August 10, 2017

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Powder 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.

Did the thought cross your mind, “Why are you reviewing It Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Powder you don’t have blemish prone skin and you don’t like powder!?” I know, because I had that exact same thought myself. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Powder ($28) is a new finishing powder developed with blemish-prone skin in mind. This mattifying powder which addresses shine and oil and includes ingredients like oil-absorbing zinc oxide, kaolin clay, witch hazel, colloidal oatmeal, tea tree, sulfur and a gentle AHA/BHA complex as well to treat problematic skin while keeping it shine-free.

So, yeah, obviously this wasn’t created with my skin type in mind since I’m not prone to breakouts and I have drier, duller skin. But I was curious and I tried it anyway so, here are some thoughts about what I experienced when using it.

I couldn’t really begin to share with you if this will work on problematic skin but at the very least I can share details about the formula with you, the price, and some thoughts I have about it.

It Cosmetics launched this in three shade selections for $28 in tiny pots that hold 0.24 oz of powder. I’m so used to seeing giant face powders I was a little surprised at the size of the pots which are quite small. This is great as they store easily and travel lightly. The price is expensive compared to other facial powders as it only contains 0.24 oz of powder vs powders from brands like Kat Von D and Laura Mercier that include nearly an 1 oz for $30 to $38 (I just popped the jar on top of other powders I own in the photos below so you can see the smaller size). Taking into consideration the range of ingredients the price may or may not even itself out for you as this isn’t a ordinary powder but more of a treatment one.

This is a traditional silica powder with a silky, slippery texture that has a soft, satiny finish. I was surprised how much I liked the texture and how easily it blended on my dry skin. It didn’t adhere or cling to my drier areas and had a soft, satin finish that was very natural and not powdery or drying in the least. It happily lived on my dry skin for a full five hours without oxidizing, fading, or becoming drier. The texture was very forgivable on my dry skin.

I’d actually happily use this in the summer months if the shade selection fit me a bit better. It gave a soft focused appearance to my skin and created a very nice flawless finish when used on top of my regular cream foundation plus the coverage was light and breathable. It also kept the shine and oil at bay on my forehead. The shade selection was a bit of a problem for me though. It’s available in Translucent, Light/Medium, and Tan/Rich. Translucent contrary to the name was a little pasty on my medium light skin and Light/Medium was a little too orange-y brown on me. Light/Medium was a confusing shade as typically I do well with the Light/Medium shades across many different brands including It Cosmetics but this shade was quite dark and is more of a darker medium versus a lighter medium.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Powder Swatches (Translucent, Light Medium, Tan Rich)

It Cosmetics Translucent Bye Bye Breakout Powder

It Cosmetics Light Medium Bye Bye Breakout Powder

It Cosmetics Tan Rich Bye Bye Breakout Powder

I’m sorry this isn’t a full review of the product. I wish I could tell you more about how it performs on blemish-prone skin but I’m not prone to acne or oiliness. I have some oiliness on my forehead due to the Summer but aside from that I run drier with the rare pimple that pops up. But at least you know a little more about the texture. I think the texture was quite lovely for a powder and I could see myself using this if it wasn’t for the fact that the Light/Medium looked a bit too orange on my skin.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Powder is available now at

Have you tried it?

Do share your experience with it!

Silica, Soluble Collagen, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aqua/Water/Eau, Benzoic Acid, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrolyzed Silk, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Steareth-20, Glycerin, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Propylene Glycol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Zinc Oxide, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Sulfur, Acacia Senegal Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Glucan, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Ceramide Np, Ceramide Ap, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Kaolin, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Sorbic Acid, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Sodium Metabisulfite, Colloidal Oatmeal, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Magnolia Biondii Bud/Flower Extract, Lentinus Edodes Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Water, Alcohol, Mandelic Acid, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Lithospermum Officinale Root Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Mentha Aquatica Leaf Extract, Azelaic Acid, Passiflora Edulis Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Berberis Vulgaris Root Extract, Gluconolactone, Lactobacillus Ferment, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).


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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  • Kish

    Thanks for reviewing! I’m a bit worried about the shade selection, I may pass for now. At least until I can get to Ulta and try it out myself.

    • Isabella Muse

      I was at Ulta yesterday they did have Confidence in a Cleanser but didn’t see these out yet but they should be popping into stores so you can swatch a bit 😀

  • diane

    i have combo, blemish prone skin and this plus that concealer are probably the 2 new things i want the most! i wish there was a fair/light shade, but at least they have translucent!

    • Isabella Muse

      Translucent should be a-ok for you Diane! Also, it’ll brighten! It was a bit pasty on me but I have warmer undertones!

      • kjh

        Is it a major faux pas to ask one’s MAC #? On my display, you look on the cool side of neutral, and quite fair. If you are willing to share, please do. If not, forgive the intrusive question. It always surprises me, when you speak of being warmer than xyz.

        • Isabella Muse

          I haven’t a clue because MAC shades made me look orange and brown so I don’t use them. Last time I tried they set me up with an NC25 and NC30 (this was several years ago) but both were muddy on me. I’m typically a shade 2 in BB Creams, lighter beige shades are the most suitable for me. I always feel like I’m neutral as well. I tan easily, have warmer undertones but most light medium shades work great for me. I’m an I20 in my HG foundation from Shiseido. I hope this helps!? 😀

          • kjh

            Thanks. You look far lighter than me, and not terribly warm on my monitor. I don’t Mac match, either, but it seems to be the ‘universal language’ of skintones. So often things don’t look at all like they do on you or Christine. My chem is prob off. On me, virtually everything looks yellow! Took me 2 years to get the KGD samples and get a foundation that ‘went.’ I love your concealer obsession….it has been quite helpful. It seemed like a kind of intrusive question and I didn’t want to offend. Others, yeah, you not so much!

  • Sarah

    Those are such tiny pots! I currently use a big ol’ jar of Ben Nye banana powder and I’ve barely made a dent in it; I worry I’ll go through this one so quickly!

    But I do have acne prone skin so that sounds pretty fantastic. I just wish the product came in bigger jars.

  • Daisy

    I’m glad it doesn’t have lauryl lysine or bismuth oxychloride like some products do.

  • Emily

    I was about to say pass, but then I looked at the ingredient list. There are some beautiful ingredients, very high up on the list, and very few questionable ones! Now, I have Paula Begoun in my ear saying “jar packaging, those ingredients won’t stay stable for long” but still it’s hard for me not to get excited about that ingredient list. I can see why it’s so expensive. But then I hear Paula saying “spend your money on a well formulated serum” which I already do, so who knows. I may check it out when it’s in store.