First, before I get into why I chose Ben Nye Powders for my personal use and for my professional makeup kit, I think you should know that Ben Nye was one of the first to design natural foundation colors for African-American, Hispanic and Asian performers. Needless to say, the Ben Nye brand has been around for years, and the products have been a staple in many Hollywood makeup artists’ kits for T.V. and theatrical makeup – and let us not forget the drag queens.
While looking for affordable items to build my professional makeup kit, I came across Ben Nye Powders, more specifically the Ben Nye Banana Visage Poudre Luxury Powder. My first Ben Nye Powder Purchase was the Banana Powder. For one, through my research I’ve found that it has many uses and it works well on most skintones. Listen, I said most, that doesn’t mean I will use it on the darkest shade of brown because I know better. Secondly, I knew I was onto something when I had a lunch date one summer with Sam Fine (this was while he still lived in Brooklyn) who asked me what products I had in my kit. After listing the items I had, including the Ben Nye Banana Powder, he stopped me and asked “How did you find out about it? That’s a great choice.” Whoop Whoop!
After using the Banana Powder in my kit, I longed to try the other Ben Nye Powders, especially the shades for darker skintones, so I picked up the following Ben Nye Powders: Classic Translucent Face Powder ($7) in Sienna and Topaz; Mojave Luxury Powder ($12-$14) in Dark Cocoa and Cocoa Tan; Bella Luxury Powder ($12-$28) in Cameo and Beige Suede.
I’ve swatched the three most used Ben Nye Powders I use personally. Even though I left it out, I do use Topaz, too. I will swatch that one for you later. To set my makeup, Sienna works best. As a highlight I switch between the Banana Powder or Topaz; Topaz is a great highlight shade for deeper brown skintones. Dark Cocoa I use as my contour.
Ben Nye Bella Luxury Powders
Bella Luxury Powders are a silky-fine, mattifying translucent setting powder with just a hint of color, you won’t miss the white cast in your photos that often comes with other finishing powders. The versatile Banana shade suits just about any skin tone as it softly and subtly color corrects surface redness and pink undertones, as well as neutralizes bluish undereye circles. The powder is specially formulated to absorb excess oil and soften the appearance of pores and texture. Enhance your fair-skinned, youthful glow with Cameo, balance out light to medium skin tones with Buff, and warm up tan to deeper skin tones with Beige Suede. With more product for the price, it’s as beautiful on your wallet as it is on your skin! This Ben Nye Powder is available in 4 shades: Banana, Beige Suede, Buff, and Cameo. Source: CRC Makeup
Ben Nye Classic Translucent Powder
Ben Nye’s Classic Translucent Face powder sets creme makeup for a durable, soft matte finish. Neutral Set Translucent Powder is a colorless powder that blends with all skin tones without diminishing the natural glow of your complexion. The special formula also controls perspiration. This Ben Nye Powder is available in 9 shades ranging from fair to cool, to the rich, deep brown: Neutral Set (TP-5); Super White (TP-7); Fair (TP-1); Pretty Pink (TP-89); Topaz (TP-3); Sienna (TP-47); Chestnut (TP-42); Ebony (TP-52); Coco Tan (TP-44). Super White Powder is Ben Nye’s only non-translucent powder that contains a bright white pigment good for White, Geisha, Porcelain, and other very fair shades. Source: CRC Makeup
Ben Nye Mojave Luxury Powder
This set of Ben Nye Powders was formulated for those with rich and warm skintones (olive and brown). Ben Nye’s Mojave Luxury Powders are gently tinted to enhance your natural glow, not wash it out. This Ben Nye Powder is velvety to the touch, is lightweight, blends easily, thus softening the look of fine lines and pores as well as absorbs excess oil to keep your skin looking fresh and flawless all day long. This powder comes in six shades: Camel (true golden olive), Dolce (softer golden), Olive Sand (tan golden), Clay (muted terracotta), Nutmeg (ruddy spice) and Dark Cocoa (rich chocolate). Source: CRC Makeup
Ben Nye Powders Uses
- Setting Makeup
- Catch fallout from eyeshadow
The best part about these Ben Nye Powders is that you get a lot of bang for your buck. You receive a lot of product for an affordable price. It’s hard for one person to use it all up, too! It’s a great idea to buy one bottle and split it with some friends. Sharing is caring.
Where to purchase
I purchased my Ben Nye Powders from Camera Ready Cosmetics, but you can also find them on Amazon, Alcone Co, Naimies and even Ricky’s NYC.
Have you tried any of the Ben Nye Powders?
What are your thoughts on them?