I will never stop buying and trying new powders. Powder and dry skin are a tricky combo. Not just any primer, foundation, and powder combination will do. I have some go-to products that I know work and I’d love to add some of these to the list.
When trying these powders, I tested them for a few ways over a few days. I wanted to use a foundation and a primer that I knew I liked and knew how they performed.
–CYO Illuminating Cream + Colour Pop Pretty Fresh Hyaluroinc
–Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define in F0.5
–Maybelline Dream Radiant Liquid in 00 Alabaster
–elf Halo Glow
–Catrice HD Baking & Setting
–Smashbox Halo Fresh
–Sephora Collection Baked
–Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
–No7 Lift & Luminate
–Fenty Pro Filt’r
–Laura Geller Illuminating
–Revolution Pro CC
I applied all the powders with a velour powder puff from Amazon.
elf Halo Glow
Claims–Dreamy, blurring, soft-focus finish :: help smooth the appearance of fine line and blur imperfections :: keep shine at bay :: ensure makeup looks and feels fresh throughout the day
Price– $8 at Target, elfcosmetics.com
Pros–Cruelty free :: vegan :: affordable :: packaging :: shade options :: doesn’t contain talc :: gives a gorgeous, all over flow :: lives up to all claims :: luminous finish with no glitter :: sets and locks makeup in place
Final Thoughts–This is the best luminous setting powder I’ve ever tried! It’s an overall glow with no glitter and your skin looks naturally radiant. I was worried it wouldn’t lock and set makeup in place, but it does. It worked with both foundations. I agree will all the claims as well. It you have dry skin and struggle with setting powder, try this one.
Catrice HD Baking & Setting Loose Powder
Claims–Waterproof :: silky smooth :: sets makeup resulting in a flawless, airbrushed finish :: second skin effect
Price–$11.99 at Ulta
My Shade–Warm Ivory
Pros–Vegan :: cruelty free :: fragrance free :: affordable :: shade range :: mess free packaging :: shade match for me :: didn’t cake or cling :: face looked smooth and flawless
Cons–Availability (Ulta exclusive) :: no true translucent shade :: contains talc :: chalky texture :: expensive for Catrice
Final Thoughts–I love the packaging, the netting in the top helps it not make such a mess. It didn’t cake or cling to any dry spots. It worked with both foundations. My face looked smooth and flawless. However, I didn’t love the chalky texture. I like, but don’t love this product. Most Catrice products are $10 or less so I feel like this is pricey for the brand.
Smashbox Halo Fresh Perfecting Powder
Claims–Light-coverage :: soft, natural, airbrushed finish :: long-wearing :: smooth :: won’t crease, cake, or settle into fine lines :: color-true
Price–$42 at Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom
Pros–Cruelty free :: vegan :: powderizer grinds the perfect amount of powder and is mess free! :: ingredients–goji berries, gold, and peptides :: no talc :: shade range :: set makeup in place :: didn’t cake :: all over glow without glitter :: shade match for me
Cons–Expensive :: availability (specialty stores only)
Final Thoughts–I received this product complimentary from Influenster to test. When I opened it, I thought the shade was going to be way too dark. It set my makeup, didn’t cake, and gave my skin a nice glow. I really love the packaging and it applied well with a powder puff and a brush. It worked with both foundations. I will use it, but I don’t know that I would purchase it because that price is STEEP. There are more affordable options that I like just as much.
Sephora Collection Micro Smooth Baked Foundation Face Powder
Claims–Ultra-light foundation with micronized pigments that blur imperfections for a natural finish :: gives the appearance of healthy-looking skin :: formulated with mineral water and green tea extracts
Price–$22 at Sephora
My Shade–05 Porcelain
Pros–Not tested on animals :: fragrance free :: no parabens :: lightweight on the skin :: I used as a setting powder, not a foundation and this doesn’t add much (if any) coverage :: smooths the skin :: doesn’t cake or cling to dryness :: natural, slightly radiant finish to the skin :: skin looks healthy and not dry
Cons–Doesn’t work with more matte foundations (on me) :: contains talc :: not the best powder for longevity :: Sephora exclusive :: shade range
Final Thoughts–If I really want my makeup to last, I will use another powder and then use this on top. Just using this as a setting powder won’t lock your foundation for all day wear. It’s a great powder if you have dry skin as it doesn’t mattify the skin and just gives a radiant, healthy glow. It looked horrible with matte foundations, it was a cakey mess. I like this best as a finishing powder too add radiance/slight sheen to my face.
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
Claims–Gives your skin a soft, airbrushed finish :: minimizes pores and fine lines :: absorbs oils :: soft-matte finish :: works for all skin types and tones :: locks makeup in place :: weightless :: never cakey :: no white cast
Price–$25 at Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom
Pros–Talc free :: vegan :: phthalate free :: non-acnegenic :: didn’t cake :: face looked smooth, flawless, and filtered :: cruelty free :: paraben free :: non-comedogenic :: dermatologist tested :: worked with matte and radiant foundations
Cons–Expensive :: availability (specialty stores or online only)
Final Thoughts–I found this at TJ Maxx for $6. The powder looks pink tinted and I was worried it would alter the look/color of my foundation, but it didn’t. It worked like a traditional translucent powder. My face looked FaceTuned. I was shocked! I used it with foundations I’ve worn tons of times and the powder completely changed how they looked on my skin.
Come back next week for part II!
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