Whether you’re tired of your foundation looking oily and rubbing off, or you just need a powder that doesn’t give you insane flash-back, I have the guide to all of the perfect setting powders.
Good setting powders are genuinely so difficult to come across; sometimes they have silica or SPF in them, and you end up looking like a ghost in all your pictures.
Other times they cake up and make your makeup look much heavier than it is. While it’s difficult to maneuver this specific area of makeup, don’t worry, keep reading, you won’t regret it.
It is important to pick a setting powder that fits your skin tone. If you’re baking, you can opt for a banana powder, a translucent powder, or cocoa tinted powder.
It is a common misconception that translucent powders are genuinely translucent, generally, they leave a white cast on darker skin tones. Find the best shade for you and go from there!
Along with this, if you’re planning on being photographed or recorded, stray free from any powder that has SPF or silica in it.
You might just end up looking like Flashback Mary, and only James Charles can spin that into a positive situation. Definitely read through the main ingredients in the powder before purchasing.
I have the best setting powders listed below. Don’t worry about leaving a print of your face on your boyfriend’s clothes or looking like a ghost in your pictures.
These will definitely leave you impressed and problem-free!
1. Ben Nye Neutral Set Setting Powder
Diminish the natural glow (a.k.a. oiliness) of your skin with Ben Nye Neutral Set Setting Powder. Whether you are baking it or adding just a bit for lighter coverage, you can rest assured your makeup will set and look flawless.
2. Coty Airspun Loose Face Setting Powder
Get flawless, smooth skin with Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder. The lightweight formula softens your look by reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and can be used as a light foundation or setting powder that blends very well.
3. Covergirl Professional Loose Finishing Powder
For a professional finish without the high price, look to Covergirl Professional Loose Finishing Powder. Best over liquid foundation, you’ll get a silky complexion for great looking skin.
4. Dermablend Loose Setting Powder
Reduce smudges in your makeup by setting it with Dermablend Loose Setting Powder. Get minimized pores for a smooth finish while getting sheer coverage that will hold your look for up to 16 hours.
5. Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Pro Filt’r Retouch Setting Powder
Blur imperfections and find the shade that matches your skin tone with Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder. Coming in eight shades, you’ll get a photo-ready finish that also smells great.
6. Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder
Minimize pores and fine lines for your smoothest finish yet. Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder is vegan friendly with a light feel on your skin that won’t feel thick or cakey so you can have a smooth finish.
7. La Mer The Powder
Discover a finishing powder that feels like it was made for your skin with La Mer The Powder. Using their Miracle Broth elixir, you’ll get a smooth finish with a radiant look.
8. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Get even, flawless skin for up to 12 hours with Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder. The finely ground powder will provide subtle highlights for a natural finish without weighing you down.
9. L’oreal Paris Hydra Perfecte Perfecting Loose Face Powder
For your silkiest finish that will lock in makeup, check out L’Oreal Paris Hydra Perfecte Perfecting Loose Face Powder. The matte finish will help reduce shine and keep oil at bay while also moisturizing your skin.
10. Marc Jacobs Beauty Finish Line Perfecting Coconut Setting Powder
Keep your makeup hydrated so it doesn’t dry out through the day with Marc Jacobs Beauty Finish-Line Perfecting Coconut Setting Powder. This setting powder will melt for a blended, flawless finish.
11. Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder
Mineral-based formulas are great for loose powder finishes that set your makeup for an all-day look. Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder will also control shine without getting cakey while giving you a flawless finish.
12. Mehron Makeup Setting Powder
Absorb moisture and oil throughout the day to keep your makeup looking fresh for hours with Mehron Makeup Setting Powder. The ultra fine powder is made in the USA and Mehron Makeup has been around for over 90 years as a trusted makeup leader.
13. N.Y.C. New York Color Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder
Whether you like using loose face powder alone for shine control or on top of your foundation, N.Y.C. New York Color Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder will give you a natural finish. The translucent “color” is great for any skin tone without the worry of incorrect matching. Get a matte finish that fits perfect with your skin tone for beautiful skin all day.
14. NYX Professional Makeup Studio Finishing Powder
Great for all skin types, NYX Professional Makeup Studio Finishing Powder is translucent and works with any skin tone. Get sheer coverage that will absorb oil and provide lasting stay for your makeup.
15. Sacha Buttercup Setting Powder
Avoid flashback from your makeup with Sacha Buttercup Setting Powder. Bright lights don’t stand a chance against the airbrushed finish, giving you gorgeous skin all day that pops.