Setting powder is a no-brainer for every beauty arsenal. Not only does it play a huge role in making your look appear more polished, it helps your makeup last longer. The problem? With all the options out there, finding the right formula for you can be frustrating.
To immediately minimize the sea of options, choose between a pressed and loose powder to start. Here’s the difference, if you’re unsure: Because loose powders are finely milled, they’re better for things like baking and building even coverage. Pressed powders, on the other hand, are firmly packed into a compact and are more ideal for someone that wants to tote their makeup around or is in need of a more controlled powder application.
If you’re searching for some recommendations, here are our favorite formulas—both pressed and loose—that mattify your makeup without a trace.
Fenty Beauty Invisimatte
Take a cue from Rihanna, who looks poreless and flawless 24/7. This powder’s exclusive pore-diffusing complex absorbs shine so your foundation doesn’t fade away during the day. And the translucent shade means it works for all skin tones.
Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Baking & Setting Powder
This range of setting powders is ideal if you’re looking to color correct while you bake your foundation and concealer. Available in eight shades from light “Sugar Cookie” to rich “Coffee Cake,” these pigmented powders leave absolutely no trace.
Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder
For an instantly filtered look that will last all night (hence the name), all you need is a dusting of this waterproof powder that wicks away moisture for you.
Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Setting Powder
This undeniable classic is a mattifying mainstay for a reason. Tarte’s signature clay ingredient works in a translucent state to soak up excess oil and soften the visibility of pores, which is exactly what you want in a setting powder.
Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder
Say goodbye to chalkiness with this silky, non-drying formula. It’s 45 percent lighter than typical setting powders, so you’re not left with that cake-y buildup. (And it’s cruelty free!)
NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder
If your complexion tends to get oily after a few hours, this pressed powder is ideal for touch-ups throughout the day. The formula contains glycerin and vitamin E to hydrate, while the mineral powders mattify so you don’t end up with dry, flaky skin.
Becca Cosmetics Soft Light Blurring Setting Powder
This feather-light powder is infused with ceramic microspheres that softly scatter light for an airbrushed finish. It comes in a pink or gold shade to cast an illuminating hint of color onto your complexion—the perfect refresh to any skin tone.
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
You know it’s foolproof when it’s noncomedogenic, non-caking, and dermatologist tested. Not to mention the no-flashback formula means you’ll look great in every single photo. Oh, and it comes in two shades—translucent and translucent medium deep—to cover a wide range of skin tones.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores
Developed by plastic surgeons, Bye Bye Pores’ Optical Blurring Technology has anti-aging properties—including real silk, hydrolyzed collagen, antioxidants and peptides—to smooth away the look of wrinkles over time.
Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder
Blur imperfections with this finely milled talc-free formula. While it’s available in only two shades, light and dark, the powder settles into a totally invisible finish that won’t compete with your foundation.
Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder
Give your skin a luxurious filtered look with this formula, which is infused with diamond particles to allow for light refraction without any flashback.