Setting powder is one of the most important makeup products you can have in your beauty stash. It’s key to getting your carefully-applied beat to last all day and is essential for makeup junkies with oily skin. It’s also the best way to get that effortlessly perfect look without adding texture to the skin during reapplication. The best setting powders are translucent (or tinted slightly yellow) and are finely milled so they can be easily blended or wiped away from the skin. One of the other things we love about this product is its universality. Because it has no color, it can be used on any skin tone or undertone without worry.
Sounds perfect right? Well, almost. Lots of translucent powders struggle with a little thing called “flashback,” which occurs when you take a picture using flash and a white cast shows up in the areas powder was applied. (You’ve definitely seen it on the red carpet if not in your own selfies.) This is due to the ingredients in translucent powder — namely silica — that reflect the light and create a white cast. Thankfully, there are a few powders out there that have solved this age-old beauty woe.
An influencer fave, the Dermablend Loose Setting Powder has been at the top of our list for years. It mattifies the skin without flashback and helps reduce the appearance of large pores. If you have oily skin then this is the perfect powder for you. It’s a little pricier at $27 a pop, but a little really goes a long way.
This translucent powder is camera friendly and truly invisible. It’s perfect for setting any creamy products (including blush!) and will turn your dewy foundation into demi-matte finish. At $12 a bottle, we think this one is more than worth the price.
If a setting powder sells out within 24 hours of its release, you know it has to be good. In the week since this baby has dropped, five-star reviews have been popping up everywhere and we totally get why. Perfect for giving skin a healthy, matte finish, this product is key to getting that blurred, airbrush finish. At $46, it’s the priciest pick on this list but you totally deserve it — treat yourself.
This talc-free powder is ultra-lightweight and minimizes transfer without adding color to the skin. Although it doesn’t look white in the pan (like many translucent powders do), it sets clear and won’t change the look and feel of your makeup. Its tint also ensures you’ll be flashback free so you don’t have to be afraid of a little flash on your next night out.
About the Author:Tembe Denton-Hurst hails from Brooklyn, NY, but if you ask her, the answer will be much more complicated. She's passionate about YouTube, storytelling and swatching everything she can get her hands on. When the assistant beauty editor isn't brainstorming crazy ideas for makeup.com, she's lurking on Reddit, spending time with her cats Stella and Dakota or asking obvious questions.