Sonia Kashuk Barely There Loose Powder Makeup Colorless Matte Review, Swatches, Photos

I make no secret of my love for The Skin Food Salmon Dark Circle Brightening Powder however it proves a bit of a pain in the arse to find stateside. The Skin Food is a rather wonderful brand sold in Korea and other Asian countries but locating it online and proceeding to go through the hassle of jacked up pricing, airmail, etc…to get it can be tiresome for some. I’m lucky enough to have friends in Korea who indulge my makeup junkie nature and grab me items however I’m always looking for possible dupes of products that do the same thing and can be found locally for readers of Musings.

Sonia Barely There Loose Powder Makeup Colorless Matte is quickly turning into a fond fav of mine so much so that I feel comfortable recommending it as an alternative if you’re unable to get your hands on Salmon Dark Circle Brightening Powder.

Check it!

A finely milled, matte finishing powder!

I casually picked this up at Target a few weeks ago for $8.99 and was quite surprised at how great it works at setting concealer. Mind you it isn’t nearly as fabulous as the Skin Food version I hold so near and dear to my heart but for what it’s worth I’d say it does the job and does it well.

The powder is soft and finely milled. It isn’t drying even though the finish is a matte, transparent white. I was a tad worried when I read “matte” but the texture is so soft and delicate that you won’t have any problems using it to set your makeup sans the drama of creasing under your eyes due to dryness. It didn’t age my eyes nor did it settle into fine lines, it did however leave behind a very subtle brightening effect and works fabulous at setting my concealer for all day wear.

I swept it under my eyes after I had my concealer in place using my trusty dual sided Bobbi Brown Concealer Brush (kinda looks like MAC’s bushy blending brush which you can also use in place of Bobbi’s version if you don’t have it). Although transparent when used on my face I get a very subtle brightening effect under my eyes so any harsher lines or darkness that my concealer failed to cover, this easily brightens these areas out and leaves behind a flawless, airbrushed finish.

You can use it on your face as well to set your makeup. It has a very comfortable finish even on my dry skin however I highly suggest and recommend it for under eye concealing.

Compared to Skin Food’s version I find the powder has a more velvety, lighter feel and texture. It’s not nearly as good but it comes up close particularly when you simply can’t bother going through the drama of getting your hands on products from abroad.

Nothing bad here!

  • Anyone looking for a subtle lightening powder to be used as an under eye concealer setter and a way to brighten up their eye area ever so slightly.
  • Lovers of the Salmon Dark Circle Brightening Powder!
  • Those who set their concealer with a fine powder (try this out, the texture is rather amazing!).

  • Those who are perfectly happy and content with their Salmon Dark Circle Brightening Powder (if you have the means, the way, and the know how to get the product, heck, stick with it, no reason to switch).

I liked this alot and felt it did a rather great job of not only setting my concealer for all day wear but also woke up my tired eyes. If you’re a fan of Salmon Dark Circle Brightening Powder and want to be able to get something locally, I’d try this out or maybe just looking to try something new, check this out.

Likey alot!

Muse Approved for purchase!

A mere nine bucks at your local Target or online at

If you tried it, would love to hear your thoughts!

  • 2/17/11 21:24 Stephanie:

    I love Sonia Kashuk products! I have a question; have you tried the new Hard Candy primers?


    • 2/17/11 21:42 the Muse:

      not yet but quite excited about the new concealer, blush etc coming out soon Stephanie ;D


      • 2/18/11 0:24 Melissa:

        My wally world had the new hc products. They were out of the pink primer and the medium concealer so I skipped but you know I will check back,


        • 2/18/11 10:18 the Muse:

          not mine Melissa sigh 😛


  • 2/17/11 22:48 Phyrra:

    Sounds very nice :)


  • 2/18/11 0:25 Melissa:

    Do you use this powder over your concealer like the skin-food or in place of it?


    • 2/18/11 10:19 the Muse:

      Over Melissa :) couldn’t get away with powder only, dark circles, fine lines etc would never be covered!


  • 2/18/11 0:42 Nunuiviet:

    I rarely use loose powder, but I own two the anna Sui one ( I wanted the lovely box that it comes in hahahhahah) and the loose matte powder from MUFE. I can say I am extremely disappointed with the MUFE one, which is not oil controlling like it supposed to be and expensive for the amount you pay for it. The Anna Sui one I’m pretty satisfied with it, the product quality the packaging, great stuff, match my skin tone, has a lot of antioxidant ingredients , is oil controlling and smells like rose! Divine , the exclusive signature scent of Anna Sui all her products smell like this, and last but not least the recipient contains so much powder it will last you for ages, no joke.
    But for now I’m using pressed powder from laneige( Korean brand) their product are good quality and these pressed powders are usually called pact powders (they contain no foundation) I like the fact that they smell good and have a high SPF hehehe very good for a hot country like Thailand when you need constant sun protection. I like it to use the pact with the 182 brush and what makes me choose them over Anna Sui loose powder is that it’s not messy and you don’t end up with powder flying everywhere hahaha just love it , it’s called laneige luminant pact SPF 32.


  • 3/24/11 18:58 G:

    Hi there! Got a question for you…

    How would you compare this to Laura Mercier’s translucent loose setting powder? I love the feel and finish of the Laura Mercier but it gives me almost no oil control. I’m hoping this Sonia Kashuk powder will be a longer lasting—and affordable!—alternative. Thanks for your help!


    • 3/29/11 16:42 the Muse:

      not sure sure g as I don’t have LM’s version hun.


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