POTW: NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder: Translucent Crystal

In this humid Houston climate, battling a makeup-meltdown is basically a full time job. That’s why I am obsessed with finding the right setting powder, and I think I have found it in NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder. I am a huge fan of NARS’ product line, and when I saw this at Sephora a few months ago (yes, I was supposed to review this back in April) I was definitely excited. My huge problem with translucent powders is that they are usually in loose powder form and it’s not convenient to keep with me in my purse because it leaves such a mess. Say goodbye to wasting half a jar of loose powder just from fall-out alone, because this translucent setting powder from NARS is in the form of a pressed compact!

When you first see this product, you’ll notice that it is stark white with bits of shimmer in it. When you apply the product to your face, you won’t notice any shimmer at all – I guess it helps reflect light to give you a flawless matte finish. I use a stippling brush to apply the powder to my face, and it doesn’t disturb the rest of my makeup. Usually with other products, I’d have to reapply my bronzer, but not with NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder! I find that my face usually remains matte for around 4-5 hours, and then I need a touch-up, which makes this compact perfect for carrying with you on the go!

Apparently, NARS did a clinical study for this product and these were the results:

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


I’d have to agree with most of those points – This translucent powder definitely did not dry my skin out, and I did notice that my pores and the lines under my eyes were made less obvious. The only thing I would disagree with is that, obviously since I do need to touch up once or twice a day, it didn’t make my makeup stay put “all day” as advertised. Still, it lasted longer than most products I’ve tried!

You can see how matte my skin looks from my halloween fotd (Yes, it’s been that long since I’ve taken a decent picture of myself to share with you people).

Since I’ve had this product since April, I can tell you now that 7 months later, I’ve just begun to hit pan. I think most people could make this product last longer, because I probably use it twice as much as anyone else – I often have to reapply my makeup after yoga, and I do touch up my face more frequently than most people during the day because I’m so vain, haha. That’s what makes the huge mirror so handy too – my vanity.

NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder Affiliate

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.

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Overall Rating: 9.13/10
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