Face powder is generally used to set makeup. Since it is almost oil-free, it is more lightweight than powder foundation. Face powder works to protect your makeup from separating or being patchy, leaving behind a natural, shine-free finish. Some high-quality face powders can even camouflage pores, blemishes and dullness. And some powders contain pearly lustre to brighten the complexion and gives a radiant glow to your skin.
Face powder generally comes in two forms: pressed and loose. Pressed powder is in a solid block that feels weightless on skin. It adheres to the skin and features good coverage to create a soft-focus finish. Loose powder can also create a natural finish and is often used to brighten the skin tone. Face powder is available in a variety of shades such as white, green, purple, and pink. It enhances the skin tone through color correction and delivers different benefits. So be sure to pick one that suits your skin tone. The white face powder is perfect for fair skin to give a Snow White-like complexion; the yellow-brown powder is ideal for healthy-looking wheatish skin tone to make you look vigorous; the pink powder is used to make pale skin glow; and the purple powder is perfect to make dull skin tones look more radiant or to brighten the skin.
Many users with dry skin complained about creasing and caking. It is because the powder doesn’t match your skin type. Most oil-control powders are not dry skin-friendly, so we recommend picking lightweight, comfortable and long-lasting products. And be sure to apply with a brush if you have dry skin. For oily skin, there are more powders to choose from. People with oily skin need to pay attention to the oil-control effect and staying power. Since the makeup on oily skin is prone to separating, it is better to use a powder puff to apply the product. Since the puff can pick up more powder in a single time and cover larger areas of skin to keep makeup from sliding off your face.
So to help you find a perfect pick, we’ve rounded up 11 best face powders. Each of them is highly recommended by professional makeup artists, and some are the winners of multiple international beauty awards.View More
Anastasia Beverly Hills’ products are well received with a large market share. Loose Setting Powder is a go-to of consumers. This ultra-fine, lightweight powder perfectly adheres to the skin as soon as you gently pat it on. It effectively absorbs excess oil to create a luxurious, matte finish, ideal for oily skin, oily combo skin and those prefer matte radiance. This long-lasting powder keeps makeup stay put all day. It’s a great option to give you a flawless makeup look when dating or attending a party to keep you in a good mood all day long. Plus, it can cover some facial blemishes, conceals pores and fills in fine lines to make your skin look younger and healthier. Clinically-proven and dermatologist-tested, the formula is free of gluten and oil, making it quality and trusty. It is worth mentioning that aside from the shades for different skin tones, Loose Setting Powder is also available in one universal translucent shade. You can apply lighter shades to areas you want to brighten while use the translucent shade to set your makeup.
Danessa Myricks is a renowned makeup brand that offers a variety of products with beautiful colors and excellent effects, some of which are Allure award winners. Evolution Powder is one of the bestselling Danessa Myricks products. It combines contouring and makeup setting in one jar. Free of parabens, formaldehydes, SLS and other harmful ingredients, this naturally-derived formula is safe and trusty. Featuring long-lasting shine control, it quickly absorbs excess oil to create a luxurious, matte finish, ideal for oily skin. If you have extremely oily skin, apply more powder to the oily areas such as forehead and the sides of your nose. Evolution Powder is well designed to fade fine lines for smoother skin by using skin blurring technology and light diffusion. The silky smooth, soft powder feels comfortable on skin. It features a unique mesh window delivery system to ensure perfect dispensing of the powder without fallout. The product has received a lot of positive reviews and one of them goes like, “This is one of my new holy grail powders! I haven’t used anything else since getting this! I have dryer under eyes and a lot of creasing if I don't set Under my eyes. This powder is super blurring and I put it on the places were my mask is and it keeps my foundation on!”
BareMinerals specializes in a wide range of high-quality skincare and makeup products. Many of its products are bestsellers and the winners of multiple major beauty awards. Original Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15 is a hero product from bareMinerals and also the 2020 Allure Reader’s Choice Award winner. This quality product was recognized by our tester Catherine. She said, “You can't make a powder much better than this.” Free of adhesives and additives, this simple, effective formula is infused with only five mineral ingredients to minimize the burden on the skin caused by cosmetics. If you’re on the hunt for a safe and effective product, this makes a solid choice. Original Loose Powder Foundation SPF15 is packed with 100% natural ingredients to effectively cover pores and blemishes for smoother and brighter skin. It is worth mentioning that this powder foundation comes with SPF15, ideal for everyday use in autumn and winter or somewhere without harsh UV rays. Original Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15 blends perfectly into the skin according to the temperature, great to use for applying makeup or setting makeup. Yet some users with dry skin complained that it accentuates fine lines. So be sure to hydrate your skin before use.
Founded by professional makeup artists, Charlotte Tilbury is a renowned beauty brand that offers a great variety of bestselling products. Airbrush Flawless Finish is an iconic product from this brand and is also recommended by makeup artist MannyMua. Our testers said, "Airbrush Flawless Finish makes you more attractive." This makeup setting product absorbs excess oil in the T-zone, forehead and other oil-prone area to leave your face shine-free. Plus, it contains pearlescent pigments to give a natural glow in the sun, ideal for creating a shimmering, satin finish. Infused with rose wax, almond oil and other hydrating ingredients, Airbrush Flawless Finish never dries out your skin, while making it softer and more elastic. This powder is super microfine, smooth, weightless and not prone to creasing, yet some users reported that it breaks super easily. So be sure to store it carefully. Airbrush Flawless Finish comes in an exquisite, luxurious metal packaging. It also comes with a small mirror for on-the-go touch-ups.
Chantecaille is a renowned, luxury beauty brand. It specializes in skincare and makeup products that are favored by a host of beauty-conscious women thanks to the exceptional quality. HD Perfecting Powder is a quality makeup setting product. Ultra-fine, soft and smooth, this powder blends perfectly into skin to fill in large pores and fine lines, thereby giving you skin a visual boost and helping mature skin create a natural finish. Yet the powder breaks super easily, so be sure to store it carefully. HD Perfecting Powder is specially infused with moderate luminosity agent to boost radiance and even out the skin tone, allowing you to show a confident smile in front of an HD camera. Free of parabens, phthalates and fragrances, this formula is high-quality and trusty. Though the powder carries a hefty price tag, it’s worth the splurge. When it’s sometimes out of stock on the official website, you can buy it on Nordstorm and other shopping websites.
Laura Mercier is a makeup brand named after its founder, which is committed to producing high-quality products suited for all skin tones and types. Translucent Loose Setting Powder is a famous product, which is the winner of multiple beauty awards and is recommended by Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar and other authoritative publications. Senior makeup artist Newman Roland said, “This setting powder is amazing. This powder goes on smoothly and evenly. If you want your makeup to be flawless, look no further!” Featuring zero flashback and soft-focus technology, It instantly conceals pores, evens out the skin tone and effectively reduces oil production. Lots of users are quite satisfied with the outstanding shine control effect. Translucent Loose Setting Powder is infused with Vitamin C and E, which are powerful antioxidants to effectively prevent makeup from dullness or separation. The amino acid penetrates deep into your skin. This translucent powder is lightweight, natural and long-lasting. It promises to make your makeup stay in place for 16 hours, ideal for occasions where you have to wear makeup for an extended period of time. Some users with dry skin complained that it dries out the skin. So we recommend applying a hydrating liquid foundation before use.
Founded by Rihanna, Fenty Beauty is a beauty brand that specializes in makeup products and beauty tools. It offers a great variety of bestselling products, including Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Setting Powder. The founder Rihanna said, "I've never been able to find the perfect setting powder that won't flash back on you in pictures-until now. Pro Filt'r is a red carpet game changer!" This powder is superfine, non-cakey, lightweight and breathable with a pleasant scent. Yet some users reported that it dries out the skin. So we recommend hydrating your skin before use. Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Setting Powder works well in setting makeup. It extends the wear of your makeup with a matte finish. Plus, it effectively conceals imperfections and large pores while fading fine lines. If your base makeup products don’t have full coverage, you can use this powder to enhance the concealing effect. Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Setting Powder can also brighten your skin tone. Apply a lighter shade on your cheeks or under your eyes, then your makeup will look more dimensional. It comes in a nice clear acrylic jar paired with a metallic cap. The downside is that the large opening can’t dispense a controlled amount of the powder.
Founded by Rihanna, Fenty Beauty is a beauty brand that specializes in makeup products and beauty tools, many of which are bestsellers. Invisimatte Blotting Powder is an iconic product of Fenty Beauty with a good reputation. This powder is well designed with pore-diffusing complex to absorb excess shine and quickly give you a natural matte finish. It also fills in pores and fine lines to make your skin smoother. Invisimatte Blotting Powder can extend the wear of your foundation. Smooth and non-cakey, it adheres perfectly to the skin, leaving a lightweight and natural makeup look. It comes in a compact packaging that fits a thin puff and a small mirror for on-the-go touch-ups. Small and sleek, this product is easy to carry around. It has received a a lot of positive reviews and one of them goes like, “Best blotting powder ever! Will continue to purchase again and again. This powder gets rid of your unwanted shine in a flash!”
Beauty Bakerie is a professional makeup brand owned by Unilever, which is committed to providing a great variety of products for customers to create bold, stylish makeup looks. Flour Setting Powder is a simple yet versatile formula, which is sought after by a host of users and makeup artists. It can be used to set your makeup or as a bronzer, making it a solid choice for bronzer lovers. As a makeup setting product, this finely-milled powder gives a soft-focus finish that conceals large pores and blurs away fine lines to make your skin look smoother. It also reduces excess oil, leaving a matte finish. Yet some users complained that this powder is not long-lasting, so you may need regular touch-ups. As a bronzer, it can be applied on your cheeks and chin to deliver a healthier look. The jar features a unique lock mechanism to prevent product from spilling out. However, due to the jar’s large opening, be careful to dispense the amount of the powder.
MAC is a classic beauty brand that offers an array of popular makeup setting products. Mineralize Skinfinish Natural is one of the bestselling MAC products. This quality powder is finely-milled, smooth and firmly pressed without fallout. Lightweight and breathable, it never feels thick even being layered together. However, this is also the reason why it has a light coverage. If you care much about the texture, this product makes a solid choice. Dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested, the formula is non-comedogenic. It contains unique pearlized pigments to deliver a naturally luminous finish, ideal for enhancing radiance. This powder is also infused with Vitamin E and other nutrients to help fade imperfections, which is the best powder for acne-prone skin in this list. It is available in multiple shades. The darker one can be used as a bronzer to contour your face for a more dimensional look. Many users left five-star reviews, and one of them said, “I use it as a bronzer and sometimes as a blush and it's quite beautiful. I wish it was less orangy, or I need to change my colour choice this time. It stays on good and doesn't get caky nor make my face oily.”
Maybelline is a renowned American cosmetics brand that offers a great variety of popular products. Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Powder is one of the bestselling Maybelline product, which is recommended by Byrdie and other famous publications. This dermatologist-tested powder is hypoallergenic and never clogs pore. Excellent at shine control, it absorbs excess oil with high-quality minerals to give a enhanced matte finish, ideal for oily combination skin or oily skin. One user wrote, “Have a very nice matte finish, and I can feel my skin breath. Is very easy to blend and use.” Finely-milled and soft, this powder fills in pores and fine lines to provide a perfect makeup look. Yet some users reported that it may cause caking, and some others complained that it feels uncomfortable on the skin. Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Powder is available in multiple shades. No matter what your skin tone, you’ll definitely find a perfect one.
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