I have never been much into baking, strobing or contouring! I recently read about banana powders on IMBB and wanted to try it. Usually, I always start with an inexpensive product and learn about it, after which, I invest in a better brand. For all my experiments, I rely on Essence because of good quality and affordable pricing. In this review, I will be talking about Essence Brighten Up! 10 Bababanana Banana Powder.
Price and Quantity:
$3.50 for 9 gm.
The translucent, mattifying powder in a very soft yellow is ideal for the “concealer baking” technique, or for setting matt highlights.
My Experience with Essence Brighten Up Banana Powder 10 Bababanana:
This product comes in a transparent pan. There’s only one shade. The lid closes with a click but the plastic case feels a bit cheap. Essence has funny names for its products and this “Bababanana” reminds me of minions 😛
This compact powder doesn’t come with any applicator or mirror, but given the price, I am not complaining. The shade of the powder is light yellow and probably people with pale skin tones can use this as a normal compact powder. It doesn’t have any fragrance as such. The texture is creamy powdery. There is fallout when you pick/swirl the product with the brush, but with a sponge, it is minimal. I love the soft texture. The product can be used as a setting powder to set and mattify the foundation or highlighters. It can also be used for baking.
The product has a mattifying finish and this helps to get rid of oiliness and helps in creating matte look. However, one of the disadvantages of using this under the eyes is that, after a while, it creases and too much product makes it a bit cakey. This powder sets the foundation for around 3-4 hours and after that you can see that the powder loses its capability and turns shiny if you have oily or combination skin.
There are very tiny sparkly particles in the powder that impart a light radiance to the skin, but they are not very noticeable. The soft, velvety texture provides a matte, clean, and soft finish. The shade is very light than my skin tone. I am NC 44 and when I apply it with a brush, I have to blend it well, otherwise, I look ghastly, thus blending is the key. It adds some whiteness, so be ready to look a little fairer than usually 😊
This banana powder is a good start to learn the concept of baking and I am happy with it.
Pros of Essence Brighten Up Banana Powder 10 Bababanana:
- Adds radiance with tiny glitter particles.
- Sets foundation, concealer and highlighter.
- Controls oiliness for some time.
- Mattifying and soft finish.
- Soft and velvety texture.
- Travel friendly.
- Blends well with blender and makeup brush.
Cons of Essence Brighten Up Banana Powder 10 Bababanana:
- Makes you look ghastly if not blended well, especially with medium skin tones.
- Leaves some whiteness behind that takes a while to settle .
- Creases under the eye if you build the product, using less amount of product is the key.
- Lasts only for 3 hours and re-application is needed after that.
Would I Recommend/Repurchase Essence Brighten Up Banana Powder 10 Bababanana?
Not a must buy but, it is good for experimenting or learning!
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