Put up your hands if you’re guilty of skipping loose powder in your makeup routine!
Loose powder is vital in setting your makeup. It also mattifies your face and preserves your makeup throughout the day, making it a life-saver especially for those who have oily or combination skin. If you have been neglecting this step, maybe it’s time to include loose powder into your makeup routine. We’ve selected 19 of the best loose powders that have received rave reviews from people who have tried them. Read on to find out more!
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Loose powder for oily skin
1. Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder
This loose powder by Innisfree suits people who have very oily skin. It absorbs sebum to give users a matte look. It is also a budget-friendly product that is compact enough for travelling. According to iHerb, 68% of users have given this product a superb review and strongly recommend it. One user even mentioned that the powder is great for acne-prone skin.
Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder retails for SGD11.94 on iHerb.
2. Australis Banana Powder
No, this powder definitely does not smell like bananas at all. In fact, it is infused with vitamins from a banana that brighten rough skin and soothe redness. Furthermore, it sets makeup and also covers up blemishes. Most reviews on Beauty Haven praise the smooth finish of the powder. It also covers eye bags and dark under-eye circles.
Australis Banana Powder retails for SGD19.90 on Zalora.
3. Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder
If you have oily skin but can’t stand the feeling of a cakey face, give this loose powder by Bobbi Brown a try! It is 100% oil-free but very light too. This weightless powder is great if you are going to be out all day. Reviews on Makeup Alley are relatively positive. Most users praise the natural finish of the powder and its light weight.
Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder retails at SGD43.50 on Selfridges.
4. Clinique Blended Face Powder and Brush
While this loose powder has a heftier price tag, it still works remarkably well for oily skin. The powder is lightweight and gives users a flawless finish as it covers big pores. Moreover, it can even be worn alone! The reviews for this loose powder are fantastic. In fact, there are many loyal customers who have repeatedly purchased this powder on Sephora.
Clinique Blended Face Powder and Brush retails at SGD53 on Sephora.
Another Banana powder that is equally effective for oily skin. It is mattifying and smooth but does not clog pores or irritate the skin. However, it suits warmer skin tones better as it has a yellow tint. Generally, users have expressed general admiration for the powder on Makeup Alley for the effectiveness of the powder in combating oily skin and sebum. One user even commented that her skin stayed matte for the entire day.
Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder retails at SGD29.90 on Lazada.
Loose powder for combination skin
6. HERES B2UTY Loose Powder
This loose powder controls excess sebum and prevents the skin from getting oily throughout the day. At the same time, however, it doesn’t leave your face too unnaturally matte, making it an ideal option for those with combination skin. You can choose from four shades that suit a variety of skin tones.
93% of reviews on AliExpress are positive and gave the loose powder an excellent rating. Users generally praise the outstanding quality of the product.
HERES B2UTY Loose Powder retails at SGD9.66 on AliExpress.
7. Jill Stuart Airy Tulle Lasting Loose Powder
You may have caught on with the excitement of Jill Stuart finally making itself available in Singapore. And if you’ve been wondering about what product to get from them, you may consider its loose powder. It has a shine-resistant formula that keeps your skin looking fresh. It also doesn’t hurt that it has a beautiful packaging that looks great on your vanity.
However, this loose powder is one of the bestselling products that are often snatched up as soon as it’s back on the shelves. So if you see it, grab it.
Jill Stuart Airy Tulle Lasting Loose Powder retails at SGD56 on Sephora (last we checked, there are stocks online!)
8. ILIA Soft Focus Finishing Powder
Lightweight and smooth, this is another loose powder that has gotten itself a huge fan base. Formulated with organic materials and oils, this powder is loved for giving skin an airbrushed look while eliminating sebum and shine. Users on Influenster have expressed appreciation for the effectiveness of the product in combating oily skin without feeling too heavy.
ILIA Soft Focus Finishing Powder retails at SGD61 on Sephora.
9. Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder
This ultra-lightweight setting powder was made especially for combination to oily skin. The gentle and effective product comes in two shades – light and deep. All 13 reviews on Sephora have given this powder at least 3 out of 5 stars for its excellent coverage and matte effect.
Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder retails at SGD52 on Sephora.
10. Missha The Style Fitting Wear Cashmere Powder SPF15
Infused with coconut and honey extract, this loose powder is mattifying but also breathable and airy. It also contains Witch Hazel Extract that helps soothe skin and combat redness. With 14 out of 15 reviews on the Missha website that are positive, this loose powder is so popular that it is often out of stock. Users say that they love the smooth finish and opaque coverage of the powder.
Missha The Style Fitting Wear Cashmere Powder SPF15 retails at SGD39.31 on Lazada.
Loose powders for tired skin
11. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Ageing Micro-Powder
If you’re dealing with skin that looks tired and aged, this powder from IT Cosmetics may help. It has anti-ageing minerals that helps absorb shine without settling into wrinkles and lines. In fact, it gives a smooth finish so you look more radiant and youthful. Moreover, it contains Vitamin A, C and E to combat free radicals throughout the day that cause ageing.
Reviews on Sephora say that this product is great at concealing the appearance of pores and gives users a more radiant look. On the other hand, some reviews have criticised it for making the face look too cakey in photographs and selfies.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Ageing Micro-Powder retails at SGD42 on Sephora.
12. Logona Naturkosmetik Face Powder
Gentle on skin, this vegan loose powder is formulated with Apple Seed and Cranberry Essence, both are known for their ability to combat wrinkles. While this product is not exactly well-known in Singapore, it is still highly rated amongst international users. The majority of the reviews on Ecco-Verde have given this product 5 out of 5 stars for its excellent results.
Logona Naturkosmetik Face Powder retails at SGD37.28 on iHerb.
13. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Skin Smoothing Loose Powder
This loose powder from Elizabeth Arden is extremely lightweight but still able to blur out the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains advanced ceramide that has anti-ageing benefits to address tired and dull skin. Out of the 31 reviews on the Elizabeth Arden website, 27 of them are positive. One reviewer even mentioned that this loose powder is one of the best she’s used.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Skin Smoothing Loose Powder retails at SGD48.16 on Carethy.
14. 3CE Loose Powder
This loose powder from 3CE promises to mattify skin, blur out the look of fine lines, and offers a satin finish. Many users on Sephora praise the effectiveness of this powder in preventing shine and its ability to hide fine lines. It also lasts all day!
3CE Loose Powder retails SGD31 on Sephora.
Loose Powders for Dry Skin
15. Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Setting Powder
In spite of its mattifying effect, it gives skin a radiant look that doesn’t appear dry. Reviews on Sephora are generally positive, with most of them saying that it helps skin look good on camera and keeps skin feeling healthy and hydrated throughout the day.
Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Setting Powder retails SGD49 on Sephora.
16. Kanebo Sensai Translucent Loose Powder
This ultra lightweight powder controls sebum production without overly drying out skin. One user on Makeup Alley who has dry skin even commented that the powder gives her complexion a healthy-looking glow.
Kanebo Sensai translucent loose powder retails at SGD88.53 on Carethy.
17. ORBIS Loose Powder Natural
While ORBIS is known for its oil-free skincare and makeup, this loose powder works splendidly on dry skin too. Not only does it set makeup, the royal jelly component of this powder also moisturises skin and makes it look more radiant. South China Morning Post has given this powder a try and confirmed that it certainly lives up to what its description says.
ORBIS Loose Powder Natural retails at SGD30 for the refill and SGD15 for the container at all ORBIS stores.
18. LUSH Emotional Brilliance Loose Powder
You may have known the brand for its amazing bath bombs, but did you know that they also carry makeup? Like all its other products, this loose powder is vegan, and is made from Organic Jojoba Oil, a moisturising ingredient that’s great for dry and dull skin. It also contains Tapioca starch to keep shine at bay.
Users on Makeup Alley gave it good reviews and said that it is a hidden gem from Lush that few know about – but now you know!
LUSH Emotional Brilliance Loose Powder retails at SGD38 at LUSH.
19. Becca Soft Light Blurring Powder
If you have lifeless and dull-looking dry skin, this powder would add the needed glow to your complexion. In a peach tint that flatters all skin tone, this loose powder also gives a smooth and velvety finish that gives you that desired air-brushed look.
Users on Sephora are love this product for how lightweight it feels and the results it offer.
Becca Soft Light Blurring Powder retails at SGD58 on Sephora.