September 13, 2017

Too Faced I Want Kandee Banana Pudding Review & Swatches

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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!

Too Faced I Want Kandee Banana Pudding was exclusively available at Ulta and

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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

    Thanks for the review Muse. I was kinda eyeing this one for the color correction potential. My upper and lower eyelids naturally have redness but it’s terrible now with my allergies. I look like I got beat up!

    I was wondering if you’ve ever tried under eye baking with Benefit Bluff Dust? I haven’t yet, thought I might give it a try since it’s not so yellow as to be pasty.

    Would love to hear your thoughts on that….if you’ve tried it.

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Deb! my pleasure! If they are dry, stay away! This stuff will age you terribly. I don’t bake to be honest, just set, I prefer Ben Nye Banana Powder for that. Very silky, doesn’t cling to dryness or cake up/crease 🙂 Good yellow that’s brightening but not pasty!

  • Susan

    This looks awful in the pan, like it’s moldy. Really does seem dry and aging; thanks for the review.

  • Cassie

    Yup, you nailed it–the feel, look, non-scent, etc. I’ve been and will continue to use it on certain parts of my (incredibly moisturized) face, but, I’m a little disappointed. (I got my Fenty gloss/high-lighter in the mail today! I think you said you ordered the gloss–I’m interested on your take about that, too, because I’m LOVING it. I haven’t tried the high-lighter yet, “Trophy Wife”…which I’ll probably use more often as an eye shadow…but it looks so pretty!)

    • Isabella Muse

      I was so sad! I wanted to love it! sad sign! Got my Fenty gloss today 😀 I’ll be sharing shortly. Didn’t get the highlighter but now you have my interest piqued!

      • Cassie

        I’ll try the high-lighter as an eye shadow later today, and let you know.
        Looking forward to Fenty gloss review…I might be obsessed with it, right now…

        • Isabella Muse

          awesome, looking forward to hearing it 😀 I’ll have a review up hopefully tomorrow, so far I love it as much as you 😀 Testing some more though for wear!

          • Cassie

            Rihanna! :::figuratively shaking my fists at the sky::: I love her high-lighter, too–she just might become the make-up death of me. (It is SO pretty on–very shimmery, almost glittery, but without the “chunks” of it, if that makes sense…a little could go a long way. Fine powder, almost creamy, great application–I recommend. And I wonder how it would look elsewhere, like the tops of shoulders, etc.?)

          • Isabella Muse

            lol Cassie! ;-D I didn’t try those highlighter sticks yet but I’ll have to give ’em a whirl! I’m not much of a highlighter girl but some of the shades had me excited! Ooo! Try it let me know how it goes 😀

  • Colleen

    I had such a different experience with this but I’m oily and have redness. It brightens me, controls oil, temporarily minimizes my redness.

    • Isabella Muse

      I don’t doubt it. Someone asked me how would it do on oily skin and I said probably really well! I’m just dry as heck and it adhered to every little dry spot 🙁

      • Lyla Grace

        I got it and really like it. I do have combo skin though and don’t feel like it overly dries me at all. I like the end result. Didn’t have any consistency problems but I went in on it with a bigger brush. Also I am very dissapointed in the smell I was so looking forward to the smell of banana pudding but I don’t get any at all. Picked up one of the lipsticks and I love the smell on that, it’s heavenly. I think that would be too much tho for ppl who are sensitive to smells.

        • Isabella Muse

          I applied with a dome blush brush that could be my issue. But def dry especially under my eyes. I was too! omg I would have loved it to smell like bananas -D I was kind of sad the lipstick didn’t smell like candy though. It was more a vanilla scent, still nice but not candy boo! 😀

  • Julie

    Okay, perfect! You just saved me $30+tax…will use the “extra” cash and take my husband out for Mexican food today! Thanks for the honest review…xoxo

      • JULIE Fielding

        OMG, I wish that you were there! Still full AND then spent triple the powder cost on unnecessary things at TJ MAXX! 🙂

        • Isabella Muse

          Mexican food and unnecessary things at TJ maxx? I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO been there 😀

  • Shann

    Again… so on point with your review!! Although, I do have combo skin so my T-zone tends to get shiny very quickly. It did indeed tone that shininess down so I will continue to use it for that. But SUPER disappointed that it didn’t smell like bananas. Honestly, I was super excited about it just because of the name and hoped that it would smell like bananas. Total miss on that though TF! 🙁

    • Isabella Muse

      Aw man sorry Shann! :-/ I’ll prob use until it runs out too, seems wasteful not too but it’s just so damn drying for me. And boo no bananas!

    • Lindsay

      I’m with you Shann. I love foody/ fruity/ candy-like gourmand scented beauty products and was very disappointed that this powder didn’t smell like banana pudding AT ALL. The Besame French Vanilla brightening powder is everything this one wants to be-it does what it says AND it smells divine! The Guerlain meteorite pearls are also awesome, with shimmery, violet scented powder pearls and the packaging is super luxe and glamourous. I could totally see Rita Hayworth or Marilyn Monroe having something very similar sitting on their vanity back in the day.

      • Shann

        Thanks for the recommendations Lindsay! I will definitely be checking out the Besame and the Guerlain. =) Always on the lookout for fabulous smelling makeup that does what it’s supposed too!

  • Mia

    Just found your blog, and it is terrific. Thank you for your honest and thourough review!

  • Jackie

    How did you apply? Kandee said it was best applied using a beauty blender, so I’m curious if that would have made a difference in your application.

    • Isabella Muse

      Tested it three ways with a fluffy powder brush, with a blending sponge, and with an Artis brush.