Base Makeup Review: RMK Face Powder EX

by PJ on Friday, November 12, 2010

in -RMK, 2010 Fall, all about Japanese cosmetics, makeup, makeup - base makeup, makeup - base makeup - powder

RMK Face Powder EX 1


Launched in September in the UK, RMK‘s new loose powder, Face Powder EX, combines the soft and delicate loose powder and the ease of use and the potability of pressed powder. Four shades are available, and today I am highlighting the shade in P-00.


RMK Face Powder EX 2


The powder comes in the case and the refill. (The refill is available separately and comes with a puff.) If you want to carry the powder around with you and if you really want to save space, you can do without the case but you might want to keep the plastic cover (seen above), which is adhesive around the rim.

The puff is soft and plush, and it has a nice size. (It is not too big.)


RMK Face Powder EX 3


The powder is covered by a rubber film with slits. To pick up the powder, press the puff onto the film (press it all the way down) and turn clockwise or anti-clockwise. (If you simply dab the puff on the film, the puff doesn’t really pick up any powder.) This design avoids any accidental spillage. Also, it is almost impossible to pick up too much powder.

The shade in P-00 (SPF 12 and PA++) is an ivory white with very fine shimmer. The finish is glowy matte and the shimmery particles don’t look obvious when worn on the skin. I like the way the powder melts into the skin. The powder is very fine and silky and doesn’t look powdered or chalky when layered.

It has good pore coverage (which appeals to me a lot) and decent shine control. The shade is described on RMK’s website as “translucent”, but I do find that it has a little more coverage than those of, for example, Lavshuca’s Finish Powder and Kiss’ Mat Chiffon Powder. I personally like the level of coverage and how the off-white powder brightens the complexion, but do bear in mind that this shade may alter the color of your foundation.

Unlike Powder Foundation EX, which I think is more suitable for those with normal or dry skin, Face Powder EX should suit most skin types.

RMK is known for its base makeup products, and I think Face Powder EX will certainly help carry on the reputation.

(Regarding the other three shades, N-00 is an off-white with no shimmer, 01 is tinted (skin-tonal) and 02 is also tinted and is darker than 01. 01 and 02 have SPF 12 and PA++, while N-oo has SPF 13 and PA++.)

(The product featured in this article is provided by RMK.)


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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Winterberry_gal Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hi PJ,
I’ve finally gotten the Face Powder EX in 02!
I am entitled to a one-off 20% special discount, so I guess this is a good chance to grab the powder. =)
Much to my delight, the powder delivers what you have described.
It feels really soft and provides good pore coverage, but slight coverage for dark spots and other blemishes.
Personally, I feel that Lavshuca Finish Powder provides better coverage for blemishes.
As for oil-control, it gives better shine control than Lavshuca, without feeling dryness.
I am using their Gel Emulsion Compact in 102 and Face Powder EX in 02 complements my skin tone perfectly. =)
My face no longer has a white cast and touch-up is equally superb.
My only gripe is that the rubber film with slits design makes it hard to gauge how much powder is picked up.
And of course, if only the price can be lowered to sustain loyal RMK followers (me).


PJ Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Hi Winterberry_Gal,

I am sorry for my late reply!

Thank you very much for letting me know about your thoughts on 02! I didn’t point this out specifically (since it was only a speculation), but I do think that the pale yellow-beige powder of Lavshuca Finish Powder in Lucent might do slightly better at concealing blemishes than the off-white P-00.

Generally, I do feel that P-00 has slightly more coverage due to its complexion-brightening effect while Lavshuca Finish Powder in Lucent has more of an invisible finish. But both are lovely powders!

Thank you very much for posting your comment again! :)


Erika Monday, February 7, 2011

first time i stumbled across your blog :)

i hv normal to dry skin and is always on the look out for new face power that is not too cakey. japanese brands usually works best, but recently i’ve bought the HD loose powder from makeupforever and was pleasantly surprised!


PJ Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hi Erika,

Make Up For Ever’s HD Microfinish Powder seems to have got quite a few positive reviews. I am definitely interested in trying it!

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog and posting your comment! :)


Pearl Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hi PJ!

Thanks for this review as I am interested in getting it. May I ask if the change in foundation color is darker or lighter? I have pretty oily skin and oxidization is a problem I have with my base makeup.

Thanks in advance.



PJ Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hi Pearl,

Thank you for your question.

What I mean is that the powder has more coverage than most of the other loose powders I have tried and that it will cover the color of your foundation (to a considerable extent) and therefore alter the shade of your base makeup as a whole. (It is not as translucent as many of the other loose powders.)

Hope it helps, and many thanks again! :)


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