8 Mattifying Powders That Help Keep Your Face Shine-Free
Let’s face it: Some of us want dewy, glowy skin but can sometimes veer into “greasy” territory, especially in Singapore’s hot weather. Simply put, it just isn’t for everyone. Some people just don’t suit the look, while others prefer a matte complexion. And then, there are people who love a glowy look but have oily skin that prevents them from attempting it. For that, we propose a solution: mattifying powders. Use it only on your T-zone to keep shine in check while leaving your cheeks glowy. Or use it all over your face for a matte complexion—just make sure to pick a formula that won’t make your foundation cakey. Have a look through our list of favourites to get started.
Text: Engracia Ang
Additional text: Zoe Zeng
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Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder, $10 for 5g
This powder is the holy grail amongst many Koreans, thanks to its amazing sebum-absorbing properties. Use it to set your makeup, or to touch up throughout the day. Pro tip: You can even use it on the roots of your hair to keep your see-through bangs looking wispy.
M.A.C Cosmetics Studio Fix Perfecting Powder, $49 for 8g
Buff this onto bare skin for a blurred, sheer finish (it’s available in three shades), or use it over makeup to set it. While mattifying, this powder does not dry out your skin.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder, $44 for 28g, Sephora
When it comes to makeup base products, we’re pretty sure that Fenty Beauty has it completely covered. This superfine, weightless powder is available in eight shades. It blurs imperfections and has zero flash back even when you take photographs with flash so there is no dreaded white face.
By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder, $89 for 10g, Sephora
Some people avoid mattifying powders for fear of caking up their makeup and emphasising their dry skin. However, the By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder is formulated with microionised hyaluronic acid which moisturises, while silica microbeads hide imperfections and regulate sebum without drying skin out. Perfect for those with more mature skin.
Too Faced Peach Perfect Mattifying Loose Setting Powder, $52 for 35g, Sephora
Like other products from Too Faced’s peach-themed collection, this powder is scented with a refreshing peach and fig fragrance. Housed in a pretty pink and gold case, the powder also creates a silky-smooth finish and helps reduce shine throughout the day.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Loose Powder, $36 for 4g, Sephora
Many beauty gurus recommend this powder, and for good reason. It’s very finely milled and mattifies the complexion without clogging the pores or feeling heavy on the skin. Sometimes, simple is best.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Ageing Micro-Powder, $42, Sephora
This powder was developed in collaboration with plastic surgeons, and is infused with collagen to smooth lines, vitamin K to reduce discolouration, and pure silk to blur the appearance of pores. It also contains vitamin A, C, and E to fight off the effects of free radicals. But most importantly, it’s great at absorbing shine throughout the day.
Revlon PhotoReady Candid Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Setting Powder, $25.90, Watsons
Besides keeping shine and oil under control, this setting powder also fights the effects of pollution, thanks to its antioxidant content. It’ll leave your skin looking air-brushed and never chalky. The affordable price is a huge plus, too.