Work out whether a powder foundation is ideal for your skin type and then shop our edit of the best
Powder foundation VS liquid foundation. It’s one debate that never goes away and as beauty brands become even savvier than before (creating foundations that feel like a cream formula when applied but settle like a powder) the question of whether a powder foundation is right for you becomes more relevant than ever before.
Don’t know which one to commit to? You need to work out whether powder or liquid foundation is best for your skin with these easy questions.
1. Who is powder foundation best for? People with normal, oily, combination, sensitive and acne and spot prone skin, and those who dont like to feel anything heavy on their skin.
2. Why? Because powders are dry, they have amazing absorbing properties, making them great foundations for oily skin and because they don’t use emollients or oils, they won’t clog your pores.
3. What to look for? Powders that don’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles. Mineral make-up does a good job of smoothing out your skin, while giving it a healthy dose of beneficial ingredients. On the other hand, talc based powders have the tendency to creep into lines and give a chalky finish.
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The light as air formula glides onto your skin almost like a cream and features micro-fine, light-reflecting powders for a luminous finish. Plus, it's buildable, so you can wear it as natural-looking coverage or layer it up for a completely flawless finish.
This anti-oxidant rich formula blends into your skin to provide a matte finish and lasts all day long.
The best thing about powder foundations? They're perfect for on-the-go. No liquid can seep through your bag and your applicator is always handy. Try this powder foundation for buildable, long-wear coverage.
Composed of completely natural elements, this mineral powder foundation offers a natural, buildable foundation for sheer to full coverage. Plus, it's oil-free and water resistant, making it the perfect choice for summer.
If you're after a luminous finish, rather than matte, try this powder foundation. Exclusive Luminous Enhancing Technology smoothes and evens the complexion with color that lasts even in the highest humidity.
Its anti-shine formula instantly enhances the complexion and reveals a matte, even complexion. Plus, you can apply it wet for a concealer effect or dry for full coverage. Genius!
This formula, although lightweight, provides some seriously excellent coverage. And it's available in 20 shades, so you're sure to find your perfect match.
This velvety formula provides weightless, buildable coverage with a luminous, demi-matte finish and diffuses light to blur fine lines and wrinkles. Plus the collection of shades is absolutely amazing!
Infused with topaz and quartz minerals to maintain skin tone and texture, this powder foundation will make your skin look radiant, while giving it a matte finish.
A household name in the world of beauty, Estee Lauder's Double Wear promises 8 hours of staying power. Result!