9 powder foundations for a flawless, full-coverage base
The key to nailing the makeup trend of the year.
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / June 05 2023
Traditionally powder foundations have been credited with being the cause of cakey makeup, but it’s 2023, and there’s no longer any need to be scared.
Powder foundation is being used in 2023 to create soft matte makeup looks that look almost airbrushed on camera.
Modern makeup formulators have created powder foundation formulas that are full coverage, long-lasting, and that help to create flawless base makeup.
But, we’re also more informed than we used to be — we now know that application is everything when it comes to powder foundation.
Sweeping and buffing motions are just going to highlight skin texture, fine lines, and potentially even cause pilling.
However, pressing product into the skin using a powder puff, sponge or fluffy brush can help us get that cloud skin we’re after, which is exactly what we plan to use the following picks for.
The 9 best powder foundations to buy in Australia
MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Skin Powder Foundation
Undetectable on the skin, Make Up For Ever’s new powder foundation delivers a natural velvet matte finish, and the double-sided applicator can be used to customise coverage.
$72 at Sephora
Dior Forever Natural Velvet Powder Foundation
Dior has enriched its high-coverage powder foundation with iris, rose and wild pansy extract to improve comfort, hydration and pore size. The creamy, fine-milled formula is also lightweight and long-lasting, providing breathable, natural-looking coverage for up to 24 hours.
$114 at Myer
L’OREAL PARIS Infallible 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation In A Powder
This budget-friendly powder foundation is a must if you’re in need of a formula that promises longevity. It’s waterproof, sweat-proof, and heat and humidity-resistant.
Was $36.99, now $27.74 at The Iconic
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Powder Foundation
If you struggle to find your perfect foundation shade, Rihanna has your back — this powder foundation comes in 50 different shades. Fenty Beauty has even taken into account undertone and skin colour depth, so there’s literally something for everyone.
$59 at Sephora
M.A.C Cosmetics Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation
M.A.C’s powder foundation has the most matte finish of the bunch. Formulated to minimise shine throughout the day, this pick provides buildable medium to full coverage for up to 12 hours.
$59 at Myer
ONE/SIZE Turn Up The Base Versatile Powder Foundation
Patrick Starr’s entry in the category amps up the blur factor with a soft matte finish, and subsequently perfects the complexion (kind of like a beauty filter IRL).
Was $62, now $43.40 at Sephora
Chantecaille Compact Makeup
If you’re after a powder foundation that won’t settle into fine lines or emphasise texture, this finely-milled, matte-finish pick will provide you with the healthy-looking, smooth complexion you desire.
$135.42 at Amazon
Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation
Optimised for normal to oily skin types, Bobbi Brown’s powder foundation is oil-free and delivers a comfortable, healthy-looking, and shine-free finish.
$81 at Bobbi Brown
bareMinerals Original Loose Foundation SPF15
This impressive loose powder foundation promises better skin with continued use; you can wear it all day without worrying about clogged pores and breakouts.
$59.42 at Amazon
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.