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9 Non-Cakey Face Powders You Absolutely Need To Try

Have you found the perfect powder for you yet?

If you're sick of makeup disappearing and your face looking like a hot mess after lunch, it's time to invest in a good face powder. We've tried them ALL, from translucent formulas, to full-coverage powder foundations, so you don't have to waste money on makeup that doesn't deliver.

Yup, meet the crème-de-la-crème when it comes to face powders, from MAC to NYX. So, whether you want it for baking that concealer or just to dust over your oily T-zone, these are the very best formulas to try.

  1. Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish

    Best powder for: Invisible finish

    Formula: Sweep this over your face and it'll instantly set cream makeup, while being virtually undetectable on the skin. It's incredibly finely-milled, which means the powder is ultra lightweight and won't cake up.

    Lasting power: As it's incredibly fine it doesn't have quite as much staying power as some of the others, this one is worth keeping in your handbag for touch-ups if needed.

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    Packaging: Rose gold = 10/10 

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    Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish, $45 (P2,315.95), or independent beauty retailers

  2. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores

    Best powder for: Minimizing pores

    Formula: The blurring formula manages to hide pores and imperfections while leaving skin silk-like. It's the go-to setting powder for many beauty YouTubers and is famous for locking down makeup, instantly. 

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    Lasting power: It'll keep your skin smooth and pore-free all day.

    Packaging: The packaging is a little basic, but the formula is awesome, so who cares?

    It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores, P1,730,

  3. MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural

    Best powder for: A satin finish

    Formula: An oldie-but-a-goodie. MAC's Mineralize Skin Finish is a beauty blogger fave and with the creamy, high-coverage formula, it's easy to see why. The powder has very slight gleam to it, which MAC describe as a "low-level pearlized pigments that provide a dimensional yet natural-satin finish." Sounds dreamy, huh?

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    Lasting power: Awesome staying power, this one will stay put all day.

    Packaging: It's a bit bulky (which is a little annoying), but the ace formula makes up for it.

    MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural, P2,250, Lazada

  4. Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder

    Best powder for: A long-lasting matte finish

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    Formula: The universal shade of this powder allows it to appear translucent on all skin tones. The invisible formula sets down makeup and keep oil under control so you don't end up with that midday shine around your T-zone.

    Lasting powder: This long-wearing matte powder will keep your makeup locked down all day long. Zero touch-ups, needed.

    Packaging: It's a little bulky, but the staying power means once you've applied it in the morning you won't need to keep it handy for retouches.

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    Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder, P2,155,

  5. e.l.f. High Definition Powder

    Best powder for: Correcting redness

    Formula: Not only does this yellow-toned powder instantly correct redness, but it gives the complexion a "soft-focus'" finish, smoothing texture, fine lines and pores to leave a flawless base. It comes in three shades, the corrective yellow, a shimmering apricot and a translucent shade.

    Lasting power: This one should stay put for at least six hours.

    Packaging: While the loose powder pot isn't particularly travel-friendly, you get 8g worth of product so it'll last agesss. 

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    e.l.f. High Definition Powder, $6 (P308.79), or independent beauty retailers

  6. Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation

    Best powder for: Full coverage

    Formula: This creamy powder feels just like cashmere on the skin, it melts into the face and delivers a high coverage thanks to the pigment-packed formula (so you can skip on foundation). Sweep it over your face for a natural finish, or use the complexion sponge to build up a full coverage. The range consists of 20 shades to suit all skin tones.

    Lasting power: Once on, this powder will stay put all day long.

    Packaging: The compact comes with a sponge and a big mirror, so it's perfect for travelling or top-ups throughout the day.

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    Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation, P2,400, SM Megamall

  7. NYX HD Finishing Powder

    Best powder for: Setting under-eyes

    Formula: If you find your concealer tends to crease around the eyes, it's worth using a setting powder to lock the formula down and prevent it from sliding around. NYX's pressed powder makes it easy to travel with plus the sheer formula is lightweight enough to use around the eyes.

    Lasting power: It's a finely-milled powder but still manages to stay put for most of the day, win, win.

    Packaging: The travel-friendly compact is great for on-the-go.

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    NYX HD Finishing Powder, $10 (P541.66), or independent beauty retailers

  8. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

    Best powder for: A radiant glow

    Formula: If you want a setting powder that doesn't dim the dewy glow you've worked so hard to perfect, try Hourglass' Ambient Lighting Powder. It's glitter-free, but manages to give skin a glossy luminosity while also setting any cream formulas underneath. Genius.

    Lasting Power: This one stays put for most of the day.

    Packaging: The sleek compact houses a mirror in the lid, there's no brush, but we'll forgive that because the formula applies best with a large powder brush.

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    Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, P2,900,


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