It wouldn’t be #MarchMatteness without talking about powders. I’ve used all sorts of powders at this point in my makeup life and I’ve found that all powders perform in different ways. Some act as complete mattifiers, some eliminate oil and shine while keeping a natural look, and some just set the makeup and allow for your natural shine to come through. Today we’re going to be exploring all kinds including powders from Palladio, Rimmel, MAC, NYC, L’Oreal, Laura Mercier, and Maybelline (By the way, I don’t get any flashback with any of these powders in photos.).
Want a long-lasting, matte look? – When it comes to a true matte finish I tend to gravitate toward loose powder for a perfected look. Palladio offers the absolute best in the form of their Rice Powder. I tend to apply it with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush and gently press the powder over my foundation. The rice powder absorbs oil and keeps things looking matte for hours. If I’m on the go or traveling, but I want the same finish and effect of the Palladio Rice Powder, in comes the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder. An absolute oldie, but a goodie. This powder adds slight coverage (depending on the shade) and lasts for absolute hours.
Looking for something matte, but a bit more natural? – Sometimes I want a matte look that’s not too full on. I find the MAC Studio Fix to be perfect for a natural to matte finish on the skin. The powder itself is rather smooth and creamy so you get an even and natural look, but there’s absolutely no shine. Looking for a drugstore alternative? The L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte powder has an identical texture and finish with a bit less coverage than the Studio Fix powder.
But what about something completely natural looking? – I understand. Sometimes you don’t want something full on matte, but you want the long-lasting benefits of a matte powder. So I’m going to talk about these last three from most to least long-lasting. The NYC BB Radiance Perfecting Powder is actually perfection. Like I said, it isn’t entirely matte, but it perfects pores and skin texture like none other. It sets BB creme and foundation like a charm and makes everything look so glowy and natural. If you caught the first #MarchMatteness post, you’ll know how I feel about the Maybelline FIT Me! Matte and Poreless powder. It’s definitely not a matte powder, but still good for general setting. It let’s your natural glow come through in a flattering way. The Laura Mercier Mineral powder is the most natural-skin finish of any powder I own. I find the lasting power is on the low-end of the spectrum, but it looks like my skin, but better in the first few hours of its application.
I hope this was helpful and could lead you in the right direction when it comes to any of your powder needs. I used to be so confused as to why powders I tried didn’t perform well and it’s literally because I didn’t think about what they were really meant to do. #MarchMatteness is winding down to a close so there’s only a few posts left. I hope you’re enjoying them as much as I am.
We shall talk soon!
-Tara Joy ♥