Battle of the Setting Powders ¦ Laura Mercier • Sacha • Ben Nye •


Let’s get ready to ruuuuuuuummmmble!

One of the most important steps in my makeup routine is setting my under eye concealer. Why? Because if I don’t, my under eye area will be a creasy mess! Thats where a setting powder that performs well comes into play. These finely milled powdered are used to set concealer or foundation, leaving behind a natural, translucent finish while masking any fine lines.

I’ve been on a setting powder testing spree and I’ve been going back and forth, trying to decide which setting powder is my favorite. Currently I’ve been using the Ben Nye Setting Powder, Sasha Buttercup Setting Powder and Laura Mercier Setting Powder.

I’ve been using all three powders for long enough to finally come up with an answer. Obviously this answer will be up for debate since we all have different skin types and preferred finishes to our makeup. But today I’m sharing my thoughts on these 3 powders. Lets take a look at the differences between the powders, based on my personal experiences with all three:

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Ben Nye Banana Powder

It’s only fair to start with the Ben Nye banana powder since it pretty much was the first hyped up under eye setting powder in the makeup game. Though the use of setting powders have been around for years, our ‘favorite’ reality star, Kim Kardashian shared a little secret of how she got her under eye highlight to be so bright. And ever since then banana type powders have emerged as a must have in any makeup routine.

So the Ben Nye Banana powder is the OG of all banana powders. It’s lightweight and finely milled which allows it to blend easily onto the skin. Nonetheless, the slightly cool toned yellow is a little off-putting for my skin tone and just about anyone with medium to deep skin tones. Now I know there has been some controversy as to whether this powder is suitable for women of color or not. I personally think it depends on how the powder is used. The trick is not to ‘bake’ with this powder and if you do, lightly blend it out with your foundation powder. If you happen to be a ‘baker’ then I’d skip the Ben Nye Powder for another!

My biggest issue with this powder is its chalky texture. This is a cause for concern because it sometimes leads to unnecessary creasing under my eyes and it also doesn’t leave a luxurious finish on the skin [& ‘that ain’t cute!’]. Since the rise of other setting powders my useage of the Ben Nye Banana Powder has dramatically decreased and I also don’t think I’ll ever repurchase it again.

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Sacha Buttercup Setting Powder

A warm toned yellow powder! That’s one of the main things I loved the most about this powder when I first started using it. In comparison to the Ben Nye Banana Powder, the Sacha Buttercup Setting Powder triumphs. As mentioned earlier, the Ben Nye Powder occasionally will leave my skin looking a tad bit ashy, but with the buttercup powder, it blends seamlessly into my skin.

I remember when this powder became mainstream a few years ago, and every tanned/dark skinned Youtuber or Beauty Blogger raved about this powder. It definitely lives up to the hype! Not only is it in a user friendly tub, Sachas version of the banana powder is warmer, not as dry and also silkier than Ben Nye’s. Plus, it leaves behind a subtle highlight, nothing too harsh but visible enough for my skin tone and creasing with this is minimal to none at present. #WINNING

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Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder

And now for the setting powder that pretty much left the beauty world ‘shook’: Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder! As the name translucent suggests this powder will set the skin without transferring any color, which makes it suitable for ALL SKIN TONES. Now I know as a woman of color we tend to be frightened by lighter toned powders, but rest assured there is no such thing as ghost face or flashback with this powder.

The Laura Merier Powder is so finely milled, it applies smoothly and disappears into the skin, leaving behind a silky veil. It also does a BOMB job at controlling oil! ‘Wham Bam Thank You Mam!’ I struggle with combination oily skin, so I was very pleased that this powder also helps us gals on the oiler side of the skin type spectrum. Like the Sacha Buttercup Powder, it is also packaged in a traditional loose-powder pot with a sifter making is very easy to use. The only con is the price! But I don’t really see that as a con because I genuinely think it’s worth every penny.


All three powders are very lightweight, sheer and relatively easy to blend. Nonetheless, despite size or price differences, Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder definitely takes the crown for my fave setting powder. I strongly stand by this powder as a powder that can work with all skin types and tones while still hitting the mark on overall performance.

Second place goes to the Sacha Buttercup Powder because I love the subtle highlight thats left behind whenever I dust away the warm yellow toned powder. Plus it doesn’t ever leave me looking chalky like the Ben Nye Banana Powder. Speaking of Ben Nye…though I do know how to make their infamous banana powder work I think I will be permanently retiring her once she’s all used up.

Now I want to know from you, what setting powders do you recommend? I recently placed an order to try out the CoverFX Setting Powder, Kat Von D Setting Powder, Airspun Translucent Powder and the RCMA No Color Powder. So stay tuned for an updated setting powder battle in a few months! If you’ve used any of these babies let me know your thoughts on them below too. Talk Soon. Nuff Love, Natasha ♥

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder ♦ Sacha Buttercup Setting PowderBen Nye Banana Powder ♦


  1. Janet James
    September 19, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    I too love the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting powder and has been a staple since it came out. I also love the fact that it reduces shine, becaue I am also a combination oily skin girl!
    Lately I’ve been using the Fenty Beauty Blotting Powder to set my makeup and it does work. It has no flashbacks and def absorbs oil.
    I have tried and i cant really choose between Fenty and Laura Mercier, so I’ll def be rotating them in my makeup arsenal.

    • September 19, 2017 / 1:27 pm

      Thanks for sharing Janet! I just ordered the Fenty powder online too! So excited to get it and now I want to try it even more since you said it’s helping to control shine! Nuff live Jan ❤️

  2. Brittany
    September 19, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    The Yellow Flour from Beauty Bakerie is super bomb! Jackie Aina has reviewed it. I reach for that over Laura Mercier these days 🙂

    • September 19, 2017 / 2:05 pm

      Yes I saw that review too! But after her review on the Wowder I was wondering if I should get that instead ??‍♀️ gonna go do a bit of research on the yellow flour ? thanks for Sharing