It’s the battle of the yellow powders.
I know, I’ve already extolled the virtues of these wonders in the past but… I thought a more comprehensive comparison was needed. So if you’ve got banana in your stash and are thinking of an Hourglass splurge should you? Or if you’ve already hit pan on your Diffused should you consider a (cheaper!) alternative?
I’ve got you coveredHourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light is described as a “soft, warm pale yellow powder” and retails for a whopping $45.00, the packaging is luxe with a nice mirror in a sturdy plastic compact. Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Banana Contour Refill is a yellow powder and retails for $14.00. Both are awesome for highlighting under the eyes, and setting concealer there. If you are super-pale (NC20)like me, it might not make as much impact as it would one someone slightly darker, but both do a great job under the eye.As you can see, banana is darker and has a denser pigment than diffused light – I can use diffused light all over the face to set my foundation with a fluffy brush, or with a denser brush apply it under the eye for more of a highlight. A word of warning, diffused light has a slight shimmer running through it, so it’s not matte. Banana, I wouldn’t dream of using all over the face – it’s too yellow for that, the formula isn’t sheer enough and while it is bendable it would be way too much work. Under the eyes it’s perfect, gives a bit of highlight without the slight shimmer that diffused has.
I don’t think the shimmer is noticeable or that there’s that much of a difference between them. I’d say that Banana is slightly more yellow while Diffused Light gives a more “highlighted” effect.
Which one should you go for? I’d say if you have a super light complexion go for the Hourglass powder, as it’s usable all over. If you’re darker than ghostly white, don’t want to spend that much on an under-eye powder and have a z-palette on hand? Banana all the way.
Got a favourite under-eye brightening powder? Any concealer creasing secrets?