Thursday, December 16th, 2010

The Hit List

What’s the Best Setting Powder…?

What brand/product wins this category? Any particular reason it wins?

Thanks to Jenny for today’s topic!

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106 thoughts on “The Hit List: Best Setting Powder

  1. danette

    i love mufe hd

  2. Naz

    I really like MAC, Prep and Prime setting powder. It’s translucent so it’s good for any skin tone and leaves a perfect finish to any face. And I loved their Loose Blot powder, which is only available from their pro store now, but that was a perfect finishing powder for those of us with combination skin; just enough (light) coverage and kept everything matte but not in heavy way.

    • Liz

      Yes! It is the best! When I don’t feel like wearing a lot of foundation, I just use this with my concealor and it takes away the shine! It feels so smooth too and it lasts for a long time – a little fores a long way!

    • Dawn

      Agreed. I look flawless after MAC translusent setting powder

  3. Bridget S.

    Laura Mercier Translucent Powder. I’ve gone through so many jars. It adds a diffuse glow and keeps me matte for longer than any other product and doesn’t interfere with the colour of the foundation.

  4. Melanie

    Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre! Give me the perfect glow-from-within look!

  5. Wendy

    Lancome Mineral Finishing Powder – gives me a total air brush look and lasts most of the day. It’s expensive, but so worth it.

  6. Amber

    I love Laura Mercier Setting Powder – it’s so light and goes on so smoothly, leaving a smooth, semi-glowy finish. A little goes a long way – I’ve had mine for over a year now and it’s still pretty full!

  7. Tia

    Ben Nye Banana Powder

  8. Ani_BEE

    MUFE HD Powder, it’s 100% pure silica but they manage to mill it just right and can be used on anyone.

  9. AshleyD

    Silk Naturals perfecting powder! it’s much better than MUFE HD. it has some silica powder in it too, but also has silk powder. it doesn’t make skin look dry like the MUFE. it makes skin look super smooth, and it lasts a long time. it’s also very affordable – $8 I think !

    • Ani_BEE

      I’ll check out Silk Naturals once once I go through the MUFE HD I got at 40% off … the SN one is still cheaper. ^_^ I had tried pure Coastal Scents silica powder but it doesn’t look the same as the HD powder …

      I want to try the Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish eventually.

  10. Sarah A.

    I love love love Physician’s Formula Pearls of Perfection in translucent. Only downside is it’s hard to find in stores, but they have it online. Mine has lasted me forever, it’s relatively inexpensive, and it never looks makeup-y on me. It has a little bit of iridescence that you can see on the product, but it never looks glittery or shimmery on my skin, just slightly airbrushed. I’ve tried a few higher end powders since I first stumbled upon this, thinking that I’d get something even better if I paid more, but I haven’t found it yet. However, application can be annoying because the little pearls sometimes get stuck in my brush, so I have to be careful swirling my brush around :)

  11. Marsha

    MAC Prep& Prme Transluscent is the best I’ve found. It’s never cakey and keeps the oilies away for hours.

  12. sarah

    I use MUFE HD and it works great!
    just hate the smell. haha!

  13. Haya

    bare essentials: mineral vail….. no doubt about that:D

  14. I love MUFE HD. I have dry skin and I thought the silica would exacerbate the problem but it didn’t. I was also put off by the fact that it’s pure white. However, it blends in effortlessly and I only need the TINIEST amount to cover my whole face. The only thing I don’t like is that you have to open the jar very carefully or the powder goes flying.

  15. Paula

    ELF high def powder. Works well, very inexpensive, I’m happy :)

  16. Kat

    Marcelle Loose Translucent Powder. Only available in Canada, and the jar is pretty ugly looking, but it is amazing and has lasted me years.

  17. Michele

    Make Up Forever HD Setting Powder is awesome…

  18. Carrie

    Well, I think Laura Mercier, Cle de Peau, Paul & Joe and Givenchy, they all have the best loose powders, if there has to be only one out, I’ll pick Cle de Peau.

  19. Kim

    Dior Diorskin Hydrating Loose Powder

  20. Cissouille

    I love UD’s Razor sharp. It doesn’t cover the glow, and it’s soooo smooth.

  21. I would also have to agree! Cover FX has a nice setting powder too.

  22. Shontay

    Ben Nye Banana Powder. It’s absolutely invisible, lightweight and doesn’t irritate my skin at all.

  23. ann

    the only powder that helps combat my oily skin is mac blot powder. i use it to set even though it can look a little ashy and doesn’t give a soft focus airbrushed effect like say revlon colorstay powder but it’s still awesome and my HG

  24. slick

    I have generic silica powder from Coastal Scents that I mix with Ben Nye Banana Powder. Love it!

  25. Svetlana

    I love MAC’s Prep&Prime translucent powder.

  26. Elsa

    i love the nars loose powder in ‘flesh’

  27. Virginia

    I’d pick NARS or Chanel powders. I’ve also tried MAC and Bobbi Brown, but they’re a bit coarse for my taste.

  28. Heather

    I love Cinema Secrets powder in Custard. Cinema Secrets is a brand that doesnt get the recognition it deserves and the pale yellow powder is very flattering on my light skin with yellow undertones

  29. vickie

    I love elfs complexion perfection for setting neutrogena healthy skin foundation

  30. i know i’m not original but…Mufe HD

  31. MUFE HD or its cheaper sister, Coastal Scents silica powder spheres, hands down!

  32. Anna

    mac’s mineralize skinfinsh natural <3

  33. Chibu74

    I love eve pearl’s HD pressed powder, its amazing

  34. Stephanie

    Smashbox Halo and MUFE HD. Each has a different finish so I can justify owning both :)

  35. Kiersten

    I’ve been using the clinique blended face powder in invisible blend over my foundation for over a year, and I love it. It really gets rid of all the shine and hasn’t caused any breakouts on me. I have heard alot of good things about other setting powders but for right now I’m “not going to fix what ain’t broken.”

  36. Lisa

    I LOVE the MAC Truth & Light Magically Cool Liquid Powder from the Venomous Villains Collection (Dr. Facilier); it gives a really nice finish to the skin.

  37. Emily

    So I just recently got a sample of MUFE HD powder…I haven’t tried it yet, cause I’m not quite sure how to use it. I know I put it on top of everything…but does it take the place of my MAC Mineralize powder? Or do I put it on top of that too? Any words of advice peoples?

    • Svetlana

      You should not put your setting powder on top of everything, only on top of your concealer and foundation. After you set your foundation/concealer you then apply blush/bronzer/highlogter/etc… You can eventually put a bit of fix plus on top of everything at the end.

  38. Lucie

    Oddly enough I really love Clinique’s translucent powder. It seems to be slightly green toned which counter-acts the redness in my skin while leaving a smooth non-powdery finish.

  39. Abril

    I like MAC Blot Powder and Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder and I really really want to try NARS Loose Powder! =)

  40. Anyone tried the Becca Cosmetics loose powder? quite similar to Laura Mercier.

  41. Pan

    bobbi brown sheer finish pressed powder! It’s so sheer and natrual, most importantly it controls shine all day.

    • Meghann

      Love Bobbbi Brown. It gives a natural glow to my skin and looks so natural. I use Golden Orange. Been using her pressed powder and foundation for years. It matches my skin so nicely.

  42. tara

    i alternate bw laura mercier setting powder (translucent not the mineral one), MUFE HD, and mineral veil, depending on the foundation/tinted moisturizer i use (i find that brands work great with brands).

  43. Nathalie

    I’ve always used Estee Lauder translucent powder. I’ve always liked how light it is. Recently I discovered Palladio Rice Powder (thanks to MakeupGeek) and I really really like it.

  44. divinem (Melissa)

    MAC Mystery Powder. Only one I’ve found that doesn’t break me out or make me look like a craggy looking hag.

  45. Candyliciousity

    What do you guys think of Bobbi brown illuminating finishing powder? I’ve tried it yesterday.. Seems nice. Should I get it?

  46. Sonni

    I am in love with MAC’s prep and prime transparent finishing powder :)
    I have such oily skin and this helps a TON

  47. francesca

    Mac MSF Natural (winter), Mac Blot Powder (summer)!

  48. Niki

    Personally, I love Ocean Mist Cosmetics’ Silken Perfection Finishing Powder – it’s just pure joy & love on my skin.

  49. Make Up Forever HD Powder is the best I have ever tried for my skin type. That stuff is just lovely. I save mine for special occasions and times when photos are to be taken because it makes my skin look so good. For everyday I use a Yardley powder. It just works really good with my skin.

  50. Sarah

    NARS powder fdtn controls oil like nothing else for me, loose is great too. MAC Pro Set Invisible is good too.

  51. Macfan1966

    Definately Nars loose powder.

  52. Reesa

    I am currently using Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil & Coastal Scents Silica powder mixed. Works great for my oily skin.

  53. Trish

    For me it’s either MAC’s Blot Powder (I have super oily acne-prone skin) or most recently, MUFE’s HD powder. Both don’t turn ashy on me and keep my oily skin in check.

  54. lindsay w

    Palladio Rice Powder in translucent. I love this stuff because its translucent loose powder, absorbs oil, controls shine, and lasts throughout the day! I learned about it from MUG and she loves it too! Pretty finely milled and soft! I use a puff to apply.

  55. I have 2 faves for every day, Urban Decay’s Razor Sharp Ultra Definition Finishing Podwer and Too Faced’s Absolutely Invisible Pressed Powder. Normally I use UD in the morning and save TF for touch ups while I’m out. Now if I go the shimmer and sparkle route I’ll use MAC’s Venomous Villians Magically Cool Liquid Powder in Dr Facilier Truth and Light in the AM and touch up with Too Faced’s Absolutely Invisible Candlelight throughout the day.

    I’ve also found that if I gently press my powder into my foundation first and then do a light buff/dusting over the face. This helps everything to stay set longer, my shininess doesn’t appear as quickly or as oily when it does, and a quick touch up doing the press and dust is all I need.

  56. Dianna

    Laura Mercier

  57. Sarah

    Laura Mercier translucent setting powder is the best!! You don’t have to apply much and it’s so smooth!!

  58. Vijaya

    I’ve never used a setting powder because I generally use powder foundation and set it with a spray. I’ve been using pro longwear lately, though and feel like it really doesn’t need to be set with powder.

  59. Maya

    T.LeClerc poudre libre. Loose poweder made of rice powder
    also available in bunch of different colours.
    It s an amazing product
    its history is almost 100 years old

  60. Kim

    i love clarins and la mer’s loose powder. i have mufe hd loose powder but it gets a little chalky on me :(

  61. Kim

    i also use guerlin meteorite balls

  62. lissa

    loreal visible lift works perfectly for me. it adds a bit of evening out and lightens/brightens and it’s really fine and really doesn’t settle in lines. doesn’t require touch ups for 6+ hrs usually. works really well with the flocked cloth applicator included, I dab it on lightly then smooth it gently across to even it out and remove any excess.

  63. Jeanie

    I alternate between MAC MSF and MUFE HD Powder depending on the finish I’m going for :)

  64. Loquita

    I am late to the game on this one, but am surprised to see that no one has recommended Jurlique’s finishing powders – I *love* the Citrus powder for oilier skin (they also have lavender and rose powers for other skin types). It smells absolutely amazing and is very finely milled – I left my favorite LM powder behind for it, in fact. I use it in the morning and have very little need for oil blotting papers throughout the day afterwards.

  65. Nancy

    MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural or Lancome Dual finish. In the summertime I swear by Nars powder foundation, it’s so lightweight and mattifying when used as a setting powder.