12.27.17

My Favorite Face Powders

Hey Ya’ll! I wanted to share with you the powders I’ve been enjoying the most this last year. Powders come in all shapes, colors and sizes. It’s pretty hard to pick between one or the other….. I mean, they’re all powder right? It’s so much harder than it should be to find a good powder. Some make you look like a cake face while others just don’t do a darn thing. There are powders that mattify and some that make you glow. Then there are some with flashback and others that look good in flash photography. The list goes on and on. I’ve used a ton of powders both high end and drugstore. I haven’t really found a drugstore powder that I’ve liked until I hit pan. A few of them are good until you get halfway through and then they start developing these weird bumps. I don’t know if it affects the application or not, but I feel like it affected mine.

The first powder I love is a foundation powder by Chanel. In the summer I don’t wear liquid foundation because it just can’t hold up in the Texas heat. So then I turn to this powder to even out my skin tone. It’s full coverage, build-able, and not dusty. It gives my complexion a nice smooth, matte finish. I can easily make it a little dewy by spraying it with a setting spray. Don’t let the $60 price tag fool you! I’ve have my compact for a long time. I hit pan a while ago and it’s still got tons of product. The only thing I don’t like about this powder compact is that I wish it was more…well, COMPACT! It takes up a lot of room in my bag because the sponge and powder aren’t stacked. But I guess you do get a larger mirror this way.

The Urban Decay Velvetizer is a loose powder that I ‘think’ I love? I’m honestly not sure about this powder. Urban Decay had this a while back released in their Naked collection. It was a colored powder but I don’t think it’s being sold anymore. Since then they have released this translucent powder. This powder really does work! You sweep it on your face and you instantly look airbrushed. It would be perfect for people with large pores. I’ve been using it every day, and while I love the effect it has, I hate the texture. The powder is…… I can’t explain it. I don’t want to say ‘grainy’ because it’s very fine, but it’s not soft and fluffy like baby powder. It’s heavy and firmer? I don’t know if that makes any sense. Maybe you just have to feel it to understand. It seems to float everywhere. Worse than other setting powders I have. I do have a little flashback with this powder. Mostly under the eyes! This is my true finishing powder. After I’ve applied all of my makeup and setting powder, I’ll dust my face with this stuff. It may seem like over kill but it really makes a difference.

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder is the top dog when it comes to setting powders. It’s used by makeup artists universally because it’s amazing. It’s the best powder to use for ‘baking’ too IMO. I’ve been using LM Setting powder for years and I probably wont stop anytime soon. This is the powder I use to set my liquid foundation and concealer. It is soft like baby powder and it’s great for setting your look. It does lighten my face a tad, but it’s not a big deal. It seems to get better after it sits for a few minutes.

Another powder I recommend in the same category as the Chanel powder would be the Dior Diorskin Forever Extreme Control. This powder is also full coverage. It was my favorite powder foundation before I tried the Chanel one. They are both good. But if you’re concerned about price the Dior one is a few dollars cheaper. The only difference is that the Dior one is a bit more dusty, but that may be the compromise for how full coverage it is.

If you aren’t interested in the luxury brands but you want something better than drugstore I recommend MAC. Their Studio Fix powder has been another staple in many makeup cases for years and years. It’s a good full coverage powder that offers a HUGE range of colors. Best part is it’s budget friendly at $29. When drugstore powders are starting to reach $15-$20, this is worth the extra money. I use it sometimes to set my makeup if I’m going to be taking pictures. The only downside for me is that it oxidizes on my skin a little. I don’t know if it’s just me or everyone who uses it. But that is why I don’t use it as a foundation in the summer.

What are some of your favorite powders? I love to try new makeup products. You’d think I would reach a point where enough is enough, but I’m not there yet. At least I’m forcing myself to use up the products I have before I try new ones. I was really bad at that a few years ago. I never hit pan on anything because something new would catch my eye. What other products are you interested in? Any special ones on your Christmas list?

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