NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder

I decided to pick up the pressed version of the NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder (instead of the loose powder version). Face powders seem to be all the rage lately (e.g., Houglass Ambient Lighting Powders, which I will post soon), and since I love my Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating and Mattifying Pressed Powder,  I figured I'd check out some more face powders.

I wasn't sure what to make of the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder, when I first obtained it. The packaging is the standard NARS black, almost rubberized case, but it also comes with a protective pouch and flat, paper description, and white applicator (like a REALLY thin, rectangular puff).



According to the paper insert, the product is advertised as being infused with "Photochromic Technology" and "revolutionary microfine mineral powders are loaded with glycerin and anti-oxidant Vitamin E." All flashy words aside, this translucent powder is supposed to help diffuse light on the skin improving and optimizing light reflection on the skin. I find that, like the Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating and Mattifying Pressed Powder, the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder gives a nice softening effect on the face, and it does help mattify the oils on the face.

The NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder comes with 7 grams of product.

Only peculiar thing is (and why I wasn't sure what to make of it at first), the pressed powder is not powdery to the touch at all. In fact, it almost has that smooth ceramic feel, but powder, if that made sense at all. I actually had trouble picking up product on my finger tip at first. So, tip - use a denser or slightly stiffer brush to pick up the product. It will not "kick up" powdery residue. Otherwise, it applies beautifully on the face, as expected. The power is very finely milled and definitely delivers a beautiful softening veil on the face.


NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (with flash lighting). If you look closely, you can see some of the reflective particles.

And now to the (heavy) swatches! 

(Indoor Day Lighting)

(Direct Day Lighting)


(Flash Lighting)


I know that heavy swatches don't depict how the face powder will look evenly applied to the face, but I always find it hard to really SHOW the effects of a face powder. I can vouch, however, that that the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder gives a gorgeous softening effect like my beloved Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating and Mattifying Pressed Powder. The NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder is a translucent powder, however, and give a subtle luminescence (not like the Guerlain Wulong Compact, though, which is more glowy). Overall, I definitely like it! The smooth pressed feel in the pan takes a second to get used to, but it applies easily. I've heard good things about the loose powder, too, but for now, I like having a pressed version for travel friendly packing. I have yet to try out the thin applicator that comes in the protective pouch. I also wonder what I'll think of it compared to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. As always, I will keep you guys posted :).

**Disclaimer: I purchased all items with my own money. All opinions are my own and not sponsored.

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