I got some based on the great reviews, I got some and although I love yellow based powder this banana one is way too dark yellow for my light skin tone. Secondly I noticed that , I guess it must be the talc but it gave my skin a dull cak-ey look, I didn't like it at all. Luckily I had some Meow Equlibrium powder on hand , I mixed it and my skin appear super fine and pore-less again. I am very picky about powder and this one is not that fine, it didn't refine my pores and the color is way too dark yellow.
For reference, I have oily, very warm (read: yellow), acne-prone, NC25/30 skin. I use Mac Blot in Medium-Dark (which is the only other powder I have that is a decent comparison to this one). Banana Powder is great for warming up foundation colors, setting fdtns / concealers and also getting rid of shine on my face.
COLOR: This is probably the best selling point of this powder and I agree that it is EXCELLENT for those with warm skin. IT IS VERY YELLOW. I don't recommend for anyone who is cool,neutral or "slightly" warm because it might clash with your skin. This powder does warm up the greyness of Asian BB creams and any other foundations I have that aren't quite warm enough (Revlon Colorstay *cough*), although the effect is subtle, so don't worry about looking like a Simpson.
PACKAGING: The loose version of Banana Powder comes in a clear plastic bottle (there are 2-3 sizes, I believe) with a sifter on top, but it always dumps out too much if you try to shake some out. The cap is annoyingly too small to swirl a brush in. I adapted by using my large Coty Airspun cap as a swirling platform but it's still annoying to use. Definitely taking off a lippie for that.
FINISH: Gives a matte, diffuse, soft finish when brushed over foundations. I haven't used HD powders so I can't compare it to them, but the finish is quite similar to that of Mac Blot powder, only yellower. Most importantly, Banana Powder can keep me matte for around 7 hrs or slightly longer. I get dewy later on during the day but that's not surprising given how oily I am. This is a great (but not perfect) powder for oily skin and setting dewier foundations!
PRICE: Excellent! I got the small bottle for something like $7, and it'll probably last me 1+ years at least. By comparison, MAC Blot is $24 and seems to last between 3-6 months, depending on how much you use it daily.
Okay after about 3 months of using this daily, I THINK the starch (both rice and corn starch) in this powder is breaking me out. I seem to be in the extreme minority, but I am acne/clog-prone so I'm not too surprised. I'm not changing my rating because I still think this is one of the best powders I've ever tried, but just wanted to give other people warning in case they start breaking out and are not sure why.
I Love highlighting my face and giving it a natural looking glow so I gave into the hype and purchased the product. I bought it from a costume shop in Toronto because it's sooo hard to find. It was quite expensive too, my medium sized container cost me $25! Anyway when I put this on my face I immediately stated itching in the places I applied it. Contrary to popular belief I found it to be quite drying and also chalky looking.
The next day I broke out pretty bad on the spots I applied it, but I spent so much money on it and wanted to continue to test it out. After a week of bad break outs and itchiness I finally gave up and quit using it. My skin is still recovering.
Be warned, the first ingredient is TALC! Which is proven to be very reactive and harmful for certain skin types. I've realized my skin can't tolerate it.
Anyway I gave this a 2 regardless because it wasn't anything special than other brands I've tried. The staying power isn't anything to rave about, it's dry, chalky, and makes makeup run too.
What I do like however was the consistency. It's very fine so you can controll the amount you apply.
I don't hate this product, I just find it mediocre. I'm light/med and have been using this powder for about 3 weeks. The color is fine, but truly don't see what all the hype is about. It sets my foundation/concealor just like any other powder I have used. The price is good, there's alot of product in that little shaker jar. I may repurchase because of price alone but not because its a better than average product.
found the perfect setting powder. $8 on camera ready cosmetics, sifter bottle. loads of product that is so finely milled. i am NC30-40 depending on the season and this suits my skin so well. when i put it on my face, there is no strong yellow even if i accidentally put too much on.
it seems to bring a subtle highlight, much like ive used a yellow concealer on my cheeks, forehead and undereye (though i havent). it does so well at setting and controlling oil too.
doesnt settle into pores and doesnt smell. it would be great in a pressed form too because then i would carry it around for blotting if i needed it. i find that instead of using MAC blot powder, even though it doesnt have much pigment, the Banana Powder makes me look more radiant and healthy. before i bought the banana powder, i though Blot powder was okay, but when i compare the finishes of the two, banana powder wins hands down.
After reading through every one of these reviews, I decided to go and purchase this product. I ordered a 3 oz from Makeupmania.com. Very cheap and only $2.99 shipping. The bottle is bulky, but I don't mind it. It has a sifter top. What I do is turn the bottle up side down with the cap still on, so when I open it, there's some powder on top of the sifter, I then use my big elf complexion brush, and lightly sweep up the powder and dust it on my face. I use very little- a couple sweeps on my Tzone, and one sweep on each cheek and chin. The effect is subtle, yet amazing. I previously use elf's HD powder, which I still love. This has the same effect as the HD powder, but also provides a nice glow on my face. It gives my complexion a lovely 'soft focus' look. My pores are barely noticeable and my skin is just glowing.
I have oily, acne prone skin that is very prone to clogged pores. I keep my skin fairly clear with 2% Bha, but I still need a light layer of foundation to smooth out my skin tone. This powder oomphs up my complexion by giving it a great glow. It also really helps control my oilies. It is extremely light and fine, I don't feel anything on my face at all. Also, I should mention that I am Asian and have a pretty light skin tone that is yellow based, so I do not notice anything with this powder leaving any yellow cast on my face. It is so fine though so I think it should be suitable for all skin colors. I wear this all day from 7am-11pm with no issues at all. It helps my make up stay put all day, and by 11pm, I look like I still have freshly applied makeup on. I am so happy I read the reviews and got this, I'd recommend it for anyone!
I find this to be a great finishing powder. Hard to get with me being in Australia but product is such a low price, that even with international shipping costs, it's still cheaper than any other good powder available in our stores here. Definitely worth getting some
of this stuff!
LOVE LOVE LOVE. This powder is amazing... I know people dont like reading long stories about products so I will get into the pros and cons straight away!
+ Looks amazing on photos
+ Dont need a lot to cover the whole face
+ It doesn't break me out
+ It doesnt look powdery
+ Will last forever
+ My face isn't shiny after using it
- The packaging... Thats the only thing.. When you open it it goes everywhere! I recommend getting a loose powder container or using one that you already might own.. Like a Bare Minerals one! Its great!
THIS STUFF IS AMAZING. I combine this and the Neutral shade, and the result is beautiful. I've tried 100's of powders, and this is the only one that looks absolutely natural and also has staying power. I mean, REAL staying power. and it DOES. NOT. CAKE. HG Loose Powder for sure.
Also, it's super cheap compared to other powders, especially ones as finely milled and high quality.
Oh, and it doesn't break me out at all. My skin has been well-behaved with it, and it'll react to anything if it has a single pore-clogging ingredient in it.
I absolutely love this product. You can wear it in so many different ways. You can use a lot for that glowing look, or use a little for a little pop. Since I started wearing it I feel like a million bucket and people think I'm in love but its just my makeup that has me glowing lol....This product is hard to find in store but is sold online at www.makeupmania.com for a great price with cheap shipping only $2.99.