I’m so excited about sharing this comparison of the different finishing powders I have from indie cosmetics brand DreamWorld Hermetica. They offer a whopping 44 options (if I counted right!) in 5 different categories, with finishes ranging from natural to luminous. I’ve been trying 8 of them from 4 of the categories, and I have some thoughts and plenty of comparison photos to share with you.
I’ll start out by saying that I really like these powders. Although the 5 formulas have some different qualities, I don’t honestly see enormous differences in lasting powder or oil absorbency (though I’d certainly be willing to reevaluate that in the dead of summer). They’re all soft, fine, last throughout the day, and offer a bit of oil control for my combination skin. They aren’t too bad on the wallet, either, with full sized jars going for either $13.89 or $16.99, depending on the formula. DreamWorld encourages customers to take advantage of their $2 sample baggies, and I’d definitely agree. You get plenty of product to play with and figure out whether you’d want to continue using it or not.
The jars contain 8-10 gm of powder, and mine definitely came packed to the brim. They do come with sifters that can twist closed, so it’s no problem to close them up and stick them in an overnight bag. The sifters can be stiff when the jars are packed full, but once some of the product’s been used they twist open and closed smoothly. The shade name is labeled on the bottom, but because I have more than one and don’t want to have to tip them upside down each time I reach for them, I’ve labeled them with some cut up Post-It notes.
You can see an overview of the 5 formulas on the DreamWorld website as well as ingredients for each shade, and the only category I haven’t had the chance to try out is the Illuminating Powder. I picked out my three full sized jars based on the website descriptions, and the sample baggies I’ve collected have come from both personal orders and a sample pack in which I received a surprise selection of products. Here are swatches of the 8 powders:
From left to right, the swatches are as follows:
– Peach Creme (Creme)
– Whipped Peach Creme (Whipped)
– Whipped Blueberry Creme (Whipped)
– Peach Glo (Glo Worm)
– Ghostly Glo (Glo Worm)
– Moon Glo (Glo Worm)
– Starlight Glo (Glo Worm)
– Destiny (Illuminating Glow)
Testing the powders
In the comparisons, you’ll see tons of photos of my face. To make things as consistent as possible, I’ve used the same foundation, matte bronzer, and blush in each of the photos, and have not applied any highlighter. I’ve used: DreamWorld Hermetica’s powder foundation (shade Rhea II, Cloud formula – see my original review here), The Body Shop Honey Bronze bronzing powder (medium matte), and a gentle application of DreamWorld Hermetica’s blush in Witches’ Sunset (from their LE Hocus Pocus collection, see my photos and review). I took photos of my face at different angles to try and capture the finish of the powder the best I could. Alright – let’s get to it!
The first full sized finishing powder that I purchased from the brand was Peach Creme. My foundation shade is Rhea II, Rhea being one of the “peach” shades in their range, so I purchased the “peach” shade of powder for that reason. The Creme powders have a very natural, skin-like finish, and this has been a great everyday powder that I can set my foundation and/or concealer without thinking much about it. I think of this one as a solid basic to have in my stash. DreamWorld offers this powder in two formulas: clay, or clay-silica. I don’t have a great handle on their differences, but I bought the clay-silica formula.
Whipped Creme Powders
Much like the Creme formula, the Whipped Creme powders have a very natural finish. This formula is the only one of the finishing powders that isn’t vegan, as it’s made from silk powder. I initially received a sample of the Whipped Cafe au Lait, which was way too deep for my skin tone but convinced me that the formula was worth a look. These are very, well, silky and although the Whipped Peach looks similar to Peach Creme formulation in the jar, you can see in the swatches that it blends more invisibly into my skin. It also has the extra bonus of being somewhat perfecting on skin, hiding pores and lines to some degree.
I purchased a jar of the Whipped Peach Creme, which is a great match for my peach-toned skin. Since I already knew I liked the formula, I also used it as a chance to try the lavender-toned Whipped Blueberry Creme. I’ve heard of people using lavender powders to brighten and combat yellowness in skin, but I’d never tried one before and figured that a $2 sample was a great way to do so!
My Whipped Blueberry photos seemed to be cursed, because every time I planned on taking them the lighting was dim and cold, so I apologize for that. But I will say that the lavender powder was workable on my skin, but it wasn’t the best color choice for me. I don’t have much yellowness in my skin to combat, and if anything I’d rather hide pink tones, which this won’t do. It just tended to subtly make me look a little tired and pale. But the Whipped finish is wonderful, and it’s fully consistent with my experience with Whipped Peach.
Glo Worm Powders
When I initially started testing Glo Worm powder samples, I assumed that the more luminous ones would be too shimmery for me. However, one sample sort of led to another and at this point I find the selection of Glo Worm powders to be the most intriguing due to the variety that DreamWorld offers.
Going in order of the swatches, we’ll start with Peach Glo. Like the other “peach” powders, this one works pretty well with my skin tone, but it actually applies more orange than the Creme and Whipped peaches, and adds a visible boost of color to my face. It’s ok, but I think it’d work better for me if my skin were a little deeper.
Ghostly Glo was the one I ended up buying a full size of due to it being described as a light neutral as well as it being a departure from powders with the word “peach” in the title. I absolutely love it. It perfects my skin a bit, has such a pretty luminosity that makes me feel like I’m wearing a dewy liquid foundation, and it has a slightly yellow tone that flatters me. You can see in the swatches that it disappears into my skin tone better than Peach Glo does, though the finishes of the powders are very similar.
To me, Moon Glo looks sparkly in the baggie but I don’t get any sparkle at all when I apply it to my face. I’d say that Moon Glo is the perfect name for the finish it gives. It doesn’t give off an obvious luminosity, just a gentle, glowing satin finish. It’s extremely wearable and lovely. The finish is more subtle than Peach Glo and Ghostly Glo.
Starlight Glo is the most colorful and the most luminous of all of the finishing powders I have from DreamWorld. It has a noticeable pink tone, and it gives the skin a relatively strong shine. I determined pretty quickly that this is a powder that I shouldn’t wear as an allover setting powder (though I did for the purposes of these photos), but perhaps more of cheek booster. It’s not quite as pigmented or strong as a blush or highlighter, though, so it’s an interesting one.
Illuminating Glow Powders
These powders are described as being perfect for drier, mature skin, so it isn’t the formula I’d think to try for myself. I received a baggie of Destiny in a sample pack, and it’s described s being a soft mauve with violet undertones. I’m not getting much of that – it comes across as much more neutral, to me. My peach-toned skin gets along just fine with this shade. It was definitely the easiest powder to swatch and it comes across as being very pigmented and sparkly, but the thing is that it’s super, super smooth and blends really nicely on skin so it really isn’t a frighteningly strong, luminous shade and I don’t see any sparkle on my face whatsoever. It’d totally agree that it’d be good for drier skin, it just blends right over skin and won’t emphasize dry patches or fine lines.
If you’ve stuck with me to the end, thank you! I hope this has been helpful for navigating DreamWorld Hermetica’s many options for loose finishing powder.
Have you tried any of DreamWorld Hermetica’s cosmetics? Do you have any favorite powders you’ve been using lately?