The Ultimate Setting Powder?

NARS Pressed Powder ReviewI’d previously said that no powder could match up to the beautiful Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. Although I still absolutely love the glow-giving yumminess of the Ambient Powders, as the weather has hotted up in the UK I needed a matte powder for on the go touch-ups. After spending a good hour swatching my way through Boots and Superdrug, I was left a little underwhelmed at their selection, so I went a little higher end; NARS.

Believe it or not, the NARS Pressed Powder┬áis my first fling with the brand. I’ve watched from afar as bloggers all over the world have raved on about cult products such as the Radiant Creamy Concealer, but I thought it was about time I delved into their beautiful makeup selection.

I have been wanting a bit of a sleeker compact to whip out to top up lippy when I’m on the train, or a prettier packaging to prop up when I’m touching up – and with this NARS doesn’t disappoint! The chic matte black packaging is beautiful and just what I wanted. The powder has a large pan and a matching huge mirror perfect for everyday.

NARS Setting Powder

I purchased the shade Eden, which is perfect for medium skin tones like mine, with a yellow undertone. I could have gone a shade up to perfectly match my skin, but I tend to use a powder like this is areas I like to highlight anyway. The slightly lighter shade means I get a subtle highlight in places like my undereyes and forehead.

I have been blown away by the texture of the powder. I often find pressed powders to be more detectable on the skin, but the NARS Pressed Powder doesn’t have that problem. The finely milled texture means a light dusting mattifies without looking cakey. I have found I can set cream products in place, without taking away their glow, and know I can rely on this product throughout the day. Although the powder has a slight amount of coverage (not like a mineral foundation, but more of a tint) it sits lightly on top of my foundation or gives bare skin a slight bit of evening-out.

NARS Powder Review

The product does come with a slim sponge, which you could use on the go, but I have found that I prefer a brush.

All in all I’m really happy I picked this powder up. I feel like I’ve been piling on layers and layers of cheaper powders for far too long. Just a light dusting of the NARS Pressed Powder does an amazing job of keeping my glowy complexion, holding creams in place, and keeping that I’m-past-dewy-it’s-now-just-sweat shine at bay.

Have you got any favourite NARS products that you think I should try next? Let me know in the comments below!


  • This is going on my wishlist, it sounds amazing!

    xo, Liz

    • I have been surprised how much of a difference in quality there is between this product and a powder from the drugstore!

      Thank you for commenting Liz x

  • I only tried a few products from Nars, that concealer and sheer glow foundation have to be my favourite! I can’t finish my makeup without powder, I should check this out!

    Ela BellaWorld

    • I have been blown away by this powder, it’s lovely!

      Thank you for commenting Ela x