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The Best Prestige Powder Foundations: 83K Reviews
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The Best Prestige Powder Foundations: 83K Reviews

Based on 82,870 Influenster Reviews

Powder foundations are perfect for those of us who don't like to wear a lot of foundation. You can just swipe or pat a little bit on to take away your shine without feeling like you're wearing much. They're also great to layer on top of liquid foundation to give it a matte finish.

Check out this list of the best high-end powder foundations, based on more than 70K Influenster reviews and leave a comment with the foundation that you're dying to try!

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MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation
BY MAC COSMETICS
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars71%
  • 4 Stars21%
  • 3 Stars6%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.6 / 5 (7,188 reviews)
Buy on Nordstrom for $29.00
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Kerrie G.Kerrie G. said...
As much of a makeup junkie as I am, I have only owned one MAC product - a lipstick in a very trendy color that I no longer wear. So maybe my delight with this product will come as no surprise. I was in need of a new foundation. In the last few years I've developed adult cystic acne, and have scars along my chin and jawline. My well-known brand of mineral makeup just wasn't cutting it for me anymore. I looked at several high-end brands of foundation and decided to go with the MAC. I bought it online, through their website, after I did the foundation matching. I chose N3, as I am very fair, and was hoping it would be the right shade. I didn't want to go to a counter because I KNOW I would have walked away with a few hundred dollars worth of products I really don't need.

I was dead on with the shade. It's the perfect shade for me. Combined with my concealer (Smashbox Photo Ready), it covered my scars. Even covered a stubborn eczema scar I have on my right cheek, that NO makeup had been able to cover before. I was out tonight, and noticed that under a very harsh light in a restroom, my face still looked flawless. I do have an oily t-zone, and I looked a bit shiny, but it was almost dewy, not overly oily. I just blotted it with a blotting paper and it went away - none of the foundation actually transferred.

I can't describe in any other way how impressed I am with this foundation! I used a dry oil and a primer on my face before I applied it. I buffed it on with this very dense Laura Geller kabuki-type brush and it came out perfect. I'm so so so happy!

Now that I've been using this product for a while, I can mention a few other things about it. It works the best when I use my Hot Pink BB cream as a primer. I use the BB, then my concealer, then my Studio Fix, then finish with just a tiny bit of HD powder across my nose and forehead, where my pores are largest. My skin looks incredible and you can't see any of my scars. The difference in appearance is dramatic. I love this foundation sooooo much and will continue to use it! I've noticed that I only use a small amount to achieve a flawless look, so it's definitely worth the price I paid too! I don't know how else to express my joy and love for this foundation. You just have to try it yourself. ...read more
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bareMinerals ORIGINAL Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15
BY BAREMINERALS
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars63%
  • 4 Stars23%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 / 5 (8,303 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $29.00
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Karen G.Karen G. said...
I started using Bare Esentuals Bare Minerals Foundation several years ago. I have always been one to want a natural look in makeup and this one fit the bill perfectly. I live in the deep south and the weather here is very hot and humid. I was dealing with liquid makeup not lasting throughout the day due to the heat and sweating going in and out of air conditioning. I would have to reapply foundation or at least try to even out the tone. Needless to say this was a pain in the rear. With Bare Escentuals I don't have to worry about any meltdowns!

This is a very fine mineral foundation that is applied with a foundation brush. The foundation goes on evenly and stays. I also use the Bare Escentuals blush and mineral veil for a total and put together look.

I love the fact that this makeup is natural. There are no chemicals, preservatives, etc. It's all natural.

I also like the fact that different shades can be blended together for a better match to your skin, or for an additional look.

The product is very versatile and totally worth the money. It may cost a bit more, but you don't use as much and actually works out about the same as using liquid makeup dollar for dollar.

Another factor is that you have a sun protection factor of 15 built in to the foundation and do not have to worry about if your moisturizer has an SPF in it or not. You care covered with Bare Escentuals Foundation!

I usually use the light to medium in the winter months and switch over to medium during the summer months. I can add some "Warmth," another BE product to deepen the color of both foundation and blush.

I highly recommend Bare Escentuals Foundation for women of all ages. You will look your best with Bare Escentuals makeup! ...read more
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NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation SPF 24
BY NARS
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars65%
  • 4 Stars25%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.5 / 5 (2,347 reviews)
Buy on Nordstrom for $49.00
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Laura H.Laura H. said...
I absolutely love this product. I have combination skin and this foundation does not cling on to my dry patches, but also does not look overly matte and drying (yet still keeps my shin in check)! It provides medium to full coverage. I gave it four stars instead of five because you cannot use this powder to touch up during the day. When you layer it on top of your t-zone for instance, it will become a bit cakey looking. ...read more
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Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation
BY TOO FACED
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars65%
  • 4 Stars25%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star0%
4.5 / 5 (2,145 reviews)
Buy on Too Faced Co... for $34.00
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Norbeliss M.Norbeliss M. said...
Fantastic powder. One of the first talc-based powders I've ever liked. It is not drying on my chronically dehydrated and prone to flaking skin. It also stays perfectly in place in my chronically oily areas (they still flake, such an awesome combo). It never settles, and is fairly sweat-resistant. Not completely, but it doesn't claim to be. It's medium to full coverage, though full can look a bit thick and cakey. I apply it with the included sponge, or a knock-off beauty blender. It can also be used as a dusting/setting powder for makeup that slips (true match and maybelline dream something were the ones I tried it with). The only negative I have to say is the shade naming is off. I'm warm golden in revlon, nc30/35 in mac, 300 in dior, and the "golden light" is a good match. I bit darker than 300, and slightly more golden. All in all, great product, very likely to repurchase. ...read more
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Laura Mercier Mineral Powder
BY LAURA MERCIER
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars75%
  • 4 Stars18%
  • 3 Stars5%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star0%
4.7 / 5 (763 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $42.00
Influenster Beauty Awards Winner 2016
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Brianna Z.Brianna Z. said...
I'm absolutely obsessed with this foundation!!! I am always trying another foundation..liquid and powder and always end up going back to my LM mineral powder!! I get SO many compliments on my complexion when using this! I have coworkers and patients asking about my foundation all the time. The key to this foundation, is a good primer to help it adhere to your skin. I prefer Rachel K cc cream or Younique bb cream as my primer. You also need the right brush to buff it on, and the Sephora pro 55 brush is my go to. Also, my skin has never been so clear, since I started using this mineral powder!! No break outs!! And it also keeps my super oily skin in check, literally for hours!! I cannot rave enough about this product!! It has been life changing for me!!!!!! Not to mention, a jar lasts me 4-5 months, and I wear it every single day!! ...read more
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Clinique Perfectly Real Compact Makeup
BY CLINIQUE
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars63%
  • 4 Stars26%
  • 3 Stars7%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 / 5 (476 reviews)
Buy on Clinique for $28.00
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Cindy N.Cindy N. said...
I love this powder!!! I had never had a Clinique powder before this one and I don't think I'll be using any other brand as my main powder anymore! It goes on my skin really great, I can either use it as more of a finishing powder to set my makeup or on days when i want less makeup I'll just pop on some concealer than this and I'm good. I got really lucky with the shade because it matches my skin oh so well and it will last for hours I get all day coverage with this. I bought this compact in November and use it almost every day or sometime 2/3 times in a week, and I didn't hit pan until about June which is like 6/7 months later. If you want full coverage this is a great choice!! ...read more
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