Monday, 31 October 2011

Powders for Oily Skin.

My friend Sophie asked me to write a post on good powders for oily skin. This got me thinking as I don't tend to use different powders because ones I have used in the past haven't been very good. After doing some research however, I have come up with a couple of powders that I use regularly and a list of suggestions recommended by others. I will then cover a few I have used that I would suggest you steer clear from.

First and foremost, I strongly believe that liquid foundation only makes oily skin worse. It doesn't matter if you use a setting powder in my eyes - it's just going to look shiny and cakey. I only speak from my personal experience. There may be some foundations out there that will work for oily skin but I prefer using what I use now because it works and well... why stray from something that works for you?
Channel Vitalumiere Aqua and Mac Studio Fix Fluid are claimed to be ok for oily skin so if you're persistent, maybe try them out.

Back to powders. First I will start off by talking about what works for me. I use Mac Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NC20. It's amazing. I've been using it for a few year now and I don't see a reason why I would ever stop using it. I start off with a matt finish at the beginning of the day and by the time I reach the end it turns into a soft satin texture. If I get oily during the day I can just use my Mac Blot Film and it removes the oil without me having to use any excess blotting powder - definitely my number one. It gives buildable coverage so perfect to cover any scars you may have from acne.

Another I would recommend is Mac's Transparent Powder. This works wonders if you are trying to set liquid foundation or blot during the day. I tend to use it with my Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer and it helps me achieve the matt finish I crave. It leaves you skin feeling as soft as cashmere and the product lasts for ages! I do believe that Mac released a pressed one (linked above) which is will probably be handier than the loose one I own. (Review on this combination here!)

Another Powder I have heard that is good is Maybelline Dream Matt Pressed Powder. I can't talk from personal experience because I don't think I have ever tried it but it may be worth a go. Missglamourazzi uses this and swears by it so it can't be bad :)

BeautyCrush also mentions her love for the Sephora Pressed Powder. She uses this as a finishing powder but you can also use it as a foundation for a flawless finish. Unfortunately if you are in the UK you can only order this on the French Sephora site.

Clinique Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder is another suggestion. Again I have not tried it myself but it has been tested by girls with skin like mine and they seem to enjoy the finish that it gives them.

I would stay away from Rimmel Powders. I don't have a very good history with these and wouldn't recommend them.

I also used L'Oreal Paris True Match powder in college and it looks extremely cakey. I think it would only work if you are slightly oily, to just dust a bit on lightly as a set but not as a foundation.

Hope this helps Sophie! And I hope this helps everyone else who suffers with oily skin :)

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