March 14, 2015

Do you always use a face powder?

Before I started blogging, (actually, even after blogging for a few years) I assumed that everyone always used a powder to set their foundation. I would read blog reviews where the blogger would write about the lack of longevity of a foundation, and I'd be left wondering "what are you talking about, I have that same foundation and it lasts a whole day on me!".

Then I realised, of course! It's because they're probably not setting it with powder! A little bit of digging around and asking my (blogger and non-blogger) friends confirmed my suspicions, that not everybody uses a face powder every single time to set their foundation.

As for me, ever since I started wearing foundation (and that's a long time!), I have always, always, set my makeup with some kind of powder afterwards. I have fairly dry skin so it's not as if my makeup will slide off my skin, but I just prefer the smooth finish that a powder gives, not to mention the longevity.

Here are the ones I've got currently in rotation, clockwise from left:

Sabaya powder foundation #05 - This is a UAE brand which I picked up from Dubai a couple of years ago. It's actually quite heavy (it's meant to be worn without a foundation), so I only use it on special occasions or when my skin is looking particularly cr*p and I want to hide all blemishes.

L'Oreal BB Powder in Light - this is really nice and lightweight, I don't take any notice of the BB claims on it, but it sets my makeup beautifully. The colour is too light for me at the moment so I'm saving it for winter.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium - As you can tell from the pan I use this a lot. In fact I have about 6 empty cases of these in my draw waiting to be Back 2 MAC -ed. It really doesn't look or feel like I have any powder on my skin, as the finish is really natural. But it does help prolong the longevity of my foundation.

Maybelline 24hr Super Stay powder in Sand - This is probably my HG powder. I'm never without one and use it almost every day. Forget the 24hr claim, but this definitely does make my foundation last all day.

Do you powder your face each time you use a foundation? Any favourite finishing powders?


  1. I absolutely adore the MAC MSF and find nothing sets my makeup like it! Great post, I'll definitely be checking some of these powders out!

  2. I will set with powder most days unless I am trying to go for a dewy look or if I just want something light coverage. I like using ben nye's banana powder, the powders in Anastasia Beverly Hill's contour kit or and kind of light reflecting translucent powder like the one from cars.

  3. I always use a powder because I have quite oily skin.
    I swear by my Rimmel Stay Matte powder :)

    I did a mini-high-end haul op my post today!

    Love, Charline
    Charline Has a Blog

  4. I always go for a loose translucent powder as it's light and I don't have to think too much about it. I really want to try the MAC MSF though.

  5. Not all the time. More frequently in summer. I use Rimmel stay matte, MAC MSF or Dermablend translucent powder.

  6. I cannot skip powder, I have oily skin! I use several different ones, but one of my favorites is the Mineral Booster by Elf, it's so finely milled and it gives a lovely finish :) x

  7. Oh I always use a powder - at the moment I'm alternating between Maybelline Dream Matte (the discontinued one, I hoarded back-ups) and the Maybelline Matte Maker but I also have a pan of MAC MSFN that I use sometimes - because it doesn't leave a matte finish I tend to think it isn't 'working' but you're probably right that I should just use it to prolong my foundation!

  8. I always use powder only in spots i need them, like my Tzone and to set my concealer. I like Cover Girls loose pro-powder the best ( also comes in a compact).

  9. I love the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural because it defiantly helps to keep your foundation on. I am also a big fan of the L'Oreal BB Powder.

    Beth x

  10. I love your blog - especially your photos! I really enjoy reading your posts!



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