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As of late, full coverage powder foundation is having a moment, but the downside to these skin-perfecting formulas is that they’re often fussy, and can leave your skin looking cakey within a couple hours of wear. This ultimately lends itself to your skin looking anything but flawless. Unless you’re going to a short event or are planning on taking photos, many full-coverage foundations simply aren’t practical for all-day wear. Plus, if you have textured, mature or dry skin these thicker products can actually highlight problem areas rather than camouflaging them – an effect that presumably no one is keen on achieving.
With warmer weather just around the corner, it makes sense that seemingly every beauty brand is dropping a powder version of their flagship full coverage liquid foundation. These counterparts are fuss-free, shine-controlling versions that blur imperfections, keep sun-induced shine at bay and make on-the-go application easier. But while many powder bases claim to offer light-diffusing, Instagram filter level blurring powers, and complexion-perfecting properties, these claims fall flat unless you commit to applying the product wet. While this is a solid method for achieving a full coverage finish, it’s not only time-consuming but can also leave your powder damaged on account of moisture from your damp sponge or brush.
Of course, applying a creamy concealer under your powder is a fool-proof method for adding additional coverage to areas of concern. But if you’re looking for a multi-functional, one-stop-shop sort of a product, we’ve discovered some full-coverage powder foundations that actually conceal, blur, and smooth all on their own. And while powder formulas are generally considered to be exclusively suitable for oily and combination skin types, these next-generation foundations are capable of complimenting textured, extra-dry, and mature skin types as well thanks to innovative formula upgrades, including the addition of hydrating skincare ingredients and light-diffusing pigments.
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1. bareMinerals Barepro Performance Wear Powder Foundation
This pressed mineral foundation will reduce the appearance of your pores and control shine for up to 12-hours—no reapplying necessary. The foundation has a matte look and will enhance your skin tone. It comes in a number of shades, so you can find the right one for your skin tone.
2. Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Powder Foundation
This drugstore companion to the original liquid version is best applied with a powder brush or dampened beauty sponge. It delivers opaque full coverage with just two or so coats. It’s super finely milled and soft, so there is a lot of dust kickback when you apply it, but once on the skin, it feels comfortable and breathable. While I would say this lasts more like 6-10 hours as opposed to its claim of 24-hour wear, it’s a great affordable option for an event.
3. Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation
This Instagram-famous powder foundation glides on the face smoothly and can be built up to full coverage with a second layer. It absorbs excess oils and combats shine but manages to feel hydrating thanks to a blend of moisturizing additives including aloe and hibiscus. Because it’s so lightweight it adds coverage without a masking effect, so you get an even base that looks flawless without looking cakey.
4. Glo Skin Beauty Pressed Base Mineral Pressed Powder Foundation
With this pressed foundation, you can get a sheer or a full coverage look, depending on what you’re going for. The foundation includes titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which will provide you with some protection from the sun’s rays. Plus, it’s talc-free.