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Favorite Loose Setting Powders

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Hello. I’ve been testing and using some recent releases in loose setting powders, as well as some cult favorites to set my makeup and I’m happy to report that a lot of the loose setting powders nowadays really live up to the expectation. You can find different setting powders that are good multitaskers; be it to set the foundation or simply to mattify the skin and reduce shine. I mostly use my loose powders for these reasons, although I admit that in the past, I didn’t really care much about them, but since noticing my liquid foundations sliding easily off my face, I felt like it’s about time I need to start looking into some really good setting powders to help keep my makeup stay put on my face.


Most of the time, I tend to use loose setting powders if I’m not in a hurry to apply my makeup or if I’m applying makeup from home, also, I tend to buy them in smaller packaging just in case I might need them for travel. However, when I’m in a hurry, traveling, or at work, I tend to use pressed powders since they’re not messy to use. There’s nothing worse than baking or setting your makeup while being in a constrained space and in a rush. Chances are, you’d probably knock down some products and spill your beloved loose powder in the process. Yep, story of my life, LOL.


Anyway, here are my current loose setting powder favorites. A separate review of some of my preferred pressed powders will be posted here in the blog soon.

Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre reviewChanel Poudre Universelle Libre (1 oz: $52) – This is one of the first loose powders I ever purchased and now I’m down to my fifth. I’ve repurchased this in either Naturel (30) or Dorรฉ (40) shades, depending on my current skintone situation. Right now, I’m using Naturel, which is pretty much the perfect natural shade for my complexion – not too light and not too deep. The Dorรฉ shade was perfect when I had a bit of tan, but it seems like I’ll be sticking to the Natural shade from now on probably a long time. What I like about this loose powder is that it comes in a huge tub with a big puff inside, and that means that you won’t run out of this product so easily. Applying this is super convenient if you use the puff, but using a brush can be a challenge, as the powders can be hard to dispense especially since they’re so fine, but it’s not much of a big deal. The finish of this powder is natural, sheer, and it does set the makeup well for hours, and also, there’s no flashback. This also does a good job or reducing oil on the face.


Laura Mercier


Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Translucent Loose Setting Powder (Mini 0.33 oz: $23, Standard 1 oz: $38) – Oldie but goodie, this cult-favorite loose setting is the one that started it all, and is still loved by many, including yours truly. I love this for its natural finish and soft sheer coverage. This appears ivory white and may sorta leave a very slight white cast on a darker complexion, but it’s super easy to blend. On my skin, this goes quite transparent, and I have not noticed any flashbacks while using this. However, this can emphasize dryness or accentuate the dry patchy areas of the skin, especially around the eyes. So this requires a pretty good technique in strobing, baking, and blending. Also, this may as well require a face mist to sort of soften the dryness of the powder. Apart from that, this does a good job of keeping my makeup on for hours and hours, and it keeps the oiliness at bay,


Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow (Mini: $23, Standard: $38) – This is kinda like the popular Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder above, but with a radiant finish. I kinda like this one better than the original formula because this is not as mattifying and doesn’t emphasize any kinds of dryness. It does have some fine shimmers which add a subtle glow to the face and I like that because then my face won’t look too flat or too matte, so I don’t have to use a face mist right after my makeup. Also, the micro shimmers of this have a warming shade that complements my light-medium skintone.

Marc Jacobs Finish-Line Perfecting Coconut Setting Powder

Marc Jacobs Finish-Line Perfecting Coconut Setting Powder (0.28 oz: $44) – This is probably my most favorite loose setting powder as of the moment. Though this is supposed to have a natural finish, this actually has a soft-matte effect right after application, and it transforms into something creamy when it blends onto the foundation and gets warmed by the skin. I like that I don’t have to use a face mist right after applying my makeup when using this powder, and this pretty much blurs my pores, making my skin look flawless and filtered. This powder smells like coconut and also has cocoa butter, which makes it a bit heavier than most loose setting powders, but also has the creamiest most beautiful effect on my skin. Another thing I love about this is the easy-to-use packaging. I like that this has a mesh opening because it makes it so easy for the brush to pick up the product, and I don’t have to tap it or shake it several times. This definitely doesn’t cake and has no flashbacks, and the finish is very natural, sheer and creamy.

Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder

Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder (Mini 0.19 oz: $15, Standard 0.67 oz: $30) – This setting powder reminds me a lot of Laura Mercier’s, which has a natural finish and with a sheer coverage that doesn’t have flashbacks, but unlike Laura Mercier’s, this doesn’t emphasize dryness and it’s not as chalky. This loose powder truly is great for baking and contouring without having to worry for the dreaded white cast, and it’s great at keeping your makeup on for hours or for simply reducing shine off the skin. Basically, this powder locks-in and sets your look.


Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder (Mini 0.07 oz: $18, Standard 0.36 oz: $46) – Also with a natural finish, this very light and very refined loose powder is infused with diamond powder and it works really well at not just controlling the shine off the face, but it also goes invisible and doesn’t emphasize the fine lines or the dry areas. This passed the flashback test for me and truly does keep my makeup stay on longer while giving me that sort of filtered skin look, sans cakiness or chalkiness.



Are you a fan of these powders? What’s your favorite loose setting powder?



Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Review

laura mercier translucent loose setting powder


Heya! We’ve reviewed my favorite concealer (seen HERE), now it’s time talk about my favorite loose/setting powder that I cannot live without. If the Nars Radiant Creamy concealer has been makingย me look awake, this Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder has definitely made me look very awake. I cannot imagine my face without thisย ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Actually, there’s a lot of us that have fallen in love with this loose setting powder. Its consistency is soft and transparent, yet it flatters almost all skin tones. It has a sheer coverage that’s buildable and gives a very natural effect. Apart from being able to absorb excess oil and mattifying the skin, the best thing about this is that it sets your makeup or concealer and you’re ready to go to town.ย 


laura mercier loose setting powder


Right after applying my favorite Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (Custard shade) around my undereye circles, I then apply this Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder (using a beauty blender) to setย it and let it cook or bake while I’m doing other stuff on my face. Yes, this setting powder is the secret to every contouring, conjuring, baking, strobing, stuffing and cooking out there. ๐Ÿ™‚ Once you’re done baking, you can thenย brush off the excess powder on your face and make sure that it looks normal and natural, not overdone or overcooked.ย 


Anyways, I definitely recommend this Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder very mucho, together with Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. But if you have another favorite concealer or even another favorite loose powder, well, as long it sets your makeup, it covers your facial landmines, it makes you look pwetty, then you’re on the right track to looking radiant, glowy, awake and alive!


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Favorite Compact Powder Foundations

favorite compact loose powder foundation

Hey All! Today I’ll be reviewing about my top 3 Favorite Compact or Loose Powder Foundation which I’m currently using in conjunction with my favorite liquid foundations.ย 

These compacts are so good at absorbing oil from your skin and giving you that mattifying or slightly silkyย finish.ย Some of them come with Spf while one can be used wet or dry. I’ve repurchased a few of them simply because they’re so good, while a few are the ones I’m currently testing and loving. I must admit that I don’t have a lot of powder foundations given that I have an oily skin. I really should have, but my issue is, once I fell in love with one specific powder foundation, I tend to hoard them while forgetting to venture and try some other ones out there. I’m kind of a product/brand loyal once I’ve found the right or compatible product for my skin, and that’s because in the past, I’ve had issues with powder foundations looking cakey on me, plus I’m also loving the liquid matte foundations that’s been popular lately.

Powder Foundations are really great for the summer when your skin is prone to sweating and humidity, but I still think that you should go to where you’re most comfortable with and what works well for you. I like using liquid foundations during the cold months because my skin tends to be drier and liquid foundations give that extra moisture on my skin.

Anyways, you ready for my top 3?



mac mineralize loose powder foundation

MAC Mineralize Spf 15 Foundation/Loose (Medium Plus) : Had this for some time and is currently being discontinued by MAC. The closest product I could find is this. What I like a lot about this foundation is its overall packaging and formulation. I love mineral makeups, but my skin tends to break out with them. Yet this foundation is mild and it works really well in making my skin looking oil-free. I also love its quick easy to apply buff/sponge.



dolce gabbana perfect matte powder foundation review

Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Matte Powder Foundation (Warm 100) : L.O.V.E. I am totally crazy about this foundation. My absolute favorite and hands down one of the best powder foundations I’ve tried. I know a lot of people that swear by this and have repurchased this several times. What I like about it? There’s a lot to like about it for sure. Besides from creating a very natural look, it can be used wet or dry and it has such a fine and smooth formulation that mattifies my skin for several hours without any annoying scent and no breakouts later. My skin does not look completely flat like a flatbread, (LOL) but more silky or velvety. ย I also love its gorgeous packaging and it comes with a nice sponge. I’ve repurchased this several times now because I’m afraid of D&G discontinuing this, plus this particular product tends to run out easily. Another great thing about this product is that the shade Warm 100 is really spot on my skin color. Just a few drawbacks though, first, the price. It’s $61, so better use it down to its last grain. And lastly, there’s no Spf. Might as well make good use of moisturizers and primers with sunblocking capabilities. I recommend Murad Oil-Control Mattifier and Smashbox Photofinish Primers since they both have SPF.




chanel le teint compact foundation review


Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue Ultrawear Flawless Compact Foundation Spf 15 (30 Beige) : A great all-in-one compact that answers to your oily skin issues. It produces a matte effect but it also has a natural and flawless finish. Extremely buildable and comes with a sponge applicator and with the typical yet subtle Chanel foundation scent, just like the Vitalumiere Aqua and the Perfection Lumiere Velvet. The shade 30 Beige is also a true match to my skin tone just like D&G Perfect Matte Foundation in Warm 100 reviewed above. Actually, these two powder foundations mentioned are almost neck and neck with each other. I can’t tell which one I preferred more. I just had this Chanel Le Teint Ultrawear Compact Foundation but I’m already liking its soft and well-refined formulation that is very very similar to D&G Perfect Matte Foundation as well. Plus it has an Spf 15 and it’s also $1 less.


As you can see in the swatches below, the shades from Chanel Le Teint Ultrawear Compact Foundation in 30 Beige andย D&G Perfect Matte Foundations in Warm 100 are almost invisible on my NC30 skin. As with the most effectiveย way of choosing your foundation, the shades should match and disappear onย your skin tone quite well.ย 


favorite facial compact powder foundation skin swatch


Any recommendations for a good mattifying powder foundation? What are the ones you swear by?


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