The 17 Best Setting Powders to Perfect and Set Your Makeup

Farida Abdel Malek
6/24/20, 12:00 AM

Whether you want to bake, smooth out pores, fine lines or control oil, these setting powders are the best in the business. We often forget how much of a difference setting powders can have on our makeup. They can really take your makeup from looking good to incredible with just a few puffs or brushes. So, maybe it's time to keep one in your makeup bag.

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Here are 17 best setting powders:

1. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder


This is pretty iconic and there's a reason why it's the first on the list, despite the rest being in no particular order. This powder is the first thing that comes to mind when you mention setting powder. I think probably everyone on the planet agrees that is incredible. Bloggers and makeup artists have not and Probably will not stop raving about it. It's light and blurring, but with no flashback in photos and doesn't get cakey.

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2. Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Baking & Setting Powder


For people who love to bake...well, it's literally in the name of the product. This a great product for baking. It will set your coverage in place and help you contour and shape. It also brushes off easily. People also love how it sets their concealer. 

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3. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish


This is another iconic powder and a best seller at Mac. This is a really great powder for giving a natural finish with slight coverage. It also lasts a long time when it comes to oil control. 

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4. Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder


Charlotte is known for her perfecting of products and this powder was no exception. It is a beauty blogger favorite and a must for making the skin look flawless without getting cakey. It also gives a nice healthy glow. 

5. e.l.f. Translucent Mattifying Powder


On the more affordable end of the things. Elf never fail to make amazing products that are still affordable and practical. It's really great for oily skin as it mattifies the skin nicely and sets the makeup. 

6. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Pressed Powder


This is a great drugstore option that people agree on for being amazing. This is easy to apply, good for people who have dry skin and it actually has good ingredients like Vitamin C.

7. Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder


This is vegan, cruelty-free and doesn't have parabens and phthalates. It's a translucent powder that gives a nice natural finish and it's very fine so it give the skin a nice natural mattified finish without looking or feeling too heavy. 

8. Maybelline Fit Me! Loose Finishing Powder


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The Maybelline Fit Me! line is amazing and this loose powder is one the best drugstore options on the market. It's smoothing, perfecting and has a great variety of shades. It is also good for oil and shine control. 

9. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder


You've probably heard this name a million times because it is a beauty blogger favorite. It's finishing powder that is extremely flattering and illuminating. 

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10. Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder


Another Hourglass product that is almost on every list of 'The best setting powders'. This is a loose translucent powder. It's gives a gorgeous natural air-brush effect and sets the makeup beautifully. 

11. Make Up Forever Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder


This is a such a fine powder. It's translucent and it gives a nice blurring, smoothing and airbrushed effect 

12. Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder


This is a talc free powder that sets makeup without settling into fine lines and it gives a nice glow without flashback in photographs.

13. NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder


This is a translucent powder for fair to medium skin tones, but they also have another one for deep skin tones. It gives a nice enhanced glow and helps Foundation last more. 

14. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Setting Powder


This has an amazing shade range. It also makes the skin look amazing because blurs the pores and gives a nice sheen, while still mattifying the foundation. 

15. Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Setting Powder


Bobbi Brown are known for being all about natural beauty and this powder is exactly for that. It gives sheer coverage and nice smooth finish. 

16. NYX HD Finishing Powder


This is a great all round powder for setting makeup and the t-zone, giving the skin a nice finish and smoothing out lines. It's also paraben free. 

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17. Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder


This is a best seller on Amazon with over 21K reviews. Beauty Youtubers have long raved about this powder. It sets the makeup incredibly well with no creasing or even flashback. 

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Farida Abdel Malek

The first time she watched "The Devil Wears Prada" around the age of 12, Farida felt something that she couldn’t quite explain at that time. She was inspired. The clothes, the hair, the makeup and of ...

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