Intro: Who did it better? Ben Nye or Laura Mercier?
Hi guys and welcome to this weekend’s edition of “Face Off!!” Today, I will be comparing and contrasting two under eye setting powders and they are the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder in the shade “2” and the Ben Nye Banana Powder in the shade ”Banana”, and I’ll also be sharing which works best for me and why.
First, let me start by introducing you to my skin… I am an NC 45 in Mac studio fix, so hopefully this gives you a clearer picture of why I use the shades I use.
The Ben Nye Banana Powder has been raved about for quite some time now. At a point it seemed like errbody and they momma were talking about how good it was. I knew it was critical when my brother had to ask me one day ” what is this Ben Nye thingy?” I had a good laugh at that one. So, I admittedly jumped on the bandwagon and purchased it; the 1.5 oz/42 gm plastic container retails for $15 and I got mine off amazon in the shade banana.This fine and smooth translucent luxury powder comes in four shades which are banana, cameo, buff and beige suede to suit your custom skin tone. This powder is said to softly and subtly color correct surface redness and pink undertones, absorb excess oil and soften the appearance of pores and textures. This product only did one of the three for me and that was absorb excess oil, it absorbed so much oil that it left my under eye area feeling and looking dry and chalky,it settled into my fine lines and only aided in emphasizing them, it wasn’t long wearing and after the first few hours of wear it didn’t photograph nicely, and left me looking like a chalky mess, not to mention my face was hella itchy and I couldn’t wait to take it off after wearing it for a few hours. I know what you’re thinking! Am I heavy handed? No Im not, im quite light handed when it comes to my make up… I believe less is more except on occasion. Ugghhh!!! Although it works for most people, this powder is just not for me and after a few trial and errors, I finally gave up on it.
Then I came across the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder which is specifically designed for the under eye area, and I must say… I love it!! Laura has been doing it for me lately, this 4.00g/0.14 oz domed shaped container full of white translucent powder comes in two shades which are “1” and ”2″, which I think is perfect especially if you are a makeup artist because shade 1 is for lighter skin tones and shade two is for darker skin tones. Simple.
The powder is very translucent and fine, it doesn’t settle into my fine lines, it helps to brighten my under eye area and a little really does go a long way, I also use it to set my T zone area and it sets nicely. However, this particular bad boy retails for $24 approx. rm74 (I got mine here in Malaysia) which is a little steep for 4.00 grams of powder, but as I mentioned earlier a little does go a long way and I can see it lasting for years to come.
(the photograph is edited,it is whiter than this)
If you are interested in the banana powder, you can get the Ben Nye Banana Powder off http://www.amazon.com and if you are international you can get it off the http://camerareadycosmetics.com/products/ben-nye-bella-luxury-powder.html website, they offer worldwide shipping at a fee, so you will have to pay a little more for it.
As for the Laura Mercier brightening powder, you can get it at a Sephora near you within the U.S and if you’re international they carry it at http://www.selfridges.com/en/laura-mercier-secret-brightening-loose-powder_304-3001489-SECRETBRIGHTENINGPOWDER/. However, I got mine in Malaysia at an outlet in Sunway Pyramid Mall. I hope this helps you out 🙂
P.S. I would like to know what your favorites are and what also works best for you, no matter your skin tone. So please feel free to comment #openforumtime #yay