The real Tea on Setting Vs. Finishing Powder


Are you confused about if you should use a finishing powder or a setting powder? Don't worry, I was too. In fact, the two terms are often used interchangeably. Here are some of our top setting and finishing powders. From our vanity to yours. 


Well first things first, we should establish what the differences are and how they are used. Then we can get into the recommendations. Deal?


Finishing Powders: 


Known for its silky, air-brushed feel most people avoid HD finishing powders like the plague. Why? Its more than likely the cause of your flashback. You know the old wive's tale, you're painted for filth and you go to take a selfie only for the flash to leave you ashy and speechless. This is due to a single ingredient in this type of powder: silica.

The combination of silica in powder and foundations that contain SPF is the culprit of one of the deadliest sins in makeup, flashback. However, HD powder/finishing powder (its important to note that not all of these types of powders contain silica) isn't all bad. Here are some of my favorite uses for HD/finishing powders:

  • Blotting/Mattefying satin finish lipsticks
  • Lightly setting a tinted moisturizer/bb cream

HD Finishing powders lightly "filtering" effect to the skin, creating an overall blur. This is great if you have bit of texture or fine lines and you don't want to use a heavier powder. 

Some popular finishing powders include but aren't limited to:

Dermablend Loose Setting Powder

RCMA No Color Powder

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Powder


 Setting Powders:

Setting powders, setting powders, setting powders. You've more than likely heard of one of these recommendations above. But what are they and whats their use? Well, they're used to set your base makeup in place. Simple right? The purpose is to essentially dry your foundation and help it to stay flawless throughout the day.


These are typically a bit heavier than finishing powders but not by much. They also come in a variety of shades. This type of powder is great if you're a full glam girl or have oily skin that you want to keep at bay. 


Some popular recommendations include but aren't limited to:

Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder

Ben Nye Luxury Powder

Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder


Leave a comment below of what your favorite loose powders are! Did you learn anything, and how can I help you master your makeup routine? Let's chit chat!


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