REVIEW – Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Powder Vs RCMA No Color Powder

Hello Bunnies,

I can’t believe my last post was in October last year, where has the time gone!! Life has been extremely busy for the past wee while with some exciting milestones – my son turned 1 and has become the most amazing fun little person and he’s also started nursery.  Probably the biggest change is that I’ve now returned to work after a lovely long mat leave so I barely get time to think never mind dedicating myself to my blog. It’s been quite a while since I’ve written anything, so I thought a short review post would be a great way to ease myself in gently.

Today I am comparing two of the most popular budget translucent powders in the makeup world at the moment – drum roll please……. Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Powder and RCMA No Color Powder.

setting powders

If you love makeup then you probably know about the much hyped Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder – this is pretty much the holy grail of setting powder products, but is more at the luxury end of the market priced at £29 for a 29g pot – if you want to splash out then go for it, you won’t be disappointed! However, for this post I wanted to focus on a couple of great purse friendly budget options. I have both the Ben Nye and the RMCA powders, so if you’re looking for a bit more info on these then look no further!

Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Powderben nye
Red Carpet FX – £13.99 for a 3oz bottle

Not the most attractive or pretty packaging but don’t write this powder off on looks alone, it’s a little pot of makeup magic!! The Ben Nye neutral set setting powder has been around since forever – you might have seen various online YouTube makeup artists and beauty influencers talking about it.

Described as a colourless powder that blends with all skin tones without diminishing the natural glow of your complexion, this powder is silky smooth and very finely milled so it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin at all. It works to set your makeup in place and controls oil/perspiration.

RCMA No Color Powderrcma
Camera Ready Cosmetics – 3oz bottle is £9.85 plus £5.35 shipping (please note this is a US site so international shipping rates are slightly more expensive). You can buy this in the UK from Beauty Bay but it’s currently out of stock.

It almost goes without saying that the RCMA No Color Powder is celebrated/applauded/worshiped throughout the professional beauty industry and at first glance, if you aren’t familiar with the RCMA brand, you might overlook this little pot of powder – it doesn’t exactly look like a legendary makeup product. It actually resembles something that would belong in your kitchen spice cupboard, there are no frills and no fanfare! Again this works on all skin types, prolongs the longevity of your makeup and helps keep oil at bay.

So why review two powders that claim to do the exact same job, I hear you say…… Well I actually found each to be completely different. I’m going to be controversial here and say that I don’t really like the RCMA powder (gasp…) Originally created specifically for film, theatre and TV, RCMA isn’t marketed as a commercial product and in that respect I think it would work really well for setting heavy stage makeup, but for everyday use it just didn’t work for me. I found it to be chalky, heavy and really dulled my skin, this product does contain talc so I think that’s why I didn’t like the feel of it on my skin. On the plus side, it is great at oil and shine control but I think my skin isn’t really oily enough to really benefit from this, it made my face feel really dry and tight.

For me, The Ben Nye Neutral Set Powder is far superior. The powder is light, silky smooth and melts into your skin – it almost feels like you haven’t even applied any product to your face. It controls oil really well without feeling heavy and the matte finish sets your makeup immaculately, leaving you with a lovely glow . I do really feel that my makeup appears so much better after using this product, I have no need to re-apply during the day at all. A little goes a long way, my 3oz tub has lasted about a year now and barely looks like I’ve used any. It’s such a great product, I really can’t recommend it highly enough.

I hope you enjoyed the post.


Until next time,

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