7 silky-smooth, non-drying powders designed for dry skin
For long-lasting makeup that still looks luminous
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / February 19 2021
We’ve long been told that any kind of powder product is the sworn enemy of dry skin; it’ll only settle into lines and cling to dry spots, right?
Wrong. Powder in general isn’t a problem – you just have to choose your go-to wisely. Your skin’s natural lack of moisture means you don’t really long for a mattifying effect (which classic powders are definitely known for), but hey, you’d happily accept the setting, perfecting benefits that powders can offer.
Luckily, there are a whole slew of clever options that offer all of that, but swap their oil-absorbing abilities for hydrating ones, and we’ve tracked down seven of the best…
Dear Dahlia Skin Paradise Soft Velvet Finishing Powder
A blurring powder is always a friend to a dry skin type – it’ll gloss over flakes, pores and lines, leaving skin silky smooth and perfectly set.
Dior Diorskin Mineral Nude Matte Powder
If your skin type is dry, but your preferred finish is natural matte, this sheer, velvety powder is your winner; its vibe is ‘polished but still alive’.
Becca Cosmetics Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder
This guy’s loaded with 50 per cent water and glycerin, so you know it’ll be as moisture-boosting as it is blurring (and it’s plenty blurring).
Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte Natural Finish Pressed Powder
A light-reflecting, colour-correcting powder with a dash of pigment housed in a touch-up friendly travel case? We’ll most certainly take it (like, literally everywhere).
Gucci Poudre De Beaute Mat Naturel Beauty Powder
This buildable delight sits on top of foundation like an actual dream (a silky one at that, even on thirsty skin), and the emollient-rich formula comes with a welcome side of natural glow.
Tom Ford Illuminating Powder
Prefer translucent powder? We’ve got you. Or rather, this weightless micro-fine Tom Ford option does; it’s so hydrating that it’s practically part-makeup, part-moisturiser.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact Refill
Luminous isn’t in the name for nothing, and as the powder counterpart to the cult-classic smoothing foundation, there’s no doubt it’s a winning formula.