I love gadgets, just love ’em! Give me a gadget and I’ll be in a world of my own for hours.  Beauty gadgets and kitchen gadgets alike – I’m addicted.  Clarisonic? Got them all.  Back-archer (don’t ask) – yup got that too.  I’ve even got a fruit dehydrator for when I’ve got the odd 16 hours to spare to make dried fruit!

So the idea of grating or grinding my own make-up, fresh, to order, just when I need it, was always going to appeal to me.  I’ve used the Smashbox Halo Foundation for a few years which you grate as you need, but that was the only one.  I’ve always wondered why I hadn’t come across another brand doing the same thing, as the idea is just SOOOOOO cool!

 Well,  I need wonder no more.  Clinique’s Superbalanced Powder Makeup gives good grind.  It’s a massive pot (18g no less) and gives great light to medium coverage (depending on how heavy-handed you are). 

Inside the huge pot is the compacted mineral rich powder, which you grate by turning the upper white ring clockwise to grate off the amount you need.  Remember, less is more, so be parsimonious with your grating and you can always grate more if you feel you need more coverage.  The “grate” thing (sorry, couldn’t resist!) about this is that the powder you use is always fresh.  There is a SPF of 15, which is fine for winter but I’d use an additional SPF in the summer months under it.

The only thing I would say is that although the brush that comes with it is quite chunky and fits nicely into the pot, making the whole thing very portable and make-up bag friendly, I would rather use a Kabuki brush or other such dense round powder brush to make application super easy and control the coverage.  Oh, and the other good thing about grating your own powder is that you won’t find loose powder at the bottom of your handbag if the lid comes off!

I’ve got a fabulous video showing you the grating action in all its glory, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out how to upload it.  If anyone can give me a heads up on how to get it onto the blog, I’ll be ever so grateful!

I’m about to try out the bronzer in the same format, can’t wait!

Have you used this? Do you prefer this format to a regular loose powder foundation?

*PR sample



  1. September 7, 2012 / 11:41 pm

    haha this sure made me chuckle! 🙂 The powder looks so smooth in your photos.


    • September 7, 2012 / 11:55 pm

      I’m guessing you’re a bit of a gadget girl too? 🙂

      The powder is really fine, the grater is absolutely amazing and hasn’t got any blunter with use. Wish I could say the same of the kitchen grater!


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