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.* From Camera Ready Cosmetics
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.
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|
|Price –||PhP 750 (Approx. $18.50)|
|Weight –||1.5 oz
Other sizes available: 3oz & 8oz
|Availability –||Not available locally.
Online Resellers – Kalm Cosmetics
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.
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
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.
| 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
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
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
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! :*