These Are the 14 Best Setting and Finishing Powders Money Can Buy
A finishing and setting powder — along with foundation and mascara — is a daily must have in many people's makeup routine. It keeps oil-prone skin from looking like a Slip 'N Slide, keeps the foundation you spent 10 minutes on perfectly in place, and can even work alone as a subtle base. In fact, face powder is often seen in the beauty history books. It's a makeup product that's been used for centuries for the same reasons we use it now: covering blemishes (or the scars from smallpox in the 16th century, eek) and evening out the skin tone. Luckily, the ingredients and formulas have improved dramatically since then; face powders are no longer chalky and dusty looking, and they are a whole lot safer.
Although all powders generally look the same and do the same the things, there are, in fact, many different types to choose from. There's tinted and translucent, loose and pressed, luminous and matte — which one you choose depends on how much coverage you want and how you want your complexion to look.
With so many setting powders on the market, it's understandable if you're confused or overwhelmed, which is why we rounded up our favourites that we've tried and tested and made sure they A) do what they promise to do, and B) make your skin look well, like skin. You'll find options from iconic brands like Laura Mercier, Hourglass, and Dior Beauty, which makeup artists have sworn by for years, as well as some from newer brands like Becca Cosmetics and Fenty Beauty. Read on to discover the complete list.