Best Loose Powder for Setting Makeup

When it comes to flawless makeup, setting it is just as important as the foundation you use and your application. If you have oily skin you’re most likely already doing it but if you have dry skin you’re probably skipping it for fear of it making your skin flaky. It’s important to know that not all face powders are made equally. Some are better for dry skin while others are better for oily …. but my favourites are good for any skin type. They won’t dry you out or make you produce more oil. They will leave your skin looking flawless and extend the wear of your coverage. In my opinion, these are THE best face powders for setting your makeup. 

Make Up For Ever

HD Microfinish Powder was one of the first powders to market themselves to the new wave of high definition cameras …. and it really works. This powder is undetectable to the most HD camera you can find and that’s why it’s a favourite for makeup artists. The application can be tricky if you’re used to just caking on some powder, instead you need a light touch with even buffing.

Australia $53 from Sephora

USA $34 from Sephora

UK £22 from Debenhams

Make Up For Ever HD Loose Powder

Make Up For Ever High Definition Powder

Laura Mercier

The translucent Loose Setting Powder is a cult favourite, and for good reason. The French “cashmere” talc is the secret ingredient – so soft and lightweight you can’t feel it on your skin. There is also a light-reflecting ingredient that gives your skin the appearance of a “soft-focus” filter over fine lines and pores.

Australia $59 from David Jones and Adore Beauty

USA $35 from Sephora, Nordstrom, Macy’s and Lord & Taylor

UK £29 from John Lewis, SelfridgesSpace NK and House of Fraser

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder

Benefit Cosmetics

If you love Benefit’s pore-minimising primer, The POREfessional, you will definitely want to try POREfessional Agent Zero Shine. It’s probably the most matte face powder we’ve come across so it’s especially good for oily skin types, but it isn’t too drying for other skin types as well. The built-in brush also makes this the handiest powder of the bunch.

Australia $53 from Adore Beauty

USA $30 from Benefit CosmeticsSephora and Macy’s

UK £23.50 from Look FantasticFeel Unique, John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Agent Zero Shine

Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Agent Zero Shine

Urban Decay

Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder is one of the newest additions to the Naked Skin range. It’s available in 5 shades so it’s likely to give more people a better colour-match, and vegan so it ticks all the ethical boxes. However, the best thing about this powder is how it feels. It truly is the softest, lightest powder I’ve ever felt. It’s heaven.

Australia – Unavailable locally. International delivery available from

USA $34 from Sephora

UK £22 from Selfridges and Debenhams

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Powder

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder


My very first love in face powder was the bareMinerals Mineral Veil but when Hydrating Mineral Veil was released I was even more in love. The invisible finish makes it suitable for most skin tones (there is Tinted Mineral Veil for darker complexions) and it doesn’t leave your skin completely matte. I generally like a dewy complexion so this powder is great for when I want to look fresh.

Australia $26.95 from Mecca Cosmetica

USA $21 from Nordstrom and Sephora

UK £20 from Debenhams

bareMinerals Hydrating Mineral Veil face powder

bareMinerals Hydrating Mineral Veil

Lush Cosmetics

Feel-good favourite goes to Emotional Brilliance Translucent Face Powder. The mixture of talc and mica is boosted with jojoba oil to nourish your skin. It’s light-reflecting pink undertones are great for softening fine lines, you get a matte finish without drying out AND it’s vegan!

Australia $19.95 from Lush

USA $18.95 from Lush

UK £12 from Lush

Lush Emotional Brilliance Translucent Face Powder

Lush Cosmetics Emotional Brilliance Translucent Face Powder

Do you use loose powder to set your makeup? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know by commenting below!

Lush Cosmetics, bareMinerals and Urban Decay

Additionally both the Lush and Urban Decay powders are vegan.

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