Ben Nye is a brand that specialises in theatrical makeup but their face powders have become very popular and in particular their Banana Luxury Powder used by Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist and also infamous for its use as a highlight setting powder especially among women of colour. If you haven’t heard of the Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder then where have you been the last couple of months? The reason it has become such a cult product within the black community is because many women of different skin tones are able to use the shade ‘Banana’ for setting their highlighted areas without leaving an ashy or grey cast. In fact, many retailers have sold out of this product due to the sudden high demand and you may have to pre-order it to secure yourself one.
Although the finely milled powder is very yellow, it works well on just about every skin tone including black skin as it’s translucent and will definitely help brighten areas. If you’re looking for a not so yellow powder or an all over powder, Ben Nye also offers Luxury powders for darker skin.
If you’re one to use under-eye concealer then you know the importance of using a setting powder to prevent the concealer from creasing and settling into fine lines. The Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder does just that! When the correct amount of powder is applied with either a sponge or powder puff, this powder sets your concealer leaving a silky matte flawless finish. As long as you’re not a 24hr makeup wearer, this powder will also stop any product settling into fine lines for the whole duration of your makeup wear. In addition to setting your under eye concealer, when used elsewhere eg. To highlight forehead, for those with oily skin, you may appreciate that is does well at keeping the oil at bay so you stay shine free for longer!
In my opinion, the only downfall of this product is the way it’s dispensed. With it being such a difficult product to source, the last thing you need is product being wasted! Unlike most powders of its kind, it doesn’t come in a packaging where the product is being sift which makes it a bit awkward and messy to use.
Overall, I think this is a very good and inexpensive product to invest in. It is perfect for setting your under-eye area and will work just as well or even better than high end products that retail for ?20+. Yes it is difficult to source and especially in the UK but make sure you grab them whilst in stock or secure one by pre-ordering. The Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder comes in three sizes; 1.5oz. – ?8.99, 3oz. – ?13.46 or 8oz. – ?26.94. Click here for a UK retailer to purchase.