Ben Nye Neutral Set; or, How to Avoid Being Shiny

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I absolutely adore my Chanel Poudre Universelle.  It’s finely-milled, lightweight, and 20 Clair is a great match for my skintone.  If I’m indoors for most of the day, it controls oil pretty well, yet doesn’t dry out other parts of my face, so it’s a good all-rounder powder.  I have combination skin, but the problem is that my t-zone is extremly oily and the rest of my face is very dry, so I am lucky to have found a product like the Poudre Universelle that deals with both aspects of my face well. However, if I go outside, and if I encounter hot weather the oily parts of my face become more of an issue, and I become shiny after a few hours.

Enter Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Face Powder.

After I apply my Poudre Universelle, I dust a little of the Ben Nye Neutral set over my t-zone, and I stay shine-free for the whole day.  It doesn’t add anything colour-wise to my face, nor does it cake-up my t-zone with tonnes of powder.  It’s also going to last me forever, because you only need to dust a small amount over your t-zone with a big fluffy brush to see a difference.  Also, if you don’t feel like applying powder to your whole face, you can just apply your normal foundation, then dust a little of this on your oily areas.  Remember that it will not add any colour to your face, so don’t worry about walking around all day with a giant ‘T’ on your face.   I do think the packaging could be improved though, because as you can see from the photo above, it comes in a shaker bottle.  Much better if it came in packaging like the Poudre Universelle, or just in a pot so that you could tap off any excess.

Ben Nye is a theatrical, professional makeup, so it may be hard to find at your local department store.  I bought mine from funhousetheatrical for USD $5.99 plus $9.32 shipping to Australia.

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