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The Best Drugstore Setting Powders in 2020

The Best Drugstore Setting Powders in 2020

article by MIRA BEAUTY
MIRA BEAUTY
November 3, 2020

Put your best face forward with these drugstore setting powders

A top-notch setting powder is a non-negotiable must-have in your makeup bag, but that doesn't mean you have to break the bank to achieve a flawless finish. Veil Translucent Setting Powder by Hourglass is one of our absolute favorites, but it's also... $46. And confession: Charlotte Tilbury's, Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder is also a dreamy, light-weight pick that's earned cult favorite status, but breaks the bank at $45. See where we're going with this?

Don't get us wrong, we go crazy for luxury beauty, but drugstore price points simply can't be beat.

Ahead, the best drugstore setting powders on MIRA - that’ll legit take your makeup up a notch, while keeping your spending down.

IMAN, Luxury Translucent Powder, $20

IMAN Luxury Translucent Powder
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IMAN Cosmetics is much more than a makeup brand - it serves as the premier cosmetics and skincare collection designed for all Women with Skin of Color. This black-owned beauty brand features a full line of cosmetic and daily skin routine products to embolden your every day look no matter where you go. A must-have for your makeup bag is of course a barely there setting powder, and IMAN's light-as-air translucent powder, available at the drugstore, is a winner. It blots shine, absorbs oil, and finishes makeup with a sheer, semi-matte veil of color that matches your skin tone. This drugstore setting powder is packaged in a beautiful gold compact - and the product within is just as gorgeous. You'll see that it will mattify your skin without drying it out and dulling it down. It can be worn alone, or to add the finishing touch to your makeup. Available in 2 shades (sand and clay), it's enriched with an exclusive skin-enhancing micro-mineral medley that contains: copper, Zinc, Manganese, Potassium, Iron, and Mica which all band together with your natural pigments to enhance your skin's tone and texture. One thing is certain: makeup stays fresher, longer with Luxury Translucent Powder by IMAN.

Elf Cosmetics, High Definition Powder, $6

High Definition Powder by e.l.f.
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Here at MIRA, we appreciate a tried-and-true drugstore product, sure. But we fall in love with one, that is under 10 bucks and gets the job done. High Definition Powder by e.l.f. Cosmetics is that product. "If you’re looking for an inexpensive powder, ELF is great! I like it because it uses minimal talc," says a MIRA community user. It works overtime to sop up shine, mask fine lines and imperfections, so your complexion will glow. This translucent, versatile loose setting powder creates a flawless, soft-focus radiance, that will make you look angelic on an ordinary day. To put it very simply, this setting powder looks and feels clean. P.S. Even though it appears very white, it blends right in, so you won’t be left looking ghostly, no matter your skin tone.

Coty Airspun, Loose Face Powder, $7.99

Loose Face Powder by Coty Airspun
Source: Coty Airspun

Well, the packaging looks cozy, that's for sure. So, if you're a year-round pumpkin-spice loving person, you'll def vibe with it! This powder has literally been around forever, well since 1935 that is! Coty Airspun Loose face Powder is one of the most hyped drugstore beauty items on the market. The secret is in the way the powder is created - Airspun is famous for their micro-spun formula, which in a nut shell means that the powder particles are swirled around until they’re super soft and cloud-like. Correct, this drugstore setting powder is made with literal air. (If you're picturing a cotton candy machine at the carnival, you're on to something.) It puts your makeup on lockdown and since the formula is so light and airy, there is zero chances of that dreaded dry cakey look. "Best drugstore setting powder! Very light weight, no flashback, super easy to blend out and easy to bake, plus long lasting! Doesn’t leave patches on foundation, amazing for oily skin," says one MIRA community user. Also amazing for oily skin? These drugstore foundations available on MIRA.

NYX Professional Makeup, #NoFilter Finishing Powder, $12

#NoFilter Finishing Powder by NYX
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This drugstore HD powder from NYX Professional Makeup is comparable to luxury brands, because it blurs the look of pores, softens fine lines, and sets a matte finish to your makeup. Now about that #NoFilter promise. Think about it, we all love experimenting with IG filters before posting. #NoFilter Finishing Powder by NYX was actually created so we can just... skip that step. We know, it's so tempting to wash a pic with Juno, Ludwig, or Clarendon. See, this light setting powder delivers a luminous, blurred finish just as flawless and soft - and totally comparable to the most flattering filters on your fave apps. What's more? The translucent powder is weightless and just dusts over your makeup to mattify shine. We dare you to try this setting powder and post a selfie, sans filter.

Rimmel, Stay Matte Pressed Powder, $5.29

Stay Matte by Rimmel
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Good news from our fave drugstore British brand: Rimmel’s Stay Matte Transparent Pressed Powder works for all skin types - and promises to shrink the appearance of pores, keep oil in check, and deliver a matte finish for up to 6 hours. The formula is infused with minerals and powders, and it comes in 7 shades. And even though it’s impressively light, it still brings quality coverage that is buildable. MIRA community users say, "I use this alone with concealer. To get the best coverage I dab it on all over, with a dry beauty sponge. It never looks cakey and smooths out my skin beautifully." Remember, pressed powder isn't just to set your makeup, this compact lets you easily touch up your face on the go - so don't leave home without it.

Black Opal, TRUE COLOR Soft Velvet Finishing Powder, $10.25

TRUE COLOR Soft Velvet Finishing Powder by Black Opal
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Black Opal's pot of loose setting powder is designed for all-day wear and uses Shade ID technology to adjust to your unique skin tone for a perfect match. Using a powder brush, simply dust it over your entire face, or just the oily areas, such as the T-zone. It can be worn alone, or over foundation. The silky powder is "Jet-milled" to produce a velvety texture that is lightweight, instantly softens skin, and sets without caking. (FYI: A jet mill grinds materials by using a high speed jet of compressed air.) Even though some setting powders claim they're translucent on all skin tones, that doesn't always ring true, so if you're through with powders leaving a ghostly tinge or gray veil on your skin, definitely give this drugstore setting powder a go. The airy, oil-absorbing formula comes in a variety of shades and delivers lightweight coverage and a soft-focus radiance for all skin types.

Maybelline, Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder, $7.99

Fit Me! by Maybelline
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The mineral-based formula soaks up shine and leaves a matte finish. To be perfectly blunt, your oily T-zone has met its match. Fit Me! is available in eight shades, in the fair, light, medium, and dark range. The drugstore setting powder adds a sheer touch of color, leaving behind a fresh, luminous face. If you want a setting powder that keeps your makeup on without looking like a powder puff attacked you, you’ll love this formula. And if you want a pretty powder, it can totally stand alone, too. Dust it on, add some peachy blush, mascara, and a nude lip for a simple 5-minute face (we live for this effortless look). The end result is a pore-less, smooth-as-satin finish.

Neutrogena, Mineral Sheers Loose Powder Foundation, $13.99

Mineral Sheers Loose Powder by Neutrogena
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Word to the wise, if you have sensative skin, this light-weight mineral powder from drugstore cult brand, Neutrogena is your best bet to achieve a radiant glow. It's fragrance-free and won't clog your pores. This is also a smart pick for people with skin on the slicker side, since it is an oil-free pressed powder foundation, that combines pure and gentle minerals and antioxidants to nuture your skin. The formula proves to be extra soft and blendable, so you have the freedom to build your foundation coverage from sheer to medium, without that heavy makeup look or feel. The compact is great for mess-free, easy touch-ups, too. "I recently discovered the Neutrogena face powders and have been pleasantly surprised with the quality and affordability. The variety of shades makes it easy to find one that matches most complexions," says a pleased consumer.

Flower Beauty, Miracle Matte Translucent Finishing Powder, $11

Miracle Matte Translucent Finishing Powder by Flower Beauty
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Drew Barrymore's makeup line FLOWER Beauty puts out Miracle Matte Finishing Powder and it is the ultimate final touch to your makeup. It was awarded a Best Product Beauty Award by Allure Magazine. This formula feels like air on your skin and it’s super blend-able, so you can pile it on without worrying about it looking cakey. We know the word "matte" often gets a bad rap, but trust us, this drugstore setting powder is a winner - it'll kick shine to the curb, without making your face look dull and dry. We especially love the sought-after, optical blurring effect it creates.  

Essence, All About Matt Fixing Compact Powder, $3.99

All About Matt by Essence
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For $3.99 you are probably skeptical about what you are getting. We were too, so we tested this drugstore pressed powder out, and we are here for the product and price point! Don't just take our word for it. "I have oily/combination skin and with this powder I can go around four hours without getting shiny," and "This powder is super light-weight and blends like a dream, I would highly recommend to anybody." (Just some happy customers raving about Essence.) The waterproof, translucent powder formula works on all skin tones and types to set makeup. You can also use it for a quickie touch-up throughout the day. Keep this compact in your purse. Heck, it's so affordable, keep one in your car, locker at school, desk drawer, and bathroom vanity, too.

Wet n Wild Beauty, Photo Focus Loose Setting Powder, $5.99

Photo Focus Loose Setting Powder by Wet n Wild
Source: Wet n Wild

You don't need to spend big bucks on a luxury setting powder, because this drugstore option works just as well (if not better). Wet n Wild calls this product a "Jack of all trades." The silky weightless setting powder absorbs oil in seconds. This is also another excellent choice for makeup "baking." It dusts on smoothly and evenly, and it softly blurs the look of fine lines, giving you an IG filter worthy finish. This cruelty-free product is available in translucent (for fair to medium and tan skin tones), banana (suitable for all skin tones) and deep (recommended for medium-deep to deep skin tones).

Pacifica, Cherry Velvet Matte Translucent Setting Powder, $12

Cherry Velvet Matte Translucent Setting Powder by Pacifica
Source: Pacifica

First off, we dig that this powder includes moisturizing ingredients like coconut water, to hydrate the skin. (And of course, it's 100% vegan and cruelty free.) For best results apply it with a fluffy brush with dense bristles. You can buff the finely milled powder in small circular motions onto your face to lock in your makeup, or apply it over bare skin to help minimize the appearance of pores and reduce shine. Also, this formula won't settle into your lines, or leave you with dry patches. The subtle and sweet cherry scent is yummy bonus. The pink compact, stamped with cherry blossoms is so pretty - you'll want to pull it out for touch-ups every chance you get.

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