Those Ben Nye Loose Powders? Yeah, I Bought a Few…

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Read ALL about my review process including how I take swatches, photos, and more here.


I was getting a number of questions about Ben Nye Luxury Powders from readers and rather than keep assuming they were pretty much just like other loose powders, I decided to buy a few at The Makeup Show and investigate.

The Translucent Face Powders in particular come in a wide variety of shades from Super White to Ebony. They’re used to set foundation and reduce shine and are super affordable. What makes them particular appealing in my opinion is the easy on the pockets price tag plus the shade range. You know how it is if you’re either very fair or have very deep skin—it’s tough finding complexion products sometimes.

Then there’s the Luxury Powders. The Banana Luxury Powder is particularly popular to set brightening concealers under the eyes on those with light olive to golden skin tones. It gained popularity when the masses found out it’s used to set Kim Kardashian‘s concealer.

So what’s the difference?

Luxury: Formerly known as Visage Poudre Luxury Powders, these ultra-neutral powders provide superior matte and subtle finishing. Often compared to French powders with silky-fine textures. the Ben Nye Bella line of powders are translucent with just a hint of color. The Mojave range: ultra-fine, translucent loose powders set foundation, reduce shine and enhance olive and brown skin tones without a hint of chalkiness.

Translucent: sets creme makeups for a durable, soft matte finish. Seven shades are available from subtle fair to warm brown tones. Neutral Set Translucent Powder is a colorless powder that blends with all skin tones and retains the intensity of bright and dark shades. Its special formula controls perspiration, making this product perfect for high energy performers such as clowns or dancers. Super White Powder is Ben Nye’s only non-translucent powder that contains a bright white pigment good for White, Geisha, Porcelain, and other very fair shades.

I picked up Banana and Nutmeg in the Luxury Powder range and Coco Tan and Ebony in the Translucent Face Powder Range. I found Banana too light to set my under eye concealer but Coco Tan proved to be a better option. I use a small fluffy brush (MAC #224) to apply powder to set my concealer and loved how the Ben Nye powder kept it from creasing. Nutmeg was a perfect match for a finishing powder on me (I’m NW47 and in some cases NW45). Ebony is a deeper shade for someone in the NW50/55 range.





I didn’t buy the full range but here’s some of the other colors…

Translucent: Topaz, Chestnut, Coco Tan, Ebony, Sienna, Neutral, Fair, Pretty Pink, Super White
Luxury: Banana, Beige Suede, Buff, Cameo Mojave range: Camel, Clay, Dark Cocoa, Dolce, Nutmeg, Olive Sand

The finish on these is really nice—when using the correct color of your skin tone, you’ll set your makeup without a chalky appearance. But I’m still sticking to my initial assumption that these aren’t much different than other loose powders (like Make Up For Ever Super Matte Loose for example) other than having a really great color range and being super easy on the budget.




Bottom line: You don’t need to run out and buy these if you have a setting powder that works well for you. You may consider it if you want something that has a better hint of color to set your concealer with or have trouble finding a shade that works for your skin tone.

Price and where to buy: varies by location but ranges around $5-$25 depending on the size of the bottle. You can grab these at most professional makeup artist supply stores (i.e. Naime’s, Friends, Alcone, etc.) as well as Ricky’s NYC. A quick Google search will also pull up a dozen or so sites where you can buy these online.

Note: I have only seen and used the shades pictured so I cannot comment on or assist with any other shades—sorry!

Do you own any Ben Nye powders? Which shades do you own?

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas,, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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35 Responses to Those Ben Nye Loose Powders? Yeah, I Bought a Few…

  1. @Diorlo says:

    RT @StyleNBeautyDoc: New Blog Post: Those Ben Nye Loose Powders? Yeah, I Bought a Few…

  2. I picked up Coco Tan a few weeks ago and use it to set my undereye concealer too! After watching countless YouTube tuts on “highlighting dark skin with Banana,” I’m still on the fence about jumping on the banana boat.

  3. I bought a few of the Ben Nye powders to see what the fuss was about. My thoughts:

  4. Brittany P says:

    Out of all the powders you got, which one would you recommend for someone with a NW43/45 skin tone?

  5. BLOGGER LOVE: A review of Ben Nye Loose Powders, a makeup artist secret and staple: via @stylenbeautydoc

  6. Andrea says:

    Hey Danielle,
    How does this product compare to the colorless finishing powders, that are made by Sephora or Smashbox? Is this a “colored” version of those powders that reduces the chance that you’ll have an ashy finish?
    Just wondering if this has different qualities or what.

  7. Traci says:

    I love love love your site. It’s so informative. Whenever I’m looking for a review or an opinion there you are! Thanks for a brown girl’s point of view!

  8. Shari says:

    Hi! I’m an NW50 foundation and NC45 concealer. Which of these can I use to set my entire face and then which to set my concealer? I was also wondering if I should forego the tinted ones (nutmeg, dark cocoa) and not just purchase the neutral set for my entire face

  9. Shari says:

    thanks lol!

  10. Clare says:

    Hey I placed my order today do you think that chestnnut would work with a nw50 ?to set the whole face and sienna underneath the eyes ?

  11. Linda says:

    Love ben nye powders to death

  12. Linda says:

    Hi i live in Belgium and just wondering where i can buy this Ben nye powders?thanks

  13. Anne says:

    Hi do you know what will work with la girl pro concealer in dark cocoa?

    • Danielle says:


      I’m not sure—I only have these shades so I don’t know if there might be a shade I haven’t tried that would be a better match. The closest would be Nutmeg from what I have, but again, I don’t know for sure. Sorry!

  14. kimberly overton says:

    I wear mac NC 50 and I am considering purchasing the Ben nye powder. What color would u recommend for the powder?

    • Danielle says:

      Hey Kimberly!

      What do you plan on using the powder for—to set everything? To set your highlight? Contour?

      Also I don’t have all of the Ben Nye powder shades so it’s possible that one I don’t have might work great on your skintone.

  15. kimberly overton says:

    Hi Danielle, everything. I’m new to makeup so should I be using two different powders if I want a powder to set and one for contouring or can you use the same color powder?

  16. MICHELLE says:

    Hi, I have recently brought the Clay powder as I am NW47 in Mac and It gives me a good finish, unlike my Mac Blot powder – Deep. However, in terms of using ben nye powders as a highlighter, I am having difficulties in find a perfect shade. My undertones in a redish/yellow. Would topaz be a good powders for me to use?

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