Cleopatra’s was rumored to be crafted of crocodile excrements. In ancient Japan, it was made of rice flour. During the Italian Renaissance, it was crafted from arsenic. And while the ingredients in face powder have come a long way, baby, one thing hasn’t changed: powder has played a starring role in makeup bags for centuries. This week, after trying over 37 powders, I’ve rounded up the latest and greatest powder offerings on the market, all tested and approved by me.
Best Anti-Aging Powder: Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation from Hourglass Cosmetics
Immaculate may be the word Hourglass chose to represent one of their newest products but “skeptical” was the word that came to mind as I read the product description. Available for $55 at hourglasscosmetics.com as well as Sephora, Barneys and other retailers, the product promised to “absorb oil, camouflage imperfections, and ensure a long-lasting flawless finish—without the need for touchups.” After using the product once, I was cautiously optimistic. After several uses, my new word for Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation is “hooked.” This product goes on flawlessly, stays matte for hours, and true to its promise, perfects the appearance of skin every moment along the way.
Best Powder for Blemish Prone Skin: Proactiv SheerFinish Mineral Pressed Foundation
Who knew that the company that is so good at eradicating imperfections could also help cover them up? Enter Proactiv’s SheerFinish Mineral Pressed Foundation, available in 12 shades, as well as translucent. This compact powder is ideal for blemish-prone skin in need of covering redness, blemishes and birthmarks. Get it for $25 at proactivcatalog.com.
Best Powder For Less Than $10: Black Opal Invisible Oil Blocking Powder
No matter your skin tone, Black Opal’s color-free Invisible Oil Blocking Powder does just what it promises, blends seamlessly into skin. The oil-absorbing formula is hypoallergenic and suits all skin types. Plus, retailing for about nine bucks at places such as Wal-Mart and online at blackopalbeauty.com, this reliable powder is accessible and affordable. And no, this is not a new powder, but it’s fabulousness is news to me.
Best Two-In-One Product: Rain Cosmetics’ Dual Powder Foundation
Like many of today’s powder-foundation hybrids, Rain Cosmetics’ Dual Powder Foundation provides the coverage of a foundation with the matteness of a powder. What sets Rain apart is the ability to customize coverage from light to medium paired with an expansive range of shades from Touch of Ivory to Walnut Bronze. Oil and fragrance free, this fairly new collection (launched in 2008) has earned a long-lasting spot on my vanity. Get it for $32 at RainCosmetics.com.
Have you tried any of these powders? What’s your favorite powder?
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