The best setting powders to help you push through this humidity

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Humidity is a formidable enemy when it comes to most beauty battles. 

Frizz? He’ll get ya. Shine? Takes no prisoners. Makeup that lasts after midday? Total sabotage.

So when going to war with such a muggy nemesis, you’ll need some pretty powerful allies. And when it comes to melt-free makeup, setting powders is one of the best moves we’ve got.

Here’s the ones that live up to the hype – just dust in your prone to perspiring areas and they’ll up your makeup’s staying power, no problems. 

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Natio Loose Powder

With an impressive 5 stars from 22 reviews, Natio Loose Powder is a bit of an unsung hero. And whether you prefer your setting powder translucent or with a wash of colour, they’ve got you covered.

I have been using the powder in translucent for years. It’s really a lifesaver for oily skin. It never looks cakey or patchy and its sets makeup so well.” – bh member Midnight Blue

RCMA Translucent Powder

$16, adorebeauty.com.au

This one came highly recommended by bh member abbeyleee12 via a setting powder forum. “It’s amazing! No flashback and decent pricing as well!”, she wrote.

M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder

If you like a luxurious texture, you’ll love the M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder. It’s ideal for those who prefer a matte finish, but one that still feels natural and weightless. 

“I have very dry skin and don’t often wear powder, but when I do this is the only one that doesn’t make me look dry or cakey. It provides a small amount of additional coverage and sits really nicely on top of most foundations.” – bh member phro phro

Maybelline New York FIT me! Powder

If you’re someone who wears powder every day, the Maybelline New York FIT me! Powder is a great option and won’t break the bank.  This one is pressed, but our members also rate the loose powder version.

I have quite dry skin so finding a powder and foundation that doesn’t expose my dryness is very difficult for me. I tried this powder with the fit me foundation and absolutely loved it!” bh member Jesscaar

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

$60, Mecca

A Holy Grail for many, the Laura Mercier powder is very finely milled, to create a soft-focus finish without any flashback. The original is great for those who prefer a mattified base, but there’s now also a ‘Glow’ version for those who want staying power, while enhancing radiance.

COVERGIRL Outlast All-Day Matte Finishing Powder

Available in two shades, the COVERGIRL Outlast All-Day Matte Finishing Powder is best for those with oily skin, who also like added coverage with their powder. 

 I really like the matte finish as my skin can get oily during the day and some products increase that oiliness. It held up well, though I did find I needed to touch up in the afternoon but not as much as I would with other products.” – bh member rinsully

Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder

$70, Mecca

Another one from the forums, this higher-end finishing powder has gained many fans among our members. “It is amazing – very soft, doesn’t dry the skin out, and the packaging is very practical”, wrote bh member Omyara. As for justifying the price: “I only use it for my T-zone so it will last me forever.”

Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder

With over 288 reviews and 4 stars, the Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder is by far one of the most popular powders on bh. The pressed formula works best for oily or combination skin types, with a natural, matte finish that’s available in transparent as well as a three other shades.

I own this powder in Transparent and it gives a nice finishing touch to my makeup. I apply it using a big powder brush and it eliminates any shine. It also last all day long.” – bh member GeeJ

Main image: @desiperkins Do you use setting powder? Have you tried any of these ones?

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Comments 48

  1. I have used MAC and Fit Me in the past. I have KVD and CoverFx to pan before I can try any other. Laura Mercier is on my list of powders to try. That Natio has impressive reviews too so I'm curious about it now. 🙂

  2. I have an ASAP one but I rarely use it as I usually prefer to use a setting mist – I think the finish is slightly better. That being said, I did switch to my matte finish foundation to counteract all this recent increase in humidity. Not a fan of humidity!!

  3. I do nowadays. I scored a COVER FX setting powder via an event last year & so far I'm really enjoying it, despite the colour being a bit too yellow for my skin (I got their Perfect Setting Powder – I think that's the name of it – in Light). If I use a light application I can get away with it though.

    I've also got a mini Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder sitting in my stash unloved, largely because I've read reviews saying it's not great at keeping oils at bay. As someone with sensitive/combo skin who is oilier at this time of year, I figure that I should keep something like that powder for winter instead.

  4. Want to try next Hourglass powder. Atm using Cover FX translucent that is soooo good. But since I wear makeup so rarely, I am getting a "travel" size (love mini makeup, no waste)

  5. I don’t often use a setting powder, as I find that it doesn’t do any favours to my dry skin. Powder wise I use an Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder to set my concealer. I prefer a finishing powder over a setting powder. I absolutely love Guerlain Meteorites. They are expensive, but they last for a long time, and they look so pretty.

  6. I wear as little foundation as possible when its hot and steamy I hate a heavy make-up feeling that makes me even more uncomfortable. I do wear powder when I want a really refined finish.

  7. I love the Rimmel Stay matte but at the moment im using a finishing veil powder by Pur. It was given to me by a friend and it does its job but it hasnt wowed me so i would be happy to go back to the Rimmel once im done.

  8. I have got a BareMinerals one, and the dregs of a MAC one. I have tried Laura Mercier and it’s lovely. But I think I’d spend just a little bit more and buy the Hourglass. I’ve used it in a few of the Mecca Beauty Lab classes. It is absolutely beautiful.

  9. I usually don't use a setting powder but if I want my makeup look to last longer and remove any shine, I use Maybelline New York's Matte Maker Mattifying Powder and a large powder brush.

  10. I always use loose setting powders, they make my makeup last all day and don't look cakey. The Laura Mercier one is as great as everyone says, and I'm using the Cle de Peau and Makeup Forever ones right now. I think I'll try the Hourglass one next.

  11. There is a huge price range presented here from as low as $12 up to $70 for the Hourglass. I haven't used a setting powder for years as my skin is ageing and I didn't want further product in my fine lines. Reading the reviews on some of these I might reinvest in one of the lower priced products just to take the shine off. Maybe!

  12. I use the Fit me pressed powder to set my makeup because I like a bit more coverage, especially under my eyes and translucent powder just doesn't do it.
    It's an awesome powder and blurs really nicely, I just wish there was a luminous version.

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