Powder foundations are great if you require a light but buildable coverage with a matte finish.
Due to the matte finish these foundations are not so great for dry skins but aimed at a combination/oily skin type.
Matte textures although great with oil control tend to look a little dull and with over application you run the added risk of the dreaded cake face!
To avoid this always give your moisturiser or primer enough time to absorb into the skin.
For a lighter application use a soft brush to apply the powder or if you prefer a heavy coverage then use the sponge provided but remember to change the sponge regularly to prevent the oils from your skin transferring to the product and sealing it.
If you find that you get shiny throughout the day don't apply more layers of this product as it will build up, leaving you looking plastered, rather apply an anti-shine oil absorbing powder where needed.
If you require a really heavy coverage team it up with a liquid foundation underneath.
Having oily skin I have tried a few different foundation powders so have detailed some here for you from a varying price scale.
Creme De La Mer - The Treatment Powder Foundation
A pearl coloured plastic compact with mirrored lid containing 10g powder compact with space underneath for a latex sponge. Box also contains a spare sponge.
For £65.00 I expected a slightly more luxurious hard wearing packaging so this product is perfect for people who keep their make-up pristine on their dressing table but probably not for those that need to transport it around in their handbag or kit.
The powder is very lightweight so great for a natural finish. Rather than a totally matte finish it has a slight radiance to it, due to ingredients including gemstones to create a satin finish.
It definitely smoothed out my skin and felt really silky. It also kept the shine at bay for most of the day but I did need to reapply for a bit of coverage on the T-zone half way through the day.
During reapplication the product layered smoothly with no chalky build up.
MAC Studio Fix
A cult powder that is a staple of any MUA kit, This powder foundation has a medium buildable coverage.
Standard MAC plastic casing with 15g of powder containing a latex sponge housed in a separate area underneath powder.
Designed to be used dry this powder gives a velvety texture that has oil absorbing ingredients and the added talc has been ground down to a microscopic size so the skin can breath.
This product photographs well and is also great for men.
Perfect for people who want more coverage.
It is really important to keep the sponge in the separate compartment as if you leave it sitting on the powder it will seal the powder due to oil contamination.
If this happens just scratch off the surface lightly and fresh powder will be revealed!
Laura Mercier Foundation powder
Mirrored 7.4g compact. This foundation is good for those who like to use their product wet or dry. It comes with a puff to use dry for a medium coverage or use wet for a much fuller cover.
This powder feels heavier to the touch and not quite as silky as others but it does provide excellent coverage and the titanium dioxide ingredient gives a soft focus finish however it may flash back when photographed with flash.
Clinique Almost Powder Foundation
Packaged in the standard Clinique marbled green compact it contains 13g of product and a sponge.
Just because you like a powder foundation doesn't mean you need to sacrifice wearing an SPF.
Clinique have a really lightweight powder foundation that gives that no make-up make-up look while protecting your skin from damage.
It contains SPF15 which is perfect for the summer although there is a slight flash back in flash photography because of this.
Very silky to the touch and the powder is so finely milled that you hardly feel it's on. Literally zero chalky cakeface whilst keeping you matte.
Which powder foundations have you tried and loved?
Written by Stacey Oakes - Pixiwoo Studio Manager and Oily Skin Specialist :)