Top 10 Best Drugstore Setting Powders

Some women have to go to extreme lengths in order to find makeup that best suits their needs. Whether it’s foundations, concealers, or setting powders, most women will go through hundreds of brands throughout their lives in search of the ones that help them achieve the perfect look. When talking about setting powders, a good one is always a powder that hides spots, minimizes lines, and creates an overall flawless finish.

Unfortunately, each setting powder comes with its own particularities, especially as far as skin tone is concerned. Therefore, what works for a woman with a light skin tone will most definitely not work for a woman with a dark-shaded skin. To help you make sense of what setting powders to look for, we combed through thousands of reviews to bring you the ten best drugstore setting powders on the market right now.

10Youngblood Hi-Def Hydrating Loose Powder

amazon buttonThis is a translucent high-def finishing powder that retains moisture while preventing excess oil buildup and diffusing shine imperfections at the same time. It is designed to conceal redness along with any type of spots through its unique milling formula that provides a moisturizing experience that lasts for a very long time. It also has to be said that it is entirely clean and natural, thus allowing the skin to breathe normally after being applied.

9Finishing Powder by Radiant Complex – Translucent Loose Powder

amazon buttonThe first thing you notice is how easy this powder blends into your skin immediately after application. It does so while hydrating and moisturizing the skin at the same time. Thanks to its long-lasting effect, you need not re-apply the powder at any point during the day. We should also point out that it is talc & paraben free, made in the United States, and not tested on animals, features that many people look for in a setting powder.

8Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder

amazon buttonFormulated for all skin types, this particular powder contains micronized pigments aimed at accentuating shadows while delivering a soft touch feeling on the skin while diminishing fine lines at the same time. Due to tis white pigment composition, it is advised not to use it to cover up your entire face. Best used on fair to medium skin tones, you should probably apply it under the eyes only just to be sure you’re getting most out of it.

7MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder

amazon buttonMake up for ever is a fairly consistent setting powder, mainly due to how light it is. After application, it creates a smoke-like consistency and a small layer of color. Therefore, it will make your skin lighter regardless of what amount of makeup you combine it with. This being said, you should probably stay away from it if you have a darker skin. If you have light skin, however, then you would be pleased to know that it not only creates a long-lasting consistent setting but does so while moisturizing your skin.

6It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores HD Micro

amazon buttonThis is an award-winning antiaging face finishing powder formulated to create a face-perfecting airbrush effect. At the same time, it absorbs oil and shine while blurring away any prominent pores without settling into wrinkles and lines. It also helps diffuse the appearance of wrinkles and pores thanks to its hydrolyzed collagen contents. What’s great about this setting powder is that it works on all skin tones, no matter the shade or color.

5Loose Setting Translucent Powder – Laura Mercier

amazon buttonThanks to its high-quality French ‘Cashmere’ Talc contents, the Loose Setting Translucent Powder by Laura Mercier creates a natural yet not cakey or powdery setting for prolonged wear. It is an oil-free powder formulated to provide a translucent shade that will last you throughout the day. We should also mention that this powder is perfect for those of you with oily skin type and the fact that it has no fragrance is a definite plus.

4Ben Nye Topaz Face Powder

amazon buttonPerfect for dark skin shades, this face powder is not cakey or heavy on the skin in any way. Thanks to its lean formula, you can use it to powder any highlighted area of your choice without the fear that it will leave any sort of traces behind. It also helps dark-skinned women who would normally experience a pale or ashy look after using regular setting powders by creating a warm caramel complexion with yellow undertones.

3e.l.f. HD Undereye Concealer Setting Powder

amazon buttonThis particular setting powder is formulated in a way that provides a pearly, nonglittery, yet at the same time luminous setting. It works great with regular foundation, concealer, or temptu airbrush foundations while allowing you to blend any light shade into it, especially around the eyes. We should also point out that it will offset any dark circles or corrector concealer tones without affecting the shade in any way.

2Ben Nye Luxury Powders – Banana

amazon buttonFormerly known as Visage Poudre Luxury Powders, this particular brand of powder provides excellent matte and subtle finishing at the same time. Due to its silky-fine texture, it is often compared to French powders and rightfully so. Speaking of which, Banana is almost entirely translucent with just a hint of color for good measure. It also has to be mentioned that you can use it as a highlighter underneath the eyes to brighten them due to how smooth it is.

1e.l.f. Studio high definition powder translucent

amazon buttonFormulated to create a smooth, so-called ‘soft focus’ effect on the skin, this translucent and versatile loose powder is perfect for almost any skin tone. It is intended to mask fine lines and imperfections for a more glowing, radiant complexion. This being said, it is a setting powder by nature, so you will still need to use concealer or foundation before applying it to the face, or you could very well use a setting spray. Overall, this is one of the most reliable setting powders out there.

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  • Someone

    Love your pictures and comments, but are these really considered “drugstore”?
    I was disappointed that only two of the products were actually something people could buy from Target, Walgreens, etc. Ben Nye? Laura Mercier? It Cosmetics? Are these REALLY drugstore? Is Sephora considered a drugstore? Go on YouTube and send me the link of ANY video that lists these products as DRUGSTORE.

    At least two of your products were actually drugstore.
    I value your opinion, so maybe do an article about AFFORDABLE setting powders next time.

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  • Mujyaki

    In what world is Laura Mercier, Ben Nye, Makeupforever carried in drug store? LMFAO.

  • kitkatkaity

    These are “department store” setting powders, not drug store. This is mistitled.