It’s used by professional make up artists and the queen of contouring Kim Kardashian, but what is Ben Nye Banana Powder really like?
After seeing the now infamous Kim Kardash contouring picture, I was intrigued to find out what she was using. After a little research online I stumbled across Ben Nye Banana Powder. Only problem being, it seemed quite hard to get in the UK. Ebay luckily had lots of sellers with samples of the powder to purchase, which was ideal for me as I wasn’t too sure whether I wanted to commit to the 1.5oz or 3oz versions. I purchased a 5g sample for about £4 including shipping.
When it arrived I was soo excited to try it out. It is marketed as a setting powder, however I planned to use for highlighting. After watching a couple of youtube tutorials, I decided to try out the heavy highlighted look, aka the ‘Kim’.
After I had done my foundation and concealer I used a make up sponge to dab the powder underneath the eye area, underneath the cheekbones (underneath where the bronzer was applied), down the centre of the nose, in a V shape between the eyebrows, on the top lip and chin. I didn’t press the powder in, I left a dusting of it over my skin. You do look very strange, so I wouldn’t recommend if you have company. After a couple of minutes I used a clean powder brush to blend in the Banana powder into the rest of my makeup.
What I thought:
- The powder looks very yellow in the packaging and also when you apply it to the skin, but it quickly blends, leaving it looking much brighter and minimizing the appearance of pores.
- Using the powder underneath the cheekbones makes contouring stand out and lightens up the area. I am addicted to using the powder here now!
- As the powder contains talc it is great for minimising shine on oily skin, however it might be too much for dry skin. I have found it can make my under eye area appear dry if I put too much on.
- If like me your concealer creases underneath your eye area, the Ben Nye powder seems to stop this from happening & cancels out dark circles at the same time – double winner!
- It looks like it will last a long time. I have about 1/2 of the sample left despite using it every day for a couple of weeks.
The ‘Kim’ look is quite heavy, so I would only really wear this on a night out. For a less dramatic look I use a light dusting of powder all over the skin as a setting powder and it really does make my skin look brighter and flawless. I will defo be getting the full sizes when I run out!
Have you used the banana powder or any of the other Ben Nye luxury powders? I would love to hear what you think!