Thursday, April 28th, 2011

The Hit List

What’s the Best Mattifying Powder…?

What brand/product wins this category? What makes it so great?

Thanks to Jenny for today’s topic!

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81 thoughts on “The Hit List: Best Mattifying Powder

  1. Sarah

    maybelline dream matte powder. sooo mattifying!

  2. Lancôme Duel Finish Matte Powder.

    • Ivy

      Dual Finish is not at all good for oily skin. It looks nice at first but makes me oily within an hour. The best thing in the dual finish compact is the puff:D

      • I don’t have oily skin, I have dry skin.

        • GinaTheresa

          Thanks for the tip! I have dry skin too, and most mattifying powders dry out my skin even more and make my pores look huge. I’ll have to check this one out.

        • Ivy

          Just curious, why do you use a mattifying powder?

        • Nav -

          Does dry skin need mattifying?! If so I need to tell my crazy dry skin friend who’s constantly obsessing over her skin asap! Lol!

          • I just favor the look of matte skin over dewy. in fact I hate dewy skin, even in the summer. My skin is pretty much dry everywhere except my nose can get a little shiny later in the day, and this powder keeps it in check.
            Sonia Kashuk’s translucent powder is awesome too. I just bought that along with her tinted moisturizer and it lasts forever.

  3. Sari

    Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder ! It gives me a perfect matte finish without looking cakey & is great for touch ups during the day when my face starts to get oily because it seems to smooth out my foundation and make it look flawless again .

  4. Too Faced Primed and Poreless powder

    I use there other primer first and then seteverything with the powder

    • Lizzi

      The Too Faced primer is the best, however philosophy’s The Present is $10 less. I used to get the TF one but I switched to that one cuz it’s almost spot on identical.

  5. Estel

    Mac Studio Fix (I use these ones when I go out at night) and Mac Blot to touch up!

    • cori

      I use MAC Fix too! It makes me look perfect & flawless, but I havent used anything else so I can’t compare haha

  6. Najada_naj

    MAC Blot powder – just perfect! Blends completely, it’s invisible, leaving only matte surface, no signs of powdery face as some of my loose powders can make.

  7. condesa

    Guerlain Les Voilettes loose powder and I recently discovered YSL Semi-loose powder natural radiance – really keeps oilies at bay! Love!!

  8. Monticka

    The balm Sexy mama!

  9. Tamine

    MAC blot powder! It changed my life!

  10. MAC BLOT FTW!!!!! 😀

  11. Tatiana

    I have tried several different ones. But Shiseido Sheer Matifying Compact SPF10 works best for me. And I just love the case!

  12. Dana

    Mac Blot pressed powder, I’ve been using for about 10 years and it gets the job done. I am super oily and it leaves me matte for hours.

  13. My personal favorite is MAC’s Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder.
    Looks great on HD cameras!

  14. S

    Ben Nye Banana Visage luxury powder. It’s a pale yellow, micro milled powder that sets your makeup and warms up your skin a bit. It’s very similar to T. LeCler’s yellow powder but at a fraction of the price. You can get a 3 oz shaker bottle at Stage Supply for $10, it will last for years.

  15. Megan

    I love macs careblend powder!!!! The lovechild of studiofix and blot powder!

  16. I’m currently using Avène Couvrance translucent mosaic powder… it works quite well for me -I have combination-oily skin.

  17. kasia

    Kanebo Translucent Loose Powder

    I also have Mac Blot Powder, but I haven’t tried it yet.

  18. Laurina

    MAC Blot! It’s one of my HG products :-)

  19. Cat

    Peter Thomas Roth mattifying gel, then bare minerals matte, finished with MUFE HD microfinish powder. That works for me!

  20. slick

    I use a mixture of silica powder (elf, mufe, coastal scents, whatev lol) and Ben Nye Banana powder – love! I also use MAC Blot pressed contact while on the go :)

  21. maya

    Ben Nye neutral set powder. It’s not a mattifying powder per se, but it keeps the oil at bay way longer than anything else I’ve ever tried (and it’s SO inexpensive.)

  22. Melissa

    MUFE HD Microfinish Powder

  23. Kyo

    Mac Blot powder is cool. I like it a lot.

  24. Amber

    MAC Blot powder! the best imo.

  25. Kristie

    Benefit’s Matterial Girl is a really good matte powder! I keep it in my school bag for touch ups, and it never looks cakey!

  26. AnGeLwInGz

    Urban Decay De-Slick for me. I know it’s one of those “either you love it or hate it” products but I’ve been using it literally since the day it was released and it hasn’t given me any trouble.

  27. snm

    mac blot powder! it is one of the products that has changed my make up experiences since it does work miracles on my oily skin.since the day I have met that baby,I can’t imagine myself without it,even on no make up days!

  28. mini

    1. NARS

    2. Laura Mercier translucent powder!!

  29. Sarah M

    MAC’s blot powder. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but it really suits my skin and I like using it on clients with oily skins. It’s probably the only pressed powder I have ever purchased more than once!

  30. This is goofy but it works! …Toilet seat cover paper.
    Renee Rouleau posted this as a skin care tip a couple of weeks ago and believe it or not, the paper the covers are made out of really are comparable to a blot paper.
    I also use Peter Thomas Roth matte gel on my forehead every day for the last 3 years… it got me through a boot camp. =)

    • Eileen

      I second the toilet seat cover! The best blotting paper I’ve used, and always available when you need it most (shopping, the office, airports…)

    • TOILET SEAT COVERS FTW! I just take one from work every day, tear it into usable little pieces, and blot when needed. It works so well. <3

  31. Nikoline

    Chanel loose powder!

  32. i like MAC Invisible Set Powder b/c it does the job w/o leaving any white residue behind

  33. I’m surprised to see no one mentioned Rimmel’s Stay Matte. I love the stuff! Great for touch-ups too, though I rarely need them!

    • I agree!! This is probably my favorite powder right now, it keeps me more matte than anything else! But I want to try the Urban Decay powder :)

  34. Currently loving MAC blot powder pressed

  35. I love MAC Blot Powder in the Spring/Summer since the heat brings out the oil in my combo skin, this ensures a nice clean finish. During the winter I use MSFN but love Blot Powder.

  36. Marcia

    Its a tie for me between Make-up Forever Duo Mat and Cle de peau refining powder

  37. Kelly

    Maybelline Dream Matte ! I take it with me everywhere (:

  38. Amanda

    MAC’s Blot Powder!

  39. Jess

    Mac’s Blot Powder!
    I also liked the look of Maybelline’s Dream Matte powder, but it made my somewhat sensitive-acne prone skin break out.

  40. Mariella

    My all-time favourite has to be MAC Blot powder and a close second is CoverFX’s MatteFX powder, especially now that it comes in a shade between “light” and “dark” (it only came in those 2 shades when it was first released).

  41. Naz

    MAC Blot powder. Can’t remember what I used before that.

  42. Cici

    I recently bought the sephora contour disk and the mattefier works amazing!! I have very oily skin and when I use it I have a flawless shine free face all day

  43. CB

    I’d like to try MAC’s Blot Powder. One reviewer said it oxidized. Has anyone else had a problem with this? And has it made anyone with sensitive skin break out? I just trying Makeup Forever’s HD powder, but it showed up very chalky and white in flash photographs..wasn’t too much of a deal breaker, as I don’t plan on being photographed often, but something about the pure hydrated silica made me feel funny..almost as if I was breathing in dust. Shame, as it made my oily skin look flawless for most of the day and I only needed the tiniest amount!

  44. Definitely MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural.

  45. I’m surprised nobody has mentioned the ELF Studio Complexion Perfection powder. I have oily skin, and I find that it keeps me matte all day. It’s one of the only powders that I can use on my very fair skin without having it oxidize and make me look orange.

    • braveviet

      surprisingly it is the product I reach for the most and use for touch up every 4 hours. I haven’t found any better product than that

  46. Adelita


    But I’m also curious about UD De-Slick Mattifying Powder & Laura Mercier Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder – Shine Control (seriously, why someone named a product that long? It’s a mouthful!).
    Have you try it? Anyone?

  47. April

    Mary Kay loose powder. You don’t need a lot to matify your face!

  48. nitnot

    I’d like to try Maybelline Dream matte, does anyone have any idea which shade I should get? I have a perfect NC30 skin tone and wear MUFE HD 140/127 (probably should mix those two, may be a perfect match for me). And which MUFE duo mat shade should I get?

    Thanks for any help, appreciate it :)

    • According to the shade finder on, a MUFE HD 140 would be 203 in Duo Mat while a 127 is a 207 so maybe 205 would be good for since it’s in between.

  49. reena

    “all in one face foundation” by the body shop is the best powder i used!(tried lots!)

  50. Stephanie

    I don’t use liquid foundation so I just use Loreal True Match compact in Buff Beige whenever I don’t have my Laura Mercier powder

  51. Alexandra

    Maybelline Dream Matte Powder

  52. ak

    I regret buying MAC loose Blot Powder, especially because it’s a product that’s easy for me to get heavy-handed with and then I end up looking way too light even after I think I’m shaking the excess powder off the brush! But everybody still raves about the MAC pressed Blot Powder so eventually I’ll buy that instead from now on.

    Right now I just sometimes use Laura Mercier Secret Finish Mattifying.

  53. try using cornstarch powder! any brand.i just keep it in a compact and it works wonders-plus the fact that its sometimes a main ingredient in mattifying powders it does the job all on its own. Goes on a little white at first but then turns completely translucent once you blend it in with the powder brush! cheap and easy way to mattify your skin.

  54. diamond_8806

    Black Opal Oil Absorbing Invisible Pressed Powder