Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder – Review, Photos & Swatches

I’ve been seeing a lot of mixed reviews about this product especially lately, and I know that you probably don’t need to see another one, considering that, oh well.. you’ve heard/read them all. But, just for the sake of being thorough and honest, (charaught!) I thought that I should tell you my thoughts and opinions about this frequently raved/reviewed product.

Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder - Review, Photos & Swatches

Formerly known as Visage Poudre Luxury Powders, these ultra-neutral powders provide superior matte and subtle finishing. Often compared to French powders with silky-fine textures. the Ben Nye Bella line of powders are translucent with just a hint of color.

The first time I’ve heard about (or rather, seen) this product, was when Wayne Goss (GossMakeupArtist) was applying it as a highlighting/setting powder to set his model’s under eye concealer. If you’re not familiar of Wayne Goss, he’s a British MUA/Youtube guru whose tutorials are mostly about enhancing our natural beauty. He’s also famous for recreating the Kim K look, and he’s fantastic in giving tips for contouring, highlighting, etc. He often talks/raves about the Ben Nye Luxury powders, specifically, this one. And as I’ve mentioned, back then, this powder was mostly being used as an under-eye highlighter/setting powder.

Out of nowhere, tons of bloggers, YT gurus are now raving about this product. They are now using it to set their entire foundation, and they love it. Of course, there are still some (if not a few) who considered this product, a “miss”. But still, the positive reviews that this product is getting is just overwhelming… and well deserved, in my opinion.

Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder - Review, Photos & Swatches

The only downside about this product, which I think a lot of people will agree, is the packaging. The powder comes in a sifter jar and it can get messy in terms of getting the product out. Especially in my case, since I bought the smallest size, I often have to put a paper towel underneath the jar first whenever I open it and transfer some of it (what I need to use) at the cap. This was the reason why I decided to grab one of those mini/portable sifter jars which are available at Landmark, so I don’t have to often deal with the mess anymore. Also, this mini sifter jar allows me to bring the powder and a mini kabuki brush, if in case I need to bring this powder with me for retouching.

Product Name     – Ben Nye Bella Luxury Powder
Shade     – Banana
Price     – PhP 750 (Approx. $18.50)
Weight     – 1.5 oz
Other sizes available: 3oz & 8oz
Availability     – Not available locally.
Online Resellers – Kalm Cosmetics

Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder - Review, Photos & Swatches
HEADS UP! This product contains contains TALC and PARABENS

I’m sure you all know this, so I’m just going to reiterate. The Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder is a finely milled loose powder and has a very yellow undertone. This may appear intimidating to some but it can work wonders in terms of brightening up the face. Ideally, this product would look great for those with tanned complexions, to achieve that Kim K look, but those with lighter skin can use it too. Of course, if in case you are unable to “work it” using this shade, you can always choose a different one. Ben Nye Bella Luxury Powders are offered in four different shades: Beige Suede, Buff, Cameo and Banana, and are also available in three different sizes: 1.5 oz, 3 oz and 8 oz.

Honestly, I was a bit hesitant to try this because of the heavy yellow undertone. Most of the powders I’ve tried with strong yellow undertones made me look, sick and well, yellow. But after hearing/reading tons of positive reviews and seeing that a lot of girls with lighter complexions seem to not look ‘yellow’, I decided to try it. Unfortunately, due to the high demand yet limited supply of this product, getting a hold of this famous powder is almost next to impossible. Thankfully, I was able to find an online seller that has a regular supply of Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powders. I preordered and got the product in no less than two weeks. I immediately tested it and right then and there, I loved it.

Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder - Review, Photos & Swatches

I prefer to apply this either with a kabuki or a powder brush, and for under my eyes, (to set my concealer) I use an eyeshadow blending brush. If applied with a powder brush (tapping method), it goes on flawlessly, it doesn’t settle in the fine lines of your face or in your pores, and it doesn’t highlight any imperfection. It just instantly mattifies your makeup, minus the cakeyness. It gives you that healthy, luminous glow without the dewyness. Oh, and the yellow undertone? Not scary at all. It in fact brightened up my face, and I didn’t look like I’m about to vomit or something. Just saying

Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder - Review, Photos & Swatches

Oh, and another thing that I love about this powder is that even though I have a really dry skin, and I have some dry/rough spots in my face, it didn’t emphasize that at all. It’s barely noticeable, not until you look closely and perhaps touch my face and feel those spots. You also don’t get any of those scary white casts when taking pictures, which is why this product is ideal for parties, gatherings, etc. As for longevity, the powder lasted me for more than six hours without retouching.

P R O S
C O N S
Finely milled with yellow undertone
Can brighten up your face
Ideal for tanned complexions, and if used right, can give you that Kim K look
Doesn’t settle in the fine lines/pores
Doesn’t highlight imperfections
Doesn’t emphasize dry/rough spots and can be worn by those with dry skin
Mattifies skin without making your makeup look cakey
Gives you that luminous glow minus the dewyness
No scary whitecast
Lasts approximately 6 hours in my case
Pricey
Contains Talc & Parabens
Not locally available (Only available via internet resellers)
Comes in a non-travel friendly sifter jar
Messy to open, messy to get the product out, messy to close = Messy, messy, MESSY
The V E R D I C T

I lah-ove this powder. I think I finally found my go-to setting powder. This doesn’t make me look sick, it doesn’t make my dry skin look cakey if in case I over applied. The yellow undertone doesn’t affect my skin/face at all. It gives my face that healthy, glowing look, it brightens up my face, instantly. I love it. Enough said

R E P U R C H A S E ?

YES!
I’m actually thinking about repurchasing one soon because my mama loves it as well


So those are my thoughts & opinion about the Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder. I definitely think it’s worth the hype, I didn’t think that a loose powder can do that to your skin. I thought that it was merely for setting as well as highlighting your under eye concealer. Truth be told, I didn’t really believe all of the things that was said about this product. I don’t know if I just didn’t care, or whatever. It was just recently when I decided to see for myself, and thank God I did. Now I’m interested in the neutral set, lol

So, how about you? Do you like this powder? Do you have this in your makeup stash? Do you have the Ben Nye Neutral Set? Do you like it so far? Comment and let me know!

P.S. — I’m very VERY sleepy, so I’ll just proofread this again later when I wake up. Mkay? See ya later lovelies! :*

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  • Wow! I’m thinking to buy this too kaso I’m caught in betweek this one or Snoe poudre extraordinaire which I’ve tried and love nadin. Great review as always!

    • I would recommend this one girl. I have PE and I love it too pero mas maganda to

      • OMG! Oh sige yan nalang buy ko. Ang mura kung san mo siya nabili baka dun nalang din ako

        • Try Beautyholic Manila girl. They sell it half the price according to some bloggers, and they sell the bigger jar for the price I bought

  • Desire Loreto

    I’ve a negative review of this from Donnarence and I bet you were able to read it Yette since I saw your name in the post Even with its downside, I would still love to try to this but I’m torn between this and the colorless (I mean, ung white one ). Another great review from you Yette, and I’m glad you weren’t been fooled by those online sellers who offer Ben Nye babies in high price. Thanks for sharing and have a great Saturday ahead! ♥

    • Desire Loreto

      Beautyholic manila sells this for only 600 and the neutral set is just 450! Wooo great price gap compared with this one you got from Kalm :|

      • I want that neutral set, I might try that from them

        • Desire Loreto

          I’m planning to buy the neutral set, but I’ll wait for reviews about it first thanks in advance, Yette! ♥

    • Yeah I saw her review, sadly, I already ordered this one that time. It is overpriced, but it’s okay. I liked the effect on my skin and I’ve paid more to items that I end up not using because I didn’t like it after all. So it’s ok, maybe on my repurchase I’ll consider buying it somewhere else. IDK, lol

      Oh and those Ben Nye banana powders being sold in mini sifter jars? Ehh.. I’d rather not comment about that. Baka ano pa masabi ko.. -__-

      • Desire Loreto

        Yes Yette, even me, I hate the packaging, really. To think that you paid it for a high price, sure you wouldn’t want to waste products pero mismo the product pa is the main cause of wastage :| A suggestion Yette, how about just having the 3 holes open and seal the remaining with a scotch tape? I think by that way, you can minimize getting messy in terms of getting the product out. However, buying mini sifters (like the one you got from Landmark) is practical and travel-friendly too!

        “I’ve paid more to items that I end up not using because I didn’t like it after all” – BLOG SALE PUH-LEASE! lol

        • I might try that one soon. The jar is too small kase, Lol.
          Blog sale? Nah. No need. I just give the ones I don’t like to my niece. I don’t feel confident selling items I’ve already used/swatched to people I don’t know. I don’t mind buying from blog sales, but I just don’t feel right selling mine. lol

          • Desire Loreto

            HAHAH In case you change your mind, please contact me. I wanna buy them coz I envy your hauls. Your niece must be very lucky lol!

  • This is one on my wishlist. Super daming nagagandahan dito including you of course and soon, me. LOL But you bought it for P750? Visit Beautyholic Manila kung bibili ka ulit nito, they are selling the 1.5oz for only P450 and the big one P800. Super mura sakanila compared sa ibang onlineshops.

    • Yeah, I saw Beautyholic Manila’s price too. Kaso nasakin na to. No worries, I don’t feel bad naman e. Maybe next time, lol

      • You get more than what you paid for naman eh I’ll buy this soon too sana lang tumatanggap sila ng paypal payments. Baskasyon, wala ng allowance LOL.

        • Yeah that’s what I wanna know about Beautiholic too. Kase I’m more comfortable about Paypal payments,lol

          • Me too~!! You can issue a refund kasi just incase na bogus seller yung nabilihan mo. Secured talaga yung payments mo!

          • That, I didn’t know. I just like Paypal better ’cause I don’t want the hassle of going through long lines (bank deposit, gcash, etc) lol. Tamad lang talaga ^_^;

          • Hahahaha korek!

    • Uhm, where is this??? I bought the 3 oz one for 1,050 Php from Digital Traincase. 1,140 Php in total kasama yung shipping. I plan to buy more so a cheaper option would certainly help!

  • I love your new layout! And the way you took products pictures, galing! And what can I say, I also really like this powder. The Neutral one is not as finely milled but lasts longer on me.:)

    • Haha, thanks. I might try that one, soon

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    • Thanks! Will check it out later!

  • eyahnism

    Been reading a lot of review about this and yeah mixed review talaga some said it settles on the lines..but I think I love the translucent powder yung colorless. But Im still thinking if I should get one or this banana luxury powder. Thanks for the review!

    • I’m going to buy the neutral set soon. But currently,I’m enjoying this pa.

  • Yahoo.. i can open na.. kahapon at nung isang araw ayaw magdirect sa page mo =(

    I first saw this product from Donna of My Lucid Interval, i think medyo pricey sya, kasi sabi maliit lang daw halos itong tub.. Good thing you like this one.. others find it doesnt match their skin tone..

    • Yey!

      Yup, I love this one. I might buy the neutral set soon

  • Would love to give this a try, but I can’t get over the bad container. On the other hand, I can just transfer it to a better container.

    • Yup, that’s the magic of the portable sifter jars. Hehe

  • Gem Rare

    Can I just say, I looooove your blog! From the layout to the photos – everything!

    I have this powder, too. And another one in Beige Suede. But knowing me, it’s gon take me at least a month before I even review it haha!

    • Thanks, Gem!

      I also have some products here that I haven’t reviewed yet. Natatabunan. Hehe

  • karla del rosario

    I’m still waiting for my banana luxury powder to be shipped! Pero super excited to use one! I did not know it contains parabens and talc, I’m a little turned off. -__-

  • Just got hold of mine yesterday and like you, I’m in love. I was so tired because of work yesterday that I fell asleep on my make up with this on. I’m an oily skinned girls so when I woke up this morning, I expected to see a shiny face. I immediately got my facial wash but when I got to the bathroom and looked at the mirror, surprise surprise! No oiliness! I am pleasantly surprised. I also like that it doesn’t cake. The texture is different from other powders; it isn’t creamy. It feels quite like finely milled flour. But then, I’m guessing that’s why it doesn’t cake, or settle into fine lines. I really wish I had this powder ages ago. It would have saved me a lot of trouble.

    I bought the 3 oz one since stocks are running out fast. Planning to buy another one as soon as possible for back up and more to give as gifts to friends. Going to try this out more. So far, I have had no breakouts and I hope it continues that way. I really like this powder and I really want it to work for me all the way!

    • I’m glad you liked it too! I’m about to buy a backup as well.

      • Beautyholic sells it a lot cheaper, I believe.

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  • Lean Diwa Buscaino

    I also wanted to try this due to the rave of all MUA and bloggers but I think not now. You know to think of the price and besides I still have powder. Almost all of the blogger who write about this powder is in a thumbs up comment, I think this is really a must have to those MUA and make up enthusiast. Thanks for sharing your thoughts

    I just started blogging maybe you could also drop by in my blog and follow me as well
    and maybe you could give me some advice. Thank you so much!

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    • Followed via NB. Thanks for dropping by!

      It’s really a good product and it’s worth the investment

  • Rosalie B.Tangonan

    It’s so expensive… but looks like its worth it din naman. I been contemplating for months whether to buy it or not. yikes! great review here

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  • Leilani Gamboa

    Finally, i found this! i am really eager to see your review on this luxury powder kasi parang i like to purchase but i am skeptical if maganda talaga sa skin ko at sulit ba o hindi,. i guess after reading your review, i will add this in my wish list muna nareach ko na ksi limit sa shopping :D,

  • I want to include this on my products-to-try list but I still have to think it over because its pricey. I’m considering Hayan Silky Face Powder since I also read good reviews about that. Btw, thanks for listing the pros of this product. Knowing its longevity and that it will give you a matte finish is really a plus point for me.

    • Yes, Hayan is also a good choice. I have one I just failed to do a review about it. (natambakan). Thanks, Elle. I’m glad you liked the way I review stuff

  • Samantha Derrick

    Its rude to say “scary” white cast..some ppl are that light in color..you wouldnt want ppl calling u darkie or piss yellow so respect people

    • Ashlea Marshall

      whitey mcwhite here; shut up