Wearing makeup and making it last in Singapore has never been an easy feat – the humidity has no mercy, and to make things worse, we now have masks threatening to erode the base we worked so hard to perfect.
At this time, the important role that setting powders play in our lives matter more than ever, and Daily Vanity is here to help with this list of 17 best setting powders to cement that flawless base so it’ll not budge under your mask.
- 1. Abduct Cosmetics Velvet Veil Perfecting Powder
- 2. Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder
- 3. Revolution Beauty Pro Translucent Hydra-Matte
- 4. Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder
- 5. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
- 6. Beauty Bakerie Flour Setting Powder
- 7. Althea Petal Velvet Powder
- 8. NYX Professional Makeup's Can't Stop Won't Stop
- 9. Eglips Oil Cut Powder Pact
- 10. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Setting Powder
- 11. Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder
- 12. Rimmel Insta Fix & Matte Powder
- 13. Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder
- 14. Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder
- 15. Morphe Bake and Set Powder
- 16. Milk Makeup Blur + Set Matte Loose Setting Powder
- 17. Becca Cosmetics Under Eye Brightening Setting Powder
1. Abduct Cosmetics Velvet Veil Perfecting Powder
Here’s a setting powder that launched after the pandemic (in Phase 2 of re-opening) and it has since gained popularity and is now a cult product raved about by many. This setting powder by local brand Abduct Cosmetics creates a smooth veil, covering pores, controlling oil production, and as a bonus, is water- and sweat-resistant – great for those days you walk under the sun with your mask or for a quick touch-up after workouts.
Available at S$32 from Abduct Cosmetics.
2. Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder
A long-time favourite of K-beauty lovers, the Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder has a light-weight white powder formula that helps to set makeup, as well as to control oil production. This setting powder is lightweight so you’ll barely feel it under your mask. Best part? It is also super affordable.
Available at S$17 at innisfree stores and Shopee (which is currently running a promotion, so you can get it at 15% off!).
3. Revolution Beauty Pro Translucent Hydra-Matte
The Revolution Beauty Pro Translucent Hydra-Matte Setting Powder does not only set your makeup, the finely milled powder is also infused with Hyaluronic Acid that helps to keep your skin flawless and hydrated!
Available from Look Fantastic at S$14.50.
4. Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder
For those looking to pamper your skin with something more luxurious, Bobbi Brown’s Sheer Finish Pressed Powder may be it. This setting powder is oil-free, lightweight, and is even infused with antioxidant vitamin E that will protect your skin against free radicals.
Available from all Bobbi Brown boutiques and counters, as well as Sephora at S$70.
5. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow
This variation of the iconic Laura Mercier setting powder is the Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow. What it essentially is? The formula of for the original holy grail but with a glow finish!
With infused pearl pigments, this setting powder will not only lock in your base but also add a healthy glow to your skin!
Available at Sephora for S$70 but you can also get it at S$36 for the mini.
6. Beauty Bakerie Flour Setting Powder
This cutely packaged setting powder from Beauty Bakerie takes after the look of a bag of flour. “Bake” your makeup with this translucent powder and blur out any imperfection and experience no flash-back on photos.
Available from Look Fantastic at S$40.50.
7. Althea Petal Velvet Powder
Did you know that K-beauty retailer Althea has their own setting powder? The Petal Velvet Powder has quickly become a favourite and it’s not surprising why. The powder is infused with oil from Althea seeds and helps to reduce sebum production without drying out the skin. On top of these, it has properties that protect you from UV damage too!
Available from Althea at S$8.50.
8. NYX Professional Makeup’s Can’t Stop Won’t Stop
A mask has nothing on you if you’re armed with a formidable setting powder. And we’re talking about the NYX Professional Makeup’s Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Setting Powder. Apply it over your foundation to seal your hard work in. As a bonus tip, invest in a dark shade that you can also use as a bronzer!
Available from Look Fantastic at S$22.
9. Eglips Oil Cut Powder Pact
Eglips may be a brand you don’t hear so much about but they offer a range of products that are actually pretty awesome. We like the Eglips Oil Cut Powder Pact, in particular, which uses natural ingredients such as lavender, rosemary, peppermint to help control oil while keeping your skin smelling fresh! As a bonus, it is also free from harmful substances such as benzophenone and triethanolamine, commonly found in setting powders.
Available from Guardian at S$6.50.
10. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder
You would have probably heard of the brand’s stellar range of base makeup and the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder is definitely in that line-up. Available in eight versatile shades, this setting powder will complement and brighten any skin tone.
Available from Sephora at S$44.
11. Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder
If you love the All Nighter Spray from Urban Decay, chances are you’re not going to be disappointed by this setting powder. Like the spray, it keeps your makeup budge-proof all day and night long. The formula is also translucent, making it compatible with any skin tone. An extension of their beloved All Nighter series that is designed to keep your makeup budge proof…all night long, the All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder is also translucent, which will allow compatibility with any skin tone.
Available from Urban Decay boutiques and Sephora at S$50.
12. Rimmel Insta Fix & Matte Powder
For a pocket-friendly option, try the Rimmel Insta Fix & Matte Powder. This translucent powder is ideal for touch-ups on the go and we love its ultra-lightweight formula that feels comfortable under your mask.
Available from Look Fantastic at S$11.90.
13. Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder
Another drugstore favourite, the Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder is part of the brand’s Fit Me series, known for its lightweight coverage and longevity. The loose powder also comes in several shades to match with your preferred foundation shade.
Available from leading drugstores, including Guardian at S$21.90.
14. Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder
The Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder is known for its silky texture that is created for the makeup technique of “baking” where your makeup sits under a coat of powder for an extended period of time (five to ten minutes) to allow it to absorb any excess sebum during the period of time, preventing your makeup from budging due to any oiliness.
Available from Cult Beauty at S$53.
15. Morphe Bake and Set Powder
A favourite among international makeup artists, Morphe’s Bake and Set powder is known to be richly pigmented, perfect for covering up any flaws. Pro-tip: Get the shade in Banana or Banana Rich to counter any darkness under the eyes and brighten the area.
Available from Cult Beauty for S$22.
16. Milk Makeup Blur + Set Matte Loose Setting Powder
The Blur + Set Matte Loose Setting Powder from Milk Makeup is a new favourite on the block. For a start, the setting powder is free from talc, silicones and parabens, and as an icing on top, the lighter-than-light formula does not mask your skin’s natural glow – perfect for anyone who is looking for a more natural finish.
Available from Cult Beauty at S$52.
17. Becca Cosmetics Under Eye Brightening Setting Powder
Becca Cosmetics may be closing down, but you’ve still got time to grab the Becca Under Eye Brightening Setting Powder if you start shopping now. This highly raved about product will set and brighten up your under eye area with the light-reflecting pearl powder in its formula.
Available from Sephora at S$38.