Setting powders can be a make-or-break product when it comes to setting your foundation, concealer, and other complexion products in place, as well as giving you a soft-focused, blurred canvas on par with your favorite photo filter. Unfortunately, if you have dry skin, powder formulas of any kind can be tricky if you’re looking to avoid products that won’t emphasize texture, dry patches, or settle into fine lines, texture, and flakey regions on your face.
In fact, many people who suffer from relentless dry skin often forgo the powder step altogether, out of fear of the aforementioned mishaps and the seemingly impossible task of finding a formula that locks your foundation in place without causing cracking or leaving your skin feeling dry and tight. If you’ve almost given up on finding a decent powder that will leave your skin looking luminous and feeling soft, don’t throw in the cards just yet. Indeed, there are plenty of setting powders that will leave your skin looking velvety-soft without feeling overly matte. Scroll through below to check out our favorite satiny-smooth powders that give your skin a seamless finish without over-drying.
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1. Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder
This loose finishing powder offers a sheer wash of color for a bit of added coverage to your base, and the mineral-based formula smooths, evens, and sets without overdrying or leaving the skin overly-matte.
2. Physicians Formula CoverToxTen Wrinkle Therapy Face Powder
Not only is this compact powder infused with anti-aging ingredients to diffuse fine lines and texture, but the non-drying, finely-milled powder is also fragrance-free and hypoallergenic, making it a great formula for both dry and sensitive skin types.
3. L'Oreal Paris Hydra Perfecte Perfecting Loose Face Powder
This hydrating loose powder is infused with moisturizing ingredients to reduce over-drying, while also smoothing the appearance of fine lines and texture. This satin-like powder leaves the skin with a semi-matte (not flat) finish.