As somebody who works on a make up counter, powders seem to be the thing people question the most. Will it give me flashback? Do powders dry the skin out? Do they clog my pores? Do I use translucent or coloured powder? Do I even need it? Are loose and pressed powders the same? Do I a different powder for the face and under the eyes? The questions are endless and to be honest, how and why you use a powder should be a whole other blog post. For now, I have picked my favourite powders that I like for different reasons and use in different ways.
To answer one of the questions before I begin, loose powders come in a jar and have smaller particles therefore giving them a lighter feel and finish. Some can be messy and a pain in the butt to carry around so advice from me to you, keep loose in the stay at home make up bag. Pressed powders are are compacted and tend to contain ingredients like silicones and waxes to keep them in pressed solid form. If your skin can get irritated easily this is maybe something to be aware of! The particles in a pressed powder and slightly bigger and can therefore look cakey when too much product is applied.
To me, loose and pressed powders are completely different so I have included a mix of these products in this list to appeal to everyone!
Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Powder, £5.99
This powder is a beauty because it comes in colour and translucent. Personally I prefer the translucent shade as but have used the coloured on clients. If you know anything about me at all, you’ll know my skin is on the dry/combination side which makes me annoying because I’m a little bit of everything. I have dry skin overall but with an oilier chin and quite open pores. That’s why I reach for this powder on a daily basis as even though it gives a matte finish and fills my pores it doesn’t dry out my skin.
Using the translucent powder stops any clogging too like I mentioned earlier and really only sets the coverage that you have already put down which is perfect if you aren’t looking full coverage.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Powder, £35
This is a powder perfect for someone who wants to have a flawless base (everyone right?) so long as you like to add a little coverage. Now, this powder is classed as a foundation before you go straight to online shopping but I love it on top of foundation too. It’s my go to for days where I am going straight out after work and it’s always in my handbag for emergencies. In fact, when I buy it I buy two at once because I keep one in my beauty room and one in my bag! That’s when you know that a product is one of your must haves!
Not only is the powder itself amazing offering medium coverage and a natural finish and SPF10, but there are 28 shades of this powder which is amazing for a powder shade range making it so easy for you to find your perfect shade.
RCMA No Colour Loose Powder, £13
My ultimate all time favourite powder for underneath my eyes and at only £13, it’s a bargain considering just how long it lasts. With it’s extremely lightweight texture it doesn’t dry out the skin and keeps under eyes crease free. There are several types of RCMA powders you you can get however, the no colour powder suits me best as I know that no matter whether I have tan on or not this powder will match. I originally bought this powder because one of my favourite YouTuber’s Make Up By Jaack used it and OBVIOUSLY I had to buy it. At a time where baking was the go to trend this powder was perfection. Trends may come and go but this great product is here to stay!
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, £3.99
I don’t have much to say about this powder other than that it’s the best, most affordable powder I have ever used. I keep this powder for daytime and for when I am just running about and don’t need my make up cemented to my face. It has up to 5 hours wear and sits beautifully on the face. Although it is called Stay Matte the powder doesn’t take away all the shine in the face and it’s for this reason that I actually like it so much. With that in mind if you are very oily and reaching for it just know that in my opinion it’s not completely matte.
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish, £33
So, I have saved the best for last! My favourite pressed powder of all time ever is this one from Charlotte Tilbury. When my skin isn’t looking as great as I would like it to be this is what I use. When my skin looks great, this powder makes it look even better.
With dry skin, I have to be careful about what powders I use so as not to make my skin dryer! This powder sits so lightly on the skin you wouldn’t think I had it on, but it sets all my foundations perfectly giving a soft, airbrushed finish. The powder doesn’t give you that dry powdery look either, creating a beautiful luminous finish.
So there you have it, my top 5 powders. Let me know if you have used any of these or if there’s a powder out there that I just HAVE to try. You can check out my other TOP 5 posts here –
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