Baking has become one of the most talked about processes in makeup, as beauty enthusiasts scramble to find the best loose powder to “bake” with. Most beauty enthusiasts have chosen to bake with Ben Nye’s Banana Powder, which skyrocketed to fame after many women found out that Kim Kardashian used it to set her makeup. Since then, it has become one of the most popular setting powders. The banana color made it ideal for setting highlights, while also preventing these areas from creasing or cracking throughout the day.
Some beauty enthusiasts found success with this particular powder, but then there were others that felt it did not live up to the hype. Some women of deeper tones felt that the powder was too light to set their highlighted areas. It appeared ashy on some people’s skin, or it caused a flashback with flash photography, making the user appear ghostly. Some makeup artists have also steered away from banana powder, often finding products that worked better for various skin tones.
Here are a few setting powders that can be used in place of banana powder:
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($38)
This colorless powder is great because it can be used on many skin tones. This product doesn’t have flashback, and because it is translucent, it won’t change the color of your highlight.
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder ($35)
This setting powder is great because of the HD quality—it blurs pores and sets your makeup, giving you an airbrushed finish. It is also translucent; therefore, it can be worn on every skin tone.
Ben Nye Luxury Powder ($12.99-16.99)
Aside from the sought after banana powder, Ben Nye has several shades of his luxury powder, which can be used for many skin tones. Some of the deeper shades after Banana may work better for women with deeper skin tones. These shades include Camel, Topaz, and Olive Sand.
When purchasing a new setting powder, it is best that you test them under different lighting to see how they look. Testing your powder with flash photography will also ensure that you don’t see a white cast. After you’ve done your test, set it and forget it for the night!
By: Ashley Hall