Best Setting Powder for Under Eye Concealer

What's the Best Setting Powder for Under Eye Concealer that you've tried?

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, Guerlain Meteorites (the pressed kind), or a damp sponge in any translucent/finely-milled powder.

Thanks to Katelynn for today’s topic!

— Christine


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julia Avatar

Bobbi Brown Retouching Powder in peach (loose) is the one I use for almost a year now. I like that you can put on less or build it up (which I find not all pressed powders can be built up) if I need it to last the whole day. It has slight correcting properties and does not look cakey. I have also tried the yellow one, but I don’t like it at all because the color really shows on my fair skin.

Momo Avatar

I use these powders with either a densely-packed, flat makeup brush or dry sponge.
• YoungBlood Mineral Rice Setting Powder.
• Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder + another deeper toned Ben Nye Translucent/Mojave Powder.
• Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder.

Anne Avatar

The Too Faced Primed and Poreless Pressed Powder is my go-to, but sometimes I use my Ambient Lighting Palette, and on rare occasions I use the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder for a bit of extra coverage in addition to setting everything.

Rachel R. Avatar

I usually use e.l.f. HD Concealer in Brightening under my eyes, and it dries down so I don’t need to powder. On the rare occasions I use something else, I like the yellow powder from the e.l.f. Tone Correcting Powder in Cool, e.l.f. High Definition Undereye Setting Powder, or BareMinerals Mineral Veil in Translucent.

Stephanie Avatar

I’m a big fan of Shiseido translucent pressed powder. It’s a natural finish, and not bright white so it doesn’t emphasize dark circles and puffiness.

L Avatar

Laura Mercier Secret brightening powder; The only powder that prevents creasing on me & no “baking” required. It comes in a small container, so the price might seem not worth it, but boy does it last a long time!

Michele @Binxcat4ever Avatar

I used to use setting powder for the concealer under my eyes but lately I’m finding that I don’t really need it. In fact, since I have some fine lines, i find just about any setting powder seems to amplify them – whereas simply leaving my foundation on top of the concealer under my eyes only (currently using the Laura Geller Baked Foundation or the Balance N Brighten one depending on the coverage I want), I just don’t need a setting powder. My concealer lasts all day without caking, creasing, or fading. I sometimes use a setting powder in my T-zone.

Brittany Avatar

I don’t know if I really have a favorite, but I’m almost done using my Ben Nye HD colorless powder which I almost always apply with a damp sponge. It generally looks great and really locks in the concealer when I use the sponge and it only looks not-so-great if I go crazy and use too much (then it makes my undereyes look dry and it ages me).

After I finish that, I’ll be using Shiro Cosmetics Fatality finishing powder, which is also really finely milled like the Ben Nye, but is less drying because it’s rice powder instead of silica, which doesn’t seem to dry that area out as much.

Becky Avatar

Honestly I just love Coty Airspun! I bake my undereye concealer, so I don’t want to use a pricey powder because I just end up wiping most of it away. Coty does the job, lasts all day, and looks lovely!

Heather Avatar

I love using Anastasia Banana Powder from the Powder Contour Kit (but can also be purchased separately) applied with a Morphe m438 (the BEST for under eye!) Works really well to cancel out any dark circles. I love that it gives an under eye highlight that just brightens up my whole face! I have been wanting to try Laura Mercier Translucent Powder for a while…seems to be a fave!

Tracey E. Avatar

I use the Bobbi Brown yellow pressed powder that comes in the concealer kit to set under eye cream product. I was advised that Bobbi Brown’s new liquid concealer and corrector line doesn’t need powder to set it and I find that true in my limited experience with these new products. In a pinch, I’ll use Charlotte Tilbury pressed powder with a fluffy brush. I have my eye on the Laura Mercier’s brightening powder.

Thanks, everyone, for the Hourglass/finishing powder tip!

Bibi Avatar

Here’s a budget alternative for pale skinned gals (like me) for setting your eye concealer- L’Oreal’s Infallible eyeshadow in ‘Endless Pearl’.
No, it is NOT pearl-y, there’s no shimmer in it at all.
It is a very matte, pale, slightly pink nude color. The texture is extremely fine, it lasts all day without creasing at all.
I apply it with Sonia Kashuk’s double ended eyeshadow brush over my eye concealer & any place else that needs extra coverage & gets ‘shadowy’ like the corners of my nose where I have some reddish broken capillaries.

Cat Avatar

About three months ago, I tried something very different. I had ordered a sample of Fyrinnae’s Powder Primer for dry skin and I hadn’t tried it. One day I thought to myself, “Why don’t I try that as an under-eye setting powder and see how it works?” I’ve been using it ever since. I don’t know how happy I’ll be with it in the dead of winter, but it’s been wonderful so far.

Lamoney Avatar

I love Rimmel stay matte powder and translucent used as an under eye setting powder! So smooth and affordable! I haven’t found a pressed translucent powder from any high end companies that were as silky and sheer as this! That’s why j stick to it(: use a blush brush to tap into the product and tap off the excess and pat over concealer and bam! Gorgeous ness!

Astrild Avatar

L’Oreal Lumi Magique Illuminating powder. I purchased it without Reading any review. I don’t know if it’s the best because I haven’t tried so many but I like it a lot. It sets the concealer without looking cakey and donesn’t enphasized my fine lines.

Fran Avatar

Oddly, I find that the less powder I set it with, the better. I let just a bit of my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light or Diffused Light drift over to my undereye area while powdering the rest of my face.

Carla Avatar

I’ve just started experimenting with under eye setting powders and so far I’ve liked 1 higher end and 2 drugstore options.

1.) Bye Bye Pores Loose Powder – IT Cosmetics
2.) NYC Smooth Skin – Walmart
3.) Airspun – Kmart (Not crazy about the ingredients or fragrance in this one, but it really does leave a beautiful matte finish).

They all are translucent, but I can’t say my under eye lines completely disappear with any of these products. My over all complexion just looks smooth and matte. I’m always looking for the perfect under eye powder for sure!

Jen Avatar

BY FAR the Ben Nye banana powder. I have tried so many things, including the hourglass powders and countless products that are made for that specific purpose (Laura Mercier, etc) but the Ben Nye is my HG. It’s probably the cheapest HG product I own, also. I tend towards very high end cosmetics.

VeraLynn Avatar

I have the WORST dark undereye circles, so I can use all the help I can get in the brightening department–my current go-to’s are BareMinerals Well Rested and MAC Pro Powder in Emphasize. If I’m not looking for brightening in my undereye powder then it’s another vote for LM Translucent Setting Powder 😀

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