Ben Nye Translucent Powders: What’s the Difference?

Translucent Powders have so many vital roles in makeup.  They are used to set your foundation and powder.  They can contour and highlight the face. They eliminate shine.  The list goes on and on.  One of the brands that is praised for their powders by industry pro’s and beginners is Ben Nye.  While the brand is marketed to the theatrical crowd, it can easily be used at home.  There are several colors available, catering to all skin tones.

Companies fight over our hard earned money for these products, but what’s the difference? In this picture, I’ve got three shades of Ben Nye powder. Neutral Set, Banana and Coco Tan. Truth be told, if you apply them with a light touch, it doesn’t really matter which you choose. I haven’t seen my MAC Blot Powder in a few months, and I gave Warren the Make Up For HD Powder. I’ve praised the MUFE powder, and yes, I do still love it.  I don’t do too much on HDTV, so these cheaper alternatives serve me just fine.

Review under the cut…
These come in assorted sizes, from shakers to bottles. If you purchase the 1.5 oz sizes, you’ll only spend $7.  I’ve had mine for years and have given samples out to my makeup artist friends.  I still haven’t put a dent in the powder.  I think it will be impossible to use the entire package.

Banana is part of the Visage Luxury Powders. Also in this series are Buff, Beige and Cameo. Visage Powders are a little silkier than the others. I wouldn’t say the other powders are chalky or unnecessary. If you feel them both, you’ll feel the difference.  Banana is actually such a great color that it works on just about any skin tone. The Translucent Powder includes several colors including Topaz, Sienna, Fair, and more. The Coco Tan works very well on brown skin, but you can still easily get away with the Banana.  In fact, the only time I’ve seen anyone use a color powder resembling this was was Ru-Paul’s Drag Race winner Bebe Zahara Benet.  Neutral set would work great if you wanted to set your face and not add any color or tint.  It would work great on face painting as well.

Overall, Ben Nye Powders are Grade A in my book!  Make sure to click on the image of the powders to get a better look at them!

Purchase the Translucent Face Powders and Visage Poudre at Alcone Co.

UPDATE–Click the image for an updated post with more shades, swatches and information:

Ben Nye Translucent Powder Swatches and Info


  1. Donna J says

    I love the honesty of the report and I have wonder myself what was the texture because I’m a MUF HD fan, I brought a set for $50 that included powder, aqua eyes pencil, smoky lash mascara,eye remover and primer. So, I was worth the cost to me. But, will purchase the Banana too.

  2. says

    I live by Ben Nye’s powders. I grab them first before Becca or any other loose face powder. The darker shades don’t seem to be all of that translucent in my opinion though. They’re still FAB either way.

  3. erica says

    i love ben nye!! i have the banana powder but i still seem to be shiny ….erin do u think the neutral set works better for oil control???

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