May 12, 2017

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder gets a worldwide launch this weekend when It Cosmetics debuts their May QVC Today’s Special entitled It’s Your Bye Bye Breakthroughs!

If you’re a fond fan of Bye Bye Pores Pressed which released in 2015 you should be quite excited to see a new illuminating formulation.

Let’s take a look!

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination is now infused with a subtle radiance that apparently gives skin a lit-from-within-in glow. This silky setting powder blurs the appearance of fine lines and pores while setting makeup, mattifying shine and oil, and uses Drops of Light Technology instead of glitter or shimmer to give skin a touch of luminosity.

It Cosmetics houses this white iridescent dual compartment compact which holds the mirror and powder on one level and a secondary compartment on the bottom that stores the sponge for application. It’s 0.31 oz in size and the shade is called Radiant Translucent. It is made in the USA.

As of now, the only way to get it would be on May 11th on in the It Cosmetics It’s Your Bye Bye Breakthroughs 5 Piece Set but I’m sure they’ll offer as an individual product release shortly after that set launches.

This is your basic silica that has a talc-free formula which is infused with mica. Like t Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination I really didn’t notice and luminosity when I applied this and I couldn’t help but think, well, it’s a translucent powder and that’s the point of a translucent powder right? Not to be seen! I wasn’t sure how they powder could have a luminous finish and still apply transparent. Anyway, I didn’t really notice shimmer or sparkle or glow from this finish in the least.

It deserves mentioning I do not like Bye Bye Pores Pressed at all. It’s sort of dry, a bit crumbly, and it clings to every little dry area on my face (you can totally see what I mean in my swatch). It might be perfect for oily skin but for this dry skinned girl it’s a bust. It’s also very difficult to apply without looking like a ghost. I’ve always felt like transparent silica is easiest applied when it is loose as you’re less likely to overdue it. One thing it does have going for it would be the fact it really does make your face look incredibly smooth and airbrushed but if you have dry skin you better work at getting yourself super hydrated before applying this as it does cling crazily.

If you Bye Bye Pores Pressed, I’d say It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination is probably something you’ll want to check out for yourself. Although, I will say it’s probably not something you need to rush out and purchase if you already have a full version of the original considering the lack of luminosity here you’ll find that it applies and looks pretty much the same as the original or at least I think so.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination is available now in the Bye Bye Breakthroughs 5-Collection available exclusively at

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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  • Mary Kay

    Thanks for the review! I do use Bye Bye Pores and have fairly dry skin and find it works well for me. I do love the air brush finish. I have hit pan on my compact so will need more soon. I am hoping that coincides with their individual release because I don’t want or use any of the other items in the TSV. I used to the love the cleansing balm until I discovered the Elemis cleansing balm. The Elemis is smoother and the scent is amazing especially at night (lavender, geranium, juniper, etc). Now the IT smells like glue to me. I don’t care for the concealer – too heavy and not interested in the serum – I have enough of a skin care regime and it’s working for me. I am glad to hear that this new powder isn’t too shiny. I do use the powder with a GIANT ball shaped brush (and IT one that came in the set of four with short handles a few years ago at Xmas) and find that applies evenly and lightly. I have dry skin but may not as dry as yours. I think the Elemis routine has helped my skin. Thanks again, as always for your reviews – they are my go-to reviews!

    • Isabella Muse

      I wish it worked for me. It seems to cling terribly to my drier areas! I’m glad it works for you and now you created a lemming for me, I need to try the elemis cleansing balm 😀

  • Susan

    For a finishing powder I still like Bare Minerals Mineral Veil but for some reason, any powder lately makes me look terrible. I don’t know if my skin is getting drier or my peach fuzz is getting worse or what, but powder anything (except eyeshadow) is getting pushed to the back of the drawer for now!

    • Isabella Muse

      me too! It just sucks the glow from my skin! No matter how much I hydrate and moisturizer it still looks bad!

  • Isa

    Yeesh, I think that I’ll for sure get a white cast from this even though it claims to be translucent.

    I do have a powder that I feel has a radiant finish without any shimmer, the Chanel Le Blanc UV Protection whitening loose powder SPF 50. I’m not sure if it actually adds any radiance, but for sure I feel that it doesn’t matte down anything. I’m not sure if I like that about it, because I would appreciate some shine removal from my nose.

    • Isabella Muse

      I get one! You can def see it in photos! I’d love a truly transparent silky powder that isn’t drying and doesn’t look white in pics!

  • Elisse

    I was going to buy this TSV but decided not to. I’m glad I read this review. I used to have oily skin since adolescence but since I hit my mid 30’s my skin began to change. Now, as much closer to 40, my skin is dry. Powders look pretty bad on me no matter what I do. I’m currently looking for a cream blush and some sort of setting powder that won’t look awful on me. I still need to set my makeup but I’m not sure what powders would be good for dry skin. Recommendations?

    • Isabella Muse

      Honestly, most powders look very dry on my skin and I tend to avoid them unless it is Summer because my skin is a bit more oily at the that time. You might want to get a silkier loose setting powder and a bushier brush for application. Vincent Longo makes a nice, loose powder that’s thin and silky which would be great for setting with! Also, Clarins has one! Hope this helps!

  • Elisse

    Thanks! I’m going to look for those. I also think I’m going to try the Nars Orgasm liquid. I’ve read about that shade for years but have never tried because as far as I knew they only had powder blush. But I’m definitely intrigued by the liquid version. *glee!*

    • Isabella Muse

      I can’t wait to get my liquid orgasm 😀 it looks fab! If you get it before me you’ll have to tell me what you think! 😀