Settings powders are an absolute must in my daily makeup routine. I tend to wear more dewy and glossy foundations so they often need setting and mattifying with a powder to ensure they stay on my skin as long as possible. I’ve tried quite a few different powders from a number of different brands and how much I like them does depend on what I’m looking for in a powder on that particular day and does vary from season to season but I’ve found that these 5 setting powders are the ones I reach for most often. I tend to prefer a pressed powder over a loose powder simply because it is less messy and much easier to apply and I find you get a better finish.
This is the one exception to the rule. I find that this powder is very finely milled and gives a very light and silky finish. It is a little messier to dispense and so you have to be a little careful when you tip the powder into the top but you only need a little powder to set your full face. This product is the most expensive of the 5 setting powders, however, I have had this powder the longest and there is still plenty left so I would say in that sense it is worth it. I tend to hit pan on my pressed powders a lot quicker.
I’ve mentioned and raved about this product before. This is a little gem from KIKO that I found not so long ago. It is in a baked formula and in the pan it appears to have a slight shimmer to it but do not be put off! This product gives you such a killer finish. It not only sets your foundation but will also give you a lovely sheen and glow to the skin. Packed with mineral extracts and argan oil, it adds a little extra radiance to your makeup look. This product comes in 6 different shades as well.
The NYX powder is the cheapest of the products in my top 5 and is very easy to apply. It reduces shine and I feel sits nicely on the skin without setting into creases. I haven’t used this product for say a night out, but for day time wear I feel like it has good longevity and I haven’t had the need to top it up. The only downside is they only have a couple of shades so you are a little more restricted in this sense. NYX do have a couple of different powders though and as a brand I would definitely recommend you check them out.
Bare Minerals are renowned for their face products and so I had high expectations with this one and needless to say it didn’t disappoint. I picked this up in the shade Medium and this gives a lovely flawless finish whilst controlling shine and oils from the foundation. I think it gives a great coverage and is also super long lasting. It is again on the more expensive end of the spectrum and I did hit pan quite quickly with this one but the overall quality of the product is really good. They do sell both a pressed and loose version if you have one preference over the other.
I picked this up in the shade Soft Sand which has a slightly yellow tone to it and I find it is really good at giving a nice light finish and is again in the pressed powder format. I have heard that this isn’t so good at reducing shine for particularly oily skin but personally I’ve enjoyed using this product although it is on the expensive side and I feel like I didn’t get too much use out of this before hitting pan. In this sense I guess loose powders are better as they last longer but I simply prefer the application of a pressed formula.
What’s your favourite setting powder? Have you ever tried any of my top 5?