This is the best powder ever!!
I've been on the hunt for a good setting powder and my criteria is that it's mattifying, lasts a long time, doesn't break me out, looks natural, easy to touch up and handy to carry around. Sounds like too much to ask for? Apparently so, until I started using Nars LRPSP!
First of all, it really is translucent. I have medium-dark skin (NC42-43 in MAC, Bobbi Brown Honey) and this is undetectable on me. Even on days where I've used a lot (ie. I can see it heavily on my mineral powder brush before I brush it onto my skin) it doesn't leave a white cast. Also, there's a very visible shimmer to the product in the pan, but that's not at all noticeable on my skin.
I have a shiny t-zone and always feel greasy and have to blot after 2-3 hours. I am so paranoid about looking oily but I do hate having to keep an eye on my makeup and my oil levels during the day. I apply this powder with my ELF mineral powder brush (so I guess I use more than I need to, but you can't tell) in the morning and I DON'T HAVE TO BLOT ALL DAY. THIS is what makes this powder amazing!!! I've never found anything that controls oil this well and I've tried everything from MAC Blot Powder to Ben Nye, Black Opal, the list goes on.
This powder also doesn't leave you feeling powdery or heavy. I still use my Bobbi Brown powder over my foundation (simply because I use the golden orange colour and it warms up my complexion) and then I apply the NARS powder, and there's no difference with or without the NARS powder.
I love that it's in a generous sized compact with a big mirror, and it comes in a cute pouch with a little puff in a separate compartment. I found when I used to touch up with my Bobbi Brown powder, using the puff would be too heavy and I'd have to blend with my fingers (I don't want to carry around a brush with me!) and it was a hassle. The truth is, with this NARS powder, I haven't even needed to use the puff or touch up at all because it seriously lasts me ALL DAY. The reason I purchased the pressed powder was so it would be easier for on-the-go touch ups, but I haven't needed it!
Yes, it's expensive ($74 NZD) but I've spent so much money on oil controlling products that don't clog my skin and break me out that don't work, I'd honestly pay more for this. Based on reviews here, I used a kabuki brush to brush off the top layer of the powder to reveal the shimmery stuff, and even though I'm sure I use loads each day (because I'm using a mineral powder brush rather than a big powder brush) I know this will last me ages. I haven't noticed a lot of "light reflecting" properties, but I guess it doesn't make my face look as "flat" as usual - I'm probably more relieved that the shimmer in the powder doesn't really show up on the skin.
Bottom line: I love this stuff and will be purchasing it forever.
I really like this powder. It set my liquid make up nicely and when I came home at the end of a long night my make up looked exactly how it did at the start of the night. Very impressed! I was a bit worried about the powder being so white but it looked natural on and didn't make my skin look like a ghost in photos, so thumbs up from me. I have sensitive, combo skin but it prevented my skin from getting oily and it also didn't accentuate any dry patches like so many other powders do. Don't expect miracles out of it (it's just a powder after all) but it definitely makes the skin appear smoother and keeps make up in place. The packaging is super nice too, like all NARS products.
I tested this powder out for a week and I'm ready to give a detailed review.
Skin type/tone: Oily/Olive
I tested this out on normal days 70s and very hot days 90+. The last day of the test was the ultimate conclusion which is I love this powder. The last day was on a boat in the sun with sea spray and wind. The very first thing you do after a boat ride is go into the head and fix yourself. I went in and my makeup was still on point! I didn't need a touch up after 4 hours of riding the sea! Being oily and in the sun, this is pretty amazing. This powder really blows MUFE HD setting powder out of the water. With Nars LRPSP, it makes your skin flawless and glowing. You'll never get a powder white cast with this. It blots the oil yet doesn't make you look cakey. But I stress technique is KEY for this powder to work at it's best. I don't recommend you buff this in like you would with regular powder. I use a technique called the "TV Swoop" using the Too Faced Flatbuki brush. You lightly swipe the brush in the powder and swoop your tzone (making a T), your right cheek down to your chin and your left cheek into your chin (making a V). This is a firm powder so don't expect to see a lot of product when you swatch it and this isn't made to be piled on the skin. Do light wispy swoops when you need a touch up. There is a possibility that this is causing a skin reaction which I'm not surprised being a Nars face product (typical for me). But I'm still not 100% sure this is what is causing some breakouts yet.
Again I have been influenced to purchase an item due to reviews on MUA. I wanted a setting finish type powder, I went to Sephora and tried 3. The MU artist tried Guerlain Meteorites, Laura Mercier and this one. I chose this one, and have been using it and really like it. It gives a hint of pretty glow without being over the top and does exactly what I wanted it to. Big fan, and will repurchase. I like the pressed version over the messier loose type. I love the little holder with elastic band it comes with for my purse too. I am extremely fair and it is translucent like it reports, other brands actually turned out too dark and claimed to be translucent too. This one actually is.
I am in love with this powder. I bought the pressed, not the loose, powder because I make a mess and didn't want to waste any of it. It travels perfectly. Most setting powders I've tried have highlighted any of my dry spots and this is the first one that hasn't. My skin looks beautiful and I definitely don't have nice skin. I wore it on a cruise and it made my makeup last for hours...into the wee hours of the morning in fact! And in all the pictures taken my skin looks great. It absolutely blurs all of your imperfections. I will never be without it.
When I bought it at Sephora, there was a Nars rep there and he told me to run my brush over the top a few times to break up the top layer. That will improve the texture immediately.
I've waivered so many times over the past several weeks about whether I really enjoy this product or not. I've come to the conclusion that I do! I bought it during a period of time where my skintype was very dry and I needed as much hydration/luminosity as possible. it worked great as a setting powder for my HG cream foundation from The All Natural Face and did not look oily or cakey. As the weather got warmer and I switched from using a cream foundation to a powder, my skin got a little oilier and I found that this powder caked up a bit. It didn't really cause me to look oily but the cakiness is what bothered me most. I stuck it out and kept using, just with a very light hand and I've come to realize that this really is a great finishing powder. It gives a diffused, soft look to my skin. Also works great to set undereye concealer.
I've hit pan on this and I can honest say, I wouldn't buy it again. I mean, it does the job, but at $39 Canadian, it's a lot of money for it not to be blowing me away. When it's time to start looking for something to take its place, I may be changing my tune. But for now, I'll take a pass.
I have found my HG pressed powder...I can say this is the best for keeping oilies at bay...and I have used a ton of powders! Amazed to find my face non-oil tanker looking by the end of a busy workday....
Nars translucent pressed powder, I was told by a Sephora representative that it was limited edition, I hope this is not true because I would feel incomplete with out it. It gives you the most beautiful, satin finish. Since I've began pairing this up with my Nars TM I've received nothing but compliments on my flawless skin. Is it pricey? Sure is but well worth it.
This is really best for dry skin as it does mattify but not much. It has a subtle glow that almost makes it seem as if it were not applied as it does not really mattify. If you really have oilies I would go with a more absorbant powder and forget the diffusing effect, though nice it is not really perceptible to anyone but you. The only thing is the package is crap and there is a layer of something on top, making you hit the pan early. Too expensive maybe, but totally worth it.