The best makeup setting powder you can buy
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A good makeup setting powder must cut down on shine without caking, look natural but last for hours, mattify but enhance luminosity, and remain undetectable on most skin tones.
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ticks all those boxes, making it the best makeup setting powder you can buy.
I'm a very recent makeup setting powder convert - I don't typically wear foundation and my face isn't super oily, so I figured it was just an unnecessary step, useful only for full-glam Instagram-style makeup. But once I incorporated it into my routine, I never looked back.
Nowadays I reach for a translucent or lightly tinted powder on a day-to-day basis. Though I don't wear foundation often, I do apply Glossier Stretch Concealer under my eyes and on spots of blemishes and redness most days. Concealer, especially the dewy, emollient ones I prefer, often benefits from setting powder.
As with most makeup categories, the options are overwhelming. There are translucent setting powders or tinted ones, ultra-matte or diamond powder-infused, sheer or full-coverage. The right formula will lock your makeup into place and cut down on shine without mattifying you within an inch of your life or making you look cakey and overdone.
Hopefully this list of my five favorites will help you cut through the noise and find the one that's right for you.
Here are the best makeup setting powders you can buy:
- Best makeup setting powder overall: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
- Best luminous makeup setting powder: Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder
- Best blurring makeup setting powder: Milk Makeup Blur + Set Matte Loose Setting Powder
- Best subtle makeup setting powder: Glossier Wowder
- Best drugstore makeup setting powder: Neutrogena Shine Control Powder
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