We put 5 setting powders to the test

Image via MECCA MAX

Set in stone.

Admittedly, we can be a little lazy when it comes to makeup application.

If we commit to putting foundation on, we sure as hell don’t want to waste any more time touching it up throughout the day. To help keep everything in place for as long as possible, we put five setting powders under the microscope.

Brand: Mecca Maxima
Name: Banana Bake Skin Filter Loose Powder
From: mecca.com.au
Price: $24
After the cult status of Mecca’s Banana Bake in pressed form, I was eager to try its highly-anticipated loose powder sibling. The yellow-toned formula promises to correct, filter and brighten complexion and it delivers on all fronts. Its matte finish blurs imperfections without drying up my base, while the pleasant-smelling powder is easy to apply. Even as a self-professed baking rookie, I’m able to dust on the lightweight product with confidence.
Rating: 4.5/5

Brand: Atelier Make-Up
Name: PLHD High Def. Setting Powder
From: ateliermakeup.com.au
Price: $55
Atelier’s powder does what it should, ensuring the longevity of foundation and reducing oily shine. But be warned, this ‘translucent’ product does result in lighter-looking foundation, which can be particularly annoying if you’ve just spent 10 minutes blending your base. Despite needing to use it alongside some extra bronzer, it’s a solid choice that’ll keep your makeup on all day.
Rating: 3.5/5

Brand: Hourglass
Name: Veil Translucent Setting Powder
From: mecca.com.au (out May)
Price: $67
While you can’t fault the look of Hourglass’ setting powder, it definitely doesn’t have the best dispenser. The holes are so fine that it’s hard to get product on your brush, but big enough that product still spills when you first open it. Once on however, the product performs well, with an undetectable finish that sits in place for hours. I’ll be reaching for this product again.
Rating: 4/5

Brand: Becca
Name: Soft Light Blurring Powder
From: sephora.com.au
Price: $65
Becca’s Soft Light Blurring Powder has become an essential in my makeup kit. Its finely milled powder smoothes and evens skin tone, without settling into fine lines or looking cakey. Plus, it doesn’t dry my skin out, and extends the longevity of makeup tenfold. Unfortunately, the product loses points for its disastrous packaging, which results in golden powder dusting my entire makeup collection and bathroom.
Rating: 3.5/5

Brand: MAC Cosmetics
Name: Set Powder
From: maccosmetics.com.au
Price: $54
If you’ve got skin that errs on the oily side, then you’re bound to love this product. If your skin is dehydrated however, I’d steer clear. With a matte finish, MAC’s Set Powder does ensure the longevity of makeup but can be drying. If you’re going to be in front of a camera after use, approach with caution. It can have a bit of flashback.
Rating: 3.5/5

This article was originally published in Fashion Journal 178. You can read it here.

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