The Best Drugstore Setting Powders: 218K Reviews
Based on 218,376 Influenster Reviews
Setting powders help us lock everything we've just put on our face in place, to give us a flawless-looking complexion. Want your foundation and concealer to last and not get cracks or lines? Setting powder is the answer! There are mineral setting powders, translucent loose setting powders, pressed powders–we could go on! Before you choose the right setting powder for you, check out our list of the top drugstore setting powders, based on thousands of Influenster reviews.
I initially bought this powder a few years ago when I was first discovering elf and starting to get into makeup more. I HATED it at first! I thought it was too light, and you could see it all over my face and it just looked terrible. The problem was not with the makeup itself but with how i was applying it. I did find other uses for it at the time though. I have pretty oily skin naturally and didn't want to shell out lots of money for the good foundations that cater to oily skin, so I began mixing a bit of this powder in with my foundation. It worked pretty well, though it didn't totally help the oilyness. Also this stuff works great if you run out of dry shampoo and need some in a pinch!
Fast forward a few years and I'd like to think I am much better and more knowledgeable of makeup application. Knowing the correct way to apply this, it is now one of my must have products! It actually rivals the Makeup Forever translucent powder, and for this price, I'd say it wins.
The best way I've found to apply this is:
- I lightly dust it with a fluffy brush over the areas on my face that I use concealer to highlight. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. Your makeup will not move if you do this.
- I also use this to "bake" my face. This is literally the only thing I can to to fight the oil on my skin! I always had an issue with it and as soon as I baked for the first time, it totally solved the problem! To do this, you use concealer and then a THICK layer of powder on your trouble areas. You let that set for about 10 minutes and then dust it off with a fluffy brush. Voila! Shine free :)
100% the best powder you can get at this price point. ...read more
This powder is finely milled and blends nicely. I use it to both set my foundation/concealer and to bake my undereye area. I think this powder is suitable for more combination/dry skin than oily skin. While it absorbs oil and lasts, I do get breakout oil after about 4-5 hours. This powder doesn't cling to dry patches in my experience, which is great.
I highly recommend this very affordable powder to anyone who is interested in loose setting powders but doesn't want to shell out for a more high end brand. ...read more
I've tried applying it multiple ways and have found that using a fan brush to lightly dust over the face is best. A compact sponge is going to be WAY too heavy, and even powder brushes weren't distributing equally.
You may run into a slight whitening-effect when using this powder, especially if you have darker skin, but for my fair complexion it's not too abd. ...read more
At the end of a long day, the powder had become subtly noticeable on my skin, especially in the T-zone, but I was impressed with its longevity and the fact that it helped my makeup last throughout the day. As someone with oily skin, I’m always on the lookout for mattifying products, and this could easily become an everyday staple for me. Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Influenster, but all opinions are my own. ...read more
This is the ONE so-called "Matte" product I've tried that actually lives up to it's name. It really is oil-absorbing. I have oily/combination skin & have trouble with shiny face throughout the day. It's definitely been less of a problem since I've started using this. & The shade Sandstorm matches me flawlessly, which has always been an issue for me. It's hard to find a powder that really matches & doesn't make me look tan or ghostly white lol.
This is great stuff. The only problem I've run into is that it's a little hard to wash off at the end of the day. It does feel cakey washing off (although it doesn't look cakey on). I have to use a make up wipe & exfoliating face wash to really feel like it's all off. ...read more
Also some of the people are writing that they hated this product since they have dry skin and this makes it worse. But if you have dry skin, I'm not sure why you need a mattifying powder in the first place. ...read more