Whether you prefer a loose or pressed formula, these setting powders will help your makeup stay put all day long.
POV: You spent minutes (or maybe even an hour) of your precious time putting together a gorgeous makeup look, only to have it slide away at the end of the day. Setting your face with powder is a crucial step in any makeup routine, whether you’re opting for a more subtle look or going for a full coverage moment. I personally can’t complete a makeup look without setting powder — what’s the point of putting in all that hard work if it’s just going to transfer off my face? No thank you.
Setting powders work hard to make sure your makeup stays in place for hours — especially in the summer heat and humidity. This product creates a smooth finish over your foundation, blurs fine lines, and minimizes the appearance of pores. You can either dust a light layer over your entire face or strategically place it in oilier areas to diminish shine. It’s a must for any makeup look, so I rounded up 17 of the best setting powders on the market so you don’t have to search for hours on end.
1, Translucent Loose Setting Powder—Laura Mercier
Loved by beauty gurus everywhere — seriously, watch any tutorial on YouTube from 2016 to now — the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder absorbs oil and reduces shine for up to 16 hours.
2, Bio Brightener Invisible Powder—W3LL PEOPLE
This loose translucent powder has lighter coverage so it doesn’t weigh down on your skin. Plus, there’s a hint of shimmer with organic pearl powder and aloe leaf extract to bring out your inner glow. Although it has these glowy properties, it will still lock your look in for hours.
3, Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder—Maybelline
Maybelline’s Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder has a mineral-based formula that helps control shine and smooth skin’s texture with a hint of color.
Tip: If you’re looking for a powder to brighten your under eyes, try getting a shade lighter than your actual skin tone.
4, PPP Set & Bake Powder—Kim Chi Chic Beauty
Created by drag performer and RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Kim Chi, this loose setting powder is meant to last through the heat of live performances. With key ingredients like rice powder and vitamin E, its oil-absorbing properties will keep you looking snatched all day.
5, Multi Use Beauty Setting Powder—Artist Couture
If you’re not looking to pack on a ton of powder, Artist Couture’s Multi Use Beauty Setting Powder might be your new BFF. While it reduces shine, it has light-to-medium coverage and provides a natural satin finish.
6, Tinted Loose Setting Powder—L’Oréal Paris
L’Oréal’s Infallible Tinted Loose Setting Powder comes in two tinted shades for light and deep skin tones and has a lightweight matte finish with no white cast.
Tip: After setting your makeup with powder, spritz some setting spray 3-6 inches away from your face for some extra longevity.
7, Translucent Vegan Loose Setting Powder—Sephora Collection
Sephora Collection’s translucent and universal loose setting powder covers up scars and bumps while setting your look in place.
8, Turn Up The Base Versatile Powder Foundation—ONE/SIZE by Patrick Starrr
YouTuber and beauty guru extraordinaire Patrick Starrr launched ONE/SIZE Beauty’s Turn Up the Base Versatile Powder Foundation earlier this year. It’s buildable, which means you control the coverage.
Tip: Apply over foundation with a powder puff or beauty sponge for full coverage.