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Powder Foundations That Make The Best Foundation Alternatives

Skin-blurring formulas that control shine all day long.
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Powder foundation is definitely having a moment right now, especially because they often make such a great alternative to liquid and cream foundations—they’re less messy and far more portable. Unfortunately, the one major downside to powder formulas is that they can often leave your skin looking dry and cakey. 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.

While powder foundations may not fully replace your traditional foundation collection, they make for the ultimate alternative—especially for touch-ups throughout the day, absorbing excess oil and sebum, and being the most compact and travel-friendly option you’ll probably ever find.

Sure, 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. Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Powder Foundation

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This powder 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.

2. Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation

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This 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.

3. L’Oreal Paris True Match Mineral Loose Powder Foundation

L'Oreal Paris True Match Mineral Loose Powder Foundation
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This blendable foundation can be built up to give you a natural look. The foundation is free of parabens, fragrances, talc and more harmful substances. It comes in 12 different shades, so you can find one that suits your skin tone. The foundation will blur your pores and control shine, without congesting your skin.


4. NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation

NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation
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Cover up imperfections and blur your pores with this buildable foundation. You’ll end up with a natural, no-makeup look, which is what’s trendy right now. If you want more coverage, you can wet a sponge and put it in the powder foundation to achieve a different no-shine look. There are more than 10 different shade options.

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