Best Powder Foundations

Powder foundations are popular for a reason: you can carry them with you for easy touch-ups, no messy liquid application, and they’re not just for oily skin anymore. I’ll save mineral foundations for a later post, for now here are the powder foundations I own and love.


Function 5 Self Adjusting Powder Foundation from Smashbox has adjustable coverage depending on your brush or application. I use it with a dense powder brush when I need a bit more coverage and want a more matte look. The colors are a great yellow-based selection that completely erase redness.


Stila does foundation well and their Illuminating Powder Foundation is no exception. It’s a great choice for those who favor a lighter, more natural finish that isn’t completely matte. A huge bonus is the refillable compact which makes it less expensive in the long run. It can be used wet or dry and has an SPF 12.


Foundation and Laura Mercier are synonymous thanks to her flawless face system, and her Foundation Powder is a great member of her impressive line up. It’s light but the coverage can be built up, you can also wear it over your foundation for little extra coverage when you need it most.

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