Goes on silky smooth and feels lightweight on skin. Contains both moisturizing and light-reflecting ingredients for a beautiful uniform finish. Does a good job blotting oil; doesn't tend to get cakey or settle in fine lines. No sulfates.
Expensive, and the product doesn't seem to last very long. Available in limited shades.
A mineral-based powder that's made with skin-nourishing vitamins. Absorbs oil and sets other makeup products with a lightweight finish. Made without phthalates, parabens, and sulfates. Four shades are suitable for most skin tones.
Some reports of breakouts after using it. Has the tendency to emphasize lines and pores.
Sets itself apart by offering a choice of 16 shades, so finding one to match your skin tone shouldn't be an issue. Delivers a soft matte finish and controls oil. Made without parabens, fragrance, and mineral oil.
Comes with a subpar sponge. May require frequent touch-ups, especially if your skin in very oily.
Versatile, as it works well for setting makeup, blotting oil, or by itself. Great for oily skin. Vegan and free of parabens, phthalates, and sulfates. Fans love the pretty compact that it comes in.
Can be challenging to find the best shade – repeat users with fair-to-medium skin tones find the light shade too pale and the medium too dark.
Offers the brand's award-winning formula, which contains ingredients that blur imperfections, like fine lines and pores. Works well for all types of skin; absorbs oil. Doesn't contain parabens, phthalates, or sulfates.
Only available in one shade, and although it's translucent, it can look pale or chalky on some skin tones.
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No makeup collection is complete without pressed powder. This versatile cosmetic comes in a solid cake-like form and is applied using a puff, brush, or sponge. Pressed powder can be used to set liquid foundation and concealer, blot oil, and touch up your makeup throughout the day. It can also be applied all by itself to reduce shine and provide light coverage. Pressed powder comes in many shades, so you'll need to choose one to match your skin tone. The right shade can help conceal blemishes and give your face a smooth, flawless finish.
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