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Top 10 Translucent Powders

Get An Airbrushed Effect With These Game-Changing Powders

Get An Airbrushed Effect With These Game-Changing Powders

Unless you're a true beauty junkie, chances are you've never tried a translucent powder. Sheer and lightweight in texture and color, translucent powders are made for blurring pores and fine lines to create an airbrushed complexion sans airbrush. Beauty editors and makeup artists alike swear by a few sweeps of this colorless powder, proven to be major in eliminating flashbacks and giving makeup true staying power. The following 10 powders are ideal for achieving a flawless matte t-zone and Kardashian level "baking." All user tested and approved, we're getting selfie-ready with translucent powders. Opening image: @bareminerals

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February 5, 2018

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The Rankings


It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Anti-Aging Finishing Powder

Our Score

BEST FOR: Oily and acne prone skin

LOVED FOR: Living up to its name by making your pores literally disappear


NYX Professional Makeup HD Finishing Powder

Our Score

BEST FOR: Beauty lovers on a budget

HELPFUL TIP: It might not be a loose powder, but one swirl of a brush gets you more than you need. Make sure to tap off excess powder before applying to avoid a ghost-like glow.


Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder

Our Score

LOVED FOR: Kat's Micro-Blurring Technology uses teeny mica powders to create a formula so light you can't even feel that it's on. 

USERS SAID: "As someone who has always been intimidated by loose powder, this powder has truly changed how I feel. The powder feels so soft and silky and looks natural on the skin, rather than chalky or textured. The packaging is so cute and the sifter prevents you from making a mess or spilling any of the powder. This powder feels so amazing on the skin."


Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder

Our Score

BEST FOR: Setting your under eyes with no creasing or caking

LOVED FOR: The reviews are in, and the claims are big. Users dub this a Laura Mercier dupe!


Dermablend Colorless Loose Setting Powder

Our Score

LOVED FOR: Available in three different shades, there's a color match for everyone.

COMPLETE THE LOOK: Trying to hide scars or cover blemishes? Use with Dermablend's Cover Creme!


Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Setting Powder

Our Score

BEST FOR: Compact's are so underrated. Reapplying this finishing powder is as easy as tossing into your work tote!

LOVED FOR: 100% oil-free, but never drying, thanks to the added vitamin E.


Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Invisimatte Blotting Powder

Our Score

USERS SAID: "I have been waiting on a powder like this for my oily skin...i dont like blotting tissues and i dont like flashback. This powder is my new go to! It WORKS and keeps me matte for a very long time. It even sets my under eye concealer (match stix suede) for an even more flawless finish. No flashback, lasts long, lovely packaging...well worth the coins! One of my faves from the line!"

LOVED FOR: Truly long-lasting wear


MAC Cosmetics Blot Pressed Powder

Our Score

BEST FOR: Mattefying oily t-zones

HELPFUL TIP: Looking to keep your lipstick on lockdown? Try using underneath your lip color to keep color fresh and lasting.


bareMinerals Mineral Veil

Our Score

BEST FOR: That airbrushed look

LOVED FOR: Glow four different ways with translucent, tinted, illuminating, and hydrating options.


Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Our Score

BEST FOR: This cult fave has editors swearing by its magical powers best for keeping makeup in place and shiny foreheads at bay.

LOVED FOR: Blending flawlessly

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