REVIEW: NYX Loose Face Powder – Transparent Light 06

NYX Loose Face Powder

After the success of NYX’s Taupe Blusher and the Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, I bought a few other NYX products, one was this face powder. I always use a loose powder, I have yet to find a pressed face powder that doesn’t go all ‘cakey’ and age me by 10 years.

A satin-soft and feather-light mineral face powder that ensures a flawless finish. The finely milled granules, which are almost undetectable, prevent caking and help to gently condition the skin. Ideal for setting makeup and mattifying the complexion.


Had I chosen the correct color for my complexion I still would NOT wear this powder because of the smell. Yes, they added fragrance to it and I am highly upset. I’m sure the coverage would have been awesome but I am completely turned off by the smell.

I set my foundation with this every day. Wouldn’t go without it. Its light and perfectly suited for this. Adds just a hint of color so keep that in mind. I also have it in Sexy Shimmer. It’s some serious shimmer so use it sparingly! I like to wear it under my blush sometimes.

I use it everyday to set my foundation (Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation). I really love it because with this powder no one is able to see my pores, and it gives me such a flawless skin, no cakey effect!!!

The powder comes in a lightweight plastic container with one of those plastic sifter lids – Do they ever work? Either too much or too little powder comes out, try to keep hold of the sticky label they put on top, this powder flies everywhere once opened and a white powder puff pad (which I’d never use).

NYX Loose Face Powder - Open

I chose the shade Transparent Light 06, my skin is fair. Don’t take too much notice of NYX’s online colour swatches – use them as a very rough guide. If you look closely, you’ll see that NYX use the same two photos for each colour swatch and electronically alter the shade.

NYX Loose Powder Swatches

The colour is alarmingly dark in the pot, but once applied it really is transparent. It makes me think the Transparent Medium and Ivory shades would perhaps be too chalky.

The powder itself is feather light in texture, very finely milled. I use a brush and tap the excess off into the container.

Unsurprisingly, it’s very talc-like, it doesn’t settle into pores and keeps foundation matt (only use on your ‘T’ section) but not cakey. There’s a fine line between too shiny and skin looking too matt and flat, this powder fills that gap.


Talc, Aluminum Starch Octernyl Succinate, Kaolin, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Silica/Methicone, Triethylhexanoin, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Fragrance, Mica.


I’ve not mentioned the scent have I? Here’s the problem, it’s an old-fashioned 1950s scent.

THIS is exactly how I would describe the scent: Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember.

Scene from An Affair to Remember
OK so Deborah’s just nipped out for a crafty cig here, but if she was holding a face compact, it would smell exactly like NYX’s Loose Face Powder.

The scent is cloying and lingers under your nose, I get whiffs of it during the day. Dammit though, I do love the powder itself.

There’s only one product that smells worse than this and that’s Butter London’s Nail Polish Remover, aptly named Powder Room.

Butter London Nail Polish Remover

NYX has sold this product for £6.00 (down from £10.00) for a while now. Are NYX phasing it out? Have they had poor feedback because of the scent? Hopefully, they’re just tinkering with the formula and producing one without fragrance.

I’m not sure why NYX had to fragrance this powder, does face powder really have to be scented at all? It really is a shame because otherwise, it’s an excellent, affordable product.

If this particular scent doesn’t bother you (and I have described the smell perfectly!) then I would most definitely recommend it. Loose face powders are expensive and you are not going to find a better product for this price.

Loose Face Powder £6.00 15g NYX

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