January 31, 2017

Makeup Revolution Luxury Banana Powder Review & Swatches

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Makeup Revolution Luxury Banana Powder ($8) is a mattifying, bright yellow powder that sets foundation, reduces shine, and corrects redness or pink undertones while brightening skin. I’m a massive fan of Ben Nye Banana Powder so imagine my surprise when I saw how incredibly similar Makeup Revolution Luxury Banana Powder was to it. I decided I had to try it out for myself considering the price is nearly 50% less than Ben Nye’s formula.

Take a look at my review below.

I’ve been spending a majority of my makeup life trying to recapture the joy of Skin Food Salmon Dark Circle Powder. I tried and love Besame Brightening Vanilla Face Powder and Kat Von D Lock-It Brightening Powder but the powder I come back to the most for setting my concealer is Ben Nye’s Banana Powder. I love how light, silky, and brightening this powder is. I don’t use it on my face but merely under my eyes to set my concealer and to brighten up my entire under eye area.

I was surprised and shocked Makeup Revolution Luxury Banana Powder which comes in a similar odd shaped bottle as Ben Nye’s. This talc-based powder also has a lot of the same ingredients but they aren’t spot on dupes for each other in terms of texture and ingredients even though the packaging is very, very much alike. This bottle holds 1.5 oz of powder and I always find it rather challenging to shake out the powder so I tend to depot it into a sifter pot. I still have my Skin Food Salmon Dark Circle Powder pot and sprinkle my Ben Nye powder into it. In the case of the Makeup Revolution formula I had an empty travel sifter pot handy so, I poured some of the powder into that pot. My suggestion, don’t try using this directly out of the packaging as the bottle is large with a smaller lid which proved awkward to sprinkle the powder into.

This is actually considerably more yellow and pigmented compared to Ben Nye’s formula. Ben Nye’s is a lighter paler yellow where as Makeup Revolution is a more buttery yellow. I find Ben Nye’s formula a little silkier in texture where as Makeup Revolution’s formula is a little thick and more powdery but not chalky. I’m kind of used to the thinness of Ben Nye’s formula and prefer it over a thicker powder. This isn’t to say that Makeup Revolution doesn’t work as good. It does. It’s quite pigmented and brightens up my entire area without making it look pasty. It also sets concealer beautifully well and if you are using on your face the formula is smooth and even without adhering to flakier areas on my face.

Mmm! It’s not going to take the place of my beloved Ben Nye Banana Powder but Makeup Revolution Luxury Banana Powder is no slacker! It gets the job done, it’s cheaper, and way easier to find now that Makeup Revolution is sold at Ulta compared to Ben Nye’s formula which is a little more challenging to locate in my experience.

Get it now at Ulta.com.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Deb

    Hi Muse. Have you tried Benefit bluff dust? I haven’t tried the Ben Nye but from your description they sound about the same. Just another option in the more sheer redness correcting powder.

    • Isabella Muse

      Yeah! Bluff dust is a little thinner compared to this so yes, more comparable to Ben Nye. I don’t actually have redness, I use for setting concealer under my eyes and brightening up the area ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Fey

    Hi, I was wondering what kind of brush you use with the powder? Do you use a soft broad one like a kabuki brush? I so want to try this for the reddish patches on my face, and I’m yellow toned anyway. I didn’t really like NYX’s banana powder since the one I tried was pressed.

    • Isabella Muse

      I actually rarely apply powder onto my face, I use a smaller brush for under my eyes much like mac’s eyeshadow blending brush (224) and also use it down the sides of my nose. When I am applying on my face I like something with lightweight, thin bristles, fibre brushes like mac’s 187 are best for my drier skin also real techniques Setting Brush. I didn’t like NYX’s formula either! You aren’t alone!

  • Adrienne

    Thank you for this timely review. I remember reading you loved your banana powder but never paid attention to the brand and then I saw this on sale and said oh this must be it. Not quite. I also remember you liked lemonade and I had a $10 discount at HSN and found Benefit combo. Hope I got 1 of the 2 products right.

    This is a little too yellow for brightening for me I think it would look like a highlight that wasnt blended properly. These 23 degree then 58 degree then 31 degree days are driving my skin crazy!

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure! Let me know what you think after trying lemon aid, it’s one of my favorites ๐Ÿ˜€ likewise, yesterday 3 inches of snow, today nearly 50 degrees! Really?


    I am so happy for this review I have been debating about getting this I love Ben Nye (Banana & Cameo) but only know of one place that sells it in Phoenix (huge city 1 little mom&pop costume shop lol) and they have such crazy hours during non-costume season. (and amazon is $$ some times)

    • Isabella Muse

      Yeah it’s hard to find but honestly, worth it, this is ok but it isn’t Ben Nye ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Alicia

    Have you tried de banana powder from W7 yet? I’m wondering how it compares to this makeup revolution one.

    • Isabella Muse

      I haven’t! I keep seeing the reviews but never indulged, will have to try!

  • Nenebird

    Camera ready cosmetics has this size Ben Nye banana for $8

  • Lauren Ball

    is the revolution banana powder good for setting foundation , and keep your face matte all day?

    • Isabella Muse

      Yes, you can use it to set makeup. It’ll mattify and ease shine but whether it’ll keep skin matte all day depends how oily you are! If you’re extremely oily and probably won’t keep oil and shine at bay all day!

  • Lori Merrifield Worthington

    Awesome review! I also wear to much blush lol. My favorite is L’Oreal Baby Blossom C 1-2. Not relevant here, but I adore your little bio w your “I wear too much blush” lol.

      • Lori

        Not at all. I know it’s a definite makeup don’t, but I love the way it looks.