Pressed vs loose powder

Face powders. Why do we need them? There are so many reasons! While everyone wants to glow, nobody wants to look greasy, and powder is a great fix for this as it is a mattifier.

Powder on top of your liquid or cream foundation helps to set it so that it won’t migrate into any lines or slide down off your face. Certain powders can also reduce the look of fine lines and pores. Powder is also the perfect base for your bronzer, blusher etc. You can also use powder to set cream eyeshadow, turn down the volume on a blusher that is too bright/ too pigmented and give a slippery lip color more staying powder.

So there are 2 forms of powder: Pressed and loose. These 2 are very similar, but they’re sisters – Not twins!

Loose powder comes in a tub, has smaller particles (and therefore a finer consistency), and usually give a more ‘lightweight’ coverage. They’re also messy and hard to transport, so these belong in the makeup drawer, not the bag!

Pressed powder comes in a compact. Because the particles are slightly bigger and contain these stick-together ingredients, applying too much pressed powder can result in a cake-y appearance. Using a little as a touch-up throughout the day, though, is quick and easy. This product tends to be in every girl’s makeup bag!

I’m not a huge fan of pressed powder. I find it much too cakey on my skin, so I tend to just stick to the loose powder used in the morning! So here are my favourite 2:


Collection Sheer Loose Powder translucent 2 £2.99

Maybelline Fit Me Powder Nude Beige £5.99

The Collection Sheer Loose Powder is the perfect powder for the pale skinned girls! It sets the foundation without you looking cakey. I use a large fluffy brush, by real techniques, to apply this.

Meanwhile I use the Maybelline Fit me powder throughout the day if i’m feeling a bit oily. Usually around my tzone! I use a powder sponge to apply this. The packaging of this is so handy as it can hold a sponge underneath. There’s a little mirror too underneath, which doesn’t get dirty because it’s not above the powder… yenno? Also, unlike loooaads of powders, this hasn’t broken yet!

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So if you’d like to catch up on my recent posts here are a few links:

 My 2015 Summer essentials 

Drugstore Nude Lipsticks

My top 5 Foundations

My top 5 Brushes

Stephanie x


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