Early this year, NARS released two Light Reflecting Setting Powders - one pressed and one loose. The pressed one feels SO good to the touch... silky like spiderwebs (minus the stick), so, that was my initial choice. Then I read the reviews. While the pressed formula is definitely more travel friendly, I chose the loose because all of the reviews said that it provides a more matte finish, which is what I was going for.
What the Sephora website has to say about NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder:
What it is:
A weightless, translucent powder for all skintones that creates a soft matte finish that looks luminous in any light.
What it does:
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. One of the best parts? 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.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
What else you need to know:
NARS Light Reflecting Complex utilizes a blend of pure ingredients that work in synergy to transform light like a prism. Light-active micro-prisms are combined with algae extract and Polynesian seawater to optimize light reflection on the skin.
In final clinical test results:
- 91% agree that the product was non-drying
- 82% agree that the product blurred enlarged pores
- 85% agree that the product blurred fine lines and wrinkles
- 91% agree that the product smoothed out skin’s appearance
- 97% agree that the product absorbed excess oil
- 94% agree that the product set the foundation
- 97% agree that the product helped the foundation and other makeup to stay put all day
The Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder provides a sheer coverage while reducing shine and keeping the face more matte. I love to use this because I don't need to worry about checking my face or reapplying face makeup throughout the day. Everything just wears better and I'm all for doing whatever I can to be flawless!
With this product in powder form, you have to remember that a little goes a long way, so you want to be sure not to over-use and also be aware of your clothing in case of fallout.
For more information on this product, please see the Official Press Release.