Once upon a time, if you mentioned using loose powder to me, I'd instantly think of old women. However thanks to the Kardashians, loose powder has fast become the only type of powder to use for setting and baking your make up. Setting my under eyes is the most baking you'll ever see me do and it's a step which I'll only do occasionally. However for the last few months I've finally started reaching for my Ben Nye powders for nights out and when I need my make up to last.
When applying these I normally pour a small amount into the lid and use my Real Techniques Contour Brush with the Banana Powder and an Eco Tools Powder Brush for the Translucent Powder. As the name suggests the Fair Translucent Powder is colourless and blends into my skin regardless whether I'm tanned or not. Normally I would use this to set my foundation (excluding the under eye area). Personally I prefer this to MAC Prep and Prime Translucent Powder for setting make up - honestly using this my make up stays put all night.
The Banana Powder earned its cult status once Kim Kardashian raved about it, and if you're looking for a powder which sets and brightens your under eyes - look no further than this. As this is yellow toned, I find that it looks more natural and that my under eye area isn't black as this neutralizes any red/purple under my eyes. I've seen reviews of this where people have said that this is buildable, however I find that if I use too much of this, it looks too yellow. However I do think that the Translucent Powder can easily be built up.
Both of these are long lasting and can easily last a good 6-8 hours without the need of any touching up, however I'd always have a compact out with me (you can never be too sure). If you're looking for a new powder, I'd highly recommend these - I'm tempted once I use my MAC compact up, to make a compact of the Banana Powder. I'll keep you posted on that idea though. Are you a fan of loose powder - what do you recommend?