Too Faced I Want Kandee Banana Pudding Brightening Face Powder ($30) is a new all over banana setting powder that smells like bananas which released with the Kandee Johnson x Too Faced Collection. The reviews are in on this and most of them are very, very positive and this was the product that sold out the quickest from Kandee’s Collection as well. Most people are asking it return as a permanent product since they liked it so much. I imagine at some point they might restock it in permanent Too Faced packaging but as of now its been labeled limited-edition which could mean it might never return. But as with most limited edition products it’ll likely return in some way or another I believe.
Here’s my review and thoughts on it.
I have to admit as a fan of Ben Nye Banana Powder and more recently J Cat’s Banana Powder I was most excited to try out the I Want Kandee Banana Pudding out of all the items that launched in this collection. First off, the name is too cute and that kind of sold me on the powder. Secondly, they marketed this as not only a great all over facial powder but also one that could be used to bake under your eyes or brighten up under them. I typically use a loose banana-shaded powder to set my concealer and I thought this might be an interesting way to set my concealer. That was one of the sole reasons I purchased it as I’m not a firm believer of using yellow powder all over my face since yellow acts to neutralize redness and considering I have no issues with redness why bother? I didn’t want a pasty finish which is exactly what I get with a banana-shaded powder when I’ve attempted trying it in the past all over my face.
The powder comes housed in a gold compact with a yellow face plate that has a cute ribbon border and a little banana on the front. It’s lightweight but still houses a very generous mirror inside and holds 0.32 oz of powder. It smells nothing like bananas. You have to stick your nose right into the powder to get a very faint scent of violet but bananas? Nope! None of that here. The violet Guerlain-like fragrance is super subtle and you’ll never notice it at all. The shade is a buttery yellow which is dotted with color-correcting shades like pink, purple, and green. I felt like those tiny color-correcting dots made the the surface of the powder feel a bit gritty. It’s a bit dense and very drying. I attempted it as an all over powder and I got a really bad case of ghost face using it like that. I had no intentions to use it all over my face anyway but to test it for this review I did so. It does cling to drier areas badly so prepping well is essential. But the worst part would be under my eyes. Not only does it look bad under my eyes due to the fact it’s so pasty but also because the texture is very dry and it ended up accentuating my fine lines really, really badly. I am very diligent about moisturizing well prior to any makeup application and always make sure my makeup has the smoothest finish possible. This unfortunately, didn’t appreciate any amount of prepping and priming I did. It blended poorly and patchy and left a dry, yellow cast under my eyes that clung terribly to my finer lines and within an hour completely sunk into those finer lines giving my eyes a very aged appearance.
I hate to say it but I was relieved I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. You know, just in case it really never does return again I won’t miss it so much! Who wants to fall in love with a limited edition product right?
Too Faced is on to something here but they need to leave out the color correcting pigments and go with a straight banana powder. Also, improve upon the texture and consistency. Something silkier and softer would go a long way at brightening up the eye area, diffusing dark circles, while setting concealer and not settling into finer lines.
If they can do that, I’d say they’d have a gem of a product on their hands.
But as it is?
Not so much!
Or have you already?