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Thursday, 19 May 2016

NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal (& other similar white powders) : Review

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NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal
This NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal retails for $37US and $46CAN for 7 g / 0.24 oz of product.

Now this is a product you can't really swatch because it sits clear on the skin. ;)
NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal
NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal
NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal
Ingredients: 
Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Squalane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polysorbate 80, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Maris Aqua (Sea Water), Ascophyllum Nodosum (Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract), Magnesium Silicate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Tin Oxide, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
Product & Colour:
This is a sheer and transparent once dusted on the brush to the skin. I tried it also over a black base I could not see any ashiness of the colour. The texture has a nice blurring effect on the skin, with very little product.

This product however, is VERY stiff in the pan and you need to starch the product off with a brush to get it lose on the brush but thankfully it stays fine milled once you break up the product.

This powder I'm been using mostly on the under eye area just because it is expensive for the amount of product to get.

The main thing I do appreciate most of these Synthetic Fluorphlogopite powders is it don't look dry on my dry skin at all.

Wear: I get full days wear over foundation with this one.

Packaging: Matte rubbery finish and a nice hinge and clasp mechanism.

Compare:
There are a number of these Synthetic Fluorphlogopite based powders show up on the market lately and I want to point out a few I've played with in store as Sephora and make some comparisons.

The MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Pressed Powder that has 0.21 oz of product for $36US and $43CAN.

Ingredients:
Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Isoceteth-10, Caprylyl Glycol, Nylon-12, Aqua (Water), Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate.
This one is in line for about the same price point per oz of product compared to the NARS one. I found this powder easier to get out of the pan as the texture in the pan was Softer compared to NARS.



The Marc Jacobs Beauty Perfection Powder - Featherweight Finish has 0.45 oz of product for $48US and $58CAN.

Ingredients:
Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Squalane, Glycerin, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Mica, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ethylene Brassylate, Isoceteth-10, 1,2-Hexanediol, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Xanthan Gum, Titanium Dioxide. 
This Marc Jacobs powder is more than double the amount of product for just 1/3 more of the price point per oz of product compared to the NARS one. I found this powder easier to get out of the pan as the texture in the pan was Softer compared to NARS as well as the Make Up For Ever one.


Verdict:
This Formula is a nice one if you want setting powders that don't add a lot of product on the skin (for example the under eye area). That said I think there should be no reason, not yo use it all over the face as well because it's soo light weight, But the price point being the current issue.

I would recommend going for the Marc Jacobs ones if you're looking for more product and another option is LunatiCK Cosmetic Labs High Definition Microfinish Pressed Powder For $20US at 9g/ 0.31oz of product.

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