Top 5 Favourite Setting Powders


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?



  1. August 27, 2016 / 8:54 pm

    Amazing post! I’ve actually never tried one of these before…definitely need to give them a go 🙂

    What about following each other?

    Caro x

  2. jen
    August 28, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    I swear the Laura Mercier powder legit changed my life. Jen / Velvet Spring x

  3. Jenny
    August 28, 2016 / 5:41 pm

    I’ve heard so much about the Bobbi Brown setting powder but still haven’t had the chance to try it! I’ve been switching between INIKA and Vichy setting powders at the moment x

    Jenny | Krystel Couture

    • Becky Hughff
      August 28, 2016 / 8:43 pm

      Ooooh I’ve never tried there setting powders, will definitely have to give them a go!

  4. August 29, 2016 / 8:10 am

    Literally haven’t tried any of these! I’m so not experimental with setting powders haha need to get onto some more! You’ve inspired me haha

    xx SofiaaDot

  5. August 29, 2016 / 11:39 am

    I haven’t tried any of these before but I’ve heard amazing things about the NYX one! My favourite is the Bourjois healthy balance powder 🙂

    Love Katy @ The Rawrdrobe x

  6. August 30, 2016 / 5:30 am

    I haven’t used a setting powder in months, the weather here is too hot for me to wear proper makeup. Great picks, I will save this list for when I would like to purchase a new one!

    Yiota x

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