Setting Powders That Work for My Dry Skin

Setting powders can be tricky for those of us with dry skin. Here are three powders that set my foundation for longevity without accentuating dryness or creating dryness where there was none.

Best for Luminosity: Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (shades 4 and 5)

I like to pair the Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder with one of my favorite foundations, the Clinique Beyond Perfecting 2-in-1 Foundation. Because the Clinique foundation has a satin finish that feels tacky on the skin, I like to set it without taking away the satin finish. So by using this as a setting powder, I get the longevity and dried down feeling, but the glow of the powder keeps my skin from looking dry or looking matte.

Overall, this is my preferred setting powder but it can also be used as a finishing powder. If a foundation is accentuating my texture, I find that layering this powder on top improves the way it looks. Laura Mercier claims that this powder has a “diffused, soft-focus finish” and I guess that is the benefit that helps with the look of texture.

This powder comes in 6 shades and retails for $39.00

Best for Blurring: No7 Lift & Luminate Finishing Powder (shades medium and deep)

If you have dry skin and need powder to help give your skin a smooth appearance, the No7 Lift & Luminate Finishing Powder may be an option to consider. This powder does offer a little coverage making the shade range more limited. The options may not be as forgiving as a more sheer powder like the Laura Mercier Candleglow or the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (which I’ll talk about next). On the other hand, this option gives a matte look to the skin if you prefer to look matte over luminous.

I think you can see the blurring effect in the image above. The powder is so blurring it was hard to capture it on camera.

This powder does come in 4 shades, but as far as I can tell the deep shade is only available through The powder retails for $12.99

Best Natural Finish: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (shades medium deep and dark)

The finish of the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural falls somewhere in between the luminosity of the Laura Mercier Candleglow and the Blurred matte effect of the No7 Lift & Luminate. I’d also say it is a bit sheerer than the No7, making its shade range more forgiving. The shade range is also larger than the No7, so that makes it more accessible to more people as well.

On my dry skin, this gives me a satin verging on matte finish. It does have what MAC calls “pearlized pigments” running through the powder; so I can imagine that the less dry you are, the more you will experience that pearlized effect.

This powder comes in 14 shades and retails for $36.00

What is your favorite setting powder? Let me know why in the comments section below.

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