Two versions of the same thing but very different appearance is what we have for the NARS Translucent Crystal Light Reflecting Setting Powder. The pressed powder compared to the loose version can be seen as a great travel buddy and comes complete with everything needed while on the go.
Earlier in the year, we featured the loose powder version of this setting powder. It came in a twist cap jar seen at the end of the post. So here comes the pressed version in a palette along with a soft pouch for storage. This pouch is one of the best design carrying case I’ve seen. It has a flap with an elastic that closes the compact shut when not in use. The fabric is soft and comfortable to hold which also repels dirt. There’re two separate compartment inside for the compact itself and the sponge applicator. It’s both stylish and practical at the same time. Love!
Now let’s take a look at the sponge applicator that talked about earlier. The applicator is light and thin but velvety. It gets the job done perfectly without the hassle of carrying a brush. The size of the applicator is about the same as the setting powder, but it won’t fit in the compact. That’s why we have a separate compartment just for it.
Here is how the pressed powder looks. It might seem like a plain ole white powder but the trick is the Photochromic Technology that diffuse light and minimize imperfections without a trace of color. Like we mentioned earlier, the pressed version shares the same formula as the loose powder. If you look closely you’ll notice there’re tiny shimmers in the pan, but when applied on the skin it’s not visible.
So the main difference between the two is basically, one is loose and the other is pressed and intact. Probably the pressed version would be the best candidate to take all over the place whereas the loose powder might fall out causing a mess in transportation. But I do love to enjoy it with the pamper of a natural bristle brush (such as this NARS kabuki brush) at home. Both powders are virtually the same after application. They’re super light weight on the skin, yet they do wonders at enhancing complexion. Lines, pores and wrinkles magically disappeared when skin feels silky smooth. They also make foundation last much longer by reducing shine.
There’re seldom times that I’d get both the loose powder and pressed powder considering they’re basically the same formula. However NARS setting powder is an exception. Both versions are great products that work at different situations. To me, I use the loose powder to set foundation at home and carry the pressed powder for touch-ups when I’m on the go. I really can’t pick one version over the other since they’re equally fab. So my suggestion is why not get both.
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