Sephora 8 HR Matifying Pressed Powder-Review and Swatch- Shade 30 Medium Sand|Sushmita’s Diaries

Sephora 8 HR Matifying Pressed Powder Shade 30 Medium Sand

Oily skinned beauties can totally do without a foundation but not without a setting powder. My super oily T-zone too needs strong matification to absorb oozing sebum in order to  keep the skin shine free and the makeup intact. On my recent visit to Sephora, I picked up their home brand compact powder on learning about its matifying properties. Here, I’m sharing a review and swatch of Sephora 8HR Matifying Pressed Powder-Shade 30 Medium Sand with you all.


INR 1,170 for 10 gms.


The packaging is nothing to write home about! The product comes in a very fragile looking see through plastic case with no mirror, sponge applicator or brush. For some reason, I inevitably expect compacts to carry a mirror as it makes touch-up on the go oh so convenient! Even much cheaper drugstore compacts have mirrors and other accessories. And being priced at almost INR 1200, this product is a let down in packaging department.

The packaging is disappointing with a cheap plastic case, no mirror, no sponge applicator or brush

What The Product Claims?

The product is made in France and claims to mattify, control shines and reduce the appearance of pores on the skin. It is non-comedogenic, oil-free, paraben-free, perfume-free and suits all skin types.

The product claims to control shine for as long as 8 hours


Sephora 8HR Matifying Pressed Powder is available in 6 shades:

15 Clair Light Nude

20 Clair Light Cream

21 Clair Light Petal

25 Medium Beige

30 Medium Sand

40 Mat Tan Hazelnut

Out of all, 30 Medium Sand stands closest to my average Indian skin tone. The product, contrary to its claim of being fragrance free, has a mild baby lotion kind of smell, which isn’t unpleasant and evaporates post application.


The texture of the powder is extremely fine and doesn’t appear ‘powdery’ at all. It has a satin like light & creamy feel and doesn’t flake up as white chalk on the face. Once applied, it disappears into the skin unlike regular drugstore compacts that sit on the skin looking all floury. Texture wise, I would say it is the best pressed powder I ever tried. Blends like a dream!

The texture is satin like, really soft and light on skin

Coverage and finish:

The product provides a sheer to medium coverage that looks all natural. It sets the foundation beautifully without looking cakey or even messing up with the finish of the foundation. Being sheer, the powder is quite buildable as per requirement. Its own finish is fresh and appears like a second skin if worn alone. The product initially settles into a matte finish and eventually looks dewy.


The product stays effective depending on what you are upto. Being indoors, it lasted me for a good 4-5 hours sans any touchup. Being sheer and very light in texture, the pressed powder performs less on outdoors, especially in a hot and humid place like Mumbai. Sebum began to shine through my face within 3 hours of being out in the sun. I can, thus, safely conclude that its 8 hour claim isn’t true at all.


  1. Very finely milled, smooth in texture
  2. Provides fresh and natural finish. Nothing floury and obvious
  3. Shades to suite all skin tones
  4. Super blendable and buildable
  5. Light coverage, perfect for everyday wear.
  6. Paraben free


  1. Disappointing packaging. Fragile, cheap plastic container with no mirror, sponge or brush.
  2. Doesn’t live up to its claim of 8hours matification. Doesn’t go for more than 4-5 hours without touchup. Even less for oily skin.
  3. Pricey for that frugal packaging.
  4. No SPF

Salon Guru India Rating- 3/5


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