I use Ben Nye Neutral Set every day to set my makeup as it is translucent and doesn’t change the shade of my foundation, and it controls my oil very well. I picked up the Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder a few weeks ago for the sole purpose of setting my under eye concealer. Now this powder is very popular because of the infamous Kim Kardashian Highlight and there are tons of YouTube videos with tutorials on how to achieve that look. Keep in mind that this is NOT the look that I was going for as it looks overly done to me for everyday wear. I have dark circles and sometimes bags under my eyes from not getting enough rest and I just wanted to brighten the area to look more awake.
Banana Powder is a super fine translucent powder with a matte finish. It has just a hint of warm yellow color. I have the 3oz container which is pretty large so I transfer some to a sifter jar for everyday use to avoid wasting product and make it easier to use.
To use the Banana Powder, I first prime my face and put on my foundation and then apply my concealer of choice under my eyes in a v shape using a concealer brush and blend it out with my ring finger. After this, using a makeup sponge I set the concealer with the banana powder to create my highlight and use my Neutral Set to set the rest of my face. It usually turns out something like this…
I have a love hate relationship with Ben Nye Banana Powder as sometimes it does not turn out so well. It works best for me when I use a concealer close to my skin tone or one shade lighter with the same undertones. The ones that have worked best to achieve this look is my MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW40, MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW45 and Sleek Luminaire Highlighting Under Eye Concealer in L04 or L05. If I use a concealer that is too light or too yellow it doesn’t work out too great and makes my under eye area stand out too much and like I said that is not the look that I want.
Some people use Banana Powder all over the face to set their makeup but this will only work if you have warm undertones. It works great for me to set my under eye concealer and highlight the area. It’s best applied lightly as if you apply too much it looks caked. It lasts all day long and doesn’t crease but if you apply your concealer too thick and don’t apply enough powder to set it will crease. You have to make sure that the under eye area is moisturized well or Banana Powder will accentuate the dryness.
Banana Powder comes in three sizes- 1.5 oz , 3 oz and 8 oz . It is super inexpensive in the range of $5-$25, prices vary from different retailers. You can find it at Camera Ready Cosmetics, Makeup Mania, Ricky’s NYC and Alcone. If you are in NYC you can find it in store at Ricky’s and Alcone. You will find the best pricing at trade shows like IMATS and The Makeup Show.