3 Setting Powders That Banish Extra Shine
For years my biggest skincare concern (apart from breakouts) was figuring out how to keep my face looking matte throughout the day, and I developed all kinds of tricks for taming that middle-of-the-day shine that can take over the t-zone. I eventually replaced my weird blue Clean & Clear blotting sheets with Tatcha’s blotting papers (thanks Siobhan!), and while I’m more balanced now thanks to introducing oils into my routine and getting a little older, the reality is that I live in a very humid climate. I could go through an unreasonable number of those precious abaca leaf blotting papers in one summer day if I didn’t do a few things otherwise to keep my makeup from sliding off.
Setting powders are my first line of defense, and it’s a relatively new thing for me because up until the last few years I used powder foundations almost exclusively. My skin has started to change in my 30s and has become more prone to dehydration, which makes fine lines more obvious. Powder foundations can accentuate this, too. That’s one reason I’ve gravitated toward cream foundations in the last few years. But while those keep my skin looking more hydrated, the summer humidity makes wearing them challenging.
These three setting powders have proved fantastic at keeping makeup in place, mattifying just enough to keep midday shine in check without totally concealing the luminous finish of my foundation.
W3LL PEOPLE Bio Brightener Invisible Powder This is a new discovery and probably my favorite of the bunch. That’s because it keeps makeup in place while casting a soft-focus glow wherever it’s dusted. It smells like fresh chamomile and green tea, and it contains aloe powder so it is calming and hydrating while keeping shine to a minimum. I never feel dried-out by this powder, just luminous and happy with my skin.
RMS “Un” Powder This has been in my collection the longest, and it’s a tried and true setting powder that works wonders for keeping my coconut oil based RMS makeup from melting off my face in the humidity. It’s the powder I grab without fail when I need my makeup to really stick for the long haul. A little bit of this ultra fine powder goes a long way. It absorbs all the oil, so I go for less than I think I’ll need. The finish is weightless, and it’s now available in tinted versions.
Au Naturale Finishing Powder This is the only setting powder I have that is tinted, and I was curious as to how it would work since there is only one tint, which is light and on the peachy side. The color really just blends right in with my natural skin tone. Not only that, it seems to add slightly more opacity and coverage when I’ve sheered out my foundation or worn less than normal. The finish is quite velvety and lovely, and it helps makeup look fresh for the whole day.
If these setting powders need refreshing during the day, I can normally achieve that by patting my face with a tissue. No additional application needed in my experience.
Do you use a setting powder? What’s your favorite?