Oil is no match for these hardworking powders.
While natural-looking foundation, full-coverage concealer, or punchy lipstick shades tend to get the bulk of the credit for outstanding makeup looks, true beauty lovers know that a great setting powder is really the glue that holds everything together. But the right powder isn’t just ideal for under-eye baking: In addition to catching flaky eye shadow fallout, a setting powder can mean the difference between a flawless, velvety finish that lasts all day and your makeup mysteriously disappearing as the hours tick by. Since not all setting powders are created equal, we’ve pulled together the most tried-and-true options worth adding to your makeup rotation. Here, 5 of the best setting powders to keep shine, oil, and ghostly selfies at bay.
1, MOST ICONIC
Translucent Loose Setting Powder
We like to consider this silky translucent powder one of the beauty GOATs, as it’s been beloved by editors (including this one) and professional makeup artists for years. Plus, the powder has racked up close to five stars from more than 16,000 customer reviews at Nordstrom alone, with one shopper raving about how it “literally melts into your skin.”
2, GREAT FOR TRAVEL
Cloud Set Baked Setting and Smoothing Vegan Powder
his sheer setting powder from the clean beauty experts at Kosas has a lightweight, natural finish that looks more like skin than makeup. Since this one is pressed instead of loose, you won’t have to worry about accidentally spilling powder in your bag if you take this compact on the go.
3, DRUGSTORE DEAL
Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder
Maybelline New York
Here’s a highly coveted loose mineral powder from holy grail beauty brand Maybelline that’s garnered close to five stars on Amazon, with more than 22,000 (!) customer reviews and counting.
4, GREAT FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Loose Setting Powder
If you have sensitive skin, consider this waterproof, dermatologist-tested setting powder that’s not only vegan and noncomedogenic, but made to stay put for up to 16 hours per wear.
5, Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Setting Powder
Pat McGrath Labs
f there’s anyone who knows about setting powder, it’s makeup icon Pat McGrath. Her version is designed to feel weightless on skin and is treated with amino acids for a pigmented color payoff that won’t budge—even when you work up a sweat. If you’re already a fan of the brand’s Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Foundation, this correlating powder is the cherry on top of your face makeup.