packaging but I love the pretty orchid shaped pot and gold tones on the box. I would love this on my shelf or in my make-up bag and think it compliments all ages. I'm half tempted to buy this now just because of the packaging...

BB cream only on the left, one layer of the powder on the right.

I didn't really expect any extra coverage; it sets your foundation/BB cream of choice and gives a matte, soft feel. When these photos were taken, my skin was a bit dry and I think you can tell the powder accentuates dry skin in the right photo. If you look to the top left, it makes my 'chicken skin' undereye skin a bit more noticeable. I don't know what it would look like if I tried this powder now my skin is more moisturised but I would hope better.
I would say on my relatively dry skin, this powder stayed on around 4-5 hours before I'd need a touch up. I can't say for oily/combination skin and it doesn't seem to have any sebum controlling benefits either. It works well for my skin but I can't comment on others.
This is a nice powder that does the basics - it sets face products and gives a matte, silky finish. I think the price is a little high for the features this product has, especially when there is no real benefits to your skin whilst using this product but that could be because it is discontinued. The packaging is gorgeous and the product works well but because of the price and no skin benefits, I'll give this 4 our of 5 stars.


  1. I've never seen such a cute powder sample before!

    1. I knowwwwwww, it's so pretty! I want it so bad 0_0