Haul: My Splurges + Foundation / Base Review Series: NARS loose powder

On September 30, 2011 by Michelle



I did something naughty! Very seldom do I haul from these departmental store brands, but these products are the cult products of the brand and that sucked me in. If there weren’t discounts, I wouldn’t have gotten them! I managed to score them at 15% to 25% off their retail prices! Hurray! But yes, they are still splurges. I am trying hard to control my spendings – taking baby steps first!

These two were 25% off DFS (duty-free) prices thanks to Vion, THANKS SO MUCH! The YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch costs me $31 and Lancome bi-facil makeup remover is $25.13. I’m over the moon with these deals.

However, $31 for a small highlighter is pretty costly, but cheaper than its retail price of SGD60-70 odd, and I am currently on a hunt to find cheaper alternatives or dupes for this. Any suggestions? I would like to do a comparison review on this high-end product and a drugstore dupe. That would be fun! A review for this is on the way as well! Bi-facil is also another cult product from Lancome, famous for removing eye and lip makeup effectively. I wonder how this compare to my Biore makeup remover which is quite a similar concept HERE. That is the closest product I can compare this to. Usually, I use either Extra Virgin Olive Oil or my Bioderma makeup remover.

Next I have the Nars loose powder, that I purchased with 15% off (Yay to discounts!).

NARS loose powder Details:
taken from narscosmetics.com

Triple milled into a light silky texture, Loose Powder provides sheer, natural coverage to set makeup, soften color and smooth the texture of the skin for an overall radiant complexion. The ultra-smooth formula blends undetectably to absorb excess oils and maintain fresh looking skin with an imperceptible finish. Use to set foundations, wear alone or lightly layered over Primers to enhance a natural complexion.

  • Triple-milled powder corrects and softens color
  • Enriched with Vitamin E
  • Packaged with a powder puff and both plastic and mesh sifters to provide the finest application possible


Packaging: I dislike their packaging! Firstly, their rubber packaging is such a hassle and this kind of lid causes lots of spillage, at least for me. The net is a poor design. I just hope that Nars will come up with a new packaging in the future!

from makeupalley.com

Shade: Having 5 shades in total, Nars loose powder should be able to match quite a decent number of people. I just wish that they have a pale yellow shade in the future. My Nars loose powder shade here is Snow. For reference, I am NC20 now, since I have gotten tanner for being under the sun for 6 hours straight! Snow is fair for me so this would suite best for NC15, especially those with pink undertones.

Oil controlling properties: My previous loose setting powder that I have used so far are Make Up For Ever super matte loose powder, and MAC invisible setting powder. If I were to rate oil control properties, it would be Make Up For Ever as the leading one, followed by MAC. Since my skin is dry now, I would need a setting powder that is moisturizing as well or not drying for my skin and Nars seems to work for me. However, I need to blot every now and then as compared to using MUFE or MAC. It is funny how my skin can oil up but is dry underneath. This loose powder would hence be perfect if you do not want those powdery look, and a more dewy finish even with the use of loose powder.

Texture: Nars loose powder is finely milled, similar to MUFE. Mac setting powder can be just a tiny tad coarser. I can feel the powder-ish feeling when I use Mac setting powder. Hence, Nars or MUFE would feel more comfortable to the skin. If you want something that has more oil controlling properties, go for the MUFE super matte loose powder. You won’t be disappointed, i hope! Mac on the other hand, is also a pretty good product

Price: USD35 for 45g. MUFE is USD24 for 28g. MAC is USD27 for 30g.


Would I re-purchase it again? Yes, but MUFE is on par with Nars as well! It really depends on your skin type. MAC is just a tad drying for me, but it is also a great product to consider for those with oily skin.




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