My Favorite Things: Pressed Powders/Powder Foundations


In today’s Favorite Things post, we will be talking about a few of my favorite pressed powders and powder foundations. 

As someone with oily skin, face powders are a saving grace for me. They keep me fairly shine free without making me feel like I’m wearing a mask. Here are a couple of my favorites.

Benefit Hello Flawless Powder Foundation, $34


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Benefit isn’t necessarily known for their base complexion products. They’re known more for their brow and cheek products. However, this powder foundation is really nice. You can apply it over liquid foundation if you’re looking to set and add more coverage, or you can wear it alone and basically customize your coverage. There are nine shades in the range, which isn’t ideal. I’m not at the deepest end of the color spectrum, but I wear the deepest shade in this powder.

NYX #NoFilter Finishing Powder, $11.99 (currently on sale at Ulta for $8.39)


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Now, this isn’t to be confused with the Stay Matte, Not Flat powder foundation from NYX. I say that because that mixup is how I ended up buying this in the first place. I’m glad I did, however, because I actually like this more than the Stay Matte, Not Flat. Although this is meant to be applied over foundation to finish off your look, I’ve found that it’s just as great to use when you just want to take the oils and shine down a notch without looking like you’ve got makeup on. This comes in fifteen shades, and I wear Deep Golden. I’ve heard that Cocoa and Mahogany make fantastic contour shades for women of color as well, so it’s definitely something you can use in more than one way.

Lancome Dual Finish Multi-Tasking Powder Foundation, $39.50


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This powder from Lancome is just awesome. It is easily buildable without making you look like a newly powdered baby, meaning it blends into the skin nicely, providing a natural matte finish that doesn’t look flat and dry. This powder also can be used wet or dry, which is supposed to customize the finish. I just use it as a dry powder, but am interested to see how this would work wet. This comes in thirty-five shades, so you’re bound to find one that suits your skin tone. For me, I wear 530 Suede Cool.

Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Pressed Powder, $4.99


Wet n Wild has been killing it over the past couple of years. They’ve been consistently coming out with inexpensive, high performing products. A lot of people swear by the liquid foundation in the PhotoFocus line, but that didn’t work super well for me, and I hated the smell. However, the pressed powder from that line is fantastic. Just like all of the other powders mentioned here, I find it to reduce the shine on my face without making me looking crazy. The shade range is a little sad, as there are only eight shades in the range, and I wear the second darkest (Dark Cafe).

There you have it, folks. These are just a few of the pressed powders/powder foundations in my collection that I reach for on a regular basis. What’s your favorite pressed powder or powder foundation?


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