The Best Drugstore Setting Powder And Best Pressed Powder To Halt Makeup Meltdown

When you need your makeup to last, reach for the best drugstore setting powder and the best drugstore pressed powder. Tinted, translucent, loose and pressed, powders are great for any event where you need your makeup to stay in place all day long - music festivals, proms, or that all day career fair. Setting powder is a miracle cure to seal up your makeup and stop melting, fading or fine lines in their tracks. Tinted, translucent, loose and pressed, powders are great for any event where you need your makeup to last - music festivals, proms, or that all day career fair. Whether you are interested in the best drugstore setting powder (or the best setting powder full stop!), our MUAs @Revelere offer recommendations for formula, shade, products and five simple steps to keep your makeup fresh all day.


Pressed Powder

‘When’ and ‘where’ you use a powder will have an impact on ‘how’ you achieve your desired look. Since pressed powder comes in a compact, it’s perfect as a ‘to-go’ staple in your bag. When you are using pressed powder as a foundation, use a large powder brush or kabuki brush with dense bristle. Sweep up some of the powder from the compact and apply to your face in large strokes. Buff the powder into the skin. If you are using the powder as a setting powder, use the powder puff in your compact for more precision, use a smaller powder brush. Start by applying powder on the oily areas of your skin such a the T-zone, and then lighter amounts on the rest of your face. Again, buff the powder into your skin.

Loose Powder

Loose powder is packaged as a pot, and therefore you will need a brush. Shake a bit of powder onto the lip of the pot, and then dip the brush into the powder. Tap out any excess powder and then sweep across face, starting in the center and moving outwards. Buff. Buff. Buff.

PRO Tip: Never store your powders in a bathroom where steam from showers and bath can wreak havoc on the texture and shade. Store them in a cool, dry cabinet away from moisture.

When deciding between loose and pressed powder, you have some decisions to make:

  1. What coverage do you want?
  2. Loose powders give you a soft, even, luminous finish. But coverage will be light. With the growing demand for mineral makeup, loose powders are a great choice when you want a natural, no makeup look. If you are looking to build to medium coverage, pressed powder is a great option. Start sheer and then build up layers until you have the coverage you need. If you want full coverage, consider using a pressed powder foundation.

  3. Is your skin dry, oily or a combination?
  4. It’s essential that you choose a product that matches your skin type. Powders work well with oily skin, although tinted powders may absorb oils and turn the shade darker. Always test. Combination skin may only produce oils along the T-zone; try using powders sparingly when needed if that’s your issue. Dry skin can be made worse with powders since the powders will absorb any oils in your skin. In this case, look for a mineral setting powder for dry skin. Pressed powders are mixed with binding agents such as wax and silicone to achieve a semi-solid product. If you have acne prone or sensitive skin, pressed powders may aggravate those conditions.

As always, we have made some product reccomendations of the best setting powder and best pressed powder options available at the lowest prices.

To Tint Or Not To Tint? Tinted vs Translucent Powders

If you want that “no-shine, I’m not wearing any makeup cause I am naturally gorgeous look” you need to use a translucent powder to set your makeup. Translucent powder kills shine and is an alternative to blotting your face all day. Each time you blot, you are applying layer upon layer of powder, which can result in a cakely look. Since it’s translucent, the powder will work well with **most** skin tones when blended well.

Translucent powders can be an issue for darker toned skin, leaving an ashy face. Tinted powders are your answer, but consider your skin type. If you have oily skin, the powder will change a slightly different color when it comes in contact with your natural oils. We recommend a bit of trial and error with a shade or two lighter to see what makes you feel most comfortable. If you have dry or combination skin, a tinted powder that matches your skin should work.

Don’t think setting powder is only for setting foundation. A banana setting powder instantly correct redness, while a peach-toned powder will hide dark circles on light skin.

Translucent and tinted powders will kill shine, and tinted powder will also give you a little evening-out power. If you want medium or full coverage, look into powder foundation instead.

How To Apply Setting Powder

Unsure how to fix your makeup to keep it fresh all day? Our MUAs @Revelere have broken down when and how to use powders in 5 simple steps.

  1. Apply refreshing mist to your skin before makeup.
  2. Not a powder, but an essential first step. A light, refreshing mist is often used after cleansing and before makeup to give your face a tiny bit of extra moisture. Apply your foundation and then...

  3. After foundation, apply your setting powder.
  4. Setting powder vs finishing powder is applied after your foundation to get rid of shine and “set” set the foundation and prevent it from moving. Setting Powders usually comes in a loose powder form, and is offered in a whole range of options such as tinted to match your skin or translucent. If you want a ‘soft-focus’ finish on your face, a smooth texture, to minimize fine lines and pores, setting powder is the step that leaves a flawless base.

    A setting powder brush is best when you want a light, airy, all natural matte look. When you are applying powder on top of color cosmetics, a powder puff will ensure that the carefully applied color stays in place. This is doubly true when you have oily areas, and a brush might push that makeup out of place.

  5. Apply setting spray after your makeup is finished.
  6. You’ve just spent an hour pulling your face together. You have been applying layers of blush, contour, eyeshadow, bronzers and other powdered products, and you want it to stay in place. Setting spray is your answer. Setting sprays are a mix of water-based hydrators and essential oils, and will bind all of your makeup into a single layer that should stay in place without melting or sliding. Once all your makeup is done - lips and eyes too - apply a spray over your entire face. Used too much powder? A setting spray will solve that - just a quick spritz to restore your glowing, dewy complexion.

  7. Apply fixing spray once your setting spray is dry.
  8. When you want your makeup to last all evening long, a fixing spray should be your final step. Fixing sprays create a protective top coat for your makeup. Use a fixing spray after a setting spray since you want to protect all your makeup and not just the top layer. Fixing sprays are alcohol-based. Since many products use the name ‘fixing’ and ‘setting’ interchangeably, look at the ingredient list for alcohol-based products to understand if your ‘setting’ spray is really a ‘fixing’ spray.

  9. Apply refreshing mist as needed throughout the day.
  10. When you want to banish any powderiness or freshen up your makeup, spritz your face with a mist throughout the day. The added moisture will extend the radiance and glow of your makeup and reduce the frequency of any touch-ups.

Is your selfie obsession at risk from hi-def finishing powders?

We will admit to taking the odd selfie a few times a day. To ensure you are always ‘ready for your close up,’ we always take a test shot before leaving the house. You can then see if your powders is creating the dreaded flashback with white patches across your carefully applied makeup. These white blotches are caused by the amount of silica in your powder. Silica is a naturally occuring mineral and reflects light. If you've been caught out by this, remember your mother's advice: 'an ounce of prevention if worth a pound of cure!' When buying a translucent powder, check out the ingredients and choose a product with little or no silica.

Finishing Powder vs Setting Powder

Finishing powder is generally used after setting powder to blur fine lines and pores, giving an airbrushed look. If you see a powder with an HD or High Definition in the product name, these powders are usually finishing powders. When working in films and TV that shoot in high definition, MUAs found that other powders appear too heavy on film - heavy as in literally right out of a cartoon, face-down in a bag of flour. And so finishing powder was born. But caution: start with a little amount and blend. blend. blend. Then take a selfie or two to check for any white blotches. If you are heading to a special event where lots of photos will be taken, this might be an extra step to add to your regular routine.

Trend Alert: Not Your Grandmother’s Baking

This trend can be described in 3 words: blend. cream. sponge. You’d be forgiven for mistaking this as a recipe. If you want a creaseless, flawless complexion that looks great under the lights of a selfie, ‘Baking’ might be for you.

Baking refers to the application of concealer followed by a layer of translucent powder to ‘bake’ for 15-20 minutes. Concealer and translucent powder are applied to areas of your face that you want to reflect light - under your eyes, on your chin or along the bridge of your nose.

  1. Apply a moisturizer to those areas where you want to reflect light.

  2. Apply a first layer of creamy concealer in your normal skin tone. Blend well with a sponge.

  3. Apply a second layer of creamy concealer in a brighter tone to the same area and pat in.

  4. Using a powder brush, dust translucent powder over the concealed area to set.

  5. Once set, dampen a sponge and dip into more powder and apply a layer to each of the target areas.

  6. Now the baking bit: let your skin’s natural heat “bake” the powder for 15-20 minutes.

  7. Dust away any excess powder, ensuring to buff out edges if needed.

Who said baking was hard?! Maybe leave the ten layer cake to grandma.

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