Gone are the days when powdering your face meant a photo-unfriendly white cast. With our current pool of options, we can choose among products with different shades, finishes, and functions, because setting powder is no longer just for mattifying your skin anymore. Now, face powders can extend the wear of makeup on all skin types and skin tones, and it's only a matter of finding the best formula for you. To make things easier, we split up our favorite ones according to benefit. Check them out below!
For lightweight oil control:
Claudia Schiffer No Colour Setting Powder
Controlling shine doesn't have to make you feel like you're wearing a heavy—and not to mention cakey—layer of powder. Claudia Schiffer Makeup's No Colour Setting Powder (a 2018 Preview Girls' Choice Award winner, mind you) is formulated with squalane to ensure a smooth and non-drying application that sets your base products while maintaining a natural look.
CLAUDIA SCHIFFER No Colour Setting Powder, P1995, Beauty Bar
For dehydrated skin:
Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder
Having dry skin usually means skipping powder altogether, but with weather as humid as ours, everyone needs some extra help with setting their makeup. So if you're not used to the feeling of powder on your face, give the Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh a shot. Aside from being an incredibly finely-milled loose formula, this product has been infused with 50% water and hydrating glycerin to resemble a cooling face mist that actually sets and refreshes your makeup like a setting powder.
BECCA Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder, P2250, Sephora.ph
For a lit from within glow:
La Mer The Powder
After putting all that effort into getting a skincare-only glow, the last thing you want to do is dull your shine. To set your makeup but still keep your glow going, opt for a finishing powder with ultra-fine shimmer particles that catch the light. La Mer's loose powder has that plus skin-healing benefits from their miracle broth—a certified favorite of Hollywood celebrity makeup artists Patrick Ta and Nam Vo, whose clients include Gigi Hadid, Aimee Song, and Kylie Jenner.
LA MER The Powder, P5250, Rustan's
To mattify and blur fine lines and pores:
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Pressing this powder onto your skin with a velour puff is basically Photoshop in real life. It subtly reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores with a sheer amount of coverage, blends like a dream, and doubles the wear of your makeup sans the cakey look. Now with two shades—translucent and translucent medium/deep—it can perfect a wide variety of skin tones without causing flashback.
LAURA MERCIER Translucent Loose Setting Powder, P1950, Rustan's
For a non-powdery finish:
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
This luxurious little compact houses the powder for people who don't like powder. It's the formula that made Hourglass a cult-favorite for base products, because unlike most pressed powders, it practically disappears into the skin given how light and airy it is. At a feather-light touch, you can seal in creams and liquids without adding texture to your face—perfect for a barely-there finish. With flesh-toned and color-correcting shades, you can choose a color that blends seamlessly with your makeup and help it reflect light in the most flattering way possible.
HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Powder, P2900, Sephora.ph
For skin that looks good in any light:
NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder
That flat matte look may be amazing in theory, but let's be real—it doesn't look the most realistic and natural in person. Unless you're trying to hide imperfections, don't be afraid to use a powder with a hint of shimmer like this one from Nars. Thanks to light-reflecting technology, finishing your makeup with this powder will add a three-dimensional, luminous finish that blurs imperfections so your skin is impeccable in person. It's an amazing topper for an oil-controlling, matte base overall, perfect for bringing that skin-like glow back.
NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder, price unavailable, Power Plant
For on the go oil control and coverage:
Revlon Colorstay Pressed Powder
The Colorstay foundation has cemented its place as a drugstore classic, but the powder from the same line deserves as much hype. This handy little compact won't just remove excess shine from your skin (it is oil-free, after all)—it delivers a solid medium coverage as well, which will set and perfect your base even more. Since it's a pressed formula, it's extra convenient for touchups or when you need coverage on the go.
REVLON Colorstay Pressed Powder, P825, Watsons
For a camera-ready finish:
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder in Translucent
This HD powder was made to be invisible on camera, so it won't give you any kind of coverage whatsoever. However, it will instantly mattify your complexion, control creasing, reduce visible texture like a pressed Instagram filter and prolong the overall weartime of your makeup. Popular Korean beauty vloggers Pony and Sue Park (or Ssin, as she's known on YouTube) have both been spotted using this compact in their tutorials, the latter even naming it the best powder last 2018.
MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder in Translucent, P2250, Freyja
For sensitive skin:
Clinique Blended Face Powder
This product solves two common problems that sensitive-skinned have with makeup. First, it's free of any synthetic fragrances (like all Clinique products) that could irritate the complexion or put off sensitive noses. Second, the powder was milled finely to avoid overloading the skin, providing a natural-looking, lightweight feel in its place that all skin types will appreciate.
CLINIQUE Blended Face Powder and Brush, P2000, Lazada
For a baby soft, shine-free complexion:
Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder
Innisfree's most popular setting powder packs a strong punch when it comes to oil control. The combination of minerals from Jeju island and naturally-derived mint helps absorb excess sebum and keeps the skin soft and fresh, preventing makeup from cracking and looking cakey. Best of all, it's pretty affordable. In fact, it's been so well received in Korea and worldwide that the brand created a pressed powder version!
INNISFREE No Sebum Mineral Powder, P390, SM Mall of Asia