Ben Nye Banana powder has become some what of a cult product. I can't believe we have never reviewed it on the blog before! I'm sure it was popular well before Kim Kardashian's makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic used it in those extreme contour images however it's a product that's been going strong for quite a while and there seems to be no slow up in it's popularity. I have been informed by the ladies at Guru Makeup Emporium in London that there is a worldwide shortage!
So what is it?
Banana is one particular shade in Ben Nye's line up of luxury powders. There are other shades available in the range however we are just focusing on this one colour for now.
This powder is a super fine, talc based powder which mattifies the skin without casting a cakey powder veil over the skin.
The banana powder is the most popular of all the luxury powders in the collection and as you may expect is a pale yellow shade.
The yellow tone is so popular because it is a great colour to aid skin tone colour correction.
If you have dull, grey or purple tones around the under eyes this powder instantly brightens and (along with a concealer) helps to tone down the dark circles.
It works not only around the eyes but also on a dull skin tone to pep up the brightness.
Quite often people with dark circles will use a powder which is too white or light coloured under the eyes. This flashes back in photographs and gives that awful panda eye effect.
Banana powder photographs well and rather than appearing white on camera it gives a more golden, warmer lightness.
Being talc based it instantly absorbs oils and combats shine. Use sparingly though as too much of anything will build up and cake.
It doesn't have a flat appearance on the skin but instead projects a slight radiance without being shimmery.
The colour is pretty universal. It works on a fair through to medium skin tone and is particularly good as a lightening powder on a deeper skin tone (this is what Kim K uses it for).
You can get this powder in a large plastic shaker style pot for £10.95 from www.gurumakeupemporium.com