Packaging: I can't tell you how much I love TheBalm's packaging, and this is no exception. This comes in a cute retro cardboard case with a mirror.
Formula: The product looks a bit textured...fabric-y? (see above photo). And it contains corn starch. It comes out a lot more finely milled than expected. Definitely not gritty.
Applicator: None. They couldn't have squeezed one in there!
Staying power: Excellent. I need one touch-up, by midday, and I'm matte till the evening. Also functions as a flawless setting powder for liquid makeup (I've tried it over Clarins Everlasting, just moisturiser and primer across brands, Estee Lauder Double Wear and Benefit Hello Flawless). No caking noticed despite regular use.
Shade/Colour: No shade name; it just says translucent. The powder is universal and should suit all skin tones - ignore the with-and-without flash photographs of the compact. I had to swatch a couple of times for it to show up in the picture; it is very translucent.
Disclaimer: Nope, not PR or sample.