Since having my eyebrows microbladed last month (read more here), more than just the appearance of my brows has changed. My whole makeup routine has changed and I absolutely love it. For the last few years, as I tried newer brow products that went well beyond the traditional brow pencil, I began wearing more foundation products, in part to even out sun-damaged skin, but also to give my brow products something to hang on to! Liquid foundations can be great when you want more coverage but I find, as many people do that it can also increase skin problems. So when my brows no longer needed the plethora of products to keep them looking decent, I decided it was a good time to switch out my liquid foundations for powder versions that would give me just enough coverage without feeling like a mask.
Now you know that I love my drugstore makeup finds, so if you’re a budget beauty babe like me and are looking for some lighter foundation alternatives for summer, this post is for you. I tried a number of powders in recent weeks, looking for the perfect blend of light to medium coverage, oil control, and soft luminosity and here are my top picks:
e.l.f. Translucent Mattifying Powder
This powder compact is a complete steal at $3.99 CAD and promises light matte coverage that controls oil. I’m always looking for a good mattifying powder but that becomes even more important during the summer months thanks to warmer temperatures and a (slight) rise in humidity. This powder delivers on its promises – the oil control lasts for 3-4 hours for me before needing a touch up (and that is saying something this time of year) and the coverage is light enough to dust on again as needed without changing the appearance of your makeup. That said, this is not a foundation powder at all, so if you’re hoping for coverage, you won’t get it from this. But I do recommend it as a setting powder or as an everyday powder if you aren’t a huge makeup fan. The only con is the size of the compact – it’s very small and does not last long, especially with every day, all over use. But at $3.99, that’s not really a huge drawback.
NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Face Powder
I’ve been using pressed powder for over 20 years, since those teenage hormones kicked in. Cover Girl used to be my go-to, but I’ve moved on. For a quick touch up kind of powder, I like the NYC pressed powder because again, it’s a drugstore cheapie and it has excellent ratings on TotalBeauty.com. It runs about $4 as well and has more product than the e.l.f powder, but it does not control my oily spots as long, so that is a downside. Still, for a keep-it-in-your-purse-for-touch-ups product, this one is a winner in my books.
NYX Stay Matte Not Flat Powder Foundation
I tried this one because it promises to be a true powder foundation and it was under $15. I do recommend doing a colour test to ensure that you find the perfect shade for your skin tone – unlike pressed powders, which are a bit more on the translucent side and therefore a bit more forgiving, this product offers more coverage, so you want it to be the right match. There is a very, very, very slight luminosity to this powder, which I absolutely adore (and which I presume is the reason for the Matte Not Flat name) that makes the skin look slightly glowy, but not shimmery. In fact, I skipped my bronzer (more on that below) and just added some subtle highlight to my cheekbones after using this one. I love that it offers more coverage without feeling cakey and thick and that it can be used as either a wet or dry powder (though the chances of me using it wet are pretty slim – I’m not good at that!). There is a decent amount of product in the packaging as well, so I give it a great rating on the value for money scale.
Vichy Teint Idéal Bronze
I’m always on the hunt for a good bronzer this time of year and let me tell you, this one is a major winner. It is definitely on the higher end of the drugstore product range at $36.00, but it’s worth it. It offers a lovely hint of colour and luminosity without any orange hue (the most common problem with bronzers) and it features a perfect balance of matte-ness to luminosity – it’s sort of both, which is hard to describe in a blog post, but just looks perfect. This is a bronzer that will be staying in my makeup bag for a long time to come.
FYI – Just because you’re not using a liquid foundation doesn’t mean you shouldn’t set it. I still use my l’Oréal Infallible Makeup Setting Spray religiously to set my powder makeup and to freshen it up during the day. Another great drugstore beauty find that you can read more about here, I love this makeup setting spray that is half the price of the Urban Decay All-Nighter Spray.
Switching out your favourite liquid makeup for a powder version doesn’t mean you have to miss out on even skin tone, shine control, and good coverage. In fact, the change may even give you better skin. These are the products I’m loving – are there any powder foundations you think I should try? Let me know in the comments below!
Enjoy the pretty things in life,