My Favorite Setting Powders

Hey guys! How was your weekend?

For today’s post, I thought I’d share with you my favorite setting powders.

It’s pretty much commonly known in the makeup world, that to help lock in your makeup and have it last longer, set it with powder.

Now, I have oily/combo skin, so my picks are ones that work with my skin type and should work for you as well if your skin type is the same as mine. But even if you have dry skin, there are powder options out there that will work for you.

So keep on reading to discover my top picks…

Dermablend Loose Setting Powder

This is my favorite by far. I’ve gone through I think 3 full size jars of this so far. It’s so good. It does a great job locking in makeup and helps it last all day (it promises to help makeup last up to 16 hours). It comes in 3 colors (colorless/translucent, Cool Beige & Warm Saffron). For a high end brand, the price you pay ($27 for 28 g of product) really isn’t bad considering other brands charge close to $10 higher or more for the same amount of product… or even less product.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

I really do have true combination skin. My T-Zone is oily, the sides of my fave are normal, and my under eye area can be normal to dry. Most powders can make my under eye area look even drier. I got a travel size of this powder from Hourglass in Dim Light just to try. I first tried it all over my face but it made me look greasy (if you have dry skin, this could be a great setting powder for you as it gives off a subtle glow). But then one day I decided to try it to set my under eye concealer. It did a good job setting the concealer without making my under eye area look dry. So now I use it pretty much every day for this purpose.

Coty Airspun Loose Setting Powder

This stuff is legendary. It’s been around since the 1930’s. Your mom, grandma and maybe even great grandma probably used it (mine did). Yeah it has a strong scent, but that’s what makes it so memorable (and it goes away once you apply it). There is an unscented version, but I’ve heard it doesn’t work quite as well. I’ve used both the Translucent and Translucent Extra Coverage versions (the latter does give a little extra something the former doesn’t… kind of hard to explain, but it’s true) and I like both. It’s probably one of the best drugstore loose powders out there and lasts a long time as the jar is HUGE (you get 65 g of product for like $6).

Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Powder

I keep this in my bag for touch-ups on the go. It’s the perfect powder for exactly that. I have the shade Nude Beige and it goes perfectly with pretty much any foundation I wear. It doesn’t look cakey, and it gives a little bit of coverage where foundation might have worn off a little (like the tip of my nose or chin). It also contains Salicylic Acid, which helps fight and prevents blemishes.

Bare Minerals Mineral Veil

I used to use this stuff religiously, but I’ve obviously since branched out into using other powders. But this stuff is still really good. It’s lightweight,  does a good job setting makeup, AND there’s even a version that contains SPF 25 (there’s also versions that are hydrating – good for dry skin types, and tinted – for if you want a little extra coverage).

Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Face Powder

This brand is used by a lot of professional makeup artists. Their Banana Powder is very popular for setting under eye concealer. I picked up a small jar of the Colorless Face Powder last spring at The Makeup Show Orlando as I’d heard good things about it and I was anxious to try it out. It also appealed to me as it’s formulated to control perspiration, which makes it great to use for performers such as clowns or dancers…. or if you’re outside in hot, humid weather a lot. Well, living in Florida puts me in that last category and this powder does what it promises. Just a small jar is relatively inexpensive (42 g of product for around $8 – I got it for $6 at The Makeup Show as all the vendor booths were offering pro discounts of 30% to 50% off everything).

And that should do it! Do you use any of these powders? Do you have a favorite setting powder that I don’t have listed here? Tell me about it below in the comments.

As always, thank you all so much for reading and I’ll see you again soon in my next post!


3 thoughts on “My Favorite Setting Powders

  1. Such an interesting post. I have super oily skin and I keep looking for powders that will make me look matte for a long time. I see some variety here. I love the hourglass one. But I need to try a few that you have mentioned here. Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  2. I’m currently using the Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Powder for on the go touch ups too – it’s really good and doesn’t look cakey.
    I’m in the market for a new setting powder (loose) but my skin type is different than yours – a lot of powders make my skin look really dehydrated, I need a powder that doesn’t suck the life out of my face. 😛 Do you think the Dermablend could fit that bill?


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