Beauty

The 14 best setting powders to blot away shine

By Fiona Embleton

Banish any preconceptions you may have about setting powders. Today's versions are feather light and create the illusion of a skin-smoothing filter over the face

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Setting powder has come a long way since the chalky clouds that wafted up from your grandma’s vanity. Patting it on still stops foundation and concealer from rippling, but now the flecks of powder look virtually undetectable to the naked eye.

In recent years, upgrades to formulas have ensured that powder doesn’t sit heavily on the skin or settle into fine lines. Rather, those with oily skin can choose a powder infused with silica to mop up excess sebum, while ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and squalene comfort dry skin.

Today’s versions also come in more than one shade to mattify. Translucent setting powders won’t change the shade of your foundation, while coloured powders are ideal for use over bare skin when you need to lean on deeper tones or colour correct redness.

Ahead some of the best setting powders to address different skin types, concerns and tones.

1

Lumene Sheer Finish Loose Powder

Infused with radiance-boosting Arctic cloudberry and encapsulated hydrating hyaluronic acid, the vegan formula blurs imperfections and softens the appearance of fine lines.

Lumene

Sheer Finish Loose Powder

Via Lumene

2

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in Medium Deep

A makeup artist favourite, this powder blends effortlessly for a matte, soft-focus finish that sets makeup flawlessly for 12 hours.

Laura Mercier

Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Via Skincity

3

Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder

Perfect for nights when you’re hitting the dance floor, this powder makes foundation completely matte and waterproof for 11 hours.

Urban Decay

All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder

Via Sephora

4

Idun Minerals Loose Mattifying Mineral Powder Tora

Ideal for sensitive skin, meet the setting powder made up of just four ingredients: mica, kaolin, zinc oxide and silica. Apply with a kabuki brush, pressing the powder into the bristles before dabbing over foundation.

Idun Minerals

Loose Mattifying Mineral Powder Tora

5

Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder

Colour-correcting pigments disguise redness and, given the powder is created by a beauty blogger, it naturally prevents flashback in selfies, too.

Huda Beauty

Easy Bake Loose Powder

Via Sephora

6

IsaDora Loose Setting Powder

Don’t be put off by the snowy white shade. Translucent, featherlight and non-drying, this powder is great for blurring the appearance of blemishes on all shades of foundation.

IsaDora

Loose Setting Powder

Via Feelunique

7

Givenchy Prisme Libre Matte-finish & Enhanced Radiance Loose Powder

Two matte and two shimmer powders can be mixed together and buffed all over the face. Alternatively target specific areas to either take down or strategically add a subtle sheen.

Givenchy

Prisme Libre Matte-finish & Enhanced Radiance Loose Powder

Via Feelunique

8

Charlotte Tilbury Genius Magic Powder

Made with 99 per cent natural ingredients: tsubaki oil nourishes skin, mica adds luminosity and creamy pigments create a next-to-natural finish.

Charlotte Tilbury

Genius Magic Powder

Via Spacenk

9

Face Stockholm Loose Powder

Available in seven shades, this airy powder renders ultra-light results, feeling like nothing on your skin as it helps your makeup last all day.

Face Stockholm

Loose Powder

10

Rare Beauty Always An Optimist Soft Radiance Setting Powder

The only thing we love more than this skin-soothing mineral powder is the sifter that ensures this finely-milled powder is easy to use on the go. No spilling in the bottom of your makeup bag, guaranteed.

Rare Beauty

Always An Optimist Soft Radiance Setting Powder

Via Spacenk

11

Pat Mcgrath Sublime Perfection Setting Powder

Formulated with what this makeup supremo has dubbed ‘Flex Form Matrix’, McGrath's powder creates a barely-there feel while amino acid-treated pigments ensure the very best skin adherence.

Pat Mcgrath

Sublime Perfection Setting Powder

Via Sephora

12

Glossier Wowder

Glow runs through Glossier’s DNA and this powder is no different. Light-reflecting diamond powder ensures skin never looks flat while kaolin clay imperceptibly absorbs oil.

Glossier

Wowder

Via Glossier

13

Nars Cosmetics Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder

The cult-favourite formula is infused with ‘Photochromic Technology’ that diffuses light and adjusts to new sources of sunlight and artificial light throughout the day. So you can rest assured your makeup will stay looking seamless no matter what life throws at you.

Nars Cosmetics

Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder

Via Sephora

14

Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder

Chic and high-performing, let this completely weightless powder minimise the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles. It can even be used under eyes to set concealer without creasing or accentuating crow’s feet.

Hourglass

Veil Translucent Setting Powder

Via Hourglasscosmetics


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