January 22, 2014

NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder - Translucent Crystal

The only thing better than getting your hands on hyped up beauty products is getting your hands on beauty products that haven't been hyped at all but, are so totally amazing that it renders you speechless. It's like the universe is letting you in on a closely-guarded secret and bestowing upon you the gift of perfect make-up. That's what this powder is to me; the gift of absolutely perfect make-up.

My friend Sarah played the role of the universe in this scenario and she shared her secret to achieving silky, flawless looking make-up and, today, I'm sharing that secret with you. This is NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal. Yes; the name is totally ridiculous and no; you do not need to remember it. Just go to the counter and point at the bright white powder and hand over your debit card. Don't think about it, just do it. I promise, you won't regret it. 
There is a lot about this powder that makes it so unique. Firstly, it is actually translucent. How many translucent powders have you tried that are white as opposed to being invisible? This is the first I have come across that shows next-to-no trace of colour when swatched and for both very fair and very dark skintones, this is revolutionary as there is no risk of turning skin too dark or too dull/grey respectively.

Secondly, there is no texture to this powder at all. There is no fall out. There is no dust cloud when you tap the excess off your brush. There is nothing. So much so, when I first got it, I was convinced there was a film on top of it and spent a good 10 minutes trying to peel the non-existant layer off before nicking the powder with my nail and realising there wasn't. This is amazing because it works to give your skin a soft, luminous finish without actually changing the appearance/finish of your foundation. It is as though skin has a soft-focus veil over it which is beautiful and flattering.

It's hard to explain the effect this powder gives and it's even harder to photograph unless you have a seriously fancy pants lens that will pick up such subtle differences between before and after. And, really, the differences are so very subtle. It is a case of seeing an area of redness, swirling your brush in the powder, applying it and seeing the redness blur and blend in with the rest of your skin. Similarly, as the name would suggest, it reflects the light to make skin look entirely even, poreless and flawless but, crucially, not fake or overly matte. It really is incredible.

Importantly, the powder doesn't highlight any dryness or patches of dehydration. If anything, it helps to mask them. It also does a stellar job at prolonging the weartime of foundation and soaking up any excess oils through the T-zone. This is one of those rare beauty products that works with and for your skin instead of against it and I'm still so surprised that more of the beauty world haven't cottoned on to what a prized piece of kit it is!

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  1. I have the loose version of this which I've nearly finished, love it!

  2. I keep hearing about this on youtube and on blogs but there is supposed to be some kind of film over the top and once you get rid of that its amazing. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with nars but this interests me

  3. have to stock up my nars collection :) Thanks for the review.

  4. It almost sounds too good to be true! I must go investigate this ... (and more than likely buy it)

  5. I need it, but I don't, but I do! Why Sinead, why??!

  6. Ooh this sounds brilliant, I still don't own anything Nars (for shame) but this could just be my first purchase!


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