I have to say, this Neutral Set Colorless Face Powder from Ben Nye is so underrated as it is being overshadowed by its more popular sister that came in the form of Banana Visage Luxury Powder. Well, I will not stand for this conspiracy. LOL!
I recently bought both for variants from Beautyholic Manila
and I’ve been using them both for over a month now. So yeah, I think I am just in the right position to give my two cents on both products. And since it’s always easier for me to blog about the products I love as oppose to ranting about things I hate, I’ll start with Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Face Powder first.. not that I hate Banana Visage Luxury Powder. 🙂
This product blends with all skin types and retains the intensity of bright and dark shades. It contains a special formula which controls perspiration, thus making it suitable for active performers.
Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Face Powder comes in small, transparent plastic bottle that is extremely thick and sturdy. To aid in controlling just how much product to be dispensed, it came with a white sifter inside its black screw-lid cap. I’m not very fond of its packaging, honestly, because it’s obviously bulky and not travel-friendly at all. The packaging is not really a major setback though since I can always transfer a smaller amount in a case that’s easier to bring along.
With regards to its ingredients though, I’ve read that these can be harmful. Take talc for example, the inhalation of significant amounts of talc-containing powders could causing acute lung irritation, known as talcosis, or even ovarian cancer in some extent. And you all know what parabens could do. But that’s just science talkin’.. a lot of great products contain even a small amount of these ingredients too. I think I can live with these setbacks. 🙂
Inside the bottle is this white finely-milled powder that feels soft on the skin. Despite its gushing whiteness, it doesn’t look ghastly on my morena skin – provided that I don’t go overboard in applying the product. It doesn’t create any white cast both in person and in photos. In the contrary, this actually looks good in photos – yes, even in flash photography. It translates really well. Instead of giving a white cast, it give me an almost flawless-looking skin on photos. Kudos for that!
Now let’s measure its overall quality based on the 2 major purposes of a setting powder: (1) makeup longevity and (2) oil control.
First, I honestly think this does very little in keeping my makeup intact. I wear primer on a daily basis and I didn’t notice much difference when I set everything with Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Face Powder. I also tried using this without primer.. my makeup lasted for hours but did not really make it until the end of the day.
Second, I’m happy to announce that despite the hot and humid Philippine weather, this Ben Nye setting powder was able to keep my face oil- and shine-free all throughout the day! I still sweat, of course, but my T-zone area is noticeably matte the entire day. Its oil control attribute is actually why I super love this setting powder. It seriously exceeded my expectations as it made blotting during the middles of the day completely useless. However, I’d like to note that I have combination skin and I would assume that it won’t work as great with oily skin.
Simply put, for makeup longevity = decent. Oil control = AHHHMAZING! <3
Personally, I prefer using Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Face Powder with my Suesh bell-shaped powder brush. Because it’s fluffy but at the same time it’s not extremely dense, it distributes the powder evenly and without concentrating too much in one area. This reminds me, I still have to review my Suesh brush set. 🙂
That’s it for my current favorite setting powder.
How about you, what do you use to keep your face oil-free this summer time?
Comment them down below and I’ll see you on my next post! 🙂