7 of the best translucent powders for banishing unwanted shine
Set it and forget it
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Content Producer / October 14 2021
For those of us prone to oily skin or anyone who’s experienced summer downunder, having a translucent setting powder in your makeup kit is a must.
Great for banishing unwanted shine, absorbing excess oil and adding a soft, blurring effect to the complexion, a quality translucent powder formula can mean the difference between long-lasting makeup and looking like a literal oil spill come lunchtime.
We don’t know about you but we’re always going to pick the former when it comes to our makeup.
We suggest you join our club of flawlessly finished base makeup and do yourself a favour – try these seven top-quality translucent powder picks. You can thank us later.
By Terry Hyaluronic Pressed Hydra-Powder Face Setting Powder
Forget drying setting powders of the past because this hyaluronic acid-infused formula takes its cues from your skin care routine, helping to maintain moisture levels while you wear it. The non-drying formula blurs fine lines and pores, and leaves your makeup looking fresh long after application.
$79 at MECCA
TARTE Shape Tape Setting Powder
This vegan pick can be used to blur, bake and set makeup thanks to a mattifying, oil-absorbing formula that lasts all damn day. A perfect product for any potential photo opps, this purple compact diffuses light to prevent flashback, while imparting skin with a radiant glow and blurring fine lines and imperfections.
$48 at Sephora
Tatcha The Silk Powder
Protect skin against pollutants and blue light with this innovative talc-free setting powder. Silk extracts and powders are responsible for maintaining a hydrated complexion, ensuring makeup longevity and blurred pores, leaving skin with a smooth, radiant, shine-free finish.
$68 at MECCA
ONE/SIZE Ultimate Setting Powder
Super-finely milled, with a no-flashback promise and guaranteed to last for up to 14-hours post-application, this blurring formula imbues skin with a soft matte finish that’s versatile enough for a soft glam moment or a full-beat.
$46 at Sephora
FENTY BEAUTY Invisimatte Blotting Powder
Honestly, we wouldn’t recommend leaving the house this summer unless your handbag is equipped with one of these babies. Boasting a super lightweight, cake-free formula that feels like nothing on the skin, this is our pick for events when you need to be shine-free, poreless and just as photo ready as the bad gal herself.
$46 at Sephora
ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Loose Setting Powder
Honestly, if you haven’t seen your favourite beauty YouTuber using this stuff we suggest you check their credentials. Perfect for baking, but lightweight enough to subtly set even the most natural of makeup looks, this silky powder effortlessly blurs fine lines, texture and pores for a smooth, flawless matte finish. Iconic.
$63 at Sephora
Koh Gen Do Pressed Powder
Koh Gen Do may be loved by the likes of Lana Condor for their aqua foundation, but we assure you their pressed powder compact is just as impressive. Featuring a luminous pink-toned powder alongside a translucent formula, this finely-milled powder sets base makeup, controls oil and shine and helps to illuminate sallow-looking skin. Say buh-bye to dullness and hello to the radiant complexion of your dreams.
$74 at Adore Beauty
Now that you’ve got your hands on one of the best translucent powders on offer, it’s time to replenish your foundation stores. These are the best drugstore foundations that cost less than $40.
Main image credit: @melissa.hernandez
Briar is a Content Producer at BEAUTYcrew. She is a self-professed skin care obsessive, always on the hunt for the perfect mascara, and can't go past a plumping lipgloss.