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Review: Ben Nye Banana Powder


I found out about the Ben Nye Banana Powder when I was taking up my certificate course in make-up at MUD. My teacher, Ms. Georginna Desuasido recommended the Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder as a nice finishing powder. I decided to try it out. Right about the time that I bought my bottle, I started noticing that the product was selling like hot cakes on my Facebook and Instagram feed. I decided to check it out and I found this photo:

OH MY GOSH. I found a lot of images online but I think that this is the best photo that could explain why the Ben Nye Banan powder is so popular right now! I’m pretty sure both Kim K fans and haters who will see this photo is most likely going to buy themselves a bottle of this “miracle” powder. Scroll down to hear my thoughts on the product! :)


The product is a yellow based translucent powder that is housed in a clear plastic white bottle/jar. It doesn’t look like the usual setting powder that you are used to seeing because there is nothing glamorous about its packaging. I’m not really complaining about the packaging because I think the packaging adds to it’s no non-sense charm though. The Ben-Nye luxury powder coms in different shades but the most famous shade is in Banana.

What I love:

  • Don’t be intimidated by the yellow tinted powder because it actually blends very nicely into the skin. The yellow tint allows the face to look healthy unlike some powders that leave a white cast on the face.
  • I have some oily spots on my face and this powder sets those oily spots so well that it can keep my face from being oily for more than 8 hours.
  • The powder itself is so finely milled. It feels like a luxury powder indeed.
  • I noticed that the luxury powders that are being sold online are so expensive! I was able to buy my bottle of the Banana Luxury Powder (1.5 oz.) at Pure Beauty (Serendra) for only php 500.
  • I’m quite satisfied with the amount of powder that I have for the price of php 500. My Laura Mercier Loose Translucent powder costs around PHP1800 and only has around 1 oz worth of product.
What I don’t Like:
  • none!


Extra Thoughts/Comments:
  • Initially, I was about to deliver bad reviews on this product because I didn’t feel like the powder highlighted my face at all. The photo of Kim K. above shows how superbly this powder highlights the face. I refused to be disappointed in this product and I finally thought of a logical explanation to make myself feel better. The powder was able to highlight Kim K’s face so nicely because she has darker skin than me. It didn’t do any highlighting for me because it blends in with my skin tone so well! My conclusion is that this powder can work for both fair skinned and colored women. It can be a setting powder for fair skinned women. It can be a highlighter AND setting powder for the morenas.
  • I can imagine that a lot of people complain about the packaging. I think that it’s packaged in that way because the manufacturer of the powder initially had make up artists in mind when they packaged the product. It can also explain why the packaging has a “no fuss and non non-sense” vibe. As an aspiring makeup artist, I appreciate the packaging because I can easily pour a bit of powder onto a tissue or a plate and apply. I like it for its hygienic purposes. :)
Final Thoughts
I really like this powder and would consider repurchasing. This is a good setting powder for both fair skinned women and morenas. This wouldn’t much highlighting for fair skinned women though. It best used as a highlighter on morenas. :) I like it because it an affordable luxury powder and it does it’s job impeccably. :)
That’s it for now! I’d love to hear your thoughts on the comments below! <3



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  • Reply Rae

    New colors are coming in na, and you might like them, I think Cameo would suit you. This works well for me because I’m a MAC NC37 (only less orange, more yellow-olive).

    Anyway, I will repurchase this too. I think I saw a compact powder version online though. I think that will be more convenient for us makeup enthusiasts.

    01/28/2014 at 7:23 PM
    • Reply Maxine Marcelino

      oh wow! that sounds great!! I’m glad to hear that it works well for you! :) I actually barely use powder products because my skin isn’t very oily so I think it will take me a while to finish this one up! haha let me know how the compact works for you! :)

      02/06/2014 at 5:29 PM

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