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The Best Drugstore Setting Powders: 119K Reviews
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The Best Drugstore Setting Powders: 119K Reviews

Based on 118,803 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 more than 100K Influenster reviews.

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Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder
BY COTY
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars69%
  • 4 Stars21%
  • 3 Stars6%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.6 / 5 (9,222 reviews)
Buy on Walmart for $5.97
Influenster Beauty Awards Winner 2016
Use Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder to set make-up or as a foundation!
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Carolina L.Carolina L. said...
I am so in love with this powder. I wanted to try the Laura Mercier but it's too expensive for my budget so I went for this. I specifically bought this for "baking" and let me tell you it works amazing. I pour some on the top lid and use a sponge to place it under my eyes then I then use the excess and use a fluffy powder brush to put it all over my face (no it's not cakey) then I contour and to give me that sharp contour I place it under my contour. I use a lot of this as you can tell but it still doesn't cake and there's no flashback although I haven't taken a picture with flash at night with this on. There's a lot of product too and it's cheap. Only complaint I have is the powder puff inside of it I feel I need to put it inside to close it so it won't open and when I open it there's product on the powder puff so I feel this uses up some of the powder but there's so much product it doesn't bother me much. I definitely recommend and right when I run out I'm running to the store to buy again. Picture below using product ...read more
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e.l.f. High Definition Powder
BY E.L.F. COSMETICS
4.1 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars51%
  • 4 Stars27%
  • 3 Stars13%
  • 2 Stars5%
  • 1 Star3%
4.2 / 5 (7,074 reviews)
Buy on Target for $5.99
With a super soft consistency, the e.l.f. High Definition Powder will mask fine lines and imperfections.
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Norbeliss M.Norbeliss M. said...
First of all, anyone who doesn't know already, elf is one of the very best discount cosmetic lines out there. Actually, I'd say because of they're price point, they rank #1 in my book with NYX following in close second. NYX also holds a special place in my heart, but is slightly more expensive than elf.
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
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NYC Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder
BY NYC NEW YORK COLOR
4.2 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars53%
  • 4 Stars31%
  • 3 Stars12%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.3 / 5 (1,183 reviews)
Buy on Kmart for $2.99
Calling all New York babes, the NYC Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder is for you. Get ready for velvety soft skin.
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Rikki G.Rikki G. said...
Oh my goodness this is my HG setting powder! A few months ago there was a rumor that NYC was going out of business so I bought all of the loose face powders that I could find, and I don't regret it!

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
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Maybelline Fit Me! Set + Smooth Pressed Powder
BY MAYBELLINE
4.2 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars50%
  • 4 Stars31%
  • 3 Stars13%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star2%
4.2 / 5 (2,706 reviews)
Buy on Target for $5.99
Maybelline Fit Me! Set + Smooth Pressed Powder has a natural finish and comes in a variety of shades to blend with a wide array of skin tones.
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Mariana Da S. F H.Mariana Da S. F H. said...
This powder is as nice as some very high end powders I have purchased over the years. It has no smell and the translucent color is just as pictured. It is very fined milled meaning it is very silky to the touch and goes on smoothly. I like using the sponge applicator as it prevents putting on too much. It does leave a matte finish on my combination skin (dry cheeks, oily t-zone). Poreless? Well, without foundation, it did minimize my pores upon application. As it sank in over the hours, this effect diminished a bit, but my t-zone isn't very oily, just oilier than my outer face. Perhaps if you have very oily skin, the poreless effect won't last all day (as it wouldn't have when I was younger). With foundation, the poreless effect was even better and lasted longer. Now, mind you, the translucent isn't colorless; but rather, it is the palest color offered. I like that it isn't mask like and tops off foundation is a very nice way. I am careful to not put much, if any, on any wrinkles I have as it can accentuate these. I put a light dusting on my cheeks and chin, and go a bit heavier on my nose and forehead. It seems to blend and smooth the look of my makeup and it sets it so it lasts longer (pretty much all day). Because I use a light touch, which is easy to do with the enclosed sponge, it doesn't get cakey or flakey. ...read more
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NYX Studio Finishing Powder
BY NYX
3.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars35%
  • 4 Stars28%
  • 3 Stars17%
  • 2 Stars10%
  • 1 Star10%
3.7 / 5 (3,598 reviews)
Buy on Target for $9.99
The NYX Cosmetics Studio Finishing Powder consists of 100% pure silica minerals. Fun fact: Silica minerals make up around 26 percent of Earth's crust by weight.
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Courtney B.Courtney B. said...
This is my go-to finishing powder! It's great for combo to oily skin - although I still get a few oily patches, there are dramatically less when I use this powder. I also feel like it makes my foundation look more even and my makeup does stay longer throughout the day, though still not ALL day.

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
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COVERGIRL Outlast All-Day Matte Finishing Powder
BY COVERGIRL
4.2 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars50%
  • 4 Stars33%
  • 3 Stars12%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.3 / 5 (589 reviews)
Buy on Walmart for $9.47
COVERGIRL Outlast All-Day Matte Finishing Powder gives you a perfect matte finish, controls shine, and goes great with your favorite COVERGIRL foundation.
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Brittny D.Brittny D. said...
I didn’t have super high expectations for this powder and was pleasantly surprised to discover how great it is. I received 830 in the color light to medium, and it disappeared into my skin leaving a beautiful matte finish that banished any shine and blended seamlessly with my foundation. I used a brush instead of the provided applicator, and I applied it on top of a liquid foundation. The product was a little messy in the pan after a quick sweep of the brush, but that wasn’t an issue for me.

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
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Neutrogena Shine Control Powder
BY NEUTROGENA
4.1 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars48%
  • 4 Stars31%
  • 3 Stars14%
  • 2 Stars5%
  • 1 Star3%
4.1 / 5 (937 reviews)
Buy on Target for $11.99
Neutrogena Shine Control Powder helps skin stay fresh-looking all day. It eliminates shine for up to eight hours and won't dry your skin or clog pores.
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Dana C.Dana C. said...
This has been a holy grail of mine for quite some time now. I don't know many other people that use it but I absolutely love it. I have extremely oily skin in my T-zone which will literally make any foundation I have on disintegrate. With this powder I am able to get a full day wear and not be obnoxiously shiny. Yes I use an oily blotter every 4 hours, but if I didn't have this powder on I wouldn't have to use an oil blotter because I would have absolutely no make up on. Just oil. I would like to point out that this powder has a pink undertone. So although it says translucent it really isnt. It'll tint your face a bit with the pink undertone. I actually have a very yellow warm undertone so it ends up being okay and not being too awkward on my skin. I have a medium skin tone but I think anything deeper may look a bit ashy. all in all still something I can't live without!! ...read more
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Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder
BY RIMMEL LONDON
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars64%
  • 4 Stars25%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.5 / 5 (11,011 reviews)
Buy on Target for $3.97
Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder is great for minimizing the appearance of large pores.
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Steffani C.Steffani C. said...
I ran out of my normal powder once & couldn't find it in the store. I grabbed this bc it was cheap & I figured it would hold me over until I got my regular brand again... I still bought the other face powder, but I have been using this product WAY more now. I love it. I use it in Sandstorm. It has great coverage on it's own, which is great because I hate to layer on foundations & powders. It isn't cakey on it's own, but it is if you try to use this in combination with a foundation or something. It's just not necessary.

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
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NYX #NoFilter Finishing Powder
BY NYX
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars54%
  • 4 Stars33%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 / 5 (496 reviews)
Buy on Target for $11.99
Looking for the best selfie-worthy product? Try NYX Cosmetics #NoFilter Finishing Powder for photos that truly require #nofilter.
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Angel F.Angel F. said...
I love love love love this product so much! This is what i used for "baking" every time i'm done contouring and highlighting, i use a dry blender sponge and put if on my under eye and under my cheekbones and it definitely sets my makeup. It gives me the matte look and doesn't cake up as well especially since i have the combined oily face skin type. Cant beat the price too. I'm a huge fan of NYX, Theyre products are so affordable and some of their products are actually worth the hype and trying out, this one definitely does! ...read more
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Wet 'n' Wild Mattifying Powder
BY WET N WILD
3.7 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars32%
  • 4 Stars30%
  • 3 Stars22%
  • 2 Stars9%
  • 1 Star6%
3.7 / 5 (985 reviews)
Buy on Walgreens for $4.99
We love the Wet 'n' Wild Mattifying Powder for its light-reflecting qualities!
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Ann C.Ann C. said...
I think this is a highly underrated setting powder. It does its job and doesn't alter the color of my foundation when I apply it. It keeps my oil under control all day and this is so cheap! It's easy to apply with a fluffy powder brush and you really don't need that much product.

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
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