5 best setting powders for oily skin

5 best setting powders for oily skin

In keeping with my focus on skin types, I wanted to talk about the setting powders for oily skin. If you have oily skin like me, you know the feeling, you put on your makeup ready to slay the day and by 12 noon you glance into a mirror. You immediately flinch because you are not sure if what you see is your face or an oil slick.

This is where setting powders come to the rescue. I know powders get a bad rap for making you look cakey and overdone but the 5  on this list are lightweight and blend beautifully while still doing their job.

How to apply :

The key is to use a large, fluffy brush made with natural bristles to lightly dust your whole face after you’re done applying your foundation and concealer.

Dip your brush into the powder and swirl it around to pick up the product then tap off the excess. Apply it to your face in a pressing motion, do not rub! You don’t want to move your foundation and make sure to concentrate on the areas which get the most shine.

Why this works

There are many types of setting powders from loose and pressed to tinted and translucent. Although they all have the same end goal of absorbing oil, loose powders tend to perform better than pressed powders. This is because they are more finely milled and easier to build.

Translucent powders also work better because you can get away with multiple applications without changing the tone of your foundation.

In the next few paragraphs, I will talk about the 5 translucent powders across different price points which are great for oily skin as well as where you can buy them.

1. L’Oréal Paris Makeup Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Matte Setting Face Powder

5 best setting powders for oily skin

This affordable powder is able to control shine easily. In addition, the formula is super lightweight and sheer and the fact it is translucent means it will work for every skin tone. It also contains reflective particles which can blur fine lines and blemishes without caking or looking glittery. 

2. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder

5 best setting powders for oily skin

Can Rhianna do any wrong? No, she can’t and her setting powder is no exception. This setting powder comes in 8 sheer shades that blur fine lines and reduce shine which means there is something for everyone. Despite being at the higher end of the price spectrum the reviews are excellent which means it is worth the price  

3.NYX Professional Makeup Studio Finishing Powder, Translucent Finish

5 best setting powders for oily skin

This is another affordable finishing powder option, it is 100% pure mineral silica finishing powder. Although the powder is white it goes on neutral and works for all skin tones. A little goes a long way so be careful it leaves your skin feeling silky and smooth and sets your makeup perfectly. It is great for under eye or mature skin because it doesn’t settle into fine lines.

4. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

5 best setting powders for oily skin

This is a favourite for bloggers and you tubers who have this in the translucent as well as the coloured shades. Normally I don’t put too much stock in YouTube recommendations because #sponsored, however, this powder has been a favourite for years now and it is safe to say it is here to stay. It is on the higher end of the spectrum with regards price but all the reviews indicate it is well worth it.

5. Coty Airspun Face powder

5 best setting powders for oily skin

This inexpensive powder has been on the market since 1935! and still has rave reviews. It creates a flawless matte finish on oily and combination skin soaking up oil, softening skin to create a smoother, more even-looking complexion. It is available in several shades however the translucent powder has an almost cult following and is seen as a dupe for the much more expensive Laura Mercier powder.

Which of these have you used? or do you have your own favs let me know in the comments?

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  1. 2021-04-18 / 3:59 pm

    thanks a lot for this very great information. I really found it very helpful

  2. Jessica
    2022-09-12 / 8:52 pm

    I’ve used that Coty Airspun powder since I was a kid! Sadly I’ve been dealing with oily skin since I was like 10 years old. That’s my favorited one with a tint, but now my HG one is called Ultra Powder by the brand Mattify Cosmetics. That one is transparent and doesn’t look heavy after several applications. Sometimes when I’m traveling I won’t have a chance to wash my face and redo my makeup for 12+ hours. The Ultra Powder always makes my face look fresh no matter what, and I only need to use it around every 4 hours to soak up the oil.

    • 2022-09-24 / 4:45 pm

      I need to check it out then ,because although i love coty it gives me a white cast

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