Is it just me or is it suppperrr hot here in the Philippines? It so summer na! Anyway, I have been wanting to get my hands on the Ben Nye Banana powder for so long but unfortunately, it is always sold out. I wanted to use a light weight powder to set my makeup because I feel like using pressed powder or powder foundation on top of my foundation is just too much for me. A friend of mine suggested this powder and I also read a lot of positive reviews on this so, why not give it a try?
NAME: NATURAL MAKEUP POWDER ( FORMERLY KNOWN AS DODO PALGANTONG POWDER)
I bought this from Hot Shop by Kat Roxas for P500.00 (US$12 approx).
I got really intrigued after reading the caption. Here is what it says:
"Dodo Company (Korea), the manufacturer of Palgantong has changed its name to 3W Clinic since 2009. ALL NEW versions of palgantong powder now use the name of 3W Clinic. (In Korea) This is the professional version used by professional backstage make-up artists and are imported directly from Korea. PALGANTONG was first launched in Korea in 1999. It is very popular among Korean Movie Stars and 4 out of 5 Korean ladies have tried this amazing power. Firstly, it was only introduced to professional make-up artists, such as those who worked for Korean TV broadcast stations like SBS and KBS. In 1989, more professional make-up artists started to use the theatrical powder. The 3W Clinic Professional Natural Makeup Powder is very well known product to entertainers. Some fair/white skin asian women tend to look more chubby and fleshy during photoshoots. This is why Korean actresses depend on this powder to give them a better result in front of the camera. Since 1999, this best hit product has been selling well to non-entertainers too. It is now the best selling powder in Korea, Japan and Hongkong, recording 600 million selling products from 2002 to 2006 in Japan's critical cosmetic market. Therefore, it was selected as Japan’s Top Hit product and secures the 1st selling position in Japan's loose powder section. Slimming Effect : Makes your face look slimmer with a three-dimension effect caused by light reflections Long Lasting Effect : Strong against water or sweat. Does not stain/smudge easily. Excellent long lasting functional powder Blooming Effect : The scattering effect of the light-scattering power creates bright and splendid skin. Super Hydrating Effect : Maintains your skin's moisture all day long. It prevents moisture evaporation and thus creating silky skin Non Comedogenic"
The label around the box and the container itself is in Korean, so I have no idea what it says.
It comes in a red container. It comes with a huge white sponge as well. It comes two shades, mine is 23 since I am medium toned. If you have a pinkish tone and more on the mestiza side, you can opt for shade 21.
The inside looks like this:
- I was surprised when I opened the package because half of the space inside the container was for the sponge itself. I thought it contained more.
- The holes are quite big so I did not take off the sticker all the way. Instead, I peeled of only a third of the sticker so that I won't dispense too much product.
-The product is finely milled and colored light beige with a slight touch of pink. It does not have an overwhelming smell but it has a slight floral scent. It feels very soft and smooth.
- On my face, I applied it using a different sponge. I did not like the sponge that it came with so I used a normal makeup sponge and with a dabbing motion, dabbed it around my face. When applied too much, it might give a hint of white but turns translucent once blended well on the skin using a powder brush.
- It is very lightweight and settled on top of my foundation without making it look cakey.
-No white cast! yey!
- It did not completely mattify my skin though, but gave it a nice "not oily" look.
The container is a little bulky, so I transfer some of it to a smaller container so that it will be easier to carry around. I do not use the sponge that it came with because it is made of cloth and does not pick up the product well.
For the price, you will be able to get 30 grams and you don't have to use a lot of the product so for me, it is quite affordable. Plus there are a number of online stores that you can buy them from.
It does set my foundation well without adding any color. I think if you really want a super matte look then you can apply more but in my case, I want it to look natural and not completely flat. Plus the subtle light refelecting properties make my face really look nice in pictures!
I think in Korea, this will be long lasting but it has no match for our weather here in the Philippines. I mean, if you stay in doors then of course, there is no problem but if you go out or like me, ride a jeep, then you have to reapply again after about 2 to 3 hours.
What I like:
-Makes my skin feel super smooth.
- Sets my foundation and does not cake.
-I love the smell.
- Quite affordable
-does not give me a white cast
-the sponge is not good and get dirty easily
-the packaging is bulky
-Use a sponge to dab the product all of the face and use a large powder brush to sweep away the excess product.
Do I recommend this powder?
Yes! Definitely!! I do not use a powder foundation on top of my liquid foundation. I will repurchase once I run out but I doubt I will run out soon. :)