Jill Stuart is a popular high end brand in Asia (primarily found in Japan, Taiwaan, Korea, and Hong Kong) with a good selection of makeup, skincare, and perfume products. The most notable feature of all Jill Stuart products is the gorgeous packaging. If you are a lover of pink and very girly/princess designs, I think you'll love the brand. I fell head over heels with Jill Stuart when I first visited the store during my Hong Kong trip. I picked up 3 products that I personally was impressed with from the line. Here I have the loose powder in 04 Glow to review. The loose powder is 20g/0.7oz retailing at 330HKG which translates to about $43USD.
Jill Stuart pays a great attention to detail to packaging including the boxes that house each product. All of the line's products come in soft pink boxes and some have detailed swirls with the letter J like the loose powder box shown below. The logo is etched onto the top of the box but is not flat so you can feel the raised design.
Since this is a product made by Japan, all the words are in Japanese so I'm unable to provide you with the ingredients. I did take a snap of the back of the package for those of you who can read it.
Once the box opens, you'll be greeted with this beautiful loose powder in a sturdy clear plastic package design. This is very different from all the usual short stubby round packages we often see with other cosmetics brands. There is a pointed top cap with Jill Stuart logo etched throughout the sides.
Side view of the product. The product includes a powder puff for application that sits on top of the powder itself. The puff has a cute pink bow on the top as seen here.
To open the top, simply twist and turn the cap counter clockwise. Likewise you can close it by placing the cap back on top and turning clockwise.
Below the cute puff is the loose powder which can be dispensed through numerous little holes. There is a sticker covering the holes in a brand new product. You can either take off the sticker and throw it away or stick it back on after each use. I decided to stick it back on after each use because I don't want the powder to get all over the puff when not in use.
Hold the product and lightly shake or tap left to right in order for the powder to settle down. To dispense, tilt the package slightly down (not completely upside down or everything will spill out) and lightly shake for the powder to fall out onto the sides of the package.
The loose powder is very finely milled with a pleasant fragrance that comes with every Jill Stuart product. This is the same fragrance from the perfume in the line, a light flowery smell that is not overbearing or irritating on the nose. Once applied on the skin, the smell fades so it will not be bothersome or even noticeable. I had to pack the product on my hand in order to show you how it looks since it is so fine. There is slight shimmer in the powder and 04 Glow is a more suitable color for my NC25/NC30 skin. The loose powder comes in 4 different colors with 01 Natural as the lightest suitable for pale skin tone ladies, 02 Shine and 03 Sparkle are much more shimmery with pink undertone, and 04 Glow is for tan/dark skin ladies.
The powder blends into the skin to give a flawless glow that's not powdery or overly shimmer. You have to get very close to the skin to see a slight shimmer. Obviously you will not use this much powder in one area but you can see even with a large amount, my skin does not look like a giant disco ball. If you are looking for medium/heavy coverage, this is not the intended purpose of this loose powder. This is best used to set liquid and cream foundation for all skin types. You can either use the puff provided, a sponge, powder brush, kabuki, or stippling brush to apply all over the face. Like any product, I do not recommend packing on too much especially for dry skin ladies to avoid emphasizing dry patches.
Overall, I find the Jill Stuart Loose Powder in 04 Glow an excellent product that is comparable to La Mer's Loose Powder. I have both products but find the JS loose powder fragrance more pleasant and the packaging is definitely much more unique and beautiful. Both powders are equally finely milled but La Mer costs higher at $65USD. The downside to Jill Stuart is the availability of their products outside of Asia. In the US, you can find JS only at Bergdorf Goodman in New York or you can call the store to have the products delivered since they are not available online. I think the shipping price is $15-20USD. Again this is a high end product that is not cheap or readily available, but I do recommend picking it up if you get a chance. It is versatile and can be used both every day or on special occasions. I think Jill Stuart impresses me because it is rare to find a brand that has both great packaging and high quality products. I really wish JS would come to Nordstrom counters so we can get a hold of them more easily.
Would you pick up this powder if you have a chance? What do you like best about it?