With so many powders out there that do wonders for your face, we’ve gathered 7 of our favorites and put them to the test to see how well they stay put, what additional benefits they offer and of course, how well they look on. I personally have normal to dry skin, therefore I use powders around my t-zone (forehead, nose, & chin) areas.
The Breakdown: Reduces the look of fine lines after 6 weeks of use, anti-aging ingredients, hydrates your skin, no SPF, built in shaver (which I love because you can shave as little for one time use and take it with you without a powdery mess!), no sponge or brush included. I love the coverage as it’s sheer, smooth and some of my fine lines and pores were covered lightly. I did notice after wearing the Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder after a few hours, I did need to reapply, however, take note that I only apply a very small amount using Smashbox Fan Brush #22.
The Breakdown: Loose mineral powder, 12 hour wear, semi-matte finish, SPF 12, includes a sponge for travel. I notice immediately when I applied the Double Wear Mineral powder, I did see some shimmer from the mineral powder itself, which I’m not a huge fan of, especially for my face. I did use the sponge included with the portable compact, which gave more of a heavier look of the powder on my skin, so if you want more of a medium to light coverage, use a brush! I did notice that I had to reapply after 5 hours of wear.
The Breakdown: Sheer to natural finish, includes brush and sponge, SPF 15, pressed powder. The packaging alone is too cute! What can I say, Benefit Cosmetics always gets me with their packaging. Although the compact had some of the benefits which I thought were convenient (brush and sponge), the powder finish made my skin look dry rather than give the sheer coverage I wanted to achieve. It did stay on for more than 3-4 hours.
The Breakdown: No SPF, ultra light foundation pressed powder, sheer coverage, no sponge or brush included. I definitely liked the coverage of this blend as it’s smooth, with little to no shimmer from the baked minerals and regardless if I used a brush or sponge, it didn’t look caked on or heavy on my skin. I did have to reapply with a brush in 2 – 3 hours after wear.
The Breakdown: No SPF, satin finish, pressed powder, includes a brush. Once applied on my skin, I noticed that it did have more of a sheer, no shine coverage, however, it made my skin look dry and not natural. I did like how the compact came with it’s own little pouch and a wide flat brush to apply the powder with. Reapplied with the brush that’s included after 3-4 hours of wear.
The Breakdown: Oil free, helps brighten skin, helps reduce dark spots, SPF 30, sponge included. I really favored the way this powder looked on my skin. Definitely sheer, not too heavy and did not make my skin look dry. A HUGE plus for me was the SPF 30, which is important to me when I look for product now. Stayed on my skin for at least 3-4 hours then had to reapply with the sponge.
The Breakdown: Translucent finish, SPF 15. I really liked this powder because it diminished any kind of shine, however, still gave my skin a very natural look with a sheer finish. Although it has the translucent finish, I did notice that it was a tad bit lighter than my complexion, so I can’t really say that the translucent finish would work well with all medium tone skin (such as mine). The coverage lasted about 3-4 hours.
Origin’s Brighter by Nature, Skin Tone Correcting Powder was the one for me. It worked very well with my skin, leaving it looking natural, not dry, and blended very well with a brush or the sponge included. As I mentioned, SPF is a plus for me and having the highest SPF was definitely one of the deciding factors of my choice. However, make sure to stop by these amazing line’s counters and try them for yourself. Each skin is different and you may have different results than I experienced.