Friday, 22 August 2014

Transparent Powders

Any other oily skinned gals out their will know the importance of a little powder. A light dusting in the morning and again through out the day, not necessarily to add coverage but to set things in place and keep that whole 'natural glow' thing you've got going on under control. I've tried my fair share of powders given that my skin is of oily origins and have found a few favourites. My selection criteria was something along the lines of mattifying but not completey matte, long lasting and not cakey. That's not too much to ask for now, is it?

First up the post foundation/concealer application set-in-place-er (technical term there) and for that I reach for Rimmel's Match Perfection Silky Loose Setting Powder. Applied with a large fluffy brush (think something along the lines of this one from Ecotools) this seems to blur over imperfections and uneven areas of skin to give a surprisingly natural finish. It helps my concealer stick around until at least midday which is when my next option comes in...

Rimmel's Stay Matte Pressed Powder is no stranger around these parts, I've sung it's praise here, here and here, but couldn't do a powder post without mentioning it. Now I'm not usually one for midday touch ups, I can just never really be bothered to reapply my base but this makes a good alternative. Pressed on to any areas looking a little shiny, this helps soak up any oily patches (nice!) and the slight yellow tone counteracts any redness peaking through. My top tip to keep things a little more hygienic is to use blotting paper or even just clean tissue to pat away any oiliness before applying. And remember to wash your brush regularly!

My final pick is a little more on the pricey/luxurious side, Hourglass' Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light. If my skin's having a dull day this is great for perking things up a little. I never notice the difference when first applied but it's a pleasant surprise if you catch a glimpse of your reflection through out the day.  If gives an almost soft focus finish to the skin and is a good option to set things in place without mattifying.

What's your favourite setting powder? As if I need to add any more to my collection!



  1. I just recently started using Rimmels Stay Matte and I don't know why I didn't earlier! I'm in looove!

    The Sunday Chapter

  2. I really want to try the Hourglass powder because on certain days I do find my regular powder looking a little flat.

  3. Great post! Setting powders are a must for my oily/combination skin. To be honest, I wasn't the biggest fan of the Stay Matte powder, particularly because the 'transparent' colour wasn't actually transparent, and left me looking a bit pale.

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  4. I use my rimmel stay matte or Coty translucent powder every day! my shiny skin can't be without it
    Allison from

  5. Love your picks and reviews on these! Abi :)

  6. I really like the Revlon Nearly Naked poweder!

    Natalie / Salt & Sail


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