Vintage Makeup That’s Still Just As Good: Corn Silk Face Powder

There are thousands of new beauty launches every single year, with formulas being constantly improved and innovations calling out for us to part with money just to understand the hype for ourselves. However, often it’s the understated and almost secretive products that have been on beauty shelves for decades that are really worth picking up – after all, if they’ve stood the test of time there must be something great about them. Corn Silk face powder has been around since the 1960’s, promising women a long-lasting fresh complexion and the ‘look of innocence’ (whatever that may be!) Although it may be more at home in our grandmother’s makeup bag, it’s seen somewhat of a resurgence in recent months – now being one of the best selling beauty products on Amazon and increasingly popular in Boots; the reviews alone convince you this has huge potential. I put it to the test to see if something so vintage could really still be relevant.

The lightweight and finely milled texture is much finer than other face powders I’ve tried, ensuring a non-cakey finish and a barely-there
result. It contains a unique patented walnut ingredient to control shine and balance skin tone, without clogging pores or feeling heavy on the surface. Although the packaging is completely naff, the puff applicators useless and the logistics a bit of a nightmare, the product held within is really rather good. Because it’s so finely ground, it buffs into skin in a much more subtle way and almost ‘blurs’ the complexion and imperfections away. It can be used to set foundation, prevent an oily t-zone or simply unifying your final look – all of which are easily achieved with a swipe or two of a brush.

The powder really helps to keep shine at bay all day long, needing only a slight touch-up if you’re going from day to night. Although the colour is technically translucent, I do find it dulls my natural glow a little so I prefer to add a touch of blush and highlighter to ensure I look my best. Available in both a pressed and loose powder format, these are really quite a bargain at £5.44 each (currently on offer in Boots.) You do have to ignore the packaging, and it’s definitely not the kind of product you’d willingly remove from your bag, but all in all these are ace little powder products that really help your look to stay flawless for longer. Would you go vintage with your makeup?

Corn Silk pressed and loose powder is available from Amazon and Boots, priced £5.44.



  1. Simpleluxx
    August 27, 2014 / 11:07 pm

    I love the background you provide on this powder! checking it on Amazon as soon as this comment goes live. 🙂

  2. Kirstie Saunders
    August 28, 2014 / 8:19 am

    I work for a certain high street retailer… naming no names…… and sooo many people come in for this and I've always been so intrigued by it! May give it a go now!Kirstie | A Yellow Brick Blog

  3. jasmine turner
    August 28, 2014 / 9:55 am

    Sounds like a lovely powder, ill have to check this out! xprincessjas | ♥

  4. Terri Lowe
    August 28, 2014 / 8:23 pm

    I love Cornsilk!! I prefer the satin finish powder to the matt though, and I only went to scout it out ages ago because I thought it would be dead cheap, but it's not actually as cheap as you'd imagine for a powder which is just sold on the bottom shelf!

  5. Plearn Nataricha
    August 28, 2014 / 9:21 pm

    I love vintage stuff and this face power is something I think it's a must try! Thanks for sharing this I'm buying it now lolKiss me Sunday // Bloglovin

  6. Jess Maryy
    August 29, 2014 / 7:26 pm

    Great review, I'm definitely gonna give it a try! x

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