I have nothing but praise for this product. At first I thought this whole reflecting powder thing was a gimmick but wow this stuff is incredible. I feel like a million dollars when I wear this over my makeup. It gives my dry and dull (NC37) skin this instant glow without being obvious and powdery. I was fearful that like most translucent powders, it would show up white but rest assured it doesn't!. I've tried this on my mother's mature (nc42) skin and it looks great. This is one product I would recommend to everyone, it is definitely worth the investment!
I bought the loose one and it is very moisturizing. Even after washing my face, my face is still hydrated. My only negative would be that it seemed to lighten my face with a slight whiteish cast.
This is for the loose powder. I got this because I read somewhere that it's not drying. I need something like that because I'm on retin-A treatment and that dries my skin like nothing else. I like this a lot. It holds shine at bay for a looooong time, but it does not make me look powdery. I like it better than MUFE HD powder because that one is somehow very slippery (sounds goofy, but that's the best way I can explain it). I have to pile blush on to get any color. Don't get that with NARS's powder. No color at all and no smell. No glitter, either. Expensive, but worth it.
I am probably the oiliest person one will ever encounter, so my results from this powder may differ from others. I bought this in the loose version. I'm always on the hunt for the next product that will control my oil for at least 2 hours without blotting. However, this product makes me much more oily. After immediate application, skin looks great! However, after around 1-2 hrs, I look more oily than I would with my regular setting powder. For now, I use this powder exclusively under my eyes (I have hereditary eye bags that create shadows). This powder minimizes all the shadows and lines, which is why I will repurchase if I ever run out.
I hate to be the lone dissenting voice to bring down the rating on such a beloved new product, but I wasn't totally thrilled with this powder. To be fair, I had wanted to purchase the PRESSED version (which is finally now back in stock) but they were sold out so I got the loose version because I was just itching to try this powder, based on the glowing claims made by NARS for how new and wonderful this powder is.
To be perfectly honest, I don't find this powder to be any more "magical" than MUFE's HD powder or MAC's Prep+Prime loose setting powder (which I prefer over MUFE) or Tarte loose setting powder. And as another reviewer pointed out, this is messy to use, no matter how careful you are....you will still get "poofs" as you open the jar and as you load your brush, etc. I guess this is because it is SO finely milled (a good thing in its way but the downside is the messiness). I don't find the results all that amazing, though I will continue to use this til I finish it but I really am looking forward to picking up the pressed version. If nothing else, at least it will be a whole lot more portable and practical to use.
UPDATE: I think I'm actually starting to like this powder more than I did initially. I still don't think I'd repurchase (you get so darned much in the jar and also, I picked up the pressed version - which I much prefer - several days ago) but I am starting to like using it more and on me, it doesn't appear dry or sparkly and just really does seem to "blur" the imperfections a bit. Keeps my nose looking matte pretty much the entire day. And it works really well to set my under-eye concealer (I put a bit on a MAC 224 and tap off any excess and it really does diminish the look of fine lines)
I wasn't sure what this powder would do for my skin, as I normally do not use powder. I was curious to try with my combo skin. I applied it over my foundation and had a smooth, pore less finish. No white cast, no powdery look, just perfect. I apply it in the morning and maybe again before going out and the powder does not build up on your skin. Very natural. If you are looking for a finished look, give this a try!
Have I been photoshopped?Looks like it! I have been searching for a product like this. When foundations are nowadays so high quality, and are supposed to give glow, loose/pressed powders matify skin, and you loose the wow-effect. (ATM using Nars Sheer Glow Deauville and YSL Teint Radiance)
I have mature skin, but no visible wrinkles. (I use MAC brush #150) Some products emphasize fine lines and other imperfections, but this makes the best of your skin. Can be used over TM, BBs etc.but delivers best with foundations. Controls my natural oils over 9 hrs. I usually have oily skin during summer, but as this is a new product, summer is not here yet. This is not a miracle product, so don't expect too much if you have bad skin problems. Normal and combo skins will benefit the most.
This is a must have product, and I will def repurchase.
I have dry skin and most powders can dry me out a little. What I look for in a powder is not to control oilies, but to set foundation. I was almost out of my regular powder and decided to purchase this. When it arrived I was surprised at how small the container was. I have used the normal Nars Loose which came in a huge (and too big) container, but no - this is quite dinky in comparison! It is in a heavy rigid plastic jar with the annoyingly usual rubberised screw top lid. There is no puff with this. You get 10g of powder.
This powder is magical I tell you. I have no idea what is in there that gives you that soft focused glow. Not sparkly, just a satin finish. Don't use too much, use very sparingly or you will get a white cast from this. But you don't need to add a lot, the small dusting is enough. It blurs (not erases) fine lines and pores. This also doesn't dry me out further either which is fantastic for me. This is one big winner from Nars!
I gave the loose version of this powder a test run over the course of a few days. The packaging is well-made but kind of boring; just a tub about the size of your palm with a sifter inside the cap. To apply to my face, I either use a kabuki or a powder brush and applied liberally, focusing on my T-zone and chin.
-Doesn't catch on flakes or peach fuzz - you can apply repeatedly with no dryness
-Gives your foundation a demi-matte finish, NOT a purely matte one
-Gives your face a soft-focus, diffused look in pictures
-Very finely-milled, no shimmer whatsoever
-Works well against oils. I still need to blot once in the day but only a few hours later than my usual time.
-To the naked eye, it gives my foundation a bit of a cool tint, which isn't ideal for my very warm skin.
-You can look dusty if you apply too much, although your skin oils will take care of that in a few hours
-Your wallet will take a hit because it's about $34-36
-The loose powder will get everywhere even if you're careful with screwing on/off the cap, so I don't think it's very travel-friendly.
Overall, this is a FANTASTIC setting powder. For everyday use, I'll probably stick to MAC Blot powder in Medium-Dark because that matches my NC25-30 skin tone better. Whenever there's a chance I'll be in pictures, however, I'll switch to this powder.
EDIT: I have acne, clog-prone skin and I don't think this breaks me out yet. I was a bit worried about algae being listed as one of the ingredients, but it's at the very bottom of the list of ingredients, so hopefully there's not much of it in the powder at all.
This review is for the loose powder. The powder works wonderfully well at blurring imperfections and giving your skin a "soft focus" look. It has no shimmer or sparkle. It does not dry out my dry skin; however, I have always used it on a well-moisturized face, over Hourglass Mineral Primer. This product has no perfume or added scent; however, it does have a tiny bit of a smell if you try to smell it-kind of like cornstarch-not a bad smell. The jar of loose powder will probably last forever-I need to use just a tiny amount each time. The product comes with no brush or puff. I use my Bobbi Brown mini Face Blender Brush, which works really well. I just pick up the tiniest amount of product and gently sweep in onto my skin in a circular motion. The only thing I don't like about this product is that it's a bit messy-the powder is so finely milled it goes everywhere when you open the cap. I wish that the holes in the shaker top were smaller so less product would come out. I probably will never need to repurchase, but if so, I will buy the pressed version.