Using loose powder cover up is typically messy, regardless of what brand you use. However, due to the way Cover Girl covers the holes with a hard to remove sticker, it makes a mess as soon as you open it. Also, it is hard to get the powder out and onto the make up pad the way you are supposed to (by applying the pad to the holes and shaking the powder out onto it). I have to shake the powder into the lid and use it that way. If you shake out more powder than you need (which is every time) the powder is wasted because you cannot put it back into the container. If you allow the powder to just set on top of the container it will cause a powder mess the next time you open it. Also, the make up pad starts to come apart after only a couple of weeks use. It is very hard to use this powder without getting it onto your clothes. It is important that you have a towel over your clothes if you are applying make up while already being dresses.