The Best Drugstore Setting Powders: 435K Reviews
Based on 435,160 Influenster Reviews
Setting powders walk a fine line. Too light of an application, and it can be an extra step that only makes your skin look dry. Too heavy, and it can settle in lines and age you or worse leave behind a ghastly white cast. But with the right consistency, a good powder can blur your pores to give skin a magical, airbrushed-like finish. The options can get dizzying, though. Lucky for you, we’ve whittled it down to our best drugstore picks based on thousands of Influenster reviews.
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Coty's lightweight loose powder comes in slightly different tints to help set makeup to a velvety finish.
With a super soft consistency, the e.l.f. High Definition Powder will mask fine lines and imperfections.
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
Maybelline Fit Me! Set + Smooth Pressed Powder has a natural finish and comes in a range of shades to match different undertones.
NYX's 100% pure mineral silica that helps set your foundation without looking overly matte.
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
Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder is great for minimizing the appearance of large pores.
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
COVERGIRL's Outlast All-Day Matte Finishing Powder gives you a perfect matte finish, controls shine, and goes great with your favorite foundation from their line.
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
A light dust of NYX's #NoFilter after makeup helps control shine without looking cakey.
Neutrogena Shine Control Powder helps skin stay looking fresh all day. It eliminates shine for up to eight hours and won't dry your skin or clog pores.
We love the Wet 'n' Wild Mattifying Powder for its light-reflecting qualities!
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