I'm around an NC-25 and I use the colour Beach. This product does a decent job; the powder is pigmented and my face has a nice soft finish after I use this but it doesn't control oil especially well. It's not the finest powder I've used.
I put the sifter underneath the plastic separator, and poke holes through the sticker instead of taking the whole sticker off because it's very messy otherwise.
The packaging is stupid, it's a typical NARS rubbery matte box that powder sticks onto making it look dirty. The included puff is round and slightly bigger than the square container, so you can't put it inside.
This was the best in terms of price for quantity among the other department store loose powders. It is one of the least expensive when measured by gram (this is 45g), and it lasts me around 6 months with daily usage. I will be on the lookout for another one once this runs out.
For reference I'm an NC40/42 with golden undertones, normal/combo oily skin.
Guess I'm the minority on this. This is not that good a quality product for the price. The packaging is so bulky and messy, powder goes flying everywhere and you end up wasting a load of product. The puff that's included with it is useless; hard and doesn't fit into the box. The powder itself is quite finely milled and applies okay....it doesn't mattify my face at all, which can be a positive or a negative depending on what you're looking for. I got the shade BEACH and it's a little light, but because I use such a little amount of this powder on my face at a time, it doesn't make me look like a geisha and blends with my skintone. It doesn't control oil well, although I don't know if this product is supposed to or not. The finish is leaves is quite nice and satiny. But it does not last long on my skin at all.
I wouldn't repurchase as it's too expensive and the quality is somewhat comparable to a DS product.
This is my HG powder. I will wear nothing but a loose powder. I was using L'Oreal Translucide for a few years and I thought it was pretty good until I tried MUFE's loose powder. Except, MUFE just seemed to sheer and I need more coverage.. so I kept looking because I realized I loved these finely milled powders. Finally, I was watching MakeupGeek on Youtube and saw that she loved this powder and her description of it made me want it even more. I bought it and am very pleased with the coverage and the airbursh look it gives me. I havent had to worry so much about my makeup getting oily because that is a big problem for me. When used in conjunction with my primer, it's keeping the oil from coming through so much. Yea! It's the worth the money for me because I think powder is very necessary and you get alot of quality for your money. IMO. The packaging could be better (i had fallout when i opened my new pkg) but use it according to how another reviewer said: put the screen UNDER the sifter. Do not leave it on top because the powder will just get stuck under it. Well, that's my review and I'll keep buying this till they discontinue it. :)
I think this loose powder is great. Although it could be packaged for a little less fall out - it is a finely grained powder formula with a variety of colors from which to choose. Also, they are very generous with the quality. It is a true loose powder, not a powder foundation and I like that. Sometimes I mix it with my MUFE HD translucent powder and sometimes I use it alone - but either way it leaves my face looking perfect - blending over my foundation and blushes to give me a good overall no oil look. Nars products are just excellent, generally. I use Nars Sheer Glow and all their eyeshadows and blushes. Between Nars and Mac - what more could a gal ask for?
Hmm...I was thinking of giving this product 1 lippie but change my mind since I tried this when my skin is under acne treatment (bp 2.5% applied all over face) so generally my skin is oily but flaky right now (uggghh what a combination) and applying powder can be a bit tricky.
The results on my skin is sooo bad I want to cry. It settles into my pores, making them look ridiculously enormous, accentuate dry flakes and moreover I did choose the wrong shade. Turns out the shade beach is too light on my yellow tone nc42 south east asian, it leaves some sort of 'white cast' on me.
But despite the outcome, I'm still giving this product 3 lippies because when I applied it to my neck (which is apparently lighter than my face and under no acne medication) - it does blends quite impressively, it doesn't look powdery, it has great coverage, blends naturally and have good staying power.
All in all, if you have normal or oily skin, I think this is a good product. But if you have dry spots or just generally dry and flaky skin, try bobby brown loose powder instead, now that's the only powder that can cover my pores without settled onto them and just giving the illussion that I have perfect skin :)
have to come back editing my review. For the past week I tried mixing my bobbi brown loose powder (warm natural) which is a tad too dark on me and not very long lasting on my oily (yet flaky) face with my nars beach LP and I love the results! Thinking that my light shade nars has 'drying' effect and my 'tad too dark L/P' BB has 'oily'effect, I thought well why not combining the two. And the result is right on perfect :). After several attempts, I got the shade right and it looks beautifully blended with my skin, no more obvious looking patches or accentuated pores. My skin just looks 'fresh' and well covered without that dreaded powdery looking given previously by Nars.
I think Nars L/P has turn BB L/P into a 'long lasting' powder and BB L/P has 'soften' Nars L/P somehow that it is wearable on my currently ravaging drying oily skin with a considerably great lasting power. When I use BB L/P alone my nose will start to get oily in 1 hour, but with this combination, I see oil seeping tru after 4 hours (which is quite impressive for me and my oily skin and my living in humid and hot area)
It is quite the hassle having to mix the two though so after finishing this powder (which can be quite sometimes considering the amounts both products given) I think I will try other product that has the benefit of bobbi brown LP and Nars LP combined together, if you have any idea, lemme know, will you ladies...:)
First of all- they give you so much of this stuff that i'm not sure i'll EVER have to buy again! I love that this comes in an array of colors to match their foundations. I bought Punjab sheer glow foundation and set it with the loose powder in Beach and it gives a nice matte glow. I have problems finding powder that's not too cakey and not too yellow, but this is great! I'm having some problems trying to figure out the sifter/puff but think i might just switch to using my powder brush instead of the puff. Very pleased with this powder and high recommend it to all skin types!
Most definitely my HG powder! I use this to set my foundation and it gives a flawless finish. My skin is really oily, and while his powder doesn't keep my face extremely matte all day, it makes a huge difference in the way my face looks at the end of the day. I used this on my mom as just a powder without foundation under it and it kept her semi-oily skin matte all evening.I definitely recommed it if you are looking for a great setting and finishing powder. I gave it a 3 for packaging because it is a bit messy and true to the NARS packaging, it gets really dirty really quick.
Oh my, where has this been all my life? I've been using Johnson's baby powder and Revlon's Colorstay MMU (which has been discontinued here in the UK since) because they were the fairest options I could find for a reasonable price... or so I thought. After finding that the NARS Firming Foundation in Siberia is a perfect match for me (Sheer Glow and Sheer Matte being too dark and yellow), I got the NARS Loose Powder in Snow, too.
The powder is amazing. It's finely milled, leaves a *hint* of colour (Snow is off-white) and doesn't emphasize lines or pores, which is bordering on a miracle. I the following method: First, I press it on firmly with the included powder puff in a rolling motion (similar to having a fingerprint taken), and then I blend it using a powder brush (I love my NARS Ita for this). It sets the foundation so well that it lasts me the whole day, without reapplying powder. But then, I don't have oily skin.
And here's something for the very pale: The Loose Powder in Snow can be used to take foundations that are a tad too dark down a notch, which is great when you're struggling to find a foundation that is light enough. However, if you have a perfect match, use it very sparingly, get this powder in the colour Flesh, or search for a translucent powder. Because if you don't, you might end up looking too light! I know it's almost unimaginable for the truly pale, but trust me, it is possible.
My only complaint is that the powder puff is quite large and doesn't fit into the container itself. And even though the packaging is rubbery, it is very easy to clean and doesn't get messy as easily as for example NARS blushes and eye shadows.
But the most surprising thing about this powder is the price. The amount of product present in the container is 45 grams. The price is £25. Now in comparison with other brands you pay:
NARS Loose Powder: £0.56 per gram
Clarins Face Powder: £0.93 per gram
Creme de La Mer The Powder: £2.20 per gram
Dior Diorskin loose powder: £1.88 per gram
Bobbi Brown Face Powder: £0.80 per gram
Shu Uemura Sheer Face Powder: £1.10 per gram
That's just a few I found on the Selfridges website. The powder I mentioned before that I used, the Revlon Colorstay MMU, retailed for £12 for 10 grams, which, when you do the math was more expensive than the NARS. The only thing I can say is: Do the math, and try it. It's definitely a HG for me and I won't stray unless I'll need a translucent powder to match my foundation, instead of lightening it.
This actually belonged to my sister who bought it after reading about reviews about it and seemed like a decent price for the large amount of powder.
The two of us went to buy this together and agreed that beach would be the right colour. Personally I like this colour a lot more than what I already have as 1 was too peachy and the other was a translucent powder that was hard to blend.
Its a decent powder, made my face matte for most of the day, although it melted pretty quickly within an hour or two on my nose like any other powder I used (oil control or none) so it was no surprise, nor was I expecting anything to work on it either. So if you have normal skin it works great (as it worked on the rest of my face).
The only BIG issue both my sister and I had was the package. Its pretty and all to ... LOOK at, but its so not practical. Every time you open the lid powder goes everywhere and you waste a lot of product, getting the powder out was another huge mess as it meant more powder all over the place. My sis was smarter as she prepared a small loose powder compact to put the powder in as she read reviews about the packaging where as I didn't. I thought it can't be that bad and tried to be more careful, but I gave up in the end and bought a small loose powder box and transferred the powder in that. So much less hassle in the morning!
Sorry had to rant about the horrible mess I had over my poor tablet as it was the victim of the loose powder ;;
I use a powder brush to buff this and it blends well and doesn't make it look too cakey so thats good. Only concern is that I haven't tried using this in summer where the heat and humidity is at its worse, hopefully it'll stand that ;;
Very very nice powder but what a MESS!!! Most loose powders are on the messy side. It's a lil pricey but you get a ton of product and the finish is beautiful.