May 20, 2015

Product Review: NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder

      I don't really like setting powders even though I have oily skin. I find that after a couple hours, the oils in my skin coupled with the foundation and setting powder created some sort of weird blotchy pattern on my face. It's not very pretty. I swore off setting powders until I was convinced by one of my long-time friends (who is also very pick about her beauty products) to try the NARS setting powder. She raved about it, and so I thought this probably is a really good product if she swears by it.

NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder. .35oz
Price: $36

This setting powder enhances the look of foundation without a trace of color, extending makeup wear thanks to the NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex™, which optimizes light-reflection on the skin. Its silky powder is infused with Photochromic Technology, which diffuses light and adjusts to new sources of light throughout the day. Soft, silky, and luxurious to the touch and undetectable on the skin, this weightless formula applies evenly and blends effortlessly. One of the best parts? Fine lines, wrinkles, and pores optically fade as skin is visibly smoothed. Additionally, revolutionary microfine mineral powders are loaded with glycerin and antioxidant vitamin E to help guard against dryness and keep skin comfortable all day. Ideal for touch-ups, it helps regulate shine throughout the day and seamlessly sets foundation. This product is paraben- and fragrance-free and non-comedogenic. 

Silica, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Glycerin, Magnesium Silicate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chlorphenesin, Polysilicone-2, Maris Aqua (Sea Water), Aqua (Water), Barium Sulfate, Algae, Phenoxyethanol, Alumina, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Mica, cl 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), cl 77491 (Iron Oxides), cl 77492 (Iron Oxides).


      This is a great setting powder and probably the best setting powder I've used. It's so finely milled! When I use this over my foundation, I can get an extra 1-2 hours of wear time over it. Although I still do get that weird blotchy pattern on the oily parts of my face, it's mostly on my chin and not all over my face which other powders tend to do. As you can see from the swatch on my hand, it does have some shimmery mica powder in it, but you can't tell when it's on your face. I also heavily swatched the powder on my hand, and usually only put a fine layer of the powder over my foundation. I also love how this powder doesn't settle into fine lines like other powders. Therefore, I think this appropriate for those with dryer skin as well as oily skin.

  • PROS: finely milled, translucent, unscented, doesn't settle into fine lines.
  • CONS: none that I can think of!

Concluding Remarks

      If you're looking for an amazing setting powder, definitely try out the NARS light reflecting powder. I've used the Bare Minerals Mineral Veil, and I think this powder is more finely milled than that powder.


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