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The best setting powder for a flawless finish that lasts all day long

Look no further than these top face powders for the perfect makeup that won't budge.

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Everyone needs a good powder in their life. Whether you have dry skin and need to avoid the cakey look or you have oily skin and need your makeup locked and loaded, powder is a girl's best friend.

There are a number of types of powders on the market such as compact powders and loose powders. We've lumped them all together and tried and tested the best of the best. These powders are the ones that made the cut. From formula to packaging we've judged them all to bring you a powder that will soon become a holy grail in your makeup bag.

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1. Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder

This setting powder launched in 2018 and very quickly became a fan favourite of bloggers and makeup artists. The packaging limits the amount of product that's able to come out meaning you end up with the perfect amount of powder for application. The powder is super fine so doesn't create an overly matte look or settle in fine lines. The reflective finish gives skin a slight glow that doesn't look over-the-top. You can also use this powder to sweep all over the face or bake your concealer.


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2. MAC Cosmetics x Patrick Starr Setting Powder

This limited edition powder is without a doubt one of the best products on the market. The quality of the MAC Cosmetics x Patrick Starr Setting powder literally sent the beauty community into a frenzy to get their hands on it. With rumours that it will join the permanent line-up, this setting powder is finely milled and translucent, and can be used to set makeup on the face and body. This works for both dry and oily skin and lasted for eight hours on my face without budging.


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3. Becca Cosmetics Hydra-Mist setting powder

This setting powder is known for being just plain magical. When you apply the Becca Cosmetics Hydra-Mist setting powder it actually feels cooling on the skin. We haven't worked out quite how this works but we're actually guilty of applying a little too much because it feels that good. It's perfect for those with dry skin and for those who want to keep a glowy finish to their skin.


Loose Setting Powder

4. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

It was a sad, sad day in the makeup industry when Laura Mercier pulled out of the Australian market. However, there are still a number of places you can purchase this top setting powder, meaning we can still list it. This has been a holy grail makeup product for years. This sheer, silky powder can pretty much do anything you need. The powder melts into your skin to give your makeup a flawless finish that will literally last all day long.


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5. Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish setting powder

The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish setting powder is an absolute game changer. The nano-blurring particles effectively disguise imperfections without suffocating skin. The formula of this powder is ultra-lightweight and breathable and has a beautiful, brightening effect that won't cause flashback either. It is perfect for drier, dehydrated skin types thanks to the nourishing rose wax and almond oil ingredients.


Coconut Setting Powder

6. Marc Jacobs Finish Line Perfecting Coconut Setting Powder

Easily a huge favourite product of ours. The Marc Jacobs Finish Line Perfecting Coconut Setting Powder smells and works like an absolute dream. This light powder blends with your makeup to set it but avoids looking overly cakey or thick and doesn't settle into fine lines either. With five forms of coconut and cocoa butter, the powder achieves a soft-matte finish for up to eight hours.


Lock-It Setting Powder

7. Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder

If you have oily skin and need a powder that's really going to lock down your makeup then look no further than the Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder. The formula of this translucent powder will make your makeup literally last all day. The powder is incredibly lightweight and suits all skin tones. While the packaging is a little bulky, you don't need to reapply this product so you don't need to carry it around, which is a plus.


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8. La Mer The Powder

This luxe powder does come with a pretty heavy price tag, but the bang is definitely worth the buck. It's an incredibly lightweight and airy powder that's perfect to set your foundation with a gorgeous finish. Thanks to the subtle shimmers in the powder, it gives your skin a subtle glow meaning you don't have to worry about looking super matte. The powder is also formulated with the brand's potent Miracle Broth™.


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9. Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder

The Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder is the perfect option for all skin tones. The powder absorbs oil making it great for those with oily skin. However, its sheer formula makes it perfect for those with dry skin too. It also contains a touch of vitamin E to create the most natural look that wears comfortably too. While it is a little on the more expensive side, a small amount of this powder goes a long way.


Real life favourites

Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder

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Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder

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RCMA No Colour Powder

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"This powder is completely worth the price point and I love the packaging because it doesn't waste the powder. The formula itself is perfect for my dry skin but sets my concealer perfectly."

- Monisha

"This has been my go-to product for years. It not only sets my makeup but is perfect for brightening under the eyes. It's also super handy because it isn't a loose powder, so you can skip the mess!"

- Jess

"I simply cannot justify spending money on expensive powders when the RCMA No Colour powder does everything they do and more. It leaves my skin with a flawless finish and lasts all day"

- Sally


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