Up until a couple of years ago, pressed powders really weren't my thing. I'd buy them, try them and forget about them. They didn't really add anything to my skin and my makeup didn't last any longer so I decided to skip the step completely and remove powder from my daily routine.
Over the last couple of years I've noticed my skin becoming a tiny bit more oily, especially on my T zone and possibly because I wear a lot more foundation now than I used to! I decided to make a purchase I was never going to be able forget - Rimmel London's Stay Matte pressed powder.
The Stay Matte pressed powder has recently taken the internet by storm and honestly, it totally deserves the recognition. I use a Real Techniques powder brush to apply but have also used sponges before in the past. I dust a little all over my makeup, trying not to be too heavy handed, as this can give you quite a cakey look if you're not careful! It completely eliminates any shine and gives your base a mattifying finishing touch. I'd say it lasts around 6-7 hours without needing to re-apply.
Recently I decided to stop wearing it for a day just to see if it was making a difference to my makeup and instantly regretted it! My foundation wore off a lot quicker and my keyboard/pads/clothes got covered in foundation from touching my face (eww!). It's kind of one of those things that you can't visibly see much of a difference, apart from less shine obviously, but you can totally notice the difference if it were to disappear.
Rimmel, I salute you! I will never purchase another pressed powder again until this one gets discontinued. After all, if it ain't broke, don't fix it...(unless it's blogger hype of course ;) )