POV: You spent minutes (or maybe even an hour) of your precious time putting together a gorgeous makeup look, only to have it slide away at the end of the day. Setting your face with powder is a crucial step in any makeup routine, whether you’re opting for a more subtle look or going for a full coverage moment. I personally can’t complete a makeup look without setting powder — what’s the point of putting in all that hard work if it’s just going to transfer off my face? No thank you.
Setting powders work hard to make sure your makeup stays in place for hours — especially in the summer heat and humidity. This product creates a smooth finish over your foundation, blurs fine lines, and minimizes the appearance of pores. You can either dust a light layer over your entire face or strategically place it in oilier areas to diminish shine. It’s a must for any makeup look, so I rounded up 17 of the best setting powders on the market so you don’t have to search for hours on end.
Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Loved by beauty gurus everywhere — seriously, watch any tutorial on YouTube from 2016 to now — the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder absorbs oil and reduces shine for up to 16 hours.
Bio Brightener Invisible Powder
This loose translucent powder has lighter coverage so it doesn’t weigh down on your skin. Plus, there’s a hint of shimmer with organic pearl powder and aloe leaf extract to bring out your inner glow. Although it has these glowy properties, it will still lock your look in for hours.
Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder
Maybelline’s Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder has a mineral-based formula that helps control shine and smooth skin’s texture with a hint of color.
Tip: If you’re looking for a powder to brighten your under eyes, try getting a shade lighter than your actual skin tone.
PPP Set & Bake Powder
Created by drag performer and RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Kim Chi, this loose setting powder is meant to last through the heat of live performances. With key ingredients like rice powder and vitamin E, its oil-absorbing properties will keep you looking snatched all day.
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Multi Use Beauty Setting Powder
If you’re not looking to pack on a ton of powder, Artist Couture’s Multi Use Beauty Setting Powder might be your new BFF. While it reduces shine, it has light-to-medium coverage and provides a natural satin finish.
Tinted Loose Setting Powder
L’Oréal’s Infallible Tinted Loose Setting Powder comes in two tinted shades for light and deep skin tones and has a lightweight matte finish with no white cast.
Tip: After setting your makeup with powder, spritz some setting spray 3-6 inches away from your face for some extra longevity.
Translucent Vegan Loose Setting Powder
Sephora Collection’s translucent and universal loose setting powder covers up scars and bumps while setting your look in place.
Turn Up The Base Versatile Powder Foundation
YouTuber and beauty guru extraordinaire Patrick Starrr launched ONE/SIZE Beauty’s Turn Up the Base Versatile Powder Foundation earlier this year. It’s buildable, which means you control the coverage.
Tip: Apply over foundation with a powder puff or beauty sponge for full coverage.
Glossier’s Wowder has received tons of positive reviews with an average rating of 4.1 stars. We all know Glossier is the blueprint (or should I say pinkprint?) when it comes to minimal makeup. “It sets makeup and takes away shine while still keeping this subtle glow which is unlike any other powder I’ve ever tried,” said one review.
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Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder
Charlotte Tilbury’s pressed powder formula is a cult classic and with good reason. Ingredients like rose wax and almond oil hydrate the skin throughout the day and help the powder blend smoothly. Think your skin but better — all while reducing shine. It’s the best of both worlds.
No Color Powder
This finely milled powder has no tint and is a holy grail product for oily skin, according to its 4.5-star reviews. “There is no creasing and all your makeup stays all day,” wrote one user.
It’s important to note that although this product isn’t tinted, it has a brightening effect on your under eyes.
No Filter Sheer Matte Pressed Powder
This ultra-fine powder may be sheer, but it can be built up to your desired coverage. Wear it over bare skin, foundation or to touch up your look throughout the day.
Tip: Use a small, dense fluffy brush to target smaller areas and reduce shine.
Pro Filt’r Setting Powder
If Rihanna made it, you already know it’s going to be good. Fenty Beauty’s silky loose powder reduces shine and blurs imperfections. Plus, it comes in eight shades for light to deep skin tones.
Halo Glow Loose Setting Powder
If you’re not into heavier coverage, e.l.f.’s Halo Glow Loose Setting Powder has a light and silky texture. It’ll leave your skin shine-free without dulling your natural luminosity. This product might work best for dry skin.
Superstay Full Coverage Powder Foundation Makeup
Maybe you’re born with it… or maybe it’s Maybelline’s Superstay Powder Foundation. Because it’s a foundation, it’ll provide some serious coverage when you layer over liquid and cream complexion products.
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Clean Fresh Pressed Powder
CoverGirl’s Clean Fresh Pressed Powder is not only 100% vegan and cruelty-free, but it delivers fresh natural-looking coverage. Seriously, it’s all in the name.
Airspun Translucent Loose Face Powder
I’ll start this off by saying: if you know, you know. Coty Airspun has been on shelves since 1935 – your grandparents have probably used this in the past. This product’s longevity speaks volumes, whether you want to use it as a foundation or set your look with it. There is a pretty strong fragrance in this powder, though, so keep that in mind if you have a sensitive sense of smell.
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