Sephora Bright Set Loose Finishing Powder ($16) is a new loose shine reducing loose powder that sets makeup, reduces shine, and offers a brightening finish. Seems like brightening powders are all the rage at the moment particularly yellow ones like the Bright Set Loose Finishing Powder. Honestly, bring them on, I’m not complaining as I use yellow loose powder to set my under eye concealer and happen to be a massive fan of the long gone Skin Food Salmon Dark Circle Powder so I’m always looking for a formula to replicate my beloved but long gone favorite!
Let’s take a look at Sephora Bright Set Loose Finishing Powder!
Sephora Bright Set Loose Finishing Powder weights in at 0.28 oz in size for $16 compared to the NYX Color Correcting Powders which are 0.21 oz in size at $10 each. Although you are getting slightly more with Sephora’s formula I will say that NYX is probably the better option if you’re looking for a friendlier price tag. Now $16 bucks isn’t a lot at all especially if you’re comparing it to products like Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder which is $24 at a mere 0.14 oz in size. These formulas, NYX, Sephora, Laura Mercier, are all transparent silica powders and have identical formulas.
Now I should say that I prefer a more traditional face powder formula sans silica for setting my concealer so products like Ben Nye Banana Powder, Skin Food Salmon Dark Circle Powder, and Besame Brightening Powder work best for me under my eyes. These powders have a texture that’s a little more powdery and do not have the slipperiness of a silica powder. They also tend to set concealer much better in my experience.
However, for those setting their makeup with powder I would recommend products like Sephora Bright Set Loose Finishing Powder or NYX Correcting Powders.
Sephora Bright Set Loose Finishing Powder
Sephora Bright Set Loose Finishing Powder Swatches
Sephora packages this up in a fantastic pot which has a sifter that can be twisted closed or open. I love that you can close the sifter as this keeps the powder from spilling all over the place and causing a major mess!
The powder itself is a traditional silica powder. It’s silky, slightly slippery, and very lightweight. It blends easily into skin and the yellow shade works very, very well to brighten skin without giving it an ashy or pasty appearance the way some white transparent powders do. It doesn’t adhere to drier areas nor does it add dryness to skin. It blends out beautifully, reduces oily, and creates a bright, smooth appearance while setting your makeup.
I dislike it for use under my eyes as I stated above as lately I find silica powder tend to cake and crease under my eyes. I get a smoother, more even set with more traditional powder formulas that do not have silica. But for my face? It’s perfect!
Sephora Bright Set Loose Finishing Powder gets a big yay for setting makeup and brightening up my complexion I just wouldn’t recommend it for setting concealer (go with Besame or Ben Nye to do that job!). I will say that NYX does offer a cheaper option if you’re on a budget but Sephora’s version is just as lovely and bigger too.
You can grab Sephora Bright Set Loose Finishing Powder now at Sephora and Sephora.com.