If you have oily skin, applying makeup would be a particularly challenging task, because excess oil production on the face will affect the staying power of the makeup. So the right powder foundation is very important for setting your base makeup. Here we recommend you pick a water-based foundation. But if you are not used to wearing foundation every day and feel it too heavy on the skin, then use concealer and powder foundation instead. When choosing a powder foundation, the formula is of course important, but the right application techniques also help to create an airy makeup look. Jonet Williamson, a New York-based makeup artist, said that she often applies a thin layer of powder foundation mainly on the oily T zone. Oil-control powder is the favorite of oily skin. It can absorb the oil on the face and keep the makeup in place all day long. Compared to loose powder, it is easier to carry for on-the-go touch-ups. So how to use a powder foundation for oily skin?
After testing a host of powder foundations for oily skin and reading many customer reviews as well as expert tips, we’ve rounded up 10 best powder foundations for you. They’re definitely worth a try and we bet you’ll be surprised by the results.
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation is a cult-classic that can be applied both wet and dry. Infused with silica and mica, this powder foundation absorbs excess oil to give you a smoother finish. Formulated to minimize the appearance of pores, this formula won’t clog pores. Effective at shine control, it leaves the skin feeling moisturized without drying out or being greasy for a natural-looking finish and long-lasting smooth skin. The powder foundation comes in an exquisite packaging, easy to carry around for touch-ups during hanging out, daily commutes, and dating. As a top pick of many professional makeup artists, the powder foundation is available in 53 shades for every skin tone. With medium-to-full coverage, it helps cover imperfections such as acne, dark circles and redness while fading fine lines. It is humidity- and sweat-resistant, making it ideal for summer use. It also features a stunning staying power to last up to 12 hours when paired with MAC's setting spray.
Though Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder is not as famous as the Fit Me liquid foundations, it is also picked by a number of makeup enthusiasts thanks to its efficacy and good price. Makeup artist Alice Garcia said, “Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder is one of the best drugstore powder foundations for oily skin.” This powder leaves a matte finish with long-lasting shine control while reducing the appearance of pores, making it ideal for summer use. With medium coverage, this formula is not effective at fading the blemishes like acne and acne scars. So if you have visible skin imperfections, we recommend coating it with a layer of concealer. The dry texture is perfect for oily skin, but if you have combination skin, be sure to hydrate you skin first. This powder is not suitable for dry skin, because it’s prone to creasing around the nose. Perhaps because it's a drugstore makeup product, the texture of the powder is rough and prone to fallout and dulling your skin as the Fit Me liquid foundations do. This powder comes in a small and lightweight packaging, very easy to carry around. However, many customers complained that the included applicator does not work well. It is worth mentioning that this powder is free of harmful ingredients, so it is safe for pregnant women.
Origins Silk Screen Refining Powder Foundation is one of the best powder foundations for oily skin. Makeup artist Alice Garcia said, “If oil and shine control are your two main priorities, this powder foundation should be a top contender.” Some people always come across such a problem when using base makeup products: after washing face in the morning, the skin tends to be dry and flaky, and then becomes oily in the afternoon or evening. This won’t happen at all with this powder, which doesn't flake or cake and keeps your face shine-free throughout the day. When your skin gets greasy, the powder blends with the oil on your face to give a more natural-looking finish. This formula is excellent in coverage that is able to conceal over 70% skin imperfections such as acne and acne scars. For a longer-lasting makeup look, we recommend applying liquid foundation or BB cream before it. This powder foundation is free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oils and other irritants, so you can use it safely. However, some customers wrote that this powder is a bit thick and darker in shades, so take it into account before buying.
Bare Minerals features cosmetics enriched with natural minerals, such as mica, iron oxide, and titanium dioxide. The brand claims that its products are 100% natural and pure, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and even allow you to sleep without removing your makeup. With a finely-milled, smooth texture, Bare Pro Powder Foundation makes use of the unique "micro-mesh technology" that gives the skin a natural and clear finish without clogging pores while featuring full coverage and a stunning 12-hour staying power. Makeup artist Arlene Jenny said, “You might want to ditch liquid foundations for good after trying this popular powder.” Another highlight of this powder foundation is that it is easy to remove makeup with a cleanser. We recommend you use a makeup brush to apply a little amount of this powder for multiple layers. However, some customers complained that this powder is prone to oxidation and caking, so be sure to properly store this product.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Matte Powder Foundation is an oily-skin-friendly product. The finely-milled powder effectively blends with excess oil to give the skin a more natural-looking finish. It can effortlessly create a matte finish without dulling you skin even when your wear makeup for a long period of time. The multitasking powder foundation provides customized coverage. It comes with this a two-sided sponge applicator. You can use the sponge side for full coverage and the velvety side for medium coverage. Plus, you can wet the applicator for sheer coverage. In a nutshell, this powder foundation is not highly effective at coverage, so we recommend pairing it with other base makeup products and concealers to set your makeup. Double Wear Stay-in-Place Matte Powder Foundation comes in a double layer packaging with the powder on the top and an applicator on the bottom. The hollow-carved design at the bottom can leave the applicator dry. It received many positive reviews and one customer said, “I wear this over the double wear stay in place liquid foundation and it is perfect. I get so many compliments on my skin when I’m wearing the combination of both of them. The only con with this is that it gets a layer of oil that has to be regularly scraped off and it can be a bit bothersome, but the finished product on the face can’t be beat.”
Lancôme Dual Finish Versatile Multi-Tasking Powder Foundation, one of the bestsellers from Lancôme’s makeup line, combines foundation and loose powder in one. It has a large capacity, about twice that of a general pressed powder. It comes with both a puff and sponge for applying dry and wet. Its description on Lancôme’s official website goes like, “In wet makeup application, Dual Finish’s unique cosmetic emulsifiers function just like a liquid foundation. In dry makeup application, as a pressed powder, it’s specialized emollients set onto skin seamlessly and condition skin’s surface.” The soft and finely-milled powder builds a luminous, clear and natural finish without caking. As it may slightly dry out the skin, it is more suitable for oily skin rather than dry skin. If you don't want to wear makeup every day, you can use this shine-free, long-lasting powder after applying sunscreen, which will make your skin look very healthy. However, you may need to buy an extra powder puff, because some customers complained that the included puff doesn’t work well. In addition, this formula is free of ingredients that are harmful to pregnant women, so these customers can use it safely.
Make Up For EverMatte Velvet Skin Blurring Powder Foundation features matte finish and full coverage. Don’t worry, it won’t dry out your skin. It comes with a unique two-sided sponge applicator that has two different textures. The smooth sponge side of the applicator gives more coverage to visibly blur pores; and the fluffy side offers sheer coverage for touch-ups on the go. Formulated with FLEXI-FIT Complex, this powder foundation delivers a lightweight, seamless finish with even skin tone and comfortable feel. Though this powder is not highly effective at covering dark spots, acne scars and dark circles, it perfectly smooths pores, evens out skin tone, and reduces redness to give a natural finish. It leaves a matte finish at the beginning, and then makes your skin look glowing and more beautiful after your skin gets oily. This formula is free of ingredients that are harmful to pregnant women, so it is safe for everyone. Our tester said, “Throughout the day, expect this full-coverage foundation to feel flexible without ever creasing or settling into your fine lines.”
Purminerals is an organic makeup brand from the United States. PÜR 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup is a relatively safe formula with skincare ingredients, free of talc, silicone, mineral oil, and surfactants. It won’t dry out the skin, cause acne, or clog pores. Combining sunscreen, concealer, foundation, and loose powder in one compact, this product is ideal for commuters and women in a hurry for dating. With medium coverage, PÜR 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup creates a clear, natural finish without caking to make your face look healthy. It is infused with Vitamin E and shea butter that moisturize your skin for a smoother look. The only downside is that this powder doesn’t include a sponge applicator. Though PÜR 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup is formulated with naturally-derived ingredients, it is still not suitable for pregnant women due to the retinol.
BENEFIT is a makeup brand that almost every teenage girl will pick when she starts wearing makeup, thanks to the luscious style and cute packaging. BENEFIT COSMETICS Hello Happy Velvet Powder Foundation is an innovative product with a smiley face printed on its outer packaging and powder, making it favored by many young girls. The powder gives a long-lasting matte finish to leave your face looking refreshed. Enriched with shea butter, this finely-milled, silky smooth powder foundation is also suitable for dry skin. However, many customers complained that it’s prone to fallout and leaves the makeup looking heavy. It’s worth mentioning that this powder foundation is free of ingredients that are harmful to pregnant women, so it can be used safely by everyone.
As the iconic French luxury fashion house, Chanel brings not only elegant and chic fashion outfits and bags in every season, but also the makeup line that gives you a perfect makeup look. Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue Ultrawear Flawless Compact is a base makeup product for oily and combination skin types. It offers long-lasting shine control and helps achieve a matte finish. Too boost coverage, we recommend using the included sponge applicator to apply multiple layers of the powder and evenly press on the entire face. It delivers a long-lasting finish without separation and allows for quick touch-ups, making it suitable for busy modern women. The finely-milled, velvety-smooth powder leaves skin feeling refreshed and soft. It is excellent in covering pores and small imperfections to keep a delicate, even and luminous finish all day long. This powder compact is replaceable. Its gift box is ideal for gift giving. Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue Ultrawear Flawless Compact is available in 32 shades, enough for you to pick from. The downside? It’s not humidity-resistant or sweat-resistant, which is not very suitable for using in summer.
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