12 October, 2016 Perfecting Face Powders: NYX, Charlotte Tilbury and more!
Bonjourno all. Today, I’m talking about perfecting face powders – the palettes and pigments that keep things looking shine and redness-free. Whether I’m looking a little dull, greasy or need to conceal an unsightly spot, these powders are the best at unifying my complexion. They’re all in pressed formulas, making them great for travel, al-desko applications and quick blots on the go, and there’s a decent mix of high street and high-end prices.
Gosh darn it, I wish I didn’t love this powder so much. I’ve just repurchased this and although £33 is a disgusting amount of moolah to spend on a face powder, the results are AMAZING. I feel like I use the term ‘blurs over pores’ so often, but when you have big pores and are prone to shine, there’s nothing more pleasing. This seems to absorb oil, smooth over texture and bumps and freshen up the look of my makeup, making it a real triple threat. If money were no object I’d have one in every makeup bag and desk drawer, as I love it so much.
After discovering and loving the CT powder, this to me is like the Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder’s little sister. More hydrating, less coverage, and definitely less oil-absorbing.It’s great when my skin is feeling dry, and the finely milled, baked formula is a dream to apply. It’s also fab when buffed heavily into the skin on no-makeup days.
For banishing oil on days when you’re going all out with your makeup, this little beauty is no joke. It absorbs shine immediately, sets makeup and creates a completely matte look. I have also tried baking with this and although it’s obviously not a loose powder, it’s pigmented and airy enough to create a solid baked effect.
This Algenist powder is so, so, so fabulous for neutralising discolouration. With hints of salmon, cool pink, green and turquoise pigments, it translates on the skin as a sheer veil that brightens, calms and cools. It has a hint of shimmer so is best applied on the cheeks and forehead, and because of the pale colour of the powder, I’d recommend only using this if you have a light-medium skin tone.
I LOVE Soap & Glory makeup, and have had such good experiences with their brow products, bronzers and recently their oil-controlling primer. This drugstore powder is similar to the NYX offering, but has an ever-so-slightly pink tone that helps to brighten my skin. It’s great for absorbing oil and keeping my makeup looking fresh, and the handy mirror makes it great for applying at work or on the train. It isn’t as finely milled as most of the powders in this edit though.
My last pick is definitely not sheer, as its name would suggest – it’s a full coverage powder with a fabulous yellow tone, that can be applied all over with a buffing brush as if it were a powder foundation, or painted on with a setting brush on areas you want to conceal or correct. It’s also lovely for setting my under-eye area as it’s super finely milled and fairly hydrating, so it doesn’t crease or pill up.
Which perfecting face powders do you use to mattify, colour-correct and set your makeup? Any new recommendations for me? As always, leave comments and suggestions below!
*PR sample sent for editorial consideration