While it’s not technically part of the new NARS Spring 2013 Collection, the brand has also launched two brand new setting powders at the same time. These new powders include both the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder ($34 USD / $39 CAD) and the NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder ($34 USD / $39 CAD), and they are both available now at Sephora!
NARS wanted to create a powder than enhanced the look of foundation and locked it in place for all-day wear, without looking noticeable or chalky on the skin. Both of these powders are completely translucent (even though they look white, I wouldn’t be scared to use them on the darkest of skin tones because they really go on clear).
The powders contain NARS’ exclusive new Light Reflecting Complex which allows light to be reflected on the skin, thereby visibly smoothing the look of fine lines, wrinkles and pores. It’s meant to be like Photoshop in a compact.
I can see this new trend brewing by what’s coming out from several different brands this season- luminous face powders that set makeup and absorb oil, but leave skin looking natural and glowing as if there was no powder on top. This isn’t to say the powders are shimmery- in fact, you can’t really even see any shimmer at all. It simply reflects light to give a luminous look.
I’ve tested a few of these light reflecting powders that are launching or have already launched, and these two powders are the most subtle. First of all, the texture is very unique (especially with the pressed powder), and because they really go on clear, I didn’t really have any idea if I was actually applying the product or not. I joked to myself, thinking “Well I guess i’ll find out if I’m actually applying it when I hit pan!” because it’s that undetectable. On the skin, it looks very natural. I can tell there is powder on my skin, because I know what my skin looks and feels like without powder- so it is definitely there, but I was expecting more luminosity than either of these formulations provided. I think these would be good for someone with normal to oily skin, because it helps to mattify without… mattifying (hard to explain, I know… but I’m pretty sure you get the idea).
The loose powder was a little easier to use, because I could actually see the powder being taken up by the brush. Having said that, it does tend to apply more powder to the skin than needed, and it’s a little messy (but you get more product for the same price). I’m definitely going to keep the pressed powder in my handbag for touch-ups, becuase you could layer and layer this powder under your heart’s content and you probably still will look natural.
If you’re hoping that this is going to be that luminous powder that gives you an ethereal glow, you’re going to be mistaken (look elsewhere, possibly to the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders that have just launched). These powders have a much more natural finish, while still doing a fairly good job of locking in makeup. I didn’t really notice my skin looking more even toned, but I definitely didn’t see powder clinging to my baby hairs.
Another bonus? It photographs beautifully. Makeup artists, take note! Finally a powder that can be used for the no-makeup makeup look.
PRICE: $34 USD / $39 CAD for 0.24oz / 7g (Pressed) or 0.35oz / 10g (Loose)
SELECTION: Available in both pressed and loose form; both shown here.