Monday, 8 July 2013

Pick of The Powders

Every girl needs a good setting powder in her make up bag, especially during the summer, to absorb all of that excess oil on the skin and ensure foundation lasts even longer. Here are my top picks:

BareMinerals Mineral Veil powder - This is a translucent powder, perfect to wear over foundation, a tinted moisturiser, a BB cream, a CC cream, any set it in place! It's very sheer and provides no coverage on its own, so if you've already worn a heavy-coverage foundation, this will work wonders to mattify the skin without adding more coverage. It is undetectable on the skin, absorbs all excess oil, minimizes appearance of fine lines and large pores, and mattifies beautifully without looking powdery or ashy. This is definitely one of my all-time favourites. 

Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder in Golden Suntan - This is very different to the previous powder, as it does provide quite a bit of coverage on its own. It can either be used as a setting powder, or it could be buffed into the skin as a mineral foundation. I tend to use this as a setting powder over a light coverage foundation to mattify the skin but also add a teensy bit of extra coverage. It's so finely milled, water-resistant and adds a soft focus luminosity to the skin. In addition to that, it contains SPF 15 so you really can't go wrong! 

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in No. 40 Beige - This has quickly become my go-to setting powder. It is very light, and imparts a certain luminosity to the skin at the same time as mattifying. It's a great product if you have dry skin, or are looking for a powder that gives you more of a radiant finish as opposed to a completely matte one. It contains SPF 15 and comes with a brush, making it a handbag/travel essential. I do prefer to apply this with a larger powder brush or a kabuki brush. 

If you're looking for a good drugstore alternative to these, the Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder has received rave reviews. 

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know down below. 

Happy reading,


PS - If you have very oily skin, try blotting paper like these ones here. They will take away excess oil without altering your make up or adding too many layers of powder during the day which may leave you with a cakey complexion! 

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