July 11, 2017

J. Cat Beauty Banana Luxe Pro Powder Review & Swatches

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

Need to brighten up eyes and set your concealer but you need to do it on a budget? J. Cat Banana Luxe Pro Powder ($6.99) is the way to go my friends! I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this little powder since it launched on Ulta’s website a few weeks ago because I’m a massive fan of Ben Nye Banana Powder and needless to say this and the Makeup Revolution Luxury Banana Powder are packaged identically.

I’m positive they do this intentionally because you’re instantly drawn into a purchase believing it’ll be like Ben Nye’s formula. Makeup Revolution sadly failed me in that aspect but J. Cat Beauty’s formula did not.

Sadly, this isn’t really easier to find or locate compared to Ben Nye’s formula as it’s an online exclusive available at Ulta (perhaps J. Cat’s website also sales it but I haven’t checked). So, it isn’t something you can just walk into Ulta and buy. You’ll still need to do an online order for it. I will say it is easier to just buy it at Ulta compared to hunting down Ben Nye’s version with Free Shipping which can be trickier and take longer to find and get shipped to you. Another sad aspect is the fact this contains talc. I’ll be the first to express that the talc makes it silkier and a lot less slippery compared to silica but sadly, if you’re avoiding talc it’s probably not a good pick for you (Click here to read what the FDA has to say about talc if the ingredient concerns you).

I don’t really like the texture of silica powder and I feel like it almost always creases under my eyes so I prefer a more powdery texture like the one that this one and others like Besame Brightening Vanilla Face Powder and Kat Von D Lock-It Brightening Powder. This has a silky powdery texture that applies and blends out easily. It’s available in a range of four different shades but I picked up the Banana one which I use to set my concealer and to brighten up my eye area as the yellow diffuses the look of the dark circles. I’d say the formula is fairly close to Ben Nye’s but a little thinner in consistency and a little less bright buttery yellow. But all in all, both perform very well for what I use them for. And let’s not forget J. Cat’s formula is 1.5 oz in size and a mere $7 compared to the $13-$15 I’ve paid for Ben Nye’s formula of the same size.

One thing I do dislike is the odd jar it comes in but I’m more than familiar with this packaging courtesy Ben Nye which is identical. I highly recommend purchasing an empty sifter and just shaking the powder into it and refill as needed as it is impossible to use it in its current packaging since the sifter is small and the cap is even smaller.

All in all, the best seven bucks I’m spent this month! I have plenty of Ben Nye which has lasted me well over a year so I really didn’t need to make this purchase (believe me if you’re using it under your eyes only this will last ages at this size) but I was terribly curious about J. Cat’s formula. I don’t regret the purchase at all. It’s a fab powder! Silky, easy to blend and apply, and brightens up my eye area nicely while setting my concealer without creases.

Muse Approved.

J. Cat Banana Luxe Pro Powder can be purchased at Ulta.com.

Tried it?

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Talc, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Magnesium Stearate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 19140).

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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  • Cheryl

    Isabella, have you ever tried (or heard anything about) Bella Pierre Cosmetics banana powder? Looks like I will be receiving it in a subscription box. I am tempted to buy the J. Cat powder, as I have been using a silica based loose powder lately and wondering why my under eye luggage looks even dryer than usual. (Thanks for the tip! ) This J. Cat powder sounds perfect, but I’m debating over whether to wait to try out my sub box product before committing to an on line Ulta purchase. I looked into the Ben Nye powder before and it was too hard to find in stock anywhere, so I just used what I had. Thanks.

    • Isabella Muse

      I have not my dear never even heard of ’em but who knows maybe it’s great? 🙂 I tend to find silica ages my eyes horribly. I prefer a silky powder! Try the one in your box before doing a full Ulta purchase 🙂 Same same for me. Ben Nye is fab but a little hard to find at times 😀 Let me know how you do with that Bella Pierre one!

      • Cheryl

        I have seen this brand at TJ Max and Marshalls, but never tried it before. I received my box and have tried it. It is ok, but I don’t really have a basis for comparison. It is less dry looking under the eyes than my Cargo HD or It Cosmetics Bye Bye pores powders, and a very soft yellow shade. It does not make me look jaundiced, but I don’t notice any brightening either. I will play around with it some more.

        • Isabella Muse

          Try using a bushier brush with lighter bristles a little goes a very long way with these powders 😀

  • Meghan

    Thanks for the review! I have the cameo & pearl shimmer colors on my ulta list so I think I’m definitely going to pick at least one up next time I place an order. 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      My pleasure 😀 Haven’t tried the cameo or the pearl one yet but going to try those next time around!

  • Joyce

    How does it compare to Hard Candy’s loose powder? I read your review on it and purchased it immediately. Love it!

    Is this one similar/better/etc.?

    • Isabella Muse

      They are actually quite similiar but Hard Candy’s is a little more stronger in the pigment department. J Cat’s is sheerer 😀

  • Gayle Galor

    This makes me really happy to see this – especially the different colors. I love NYX’s pressed banana powder, but was disappointed at how quickly I hit pan with it. I keep reading that the Ben Nye Banana Powder is too dark for fair skin tones, but how do you think this one would work for very fair skin?

    • Isabella Muse

      Mmm I think in general yellow isn’t a great pick for fair skin! I’m medium fair, warm undertones, so the yellow is good. You might wanna try something with a little pink in it!

  • Cheryl

    Another question… between the Hard Candy banana powder, would you review not long ago, and The J cat beauty banana powder, which do you prefer? Thanks!!

    • Isabella Muse

      Both have excellent formulas but I prefer the J Cat one because the shade suits my skin tone a little better. Hard Candy is a brighter yellow and J Cat’s is a little sheerer 😀

  • Tippy6

    I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if both J. Cat and Makeup Revolution haven’t already heard from Ben Nye’s legal representatives. Same container, same top, same lettering style done in the same color? Hmmm, looks like a blatant money grab using the Ben Nye iconic product’s identifying container style to me. How low can these knock-off companies go? There’s nothing like trying to cash in on someone else’s fame, is there? I wonder where these powders are manufactured and under what conditions and where the base ingredients are procured? Something to ponder, no? Ben Nye is a reputable, family-owned cosmetic firm based in the U. S. and manufactured/produced in the U. S. complying under U. S. standards. Cheaper? Yes, but I’ll stick with Ben Nye all day and all night long.

    • Kath

      Well said Tippy.
      Unfortunately unless they have an appropriate trade mark on the tub I doubt Ben Nye would be able to sue any of the multitudinous copies. I think their best option might be to change their own packaging and this time, make sure they do fully trade mark it. This would screw with the counterfeiters too.

  • Adrienne

    It’s sold out onine already but I signed up for the notification when it becomes available.

  • Miss May

    Heya Muse,
    I always meander on over to your page during the dog days of summer to make it all a bit easier and just thought you and other reading might like to know that Forever 21, though for some reason doesn’t have the banana powder, carries J Cat’s loose powders in a chestnut shade (for bronzing and possibly contouring though might be too warm for sticklers) , porcelain (a light pink to neutralize) and pearl luminizer for $7 as well!

    Thanks for the review.