There are days when you wake up and realize that you're just not in the mood to pile on a lot of makeup. So you decide on just using concealer, powder, and lipstick and you're out the door. But some days require ~*the works*~: contouring, highlighting, an intricate eyeshadow look, and even some baking.
Whatever your makeup routine may be, there is a common denominator: setting your face with a good powder. Polishing your base with a powder is a non-negotiable, especially if you live in a country as hot and as humid as ours.
You want to find a powder that can really make sure your makeup stays on your face, and make you look good even during your girl's night out photos where there is usually flash photography involved. There are a lot of brands coming out with their own version of a *universal* setting powder, but they still tend to look ashy or have that dreaded *~white cast~* on people with yellow undertones. (Here's a quiz you can take to find out your undertone.)
Here are six setting powders that won't let you down on your next bar crawl + make you look extra good in photos!
Palgantong Theatrical Powder in Original Beige
This super popular powder is the number one bestselling powder in Korea and Japan and it's not hard to see why: It will give your foundation a super smooth and flawless finish. The powder is so fine that it won't give you that cakey look!
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Palgantong Theatrical Powder, P1,200, BeautyMNL
RCMA No Color Powder
Don't let the stark white color of this powder fool you! It's actually colorless when applied to the skin, so it won't affect the color of your foundation. It also won't clump, cake or cling to the dry patches of your face. Also, a little goes a long way, so a bottle will last you for months.Continue reading below ↓
RCMA No Color Powder, P850, Calyxta
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent
This powder has cemented its status as a cult fave among beauty enthusiasts and makeup artists. Its finely milled powder gives you the perfect soft focus finish which will blur your fine lines, pores and imperfections. A bonus is that its good for all skin types!Continue reading below ↓
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder, P1,950, Rustans
Australis Banana Powder
This powder different from most translucent setting powders because of its yellow tone (hence the name banana powder). Because of its hue, it will work great for people with medium skin tones. It's super versatile: You can use it to set your foundation and underye concealer, color correct, and keep oiliness at bay. An added bonus: It's vegan and cruelty-free!Continue reading below ↓
Australis Banana Powder, P595, BeautyMNL
J.Cat Beauty Luxe Pro Powder in Banana
This yellow-toned powder will brighten up your complexion and set your makeup in place. It will also absorb the oils on your face, leaving behind a velvety matte finish. It's also great for baking! Just apply it on the places where you get oily, let it set and dust it away using a brush after 5 minutes or so.Continue reading below ↓
J.Cat Beauty Luxe Pro Powder, P499, J.Cat Beauty
Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder in Translucent Extra Coverage
Okay, this powder is made with literal air. It can't get any better than that. It's finely-milled powder is very buildable and will set your makeup in place the entire day. It's also sweat-proof, so you don't have to worry about your makeup sliding off your face while you're in transit!Continue reading below ↓
Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder, P599, BeautyMNL