To no avail, my undereye makeup still caked. :( The oil control power of this powder is not really good (Take note that I use this alone without any primer underneath and that I have dry skin). This can't withstand the humid weather of Manila! However, I noticed that the powder did not entirely disappear from my face after sweating rather it left my face a dewy finish. It feels velvety on the skin and blends very well. It feels so light and looks au naturel when applied. The powder is yellow in color, hence, the name - banana. The color is very versatile and can suit those with yellow undertones even those with darker skintone. I find it best to use with full coverage foundation because it does not add another coverage or layer. It does not highlight the dry areas of my skin. I have also observed that this works best under cool conditions like inside an air conditioned room or in the mall, etc. A lot of people have been saying that this can be used as a a setting powder for highlighting the face. I think I need to buy a concealer 2-3 shades darker than my skintone to see this effect.
|The loose powders currently in my stash.|
I think that Ben Nye and Palgantong Theatrical Powder have the most similarities. They are both use for the theater. Both delivers a smooth application but Ben Nye has a BIT more velvety feel on the face. Palgantong, on the other hand, does not cake when used on my under eyes, it has a better staying power and this gives a truly brightening effect on my skin. Palgantong is hailed as the Star Powder in Japan!!! You can refer to the photos above. The Ben Nye Powder appears a bit streaky compared to Palgantong. I would buy Palgantong than Ben Nye. Btw, the Palgantong Powder was one of my first powders after the tragedy to to Phoebe of http://www.phoebeann.me/ for this. You can buy Palgantong from http://beautyandminerals.multiply.com. For finishing powder with mattifying effect, go for Krave's oil control eliminator.
|Revlon Nearly Naked Plus Ben Nye Banana Powder|
I think Ben Nye is just one of those over hyped products I wished I did not cave to. I honestly think that it is not worth the 800 pesos I paid for because in all aspects and degrees, it did not impress me. Please do note that I have specifications in rating a product. For a powder - does it suit my skintone? Is it worth the money? Does it control my oilies? etc. Will I buy again? Never.
I do not want to rain on others' parade. This powder has the qualities others are looking for. Sadly, it is not for me. I am still contemplating if I will be selling my Ben Nye Powder.