The Best Drugstore and High End Setting Powders


One of the main steps in a makeup routine is setting the makeup. Whether it's setting just your under-eye concealer or your entire face, setting powder is one of the best ways to avoid creasing and to make your makeup stay in place all day long. Depending on your skin type, you may need different types of powders or have different techniques for applying the powder. This post will mention products that can be used on various skin types and with various techniques. We hope you find it helpful! ☺



The RCMA No Color Powder was first brought to our attention by KathleenLights, a beauty guru, and youtuber, about a year and a half ago. Since then, we've seen it just about everywhere and knew we had to give it a try. We've been using this product for over a year now and we can't say enough good things about it. It is amazing! The packaging is not our favorite, however. It comes in a plastic bottle with a strange sifter, that can become too messy. What we do with this powder is we remove it from its packaging and place it in an empty powder container, such as an old Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder container that is empty. This makes it portable, much easier to use, and less messy to work with.
The No Color Powder is perfect for all skin types, but there are some powders that may perform better for oilier skin. It is a loose powder which makes it easy to bake with but also works well if you just want to add a slight dusting of powder to the face. It sets everything beautifully! This powder will make your under-eye area look incredibly smooth if you choose to set your concealer with it and it will make sure nothing creases in the area all day long.  It isn't a drying powder and won't make your make up look cakey at all, but it will still keep shine under control. You can purchase this powder for $12 USD on the RCMA website or on the beautylish website. We highly recommend it!

The next setting powder we have been using and loving for a few years now is the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder. This powder does have some color to it, so it is best to go with a shade that matches your foundation. This is a pressed powder that works best for touch-ups throughout the day and to set the entire face, or certain areas of the face, with a light dusting. This compact is very travel-friendly; it is small enough to carry around during the day and has a separate compartment with a mirror and space for your applicator.
 
This powder is better suited for individuals with oily skin. It is mattifying, long lasting, lightweight, it blends wells, and it doesn't crease or settle into lines. Depending on your day and the makeup choices you go for, you may never need to touch up when you use this powder. We mainly use this product to set our foundation in the t-zone area. For longer and more eventful days, we use it to set our entire face to keep oils under control and for the most part, we only ever have to touch up once or twice (10+ hours). Additionally, because this powder is pressed firmly, picking up too much product is never an issue. The lightweight formula will make your skin look flawless without ever looking cakey! This product retails for about $7 CAD at Walmart and other drugstores around Canada. It is very affordable and we really recommend giving it a try!

Another pressed powder from the drugstore that we have been loving is the Wet 'n' Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder. This powder comes in eight different shades and works with all skin types. Again, like the Maybelline powder, this product does have color to it so you do need to figure out which shade will work best with your foundation or skin tone. However, unlike the Maybelline powder, the compact does not have a mirror or place to store your applicator, making it less of an on-the-go product for touch-ups.  
This powder applies very smoothly and has sheer coverage but it still manages to keep oils under control all day (8+ hours) and requires minimal touch-ups. It is lightweight and doesn't feel heavy or look cakey on the skin. We use this powder to set our entire face after applying foundation and concealer. It gives a satin finish, but it almost looks matte at times. The only thing to take note of is that the powder is pressed very firmly and not a lot of product gets picked up so you might have to build it up a bit to get your desired amount of product. Aside from that, this is one of the most affordable drugstore powders and works just as well as many high-end pressed powder. We definitely recommend it!

The Laura Mercier Translucent setting powder is one of our most used and favorite setting powders of all time. This product is a loose powder that comes in a tub with a sifter. The sifter gets the right amount of powder out without being messy and the tub itself is large enough to use larger powder brushes or any other tool you prefer; we love the packaging! In terms of the powder, it doesn't cause flashback in pictures and it doesn't alter the color of your foundation/concealer. It is easy to bake with and also does a great job if you just want to dust the powder all over your face. It makes the base look flawless and other powder product apply beautifully on top of it. This powder will keep you matte and oil free all day. If you have oily or combination skin, we think you will LOVE this powder. For those of you with more dry skin, this will definitely work for you as well because it doesn't emphasize any lines or cling to dry patches.

We use this product in a few different ways. For setting under-eye concealer, we prefer using a damp beauty sponge to apply the powder directly under the eyes. Sometimes we apply just enough to set the area, other times we use extra product and let the area bake before dusting off the excess powder with a brush. It leaves the area smooth and crease free all day long. If we apply concealer to other parts of the face, we also go for this same technique. To powder the rest of the face, we use a large fluffy brush for a light dusting of powder. This product has a translucent shade and a translucent medium deep shade, which retail for $47 CAD on the Sephora website and in stores. It is on the pricier side of things, but we think it's worth trying out!  

The next powder we will talk about is the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural. This is one those powders that is amazing for people who have dry skin; it doesn't cling to or emphasize any dry patches. However, we think this will also work for people who have normal to oily skin but they may require more touch-ups throughout the day. This product sets your foundation, but it doesn't add any heavy coverage. It makes makeup last all day without looking dry or cakey. The packaging is also great and travel-friendly. If you haven't used this powder before, we think you should give it a try, especially during the summer seasons. In Canada, this product retails for $38 on the MAC website and in stores. It is pricey but honestly, this product will last for a very long time since you need very little amounts to set your makeup and it is perfect for on the go as well. 
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The Glossier Wowder Powder is one of the more recent products that we have purchased and tested out. We spoke about this product in a recent post where we discuss the new makeup products we purchased over the past two months (which you can check out here) so we won't go too in-depth about it again. This powder works best with normal to dry skin. It sets makeup and helps it last throughout the day without taking away any dewiness. It isn't a heavy powder and it will make your skin look healthy and smooth, making a perfect everyday product! We recommend this product to those of you with dry or normal skin. If you have combination or oily skin, this may not be the powder for you because it isn't mattifying and doesn't help with oil or shine control. If you're interested in learning more about this powder, check out the link mentioned above!
That's all for this week! We hope you enjoyed reading this post and found it helpful. Let us know what your favorite setting powders are in the comment section below. We would love to try them out!☺ Until next time...
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