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.

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MAC Studio Fix Foundation Swatches (liquid and powder)

Right now at MAC, you can purchase either the Studio Fix Fluid or Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation for $25 until 3:00 am EST on 9/21/2020. Studio Fix Fluid comes in 63 shades and Studio Fix Powder comes in 53 shades, making it one of the best shade ranges on the market. I wanted to share some swatches for anyone that might want to take advantage of this deal.

Studio Fix Fluid

MAC Studio Fix Fluid (C8, NC45)
MAC Studio Fix Fluid in C8 and NC45

I’m sure I’m one of the last makeup-wearing people to try the iconic MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation. I always avoided trying it out because of the SPF 15 and the promise of a matte finish. My curiosity finally got the best of me, and surprisingly I ended up liking it. C8 is a better color match for me, NC45 is too red-orange when applied all over my face. For reference, my best shade matches are Estee Lauder Double Wear 5W1 Bronze (winter) and 5W1.5 Cinnamon (summer).

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Mac Glow Play Blush Review (Heat Index and Groovy Swatches)

I decided to go ahead and publish this review early because Mac Cosmetics just started a great sale.  You can get 30% off of blushes, highlighters, bronzers, and skincare through July 23, 2020, using the promo code “macjuly30” on their website.  Today I’ll be talking about the brand’s newest blush formula and they are included in the sale.

Mac claims that this “bouncy-blush” has sheer to medium, buildable coverage and gives a radiant look.  Because of this unique texture, I want to start off by talking about the application method.  The brand recommends applying these with either fingers or a tightly packed synthetic brush.  The recommended brushes are the 159S (duo-fiber short bristles rounded shape), 128S (short dense 50-50 split fibre), and 109S (short dense dome shape).  The brush I used (Smashbox cream cheek) is short like the 128S but shaped more like the 109S.  The fact that this blush has a soft texture but isn’t a cream formula makes application a little different for those that aren’t familiar with this texture.

Mac Glow Play Blush heat index and groovy swatches

Although I wouldn’t say these dry down to a powder finish, they do set.  They do not feel tacky after application.  Groovy doesn’t work as easily as heat index.  It is stiffer in texture so it doesn’t pick up on the brush or blend as easily.

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The Summer of the Bronzer

Every time I turn around I swear there is another new bronzer being released.  Out of the new bronzer releases that have caught my eye I have purchased one limited edition and one permanent release.  I already did a full swatch post of my purchases from the limited edition Mac 2020 Summer Bronzing Collection if you want to check that out.  But in this post, you will get to see how the shade Totally Taupeless from that release compares to some others.

I also purchased the newly released NARS Bronzing Powder in the shade Punta Cana, if you have been wondering how that shade compares to other bronzers on the market.

NARS Punta Cana and Mac Totally Taupeless Bronzing Powder

Since Mac’s Bronzing Powder is the newest bronzer to the market that I’ve personally purchased that is the shade I used in every comparison grouping.  I included limited edition (LE) products that I own just in case anyone might be wondering how these new bronzers compare to items they may already have.  For foundation shade reference I am Mac C7/C8 and Estee Lauder 5W1/5W1.5.

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