Why we love it: The finish on this pressed powder (available in eight shades) is semi-matte, which means it doesn’t look super-powdery. It looks like real skin. It comes with a dual-sided applicator that controls the intensity. Use the beige side to apply the powder as foundation. Use the black side when you just a sheer dusting of powder, or to layer over—and set—your liquid foundation.
Why we love it: Finding the right shade of powder for your skin tone can be tricky, especially if you have a medium or dark complexion. A too light powder will look chalky on your skin. This compact comes in a whopping 35 different shades made to work with on different ethnicities, so there’s bound to be a hue that works for you. Plus, the powder can be applied dry or wet for more coverage—both result in a matte, shine-free finish.
Why we love it: With this highly-pigmented pressed compact (available in five shades), you get full-coverage foundation that doesn’t look or feel heavy on your skin. A swirl of the brush gives you an airbrushed look. Hydrating ingredients mean it won’t crease or settle into lines or pores throughout the day, and the addition of peptides and antioxidants will make skin look smoother over time. That’s something to celebrate, huh?
Why we love it: If you have oily, acne-prone skin, this powder can help sop up oil and clear breakouts over time. That’s because it’s infused with salicylic acid, which helps keep pores clear of acne-causing oil and dead skin. It comes in eight matte shades.
Why we love it: It’s the Goldilocks of powders. The silky formula is not too heavy and not too light. It’s just right for skin that needs medium coverage. Plus, it comes in 12 shades—a wide range for drugstore makeup.
Why we love it: You get the lightweight look of a loose mineral foundation in easy-to-tote packaging. The lid has a built-in kabuki brush. Dip it into the sifter, tap to remove excess powder, and swirl on your skin in circular motions. You can build up from sheer to full coverage. The 12-shade makeup also has SPF 19, along with vitamin E, an antioxidant, to protect skin from damaging UV rays.
Why we love it: This pressed powder, which comes in five shades, has a demi-matte finish, which looks slightly more luminous on skin (but not shiny) than a full-on matte. Plus, the formula contains optical-blurring pigments to smooth over large pores and fine lines, giving skin a soft-focus, flawless look.
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