Mr. Ben Nye, the man with the illustrious career in TV and film (a must read right here) first launched his line of theater based makeup products in 1967. With the rigorous demands of the lights and cameras, products not only needed to be long lasting but also highly saturated, malleable (for close up glamour shots to special effects work) and provide a spot on match for talents of all skin tones.
Brand: Ben Nye
Product: HD Media Pro Compact Powder* in “Bella 002” (press sample)
Shades: 18-20 (10 Bella shades, 8 Mojave shades plus 2 specials)
Availability: Specialty theater/film shops, a few f/x retailers online like Stage Makeup Online, P.A.M. or Camera Ready Cosmetics may carry them in singles or palette form.
Would I repurchase: Yes, likely.
Having heard about Ben Nye products for many years, I was excited to finally see them in person at IMATS Vancouver 2012 and the array of colours and textures were thrilling. What you will also quickly notice with their products is the modern ideal of “form follows function”, in that everything from packaging to presentation is based on ease of use and durability.
The powder case itself is encased in a heavy clear lidded acrylic compact, something that could take a serious bashing in a working makeup case and survive intact. Pressed into a large square pan, this talc based powder is both unfragranced and also very soft to the touch. Applied either with a puff or a brush (both of which worked well for me) this HD compact set my foundation to an elegant satin finish all while remaining invisible on the skin as if I’m wearing nothing at all. This remained true through multiple touch ups and never made my skin look overdone on camera thus becoming my most frequently used powder for shooting videos. Coverage with this is sheer to light, mainly intended for smoothing and setting foundation rather than act as a sole skin perfector.