NARS Light Reflecting Powder Review & Comparison with MAC Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

Hello all,

Recently NARS has just launched Light Reflecting Powder in Singapore. Many of my instagram friends go crazy over this powder and it really tempted me to grab this product. NARS Light Reflecting Powder is retailing at S$50 in Singapore and available at Tangs Beauty Hall Orchard.

Few months ago, I also bought MAC Prep & Prime Transparent Finishing Powder. Both of them looks similar in the pan; pressed and has a white color. Both also looks translucent when swatched. I will do a comparison of both products in this post. Please keep reading πŸ™‚

The Packaging:

NARS Light Reflecting Powder comes with a fabric pouch with NARS logo in it. It also comes with a face sponge to apply the powder. The packaging of the powder looks like NARS bronzer, it has the same size and the casing has rubbery feeling.

Comparison with MAC:

NARS Light Reflecting Powder has 7g/0.24oz of product and MAC Transparent Finishing Powder has 6.3g/0.22oz of product. NARS Reflecting Powder retails at S$50 and MAC retails at S$30-40 (can’t remember the exact price). Nars provided a pouch with a sponge while MAC does not provide anything in the box.

The Texture:

NARS Light Reflecting Powder & MAC Transparent Finishing Powder can be used as both setting powder and touch up powder. Both products are translucent and looking white in the pan. However, NARS Reflecting Powder has a shimmering glow when swatched. Β The texture of NARS powder is softer and blends much better on my skin. MAC ‘s texture is fine but it’s not as soft as NARS. When I swatch NARS powder at the counter, I was a little bit worried that my face would look oily as it has a very fine shimmer. But after trying it on my face, I am happy to say that I am satisfied with my purchase. You can see my look below.

I applied Chanel Perfection Lumiere lightly with my fingers. There was nothing on top of it.

On my left cheek, I applied NARS Reflecting Powder on top of the Chanel Foundation. You can see that after applying the powder, my face looks glowy and more fresh. It actually helps to whiten my skintone a bit too, makes my skin looks healthier.

On my right cheek, I applied MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder on top of Β the Chanel foundation. I have been wearing this powder for few months now and have no problem in applying it by brush/sponge. This powder works for me as a setting powder & a touch up powder.

Lasting Power:

My skin type is combination skin; I have a normal-dry cheek and an oily T-zone area. Usually during office days, MAC Finishing Powder lasted for 5-6 hours on me and after that I need to touch up my face. After 6 hours my T-zone would be very oily and it’s the time when I re-apply my MAC Finishing Powder.

The Look:

Conclusion/Final Thought:

After comparing both products, I have to say that both products have their advantages. For ladies who wants a more natural looking/matte looking, MAC Finishing Powder would be a better choice. MAC provides a very natural matte finish. Whereas for ladies who wants more glow on the face, NARS would be a good choice.

From price point, although NARS’ price is more expensive, I personally don’t mind paying a more expensive price because I love the glowy finish so much and I love my healthy looking skin. I also love the pouch that NARS provide, it makes the product looks more sleek.


So ladies, what powder do you currently use? Let me know so I can discover more πŸ™‚

Thank you for reading!


By: Meryl

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  1. Chris says:

    Great review Meryl! I’ll check out the NARS powder. It looks beautiful on you. πŸ™‚

  2. Jacqueline says:

    You are making me lem this in the worst possible way. Should I get this or the Make Up For Ever powder we saw today?

  3. Ruby says:

    Excellent review!! I’m definitely getting the NARS powder when the stock arrive.

  4. I have the MAC powder and I really like it. Probably because I like that matte finish πŸ™‚

    P.S.: You look so cute in that last picture!

  5. Sunny says:

    Thanks for the comparison, Meryl! My current go-to is Guerlain Perles du Dragon. I’ve gone from liking it just fine to being obsessed with it! If I use a oil-control primer underneath, it doesn’t make my T-zone grease up too fast either. I think I’ll skip the NARS version, though I am highly interested in their new light-reflecting concealer. I got the Clinique pen a while ago, but sadly I’m between two shades and the lighter shade I went with looks ashy on me. The NARS line on the other hand looks like it has something for everyone!

    • Memoiselle says:

      Ooh Guerlain Perles Du Dragon sounds so luxurious, and it’s great if it helps to control the T-zone area.
      I have seen swatches of that NARS concealer, it looks damn amazing and I actually wanted to try it too! But I have to use my current concealer first before getting a new one :p

  6. Wow, Meryl–your skin is gorgeous! So smooth and flawless and pretty! I’m so jealous! πŸ˜› I think the Nars setting powder looks great on you but I don’t think it would work for me. I can subtly see how it whitens/brightens your skin a bit but since my skin is darker (and I don’t like powders that have a white cast to them), I think the MAC would work better for me. I have used–and loved–the loose Prep & Prime but not the pressed version. Once I run out of this pot MUFE’s HD Powder (ok…not as good as MAC’s for my oily skin), I am DEFINITELY buying the MAC compact!

    • Memoiselle says:

      Hey Becca I think you’re too sweet πŸ™‚ Thanks for your compliments btw :*.
      Oh yes actually I wanted to buy MUFE HD, I have swatched it few days ago and it feels super smooth! I don’t know if this powder works well for my combination skin, but when I finish my MAC powder, I’d get that one :p

  7. JoanneP says:

    It looks really healthy and glowy on you!!! I tested it out in store and wasn’t able to overcome the shimmer it added to my skin. And it was a bit too pale for me. Now I need to go back and testing this against Hourglass powder. Thanks much for the very helpful review and photos. xx

  8. Tamara says:

    While I love the sheen of Nars, I think MAC would be more suitable for my skin. Btw, you skin looks great πŸ™‚

  9. Jasmine says:

    Nice description! I’m thinking about trying the Nars powder but the loose version.

  10. I want this now!! Meryl you are bad for my wallet hahaha!

  11. I found that the MAC and the MUFE versions made me look a little ashy. Here’s hoping the NARS one won’t, I’m going to check it out tomorrow!

  12. Larie says:

    You look lovely – especially your eye makeup! I don’t know what to do now, though, haha. Sometimes I like matte finishes, and sometimes I like the glow…surely I can’t need both T_T

  13. Shannon says:

    Excellent review! I had not seen either of these products until now, and am very curious to try them out. The glow of the Nars Reflecting Powder looks lovely on you! I will definitely look for it the next time I’m at the Nars counter πŸ™‚

  14. Joy says:

    Hmmm… I must get this! πŸ˜€

  15. Taylor says:

    Oh wow this looks great on you! Its more natural and glowing than I would have thought.

  16. vick says:

    hi! how do you apply the MAC pressed powder on the go when the casing doesnt come with brush/sponge? also, which brand (and pressed/loose form) would you recommend to cover under-eye concealer? on normal days i do not use liquid foundation, instead i use laurier mercier’s loose powder and lancome teint miracle pressed powder. laurier mercier’s settles into fine lines and makes the undereye looks worse! thanks a lot!

    • Memoiselle says:

      Hi Vick,
      Thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚
      I usually use my own sponge which I always put on my daily makeup bag. For under eye, I like to use Chanel Perfection Corrector. I have never tried both Laura Mercier loose powder and Lancome Teint pressed powder so I can’t comment on both products.

      I hope this helps (:

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