I’ll put my hands up…I’m a makeup snob. I rarely give budget cosmetics brands the time of day for fear that lower price means poorer quality. However, I am – at the wise old age of 24 – beginning to learn that this is rarely the case. Last month I was asked to test concealers for Welsh magazine show Prynhawn Da (think This Morning but in the afternoon and in Welsh) and was rather naively taken aback by how good the budget option, Collection Lasting Perfection, performed against the pricier brands. My eyes were opened to the potential of low-cost products and ever since I’ve been less hasty to bustle past the budget stands on my way to Mac or Nars.
Since my enlightenment, my first cosmetics purchase was Revolution Banana Powder at just £5 from Superdrug. I’d read a lot of praise for the original Ben Nye Banana Powder which promises to bake makeup, colour correct, reduce shine, absorb excess oil and give the skin a warm highlight.
In terms of these functions, it’s not a product I require for my evening / special occasion makeup as I already use a palette of powders to contour and bake over my foundation and concealer, however my go-to daily makeup was in need of a bit of mattifying. For a light daily makeup look which takes less than 10 minutes to apply I use Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint, Stretch Concealer and Cloud Paint which applies smoothly and does generally last well throughout the day, however as discussed in my past post Managing Oily Skin, I have a T Zone which challenges the durability of even the best foundations. I therefore wanted a setting powder which would assist in keeping my skin looking fresh without excessive shine.
Looking into the Ben Nye Banana Powder, I was a little apprehensive to spend £20 plus postage and packaging on a product I was yet to try, especially in light of my recent education on the advantages of budget options. So, with a fiver in my purse, I headed on down to my local Superdrug to see which equivalents I could find.
Staring me in the face more or less as soon as I walked in, as if it knew I was there for that exact product, was the Revolution Banana Baking Powder. As the name would indicate it, there’s a yellow hue to the powder which is ideal for my Caribbean-white mixed skintone. A lighter shade was available for Caucasian skintones, as was a deep for those with a warmer complexion. I snuck a quick test on the lower side of my wrist from the nearly finished tester pot and, as I’d suspected, the original banana shade was just right for my colouring. At just £5, it was a perfect first endeavour into the world of budget cosmetics.
I have worn the Revolution Banana Powder daily since the purchase and can, in all honesty, give it nothing but well-deserved praise. With no hyperbole, it is one of the best setting products I have ever used. The very first day I wore it, I was driving my horse Rocky up to equine hospital some 70 miles from home. I thought I had allowed more than enough time to load, drive there and maybe even stop off for a coffee en route, however I hadn’t foressen problems in coupling my temporary hire car with the trailer. Forty five minutes late, we set off with just about time to arrive at the hospital without being late for the appointment, however in the stress of it all I had worked up a bit of a sweat with my face feeling dewy, and not in a sultry Kim K 2019 Met Gala way. Reaching for my front camera, I feared the worst expecting my foundation to, at best, have just washed off my face completely or, at worst, have tell-tale track marks like crenellations revealing where my sweat beads had ploughed through. To my surprise…I still looked fresh. Not an ounce of foundation or concealer had shifted and the expected oil had been fully absorbed.
Not once has the mattifying quality of the Banana Powder let me down. I have full confidence in it to take me through the day, setting my foundation and concealer in place without appearing cakey.
I am using it with a kabuki brush as it is ideal for applying a fine layer of powder. This may not the recommended method of applying the powder (apologies to the MUAs out there cringing at my amateur techniques) however I sprinkle a small amount of the powder over the brush, then apply it to my skin in a circular motion. I find it is key to ensure my hand remains light during application to avoid streaks or excessive powder where the brush first touches the face. I apply the powder in five sections: forehead, right cheek, left cheek, upper lip and chin, then the nose – the most problematic area of my face in terms of keeping makeup on. Over the course of the day I may reapply the powder to my nose if I want to look immaculate for any particular reason, however if I forget to pop the Banana Powder in my bag it is by no means the end of the world as its preservation properties are reliable.
If you’re on the hunt for a setting powder which won’t break the bank, I’d highly recommend the Revolution Banana Powder in whichever of the three shades best matches your skin tone. As it is light in texture, do not worry if neither of the three shades is an exact colour match to your skin – you will not need much and therefore it shouldn’t excessively blanche you or appear too bronze.
The Revolution Banana Powder can be purchased online or from your local Superdrug store for just £5.00 – an absolute bargain considering the quality and reliability of the product. In my quest to broaden my knowledge of budget cosmetics, I’d say this powder is a fantastic start.