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The Best Drugstore Powders in 2020

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 15, 2020
The Best Drugstore Powders in 2020

Get a radiant complexion with the best drugstore powders

Every makeup enthusiast has their own ideas about foundation - some love dewy, others love demi-matte, and many (if not most) will go back and forth between a variety of formulas, brands, and finishes depending on their mood. But the one thing that they all have in common? The need for an incredible powder foundation, especially one that’s super high quality and under $20.

As much as you may love your liquid or cream foundation, powder can be a game changer for your everyday beauty routine. Powder foundation is quick and easy to apply, absorbs excess oil to prevent shine, and provides an airbrushed, flawless matte finish that can’t be beat… and you can even wear it over your liquid foundation if you simply can’t give it up. The best part? You don’t have to spend a fortune to get flawless skin, as the best drugstore powders are ultra-affordable and make your beauty routine more simple… in the best way. Give your skin the love it deserves with Mira’s best drugstore powder foundations in 2020:

Healthy Skin Pressed Powder by Neutrogena, $13

Healthy Skin Pressed Powder Neutrogena,
Source: Neutrogena

You know a beauty product is the real deal when you hear the word “antioxidant.” Healthy Skin Pressed Powder doesn’t just give you smooth, shine-free coverage, it also infuses your skin with rich antioxidants like pro Vitamin B5 and Vitamins C & E. Basically, it’s like the conditioner you put on your hair to make it smooth and silky… but like, for your face. Healthy skin is always in, and it’s coming to you daily with one of your new favorite drugstore powders.

PhotoReady Powder by Revlon, $14

PhotoReady Powder Revlon
Source: Revlon

There are certain beauty products that look good, or even great, in certain lighting… but make you a little horrified when you go on Facetime and see that your powder looks cakey or just off on your skin. Ugh. That will never be a problem with PhotoReady Powder, which contains photochromatic pigments that bend and reflect light to give you a luminous finish that’s perfect for Instagram. It’s also an amazing dupe for the Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder by Make Up For Ever, at less than half the cost. Tell your friends and followers!

Superstay Full Coverage Powder Foundation Makeup by Maybelline, $12

Superstay Full Coverage Powder Foundation Makeup Maybelline
Source: Maybelline

The best drugstore powder foundation for those who want full, long-lasting coverage - that won’t need to be touched up too often throughout the day. Even when you’re unknowingly touching your face or resting your hand on your chin throughout class, as most of us have done at some point, this powder foundation lives up to its name and won’t budge. Trust us. Superstay has a creamy, smooth texture that leaves a beautiful matte finish, one that will last through 8-hour shifts at work or school days where you just don’t have time to touch up your makeup. Wear it alone for a sheer, barely there look, or over your liquid foundation for flawless skin on a budget.

True Match Mineral Foundation by L’Oreal, $11

Source: L'Oreal

You don’t know complexion perfection until you’ve applied the True Match Mineral Foundation after using your daily moisturizer. Your skin deserves only the best beauty products, as it’s your most important accessory that you wear every day, and you’ll always be satisfied with one of the best drugstore powder foundations that leaves your skin looking refreshed and radiant every time. It contains SPF 19 to protect against sun damage while preventing wrinkles and fine lines, and evens out your skin with this pure mineral formula. Use the built-in brush to meet your (True) match and discover why powder foundation is one of your new favorite formulas.

Even-Touch Powder Foundation by Milani, $10

Source: Milani

“I bought an expensive one last week and will be returning it, as it doesn’t compare to this one.” Just one of many Mira community reviews on the blendability, smoothness, and long lasting power of the Even-Touch Powder Foundation by Milani. From the luxurious gold casing to the smooth texture that feels (but isn’t!) expensive on your skin, you’ll never look back at your favorite high-end product once you’ve tried the best drugstore bronzer for just $10.

Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder by Maybelline, $8

Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder Maybelline
Source: Maybelline

“My pores are huge.” If you’ve said this sentence before, and you’re not quoting Regina George, it may be time to invest in the Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder by Maybelline. You’ll always be perfectly poreless and achieve a stunning matte complexion with this drugstore powder foundation, which also happens to be one of the most affordable, yet high-quality options on this list. It contains Perlite Mineral technology to absorb oil and remove shine in even the oiliest of skin, while micropowders remove the appearance of pores to give you a filter worthy finish - no Facetune required.

Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation by NYX Professional Makeup, $10

Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation NYX Professional Makeup
Source: NYX Cosmetics

Matte is where it’s at, and that’s exactly what you’ll get with one of the best drugstore powders from your favorite drugstore brand. And if NYX isn’t your favorite, they definitely should be… because their beauty products have all the quality of a high-end brand while staying affordable and making glam (and everyday!) makeup looks achievable for all. Sweep on the Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation for a natural finish that feels, and looks, flawless on your skin.

Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation by Neutrogena, $12

Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation Neutrogena
Source: Neutrogena

Dermatologist-approved, oil-free, and ready to create a glowing complexion that won’t irritate your skin. Mineral Sheers is the best drugstore powder for those with oily or acne-prone skin, as it won’t clog pores, absorbs shine, and feels gentle even after hours of wearing it. The buildable texture lets you create a beautiful complexion that’s ideal for either an everyday, simple makeup look or full glam for a night out.

Mineral Power Powder Foundation by Maybelline, $9

Mineral Power Powder Foundation Maybelline
Source: Maybelline

There’s a reason you’re used to seeing the word “mineral” when searching for the best drugstore powder foundations, or just any type of powder beauty products. It’s basically skincare meets makeup meets self-care, as these formulas nourish and improve your skin while helping you achieve a stunning complexion at the same time. And the Mineral Power Powder Foundation does all of the above, at under $10. Let Maybelline give you the most gorgeous, glowing skin with this drugstore powder foundation, which has been clinically proven to improve skin smoothness and luminosity.

Clean Matte Pressed Powder Foundation by Covergirl, $6

Clean Matte Pressed Powder Foundation Covergirl
Source: Covergirl

The biggest makeup tip? You want to glow, not shine… and the best drugstore powders contain oil absorbers to keep your skin looking fresh all day. Clean Matte Pressed Powder Foundation is ideal for oily, sensitive, or acne-prone skin… as this formula will prevent clogged pores and leave a clean finish. Use it after a hot yoga or gym session to look instantly put together before heading to brunch, or just throw it in your bag for a few touch ups in between classes, and you’ll always be good to glow!

Stay Matte Pressed Powder by Rimmel, $6

Stay Matte Pressed Powder Rimmel
Source: Rimmel

If you couldn’t tell, powder foundation is the go-to beauty product for matte lovers, and the Stay Matte Pressed Powder by Rimmel won’t disappoint. At just $6, you’ll get five hours of natural shine control and a beautiful demi-matte finish, and it’s a great dupe for powder foundations from pricier brands like MAC or Estee Lauder. Just look at the Mira ratings that rank this as one of the best drugstore powder foundations around, as it's extremely lightweight, long lasting, and blendable… and did we mention it’s $6?

True Complexion Hydrating Powder Foundation by black radiance, $8

True Complexion Hydrating Powder Foundation black radiance
Source: Black Radiance

Black Radiance is one of the best affordable brands for deeper skin tones, and this drugstore powder foundation is everything you need to top off your best makeup effects. With an oil free formula that won’t clog your pores, it’s a great beauty product for even the most oily or sensitive skin types, and will keep your skin hydrated throughout the day with nourishing ingredients. Pair it with more incredible and affordable beauty products from Black Radiance - from moisturizers to lipsticks to eyeshadows.

Facefinity Compact Foundation by Max Factor, $13

Facefinity Compact Foundation Max Factor
Source: Max Factor

Real talk: this drugstore powder foundation looks a lot more expensive than it actually is. The gold casing is so shiny that you can actually see your beautiful face in it before applying the product, while the powder inside is lightweight and luminous. This formula is moisturizing on the skin, and even contains SPF 20 to keep you safe whether you’re sitting in a classroom or spending time outside. Go to Facefinity with one of the most sleek drugstore powder foundations on Mira

Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation by Honeybee Gardens, $12

Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation Honeybee Gardens
Source: Honeybee Gardens

An underrated drugstore brand that’s dedicated to keeping your skin safe, and also stunning. Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation blends out easily, refining complexion and reducing shine while vitamin E and gentle botanical extracts have soothing effects on the skin. Honeybee Gardens also ensures that all of their products are vegan, gluten-free, and made with 100% natural ingredients.

All the best drugstore powders are on MIRA BEAUTY. Shop and compare to find the your favorite one today!