NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder is Different

I was intrigued by the new NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder when I first read the description:

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.

This pressed powder seems like it would be similar to any loose white HD powder, but less messy. However, in the pressed form, it's unique. It does not look like a pressed powder. At first glance, it looks like a block of stone.

When you touch the powder, a trace of almost-clear powder is left behind on your finger. When you use a brush, a very small amount of powder is used. The results from using the product this way is not that noticeable. But when you use the incredibly thin sponge that is included, there is quite a noticeable difference. The skin looks blended, a tiny bit lightened and diffused. There is a small amount of light-reflecting mica powder included in the pressed blend, but the amount of mica used is so small, this isn't going to make a large difference in the way your skin looks. I find that this comes as close to giving me the Downton Abbey look of milky, perfect skin. Lest we forget, I'm already really pale, so this just seals the deal. If you are darker than me, don't expect to pass for a Grantham (Who am I kidding? I'm far more likely to be Anna than Mary).

In looking at my skin under three different light sources, I didn't see much difference. However, my skin looks even, pretty and diffused in low light and in really bright light. So I suppose the difference isn't what it does do, but is what it doesn't do. The NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder doesn't ever show up as being powdery or dry, even under very bright lighting. I normally find that harsh lighting makes the face look older (dressing rooms, anyone?). But using this, my skin looks even and fresh, no matter what the light circumstances may be.

Would you try this or are you happy with your current setting powder? NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder retails for $34. There is also a loose version available for $34, but I really like the uniqueness of the hard pressed powder. If you are in the market for a new setting powder, this is interesting enough to check out.

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  1. I've been curious about this powder. I want to see it in person, because it really does look so different than anything I've seen. Sounds promising though. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

  2. I'm heading to Sephora tomorrow. Hopefully this will be there so I can check out this magical paper looking product! :p

  3. Im impressed! Swatched on my had to see staying power. I think it'll be great for summer!

  4. This looks really interesting! I can't wait to swatch this :)

  5. I tried the loose version of this earlier this week as well as the Hourglass Ambient Powder. I left Sephora with one on one side of my face & one one the other. Initially I liked how the Hourglass looked but after 4 hours the NARS looked much better. I ended going back & getting the loose version yesterday. Must admit I'm intrigued by the compact & may have to get that as well!

  6. I'm not sure about this compact. It's a little weird. Not quite what I expected. I don't really see much difference from it but I'll try it with the sponge and see what I think then. I also bought the loose powder, (they sent it to me twice by accident instead of what I ordered), so I think I'll try the loose and see if I notice much difference with it.


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