NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder - Review

A weightless, translucent powder for all skintones that creates a soft matte finish that looks luminous in any light. 

This setting powder enhances the look of foundation without a trace of color, extending makeup wear thanks to the NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex™, which optimizes light-reflection on the skin. Its silky powder is infused with Photochromic Technology, which diffuses light and adjusts to new sources of light throughout the day. Soft, silky and luxurious to the touch and undetectable on the skin, this weightless formula applies evenly and blends effortlessly. 
Fine lines, wrinkles, and pores optically fade as skin is visibly smoothed. 

Additionally, revolutionary microfine mineral powders are loaded with glycerin and antioxidant vitamin E to help guard against dryness and keep skin comfortable all day. Ideal for touch-ups, it helps regulate shine throughout the day and seamlessly sets foundation. 

This product is paraben- and fragrance-free and non-comedogenic.

I love setting sprays over setting powders because I have dry skin and setting sprays or facial mists give me that dewy finish. Also I am not much into liquid foundation, so most of the time a powder foundation or a powder with decent coverage is my choice of base. This gets little difficult for me because I live in a place that has real cold weather and have dry skin. 

This summer though I had some fun road trips planned to places with hotter climates and with tinted moisturizers, sunscreens and natural skin oils, a setting powder was the way to go. 

NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder was my choice of pressed powder and as much as I wished it worked for me, it didn't. I am so sad it didn't work! This is not a new product, but I review whatever I own and use, be it new or be it old. 

Color: Stark white with very fine micro shimmers, The website says Translucent Crystal

Texture and Consistency: Super soft, smooth, satiny and velvety to touch. Non powdery or chalky, the product is very stiff and hard in the pan.

Fragrance/Scent: It has some scent, not odorless but very difficult to specify. Nothing offensive. On application non of this is detected.

Application: I used this to set my make up at the end. I tried using it with both the sponge/applicator and with few different powder brushes. I chose brushes with different shapes and different density of bristles. The most challenging part was getting the product on the brush. It was a nightmare! There was absolutely no product on the brush, though I could get some swatch on my fingers for the first 2-3 times. Later I could not even get the product on my finger tips.

Feel and Effect on Skin: I honestly don't know if any product touched my face or not. It did not itch my face nor made it dry, an issue that I usually face with setting powders. Also there was no blurring or any visible, noticeable change on my face. 

Packaging: The packing is lovely. It is the usual NARS matte black, rubberized case, with a pretty good size mirror. It comes with a sponge applicator and is nested in a black case. Very chic and easy to travel with. 

Verdict: In the store, I tried both the pressed and loose versions of these powders, but just for portability and ease of application I chose the pressed one. The NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder was pretty good. It did not leave my skin itchy or dry. I didn't use it much to comment on the effect of the loose powder. So I think the powder is too compactly pressed. It would had been absolutely OK if I didn't see it on my brush, had it shown any effect on my face, but it did NOTHING!

In the past MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Micro finish Powder had not worked for me. It made my skin itch bad and made it super dry. It left a white cast on my face. I must admit though at that time I didn't had the right powder brush too. Later I tried tarte Smooth Operator™ Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder and with right tools I made it work but it was a messy affair. The loose powder flew every where!! It did not leave any white cast on my face nor made me look ashy. I need to try their tarte Smooth Operator™ Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder now

I might try the NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder in future if they come up with a travel size but for now this NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder is a total dud! 

I have heard lot of good things about the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, a cult classic. It comes in a travel size too, so I might give that a try. I love Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder and have been using it since ages! 

What are your favorite setting powders? 

Disclaimer: The product is purchased by me. The post contains Affiliate links.

Beauty Cravings / Beauty Buys

TOM FORD Skin Illuminating Powder Duo- Moodlight Tom Ford $80
Tarte Swirl Power Contour & Bronzer Brush Tarte $34
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer Urban Decay $28
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette Urban Decay $54
HOURGLASS Cosmetics 'Ambient® Lighting' Palette (Limited Edition) Hourglass $80
Christian Louboutin Beauté Velvet Matte Lip Colour - Djalouzi Christian Louboutin $90

Beauty products just pop up every single day. With Holidays approaching just few months from now, the Beauty market is flooding with lovely gift sets and palettes. I was away from this Beauty world for barely 8 weeks and whole lot of stuff entered the market and made way in my wish list. The above products are just a few makeup goodies that caught my eye when they popped up in my Instagram feed.

HOURGLASS Cosmetics Hidden Corrective Concealer Hourglass $32
Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed - Champagne Pop $38
Armani Eye Tint, Runway Collection Armani $42
Laura Mercier Silk Crème Moisturizing Photo Edition Foundation Laura Mercier $48
HOURGLASS Cosmetics 'Illusion®' Hyaluronic Skin Tint Hourglass $55
Bobbi Brown Corrective Spot Treatment SPF 25 Bobbi Brown $38

Not everything above are new products. In fact many of these have been around for quite sometime. I usually make a list around Holidays because that is when the best deals and sales pop up. I have a huge list of new skincare to buy and I am most excited about those.

I did Haul/Buy some products during the summers. Tried and tested them and now I am ready to review. Sharing few pics that I clicked when those were new and fresh. (Typical blogger obsession)

I had all these products on my wish list before my vacations and I loved using all of these (except one). Becca Shimmering skin Perfector is my absolute favorite, Supergoop! Refresh setting Mist  was OK with some issues while the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder was a total DUD!  

Reviewing the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Powder in next post.

Back to Work!

I have had a longgg vacation, a vacation that I wished never ended. I had the privilege of spending some real quality time with my parents who visited us over the summer. From eating yummy home cooked meals prepared by mom to lovely road trips, it was pure luxury! I also enjoyed  basic gardening with dad. My new found hobby of container gardening slowly became addictive and I found myself at Homegoods, Marshalls and TJmaxx every other day searching for lovely planters and pots.

My last post on this blog was reviewing a JORD Watch and I must say that was the only watch I wore this summer. I did try many new products, especially skincare products and few colors as well. I wrote some reviews but couldn't post because I didn't click pictures. Even though reviewing products is just my hobby, I didn't feel like it was right to post sub standard work. Dad always said don't do things half heartedly and I just followed his advice and took a clean break from Beauty Blogging. I was active on Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr, the micro blogging and photo fun. 

Now that my parents are back in their continent and schools starting for kid, my life is getting back on track. There is a routine (cooking my own food, being a mom to 10 year old and watering plants).
I plan to click some pictures, post the reviews I have already written and give attention to "dazzle -n- sparkle" that has been neglected since weeks. 

A huge thank you to my readers who actually dropped mails asking when I would resume back. I honestly didn't knew people visited often. Also my apologies for not replying mails promptly. The blogging account is totally linked to a different email ID and it was totally my fault for not accessing it regularly. 

With that being said, I will get back to work and post as often as I can.

See you all with a blog post soon.

I leave you with some lovely pictures of Badlands in South Dakota and Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

Badlands, South Dakota

                                         Bison at Custer State Park, South Dakota

                                                   Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Lake Sylvan, South Dakota

                                                           Rocky Mountain, Colorado

                                                           Garden of Gods, Colorado

Florissant Fossil beds




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