Makeup Collection Series | #4 Powders

Thursday, April 20, 2017

best powders for oily combination skin


A few months ago I made the decision to cut down my makeup collectionkeeping only the things that I use often and enjoy using. Although I have significantly fewer products I am happier now with my makeup collection than ever before. It can definitely be trimmed down a lot more and I've somehow accumulated a few extra bits and pieces since decluttering. I thought I'd share which products remain in my collection for each category and why I kept them. And also use this as another opportunity to see if there's anything still lurking here that I can get rid of. Oh and I've snuck in my wish list for each category too ;)

N.B. I use recycled Ferrero Rocher boxes for storage and use this as a limit for how many products I can keep for any given category. Generally this works great, in some cases this hasn't worked at all. You'll see...

If you missed the previous installments of this series, you can catch up here:





top powders for medium skin tone, face setting powders to control shine


I am a face powder junkie. I suppose its not really by choice because I have oily/combination skin and wearing makeup without powdering my t-zone is just not an option for me. So over the years I have tried a whole host of powders and I think my current collection of powders is as close to perfection as I'm ever going to get because there's not a single powder in my collection that I have reservations about or I'm willing to get rid of. And yes, I love pressed powders over loose powders because I am far too messy!

For me I have 3 main categories of powders that I need to have in rotation - an under-eye setting powder, a face setting powder and a mattifying, blotting powder. Since there are no duds in my current stash I can quite confidently say I recommend any of these powders but of course they differ slightly in their purposes, finishes and performance so keep reading to find out why each of these is in my collection and why I love/like them.


THE ONES I LOVE


Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder - 2 Medium | post | £33

I very recently crowned this my favourite powder of all! Why? It does everything I want a face setting powder to do and does it all wonderfully and I haven't got a single bad thing to say about it...even the packaging is to die for. It is as finely milled as you'd like and melts into makeup and skin beautifully. It doesn't sit on top or cling onto any dry flakes or patches. It mattifies the skin whilst letting some of the natural glow of the skin through - the makeup is matte but the complexion doesn't lose any dimension. The blurring effect whereby pores (and mine are gigantic) appear less prominent and the skin looks flawless makes this powder incredibly special. If you are struggling to find a setting powder that doesn't look cakey or ashy or unnatural, this could be the one you need in your life.


Bourjois Healthy Balance Compact Powder - 53 & 55 | post | £8.99

This has been a firm favourite that I continue to repurchase 3 years on...and actually before I tried the Charlotte Tilbury powder was very much my favourite face setting powder and is a very formidable affordable alternative. It also melts into the skin and keeps makeup looking matte without looking flat. I love that this powder is super fine and is forgiving on problem areas such as dry patches and fine lines. It doesn't dry out my skin or exaggerate anything. I have two shades because I use the darker shade to set foundations that are a touch too light for me. I love the compact packaging which might not look as breath-taking as the previous powder but at least I can travel with it without constantly worrying. I highly recommend this powder to fair-medium skin tones looking for an affordable powder that does a wonderful job akin to higher end powders.


NYX HD Finishing Powder - Banana | post | £8

This is my favourite under-eye setting powder. Its a soft, yellow-toned powder that works best for me when pressed on with a damp sponge. It sets concealer in place wonderfully without creasing or fading away over time. I love that it isn't drying and how brightening it is. You have to be careful not to apply too much of this because it is fairly pigmented and can look over the top but otherwise it makes my concealer look flawless. I have tried this over my face makeup but I don't find it sits as well as it does to set concealer.


Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot Powder | post | £12

And my favourite blotting powder has been this for a good few years now and I've already purchased another one. I don't tend to use this as soon as I apply my makeup but I rely on this powder to keep my face shine-free throughout the day. It travels with me when I go out because my t-zone gets super shiny after only a couple of hours and I use a little brush or the puff to mattify. It doesn't leave a white cast on my skin thankfully.


THE ONES I LIKE

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder | post | £12

This was my favourite under-eye setting powder for a long time before I discovered the NYX one and I got through a couple of these already. Similarly, this powder doesn't sit as well on my face and seems to grab onto dry patches and look unflattering on my pores. But under the eyes it melts into my concealer and sets it in place perfectly. The only reason why I won't be repurchasing this any longer is because I prefer how much more brightening the NYX powder is. Otherwise this is a great affordable pressed powder to rival some high-end ones.


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - Dim Light | post | £40

This modern iconic product is the one I reach for when I use a matte foundation and I want to fake the glow look without letting my natural oiliness shine through. Thankfully the shade works for me though it leans a little more neutral than I'd like it to. It leaves my face looking radiant and lit from within while keeping my makeup looking flawless. I do tend to look shiny quicker when using this powder but what I love is that adding more of this powder deals with it without looking cakey.


Laura Mercier CandleGlow Sheer Perfecting Powder - Shade 3 | post | £32

Another powder that I really enjoy for that subtle glow it gives to my complexion is a newer one in my collection. Without any discernible shimmer particles, this powder blurs imperfections and reflects light for a beautiful skin-like glowing finish. The best thing about this powder is that I can enjoy looking radiant and glowing while my makeup is set in place while my natural oiliness is kept in check. This can be applied with a denser brush as a subtle highlighter which I love too and the skin tone shades make this a new favourite.


Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder - Warm Natural | post | £28

This is the powder I have loved for the longest, repurchased a good few times and one that I no longer really need (the Bourjois is basically the same to me but way more affordable) but love to have in my stash. Its a finely milled powder that sets my makeup, deposits a small amount of coverage and doesn't dry out my skin. Of course the colour selection is great too with a realistic and inclusive range to choose from.


THE ONES I'M UNSURE ABOUT (and probably could/should get rid of)

Thankfully none! ;)





THE SAMPLES


I haven't actually tried Makeup Forever Ultra HD Pressed Powder yet but I am curious to see how it works for me. I fear it would be too drying plus its tiny so I need to get it out to remember to use it. I have tried Makeup Forever Ultra HD Loose Powder which I wanted to purchase for the longest time. I am glad I didn't because this is a good powder but not the best I've tried. It sets my makeup but makes me look quite flat and then doesn't keep me shine-free for very long.


THE WISHLIST

  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powders - Because everyone says I need to try them but I am afraid because I am too messy for loose powders! 
  • MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural - I've never heard a bad word about it.
  • Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Powder - Sounds like everything I love in a powder and I love a little luxury sometimes.

best face powders to set makeup, set concealer and mattify
Makeup Collection Series | POWDERS


Are you a powder junkie? What kind of powder do you prefer - pressed or loose? What is your favourite powder? I'd love to know...



Have you read the previous installment in this series:

#1 PRIMERS
#2 FOUNDATIONS
#3 CONCEALERS



Sal xxx
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52 comments

  1. The Bourjois one I didn't like but I think that might be because the shade is a little dark for me so may try a lighter shade. I've been using the Mac Mineraize Skin Finish as an all over setting powder and I love it! I generally only use powder in the t-zone but this has changed all that as I use it all over the face, however It's not particularly mattifying for the t-zone so I use another one just to dab those oily bits! I too would love to try the Laura Mercier one and the Charlotte Tilbury one is next on my list. So many great powders here Sal. Xx


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    1. Thanks for reading hun and for your wonderful comment. I will bear that in mind for when I purchase MAC Mineralize Skin finish. You would love the Charlotte Tilbury powder. Yeh I think the Bourjois powders run a little dark and yet not dark enough for most skintones lol! xxx

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  2. I have combination skin but I try cutting down my use of powders so I can have a satin matte finish. However for my T-zone I only use a local product here in the Philippines. It's hella cheap but it does the job so I can't really complain. May be good to try other products though. :)

    xx
    Lyka Chiang | $150 Shopping Coupon Giveaway

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    1. Yes I totally get you. I have tried going without powder but I only look shine-free for about an hour lol! Thanks for your comment xxx

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  3. I'm not a huge powder fan but I really want the Charlotte Tilbury one! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. You would love the CT one. It's not drying or too mattifying xxxx

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  4. I also have oily skin so this post was perfect for me! Really liked your choices :)
    I currently use the Rimmel London Stay Matte pressed powder and it works great, and I just bought the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural to try out, hope it works!

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    1. I love Rimmel Stay Matte and used it for a long time. Bourjois only took over for me because the shade was better for me and I prefer the packaging xxx

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  5. I love powders and can't do my makeup without them either! Really want to try the CT now! My favourites at the minute are the No7 Perfect Light pressed powder and the SEVENTEEN Miracle Matte loose powder - I'm so messy too though! I'm a bit funny and only like translucent powders so I have the MAC mineralise Skin Finish and never use it because it's darker than my normal powders, might use it over my normal powder to add a little colour maybe!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. Yes, I keep meaning to get the No7 one since reading your reviews of it. Keep forgetting though. I'm way too messy too lol but I need to take the plunge soon...I need to see if they're better as everyone claims. xxx

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  6. I can't do my makeup without using powders! Funnily enough I have quite few loose powders and find them really good at locking the foundation in place. My latest love is the Laura Mercier one :)
    But I need to try the CT one, purely for the blurring properties, give me poreless skin! lol! x

    Mummy's Beauty Corner

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    1. I saw your Laura Mercier Loose Powder trio and I want it so badly. You need to try the CT powder hun xxx

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  7. I love powders too. My favourite for under my eyes is the Soap & Glory powder in the Kick Ass Concealer compact. Is it the same powder that they sell separately? For my face I like Bourjois Poudre de Riz and also Collection pressed powder. Sending you love xxx

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    1. Oh I love the powder in that little compact too. I actually think it is finer than these powders. I just don't like the concealer enough lol! xxx

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  8. I love using face powder too and it's so vital to my makeup routine - my skin just feels weird if I don't put powder on top of my foundation to set it.I love the bourjois one too, I had it a few years ago and it was so lovely. I really like using Rimmel powders too.

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

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    1. The Bourjois powder is so great. Thanks for reading xxx

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  9. Having drier skin, I'm not really a 'powder' fan, but there are a couple I love. Bobbi Brown Nude illuminating powder is great for t-zone shine and adds brightening, recently I bought a super-fine loose powder from Tarte. It's so lightweight & finely milled, so like your CT powder, it doesn't produce a flat look.
    H x

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    1. They both sound great. Will have to check them out. Thanks love xxx

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  10. Wow you have quite the collection, I actually only have one powder from bareminerals and I was on the look out for another one!

    Lauren x Huggled

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    1. I don't have a choice...powder is a must for me haha! xxx

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  11. I understand what you mean about loose powders and the fact that you end up walking out the house with white spotted trousers, like I get it haha! I only use my Laura Mercier translucent powder for baking and that's it. I can't powder my whole face with it because it's a mess otherwise. I really want to try some more powders as I always stick to my Rimmel one that everyone adores.
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. Rimmel Stay Matte is so good. I definitely need to try the Laura Mercier one now xxx

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  12. Okay, now I am really starting to feel that I am missing out on something special with that CT powder, you and a whole lot of people in the beauty world whom I trust have crowned that the best powder. I do have dryish skin bordering on normal on some days and I have started to use compact powder again recently while trying to make a dent with my Rimmel Stay Matte. I used solely loose powder for the past couple of years that I think it's high time for me to go back to compact.

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    1. I need to break my fear of making a mess with loose powders. And yes, you will love the CT powder xxx

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  13. I pretty much always have the Bourjois powder in my handbag - it's a life-saver! I definitely need to try the Charlotte Tilbury next, it sounds amazing :)

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. You will love the CT powder. I know you will xxx

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  14. I love Hourglass I used to use Ambient Light on clients all the time in my makeup appointments when I worked at Sephora. It's one of the best products I think in the whole store :)

    Kayla
    Sheer Beauty Blog

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    1. Oh wow...that's great. Not surprising at all because its such a lovely powder xxx

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  15. I never used to like powders and struggled to find some that weren't drying. But recently I've found some amazing ones! I love the Hourglass ones. The CT one has been my go to recently. I tried the MUFE Samples and I really didn't like them :/ I really want to the LM one you have, I think I really like that xx

    www.lpagebeauty.com

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    1. I think you will love the glow factor of the LM one. I am so glad you're enjoying the CT powder so much :) xxxx

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  16. What a fabulous post Sal, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the kick ass powder, but after hearing from you about the Nyx one girl, I'm going to have to give it a try! xx Thanks so much for sharing! x
    Lots of love,
    Marina rosie xx
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    1. Yes, its more pigmented but softer and I just find it does a better job. Thank you so much for reading love xxx

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  17. I want to try the Nyx Finishing Powder, I want something to use after I use a concealer but everything I tried so far is too heavy for the under eye area or too thick.

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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  18. My holy grail powder has to be MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation now that makes my skin look airbrushed! I also love the Rimmel Stay Matte, NYX Banana Powder, Seventeen Loose Powder and the Soap and Glory one.

    Emmy | EmmysBeautyCave | Giveaway WIN Urban Decay, ColourPop & More

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    1. My sis loves that MAC one too. Rimmel Stay matte is such a classic xxx

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  19. I LOVE that you use recycled fererro rocher boxes as storage - great minds think alike! I don't wear a lot of powder, I only set my under eye concealer with it and I swear by the Laura Mercier secret brightening powder. The candleglow powder sounds dreamy!
    Nishi xx
    www.nishiv.com

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    1. Aww cool...do you do that too? I love eating all the chocs for such a good cause - recycling haha! xxx

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  20. I've always loved pressed powders but recently I've been reaching for loose powders more. Used with a damp sponge, it's not as messy as I thought it would be, and the finish is so flawless. xx

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    1. I have come to learn that loose powders aren't so bad after all haha! xxx

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  21. I agree with you that CT is the best one! It just feels so silky soft when applied to the skin

    Lucy | www.lucyalana.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, it really is an amazing powder xxx

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  22. I'm not a big powder girl! I use an hourglass one to set my makeup :)

    http://claresloves.blogspot.com/

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    1. The Hourglass powder is great isn't it xxx

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  23. It may sound strange but despite having super oily skin I've only just started using a setting powder!! Saves in so much blotting I'll definitely be giving some of your choices a try.

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    1. It's not strange at all...sometimes it takes the right product to sway you too xxx

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  24. Interesting read, I'm now going out to purchase your cheaper favourites as I can't afford the higher end products. Particularly the NYX banana. Thanks

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    1. Go for it hun...the Bourjois and NYX are HG for me xxx

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  25. I have been totally loving all your Makeup Series collection and I really do need to do one but after I de-clutter!!! I love powders and I don't think I can do my makeup without using powders because my face will be an absolute grease ball!! I have not tried any of the powders above except the Hourglass one which I love!! I really want to try the Bourjois one which everyone raves about but I don't think there is a shade for me which is such a bummer!! Thanks for sharing babes!!..xx

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    1. Aww thanks lovely...and yes, I would LOVE to see your makeup collection and learn more about your fave products. I know what you mean - fellow grease ball right here haha! Yes, sadly it only comes in 3 shades I believe. I think the darker shade you could possibly use under your eyes, but again, this is a great face powder. Come on Bourjois...get it together xxx

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  26. Wonderful collection, thank you for sharing. I'd love to try the Hourglass powders. I definitely need to have a makeup collection sort out!

    Alice | alicemaysnell

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  27. LOL okay i read this in the wrong order. Silly. I do like the MUFE for just under my eyes daily as it isn't too much. The others are better I find for more of a evening/dramatic look. I still need to pick up the Borjouis - I don't know why I'm so hesitant! Again loved readingxxx Ayah x

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