Welcome to the new age: The Beauty Powders

{The new age powders}

Matte skin was never something I particularly desired. Even through my teenage years and oily t-zone’s I was trying to find a balance between dewy without looking greasy. A Clarisonic and multiple toners later that former pimple-faced teen has finally found the answers to a luminescent finish.

The kind of product that catches every millimetre of light that your skin can catch in order reflect off an ethereal finish. The new age of setting powders allow no room for a chalky matte finish.

{Chanel Les Beige, Healthy Glow Powder ($60) & Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Powder ($39)}

Chanel’s recent addiction to this collection of products is probably the most subtle of them all. Don’t expect to see wonders upon swatching this powder on your hand. It’s all in the details. Most of the shades offered in the Les Beige Healthy Glow collection are warm toned but don’t be afraid of the compact. The finish is incredibly sheer and offers a veil of warmth whilst reducing excess shine and setting your make up. Ever feel like your skin is at it’s best — tanned and clear — when you’re on vacation? This powder is like a holiday in a palette.

I’m a slave to these powders. I never thought I’d be so dependent on them but I find that in the summer they’re the best way to maintain a glow without looking greasy. Nars’ Light Reflecting Pressed Powder takes centre stage for its category in my make up collection. A reformed powder-user thanks to this product, the silky finishing touch to the centre of my face with it’s photochromatic technology works to adjust in different light settings.

{Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light – $52}

I don’t think I’ve ever been more eager to get my hands on a powder compact like I have this one. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders are one the best in luminizing powders out there, especially down to their variety of choice (six shades). Best reserved for the days when you’re feeling dull this setting powder in Dim Light will mattify your skin but give it a lit-from-within look with its pink undertones.

{Soft swatches}

These swatches (left to right) have been applied heavily with the lightest being Nars (lightening), Chanel (summer glow) and finally Hourglass (light-diffusing). Afters spending years fearing the ‘setting powder’, these three finds are what every luminous-skin wannabe has been looking for.



  1. Icaria
    June 28, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    Oh I want them all! I just might start with NARS. I’ve swatched it so many times but haven’t taken the plunge yet. I’ve also been wanting the Hourglass for a while now. Chanel’s holiday in a palette sounds real good and I’ll make sure to swatch it. Great post! :).

    • July 1, 2013 / 2:32 am

      If I had to pick one I’d say the Nars was the best one (for now :P)

  2. June 27, 2013 / 6:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing these great products. Steering clear of the matte finish is also a great way to avoid drawing attention to lines and creases around your mouth and eyes.

    • July 1, 2013 / 2:33 am

      I agree Cathi! I find that mattifying powders really settle in my forehead but these are a lot smoother so I love them. Thank you so much for reading 🙂

  3. Ampersaand
    June 26, 2013 / 6:14 pm

    I love the Nars powder! I tried it in Sephora and I just knew it had to be mine. I’ve received so many compliments when I first started wearing this. Glad to see you like it too! x

  4. June 24, 2013 / 7:35 pm

    I really need to use the HG powder I have more often! It’s been tucked away too long. This was a great post, Rema! Loved this: “This powder is like a holiday in a palette.” Who doesn’t want that?! 🙂 Happy Monday!

    • June 25, 2013 / 2:57 am

      Thanks so much for reading Kristen! Makes me so happy that you do! And Yes! whip out the HG!

  5. June 24, 2013 / 5:34 pm

    Oooh want the NARS! <3

    • June 25, 2013 / 2:57 am

      It’s my fav right now! SOOOOO freaking good. I was hooked after I tried Jessica’s.

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