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NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder

What it is: A weightless, translucent powder for all skintones that creates a soft matte finish that looks luminous in any light. What it does: 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. One of the best parts? Fine lines, wrinkles, and pores optically fade as skin is visibly smoothed. Additionally, revolutionary microfine mineral powders are loaded with glycerin and antioxidant vitamin E to help guard against dryness and keep skin comfortable all day. Ideal for touch-ups, it helps regulate shine throughout the day and seamlessly sets foundation. This product is paraben- and fragrance-free and non-comedogenic. What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens What else you need to know: NARS Light Reflecting Complex utilizes a blend of pure ingredients that work in synergy to transform light like a prism. Light-active micro-prisms are combined with algae extract and Polynesian seawater to optimize light reflection on the skin. Research results: In final clinical test results: - 84% agree that the product was non-drying - 72% agree that the product blurred enlarged pores - 72% agree that the product blurred fine lines and wrinkles - 94% agree the product smoothes out skin’s appearance - 91% agree that the product absorbs excess oil - 81% agree that the product sets the foundation - 75% agree that the product helps the foundation and other makeup to stay put all day
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Questions & Answers for NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder

Question
Should I see this on my brush?
I am really trying to give this product a chance but it seems like I'm having to work really hard to get the product onto my brush. When I 1st got it there was this film over it that I had to rub away with my fingers but even after that it doesn't seem like any product is coming out. Even when I try to swatch it with my finger...nothing :/ The only thing that seems to work is the puff that came with it but I don't like that because it also takes my other makeup with it...not to mention its so thin and tiny. Am I doing something wrong or did I just get a dud and need to return?
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
cdcakbchris3
(bowling green, ky)
on Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
Use a brush instead of the little puff. I use a short bristled, stiff brush similar to the one I use to apply my powder foundation. Swirl the brush into the product, like really swirl it. But dab it onto your face gently (don't swirl it when you apply it) so it won't take your foundation off with it. I had the same problems when I first got it and now I love it. Give it another try :)
answered 3 months, 4 weeks ago
julianna33
(Niagara, Ontario)
answer 2
I don't see it on my brush, but I can tell it's there from the way it shows up on my skin. I've read most of the answers here, and I agree that the pressed powder is trickier to apply, and I wish I had purchased the loose powder instead, but what has worked really well for me, believe it or not, is using a cheaper, coarser brush with the pressed powder (I hate returns, and am going to suck it up and deal for now). My Sephora brushes are too soft and fine for this product, but an inexpensive drug store brand brush I bought years ago works really well.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
october5th
(Queens, NY)
answer 3
no you wont see it on your brush, its translucent.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
kknicole
(aliso viejo, ca)
answer 4
I'd use a brush. The applicator that it comes with is useless.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
kknicole
(aliso viejo, ca)
answer 5
Use a kabuki brush and you will not see the powder but it's there. You will see. It's a little weird at first however, it's a wonderful product. Go to Sephora and have them show you how to apply it.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
mirabellesmom
(Sacramento)
answer 6
I have only had my compact powder for a week or so. But I do indeed see it on my brush. You have to look for it - because it is truly a translucent powder, so it's not going to look heavy on the brush. I agree about the applicator sponge that comes with this powder... it's worthless. Flimsy and takes off makeup. But my powder compact is working well with a brush.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
luckiestgirl
(Canton, MI)
answer 7
I experienced the same difficulties you did when attempting to use this product. I tried the sponge applicator that came with it, and had the same results you did...it seemed to take off my make up. I tried the big powder brush a Sephora employee suggested when I visited the store to figure out what I was doing wrong. Results were no better. I could not even see it. If I were you I would return it. At this point I am stuck with mine as I have tired various methods to get this powder to work as it claims and have pretty much ruined mine. Please take yours back and opt for a product that works better.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
crinklegirl
(Bethlehem, PA)
answer 8
Same thing happened to me. Return it.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
nashnashjean
(Las Vegas, NV)
answer 9
Sounds like you've got the pressed powder, which really isn't designed to work with a brush. It is only supposed to be used with the little white pad that it comes with. You're supposed to pat and roll the powder on with that pad to get the best application of the product. I had a very hard time with my pressed powder version too so I took it back and exchanged it for the loose version which I like a LOT better. Keep in mind too that this powder is very different than most powders you're used to using. It literally disappears onto your skin and you shouldn't see it after its been applied. Since you're having problems with the application of the pressed powder, I would recommend that you exchange it for the loose as you will enjoy the heck out of it once you get the application down. It truly is the best powder out there!!!
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
kingsgirl
(New Carlisle, Ohio)
answer 10
I had the EXACT problem. I returned it and got the loose powder instead.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
Abir92
(San Jose, CA)
answer 11
I TOTALLY AGREE with you. I have felt like I almost had to grind my brush into it. I wonder if this would be the case with the loose powder?
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
MeredithLauren
(Seattle, WA)
Question
Glitter?
Is there some kind of glitter in this powder?
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
mimille
(Ottawa, ON)
on Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder
10 answers
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answer 1
No glitter at all, which was a relief for me, because I have a few NARS blushes that are too glittery for my taste. Just a beautiful, pearly, luminescent finish, that feels like velvet, and looks like you're glowing from within.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
october5th
(Queens, NY)
answer 2
looks like there is glitter in it, but once its on your face, there is no shimmer what so ever. It does nothing.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
kknicole
(aliso viejo, ca)
answer 3
No glitter in this product.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
mirabellesmom
(Sacramento)
answer 4
No glitter at all. The minerals in the powder reflect the light. It doesn't even have shimmer or sheen.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
lilinah
(San Francisco Bay Area, CA)
answer 5
Sorry I had a typo. I compared the effectiveness of this product with Disposable blotting paper. (Auto-correct added glitter when there is none! ) Boscia is a good example of matte-finish blotting paper. A common example is rice powder blotting papers, often sold in professional artist's supply shops.
After ten days of use this NARS Powder as certainly pulled it's own weight.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
mon2cents
(Burlington, VT)
answer 6
No.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
pattianne
(Richmond, VA)
answer 7
It contains Light Reflecting Complex which will give your skin a gorgeous light reflected finish.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
melissabt
answer 8
No, there isn't any glitter in this powder.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
nayajen
(Chicago, IL)
answer 9
No. Imagine it as pressed powder from paper glitter face products. But there is no paper!
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
mon2cents
(Burlington, VT)
answer 10
There are light reflecting particles, but they're so fine; you'd need a magnifying glass to see it. The powder gives a dewy finish, not sparkly or sheen like a highlighting powder. Your skin feels really soft after application, as well. Big fan of this stuff.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
pickmeupmakeup
(Boston, MA)
Question
Good in photographs?
does this make your face look too white in photographs?
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
ilovecandy
(Los Angeles, CA)
on Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder
10 answers
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answer 1
It's strange that it doesn't, since the 4 ingredients that cause flashback are mica, silica, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. This contains 3 of those.
answered 3 months ago
skate08
(Canada)
answer 2
I can't see an ingredient listing, but its silica that causes flashback in finishing powders ladies. Watch out for those. I don't know if this one contains it or not. I know other transparent ones do like MUFE, and also one by TARTE. I'd check the label in store to be certain if you're being photographed for an event and want to use this powder.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
hyacinthgirl
(Las Vegas)
answer 3
no doesn't make your face look too white, its translucent. If you cake it on, maybe. But when i used it it didn't make my face white.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
kknicole
(aliso viejo, ca)
answer 4
Not at all. It you use powder and really piled on you might. Normal application doesn't show the product.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
mirabellesmom
(Sacramento)
answer 5
No. It does not make your face looks white in photo. It blurs the imperfections making you look really great in photos.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
phuong
(Orange, CA)
answer 6
No, not in my experience. It's not noticeable in photos. It's the HD powders that typically show up, and this is not an HD powder.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
luckiestgirl
(Canton, MI)
answer 7
This product is white but it doesn't show when you apply it . It doesn't matter if it's face to face or a photograph you won't (yes, i'm that sure) shine or appear whiter.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
CamiParot
(Santiago, Chile)
answer 8
I am fair skinned and no it does not on me. It makes my skin look really smooth in pics too.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
KristanDo
(Washington, D.C.)
answer 9
My experience with it is that it does nothing. It does not make your face at all white, nor does it have any shimmer.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
Nancy53
(San Francisco CA)
answer 10
Hi! This powder will not make your face look white in photos at all! I had my hubby take a bunch of different photos of my face (in different types of light) and I wasn't pale in a single shot. The main culprit in powders that turns people white in photos is zinc oxide, which this powder does not contain. The only way you might look like Casper the Friendly Ghost in your photos is if your foundation or concealer or primers have zinc oxide in them. This powder, however, is never going to bring you anything but joy!!!
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
kingsgirl
(New Carlisle, Ohio)
Question
Does this go on before or after foundation?
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
headon
(New York, NY)
on Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder
8 answers
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answer 1
This powder goes on after your foundation! Apply it before or after blush/bronzer.
answered 2 years ago
melissabt
answer 2
after
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
kknicole
(aliso viejo, ca)
answer 3
after, it is used to set your foundation so it stays on longer and doesn't move
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
kknicole
(aliso viejo, ca)
answer 4
This goes on after your foundation. It's the setting powder. You can use BB cream then this as well.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
mirabellesmom
(Sacramento)
answer 5
it is a setting powder. I would definitely use it after you have applied your foundation.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
femmebroker
(Lawrence, KS)
answer 6
It is a setting powder, which means it is used after foundation to set the foundation.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
lilinah
(San Francisco Bay Area, CA)
answer 7
After foundation.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
mon2cents
(Burlington, VT)
answer 8
It's a setting powder; so apply after foundation.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
pickmeupmakeup
(Boston, MA)
Question
How does this compare to Albatross or Nico when used as a highlighter?
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
Tahlmorra
on Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder
7 answers
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answer 1
This isn't a highlighter, it is a setting powder that has light reflective technology and has a flawless smooth texture.
answered 2 years ago
melissabt
answer 2
It isn't a highlighter at all. It's a translucent setting powder that you put over after you have applied your foundation. It may look like there is shimmer in the compact but once you put it on there is none.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
kknicole
(aliso viejo, ca)
answer 3
This product is not a highlighter. It's a finishing powder. Great product but not a highlighter.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
mirabellesmom
(Sacramento)
answer 4
This powder does not look white on when used as intended. So it is not a highlighter. It has no sheen, shimmer or glitter. So it is not comparable to shimmery highlighters like Albatross or light-colored powders like Nico.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
lilinah
(San Francisco Bay Area, CA)
answer 5
As the others said, this is not intended as a highlighter, but if you were going for an incredibly subtle look I think you could try it. I find it gives a light dewy glow. I own all three and in order of least highlighting to highest it would be: setting powder, Nico, then Albatross. But for the most part, it does disappear on your face.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
ahbuddha7
(missoula, mt)
answer 6
it dosent really work well as a highlighter its more so an all over setting powder...but there really isnt ALOT of glitter like those that u mentioned
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
reesiibabe
(Hollis, Ny)
answer 7
It's not a highlighter at all so it wouldn't replace Albatross. It's setting powder so it's meant to set your makeup, absorb oil and create a soft matte look on your face.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
earcega
(toronto, on)
Question
Is the compact mirrored?
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
SunshineAndMe
(Los Angeles, CA)
on Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes! I love it!
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
october5th
(Queens, NY)
answer 2
no
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
kknicole
(aliso viejo, ca)
answer 3
Compact comes with a mirror - stop into a Sephora store and you'll see.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
mirabellesmom
(Sacramento)
answer 4
Yes, it is.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
femmebroker
(Lawrence, KS)
answer 5
yes.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
pattianne
(Richmond, VA)
answer 6
Yes it does have a large mirror that is included on the compact.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
melissabt
answer 7
Yes, it has a large mirror.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
nayajen
(Chicago, IL)
Question
Good for acne skin? Does it make bumps stand out more with shimmer?
I have combo skin with some acne. In store this powder looked like it would be shimmery which I would imagine accentuate bumps and flaky spots (from a healing blemish) . The lights in Sephora are really bright so it might make it look more shimmery than regular lighting. Anyone with my skin type and issues use this? Also did it worsen breakouts? Thanks!!!
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
jjvb
(montreal)
on Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
When applied, you can't even see the product so it does not appear shimmery at all. I have some acne too and this product did not highlight it or make it more visible whatsoever. It's more for mattifying/controlling oil and it actually goes on qhite thin, so I don't think you should have a problem with it!
answered 3 months, 4 weeks ago
julianna33
(Niagara, Ontario)
answer 2
I personally have experienced no problems with it. And it's actually the first one that did NOT accentuate pores, bumps, or other undesirable skin issues.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
studiodummies
(West Bend, WI)
answer 3
It's actually not as 'shimmery' on than you would think! I have a similar skin type and tend to have the same problem of flakiness whenever I apply on powder at a time I have acne. I have the compact version and it goes your face as a really light/sheer cover so I didn't notice any extra flaky/dry acne appearance!
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
hsch
answer 4
The Nars pressed powder doesn't shine up your face. It helps keep the oil off. I love this product. There's one by Urban Decay as well but I'm sticking with NARS.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
mirabellesmom
(Sacramento)
answer 5
Hi! This powder is not shimmery at all when applied to your face, even though it might look that way in the pan. It has light diffusing technology, which means it adjusts itself to whatever setting you're in. It's really pretty cool! Anyway, I would highly recommend this for acne prone skin because of the way it diffuses wrinkles and blemishes. It's almost as if the powder deflects the light off of the bad parts of your face, leaving you with a very smooth and polished looking complexion. It's excellent at staving off the oilies too! Its not cakey and allows your skin to breathe (you wont even know its on). I would highly encourage you to try this powder as I think you'll like what it will do for your skin.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
kingsgirl
(New Carlisle, Ohio)
answer 6
I didn't experience any enhancement of my break outs and the product did look slightly shimmery in store. Its perfectly mat for me over foundation or otherwise though and I have acne prone skin that is also sensitive. I think you'll enjoy this powder!
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
emselizabeth
(Los Angeles Ca)
answer 7
I have combination skin with some acne bumps. I was skeptical about a white shimmery powder, too, but I love this one! It doesn't shimmer on one's face, it just diffuses light and blurs imperfections. It mattifies the skin without drying and I haven't found any issue with acne-exacerbation, and I've used it for a month now. I totally recommend it as a finishing powder to set liquid foundations :-)
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
grrrlie
(Toronto, ON)
Question
When in my makeup routine do you apply this?
Do you apply this as a setting powder, after your liquid foundation, or as a finishing powder, after you've applied foundation, concealer, bronzer, blush, etc?
asked 1 year, 3 months ago
snetiim
on Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
This is a foundation-setting powder, best used with a large, synthetic-haired powder brush. I personally like to also apply this on top of blush (not bronzer or cheek highligh though) for a more luscious glow!!!
answered 10 months ago
Badkiti
(Huntington Beach, CA)
answer 2
I apply it after my foundation and concealer, but I wait for those to dry first before applying.
answered 10 months ago
catpacking
answer 3
As a finishing powder - basically after I've applied everything. I usually apply this last, even after I've done my eye makeup. I like my foundation to "set in" before putting on powder.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
Lourdes23
(British Columbia)
answer 4
I was told by the Nars rep to use after foundation and concealer, before blush and bronze. Also he did my face and that is same order he did my new look.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
srswrs
(San Antonio, TX)
answer 5
I would definitely use this after you apply foundation and before you do your contouring. Since it's a compacted powder I use a much firmer brush to apply it better, and that can totally erase all of your contouring, if you're using a softer brush you might be okay, but I would still apply this directly after foundation.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
MrsBraaten
(Ogden, UT)
answer 6
I use this as a setting powder on top of my liquid foundation, but before adding blush, bronzer or highlighter.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
mauraezg
(New Orleans, LA)
Question
Is this good to set under eye concealer?
Is this good to use after applying concealer to set it?
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
crystal11
(Los Angeles, CA)
on Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I've tried it and I wouldn't recommend it. It does last long enough. I suggest using Laura Mercier Brightening powder, it is phenomenal for brightening under the eye, just read the reviews.
answered 2 years ago
pattiee
(San Diego, CA)
answer 2
yep, that's exactly how i use it. dab a small amount with a sponge or puff atop your concealer and it sets very nicely for the day.
answered 2 years ago
violet4121
answer 3
Yes, I think so.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
GalaxyGirl111
(Easy Bay, CA)
answer 4
Yes. I apply spot concealer only (undereye circles, blemishes, broken capillaries), then a foundation, or just a tinted moisturizer if I don't need too much coverage, and then I set the whole face with this powder. It really extends the wear on your makeup as a whole.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
october5th
(Queens, NY)
answer 5
I apply after the concealer and it stays without creasing or caking.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
stacy525
answer 6
i mean kind of, but there are better ones out there for way cheaper too.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
kknicole
(aliso viejo, ca)
Question
Overtop of blush and bronzer?
I wear a pressed powder foundation, bronzer, and blush. Do I use this on top of all those products? Or do I put it on after my foundation, and then put my blush and bronzer on last?
asked 1 year, 5 months ago
HRiel
(Winnipeg, MB)
on Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I've done both. Typically I wear it over foundation and blush, but sometimes the colour can transfer from your face to the product if you're not careful, so I've also used it just over my foundation and then applied blush and bronzer after. Both achieve the same results.
answered 3 months, 4 weeks ago
julianna33
(Niagara, Ontario)
answer 2
i do it on top of the blush, highlighter & bronzer because i really like the way it blends everything together so smoothly.
answered 5 months, 2 weeks ago
galiii
(Tucson, AZ)
answer 3
The Nars rep told me to use instead of powder. He did my look and put on after foundation and concealer and before blush/bronzer.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
srswrs
(San Antonio, TX)
answer 4
This is the very last thing I put on my face before I walk out the door and find it works best that way...
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
KalindaMarie
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 5
I use this all over my face after I've applied all my make up. Keeps my make up in place, and controls the shine. Works great.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
hkbow
(NY, NY)
answer 6
Either method works just fine :).
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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