Happy 1st day of February! Continuing with the next item in Project Focus 10, today we’ll look at the Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder:
This product retails for $44 for a 10g jar. In Canada, it’s available at Sephora, Hudson’s Bay or Holt Renfrew. I purchased mine from Sephora.
I’ve had this in my stash unopened for more 2 years… it was only when I finished my Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder that I finally decided this could be opened. Although this powder isn’t meant specifically for the under eye area, that was the purpose I wanted to use it for – due to its purported light reflecting properties:
This invisible silky powder is infused with Photochromic Technology to diffuse light and adjust to new sources of light throughout the day. Fine lines, wrinkles and pores optically fade as skin is visibly smoothed.
After using the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for so many years, I’d become accustomed to the luminous appearance of my under eye area. The Nars powder is nowhere near as glowy as the LM, it has no visible shimmer, but provides a satin finish on the skin. As a setting powder for under eye concealer, I find it to look slightly dry. It does set the concealer wonderfully but can tend to accentuate fine lines by the end of the day.
But as an overall face powder, it is where this powder perform best – as claimed, it does diffuse the look of pores and lines. It also helps to keep oil from shining through for quite a while – relative to the MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Powder which I am using concurrently – it delays the need to blot my face by an extra 2 hours.
I’ve worn this powder over BB creams and various foundations and it performs equally well on everything – it does not look cakey or heavy over base products. I normally use a large fluffy brush (lately it’s been the Inglot 1SS Powder Brush) for a light dusting, and for a heavier application, I use a powder puff and press the powder onto the skin.
Tip: When you first open any loose powder with sifter jars, instead of peeling off the clear sticker cover to expose all of the sifter holes, only peel off a section. This will only expose 2-3 holes and limit the amount of loose powder from dispensing out. If you’ve already peeled off the cover, you can always re-cover the holes with clear tape. 🙂
I’m unsure if I would repurchase this product once I finish it. It’s a good face powder but I really wanted a powder for setting under eye concealer.
• Sets foundation without adding any colour
• Does not look heavy or cakey
• Reduces the look of fine lines and pores
• Keeps shine at bay
• Loose powder format is messy and not travel friendly
• Can look dry under eye area
Stash worthiness: 8/10
I’ve been using this for about 2 months now and will reserve this as an overall face powder. I’m still on the hunt for a good under eye setting powder in my stash.
Bonus: here’s a quick comparison of the Nars powder to other loose translucent powders I have: MAC Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, and the e.l.f. High Definition Powder:
I felt silly even swatching translucent powders, but here’s what I managed to capture:
Out of the 3, the Nars looks the smoothest and did not settle into fine lines.
Tidbits on the other Project Focus 10 items:
• I didn’t reach for the Smashbox Double Exposure palette once this week! I’ve been too distracted by all the other pretties lately. 😳
• I brought the Shu Uemura brow:sword pencil on an overnight away from home and it was a fantastic travel companion – having that built-in spoolie is so handy.
• I’m trying to not spoil the upcoming reviews but I can’t help myself! The L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara is shocking the heck out of me with its awesomeness. I have not reached for any other mascaras this week.
I’ll be announcing the winners to my Favourite Things Giveaway at noon today (EST). Be there or be square! 😀