Whatever happened to the good ‘ol powder and gloss? I remember when I was in high school, “retouch” was consisted of using loose baby powder and lip balm or lip gloss. That’s it. Now, retouch has taken a whole new level of meaning and a lot of steps. I don’t really have a lot of time for retouching during the day, as most of you who are also busy with work can relate to. And so I turn to setting and finishing powders in the morning when I put on my makeup to help keep oil at bay and help make my skin look smoother and flawless throughout most of the day.
Now, setting powder and finishing powder are different from each other; although I’d like to think I don’t need both since I don’t want to spend on both. Duh, who am I kidding? I’m talking about the former in this entry. Setting powder is what we put over our foundation. It helps “set” it. It helps to hold the foundation in place and prevent it from budging. Setting powders also reduce shine because it absorbs excess oil. It also makes the foundation more natural-looking because the powder is sheer, and in the case of RCMA’s No Color Powder, almost non-existent. Here are two setting powders that I’m using.
The Body Shop Loose Face Powder
What: Finely milled powder sets make-up perfectly, mattifying the skin for a totally flawless finish. Dust on our lightweight powder to brighten your skin, help foundation stay on for longer and keep shine at bay.
Price: Approx. SR 100
Where To Buy: The Body Shop branches in Kingdom Mall, Tamimi Plaza, Hayat Mall, Al Faisaliah Mall, etc.
I’ve had this powder even before I got addicted to make-up. It’s the next level to my loose baby powder phase. This powder is really finely-milled and it goes on smooth. I have the 02 color and it’s just a nice light hue that’s perfect for fair to medium skin tones. A little dust goes a long way and I advice you to not put too much because this powder is not buildable. Its sheerness is what makes it work giving the face a mattifying finish. Tap that brush after swirling it in the powder.
RCMA No Color Powder
What: RCMA Loose Powders are a staple in the industry and should be a part of every pro makeup artist’s kit. RCMA Powder will keep your foundations set and dry without “caking.” Our No-Color Powder can be used for all powdering purposes. Since it has no filler or pigment it will not alter the color of foundation bases.
Price: Approx. SR 75
Where To Buy: Pre-order at Irene’s Closet KSA
The RCMA No Color Powder has been catapulted to popularity by Youtube beauty gurus. One of them started gushing about it and everyone followed suit. This reminds me of loose baby powder in a spice botttle. Haha! I hate the packaging of this powder because it wastes a lot of product (I mean, I do waste it when I tip the bottle and the powder flies all over the place). But I have to admit it does its job of setting my foundation. The white color also doesn’t show and doesn’t change the color of foundation (as compared to white face powder that will). The powder melts into the skin and absorbs oil making it one of the best setting powders in the market.
I use these two alternately but I still have pressed powders that I also use to set my foundation. I can’t say I like using loose setting powders more than the pressed because both textures work for me. I’m pretty happy with the powders I’m using. However, I also use finishing powders, which have a different purpose and effect. I know, I know, they’re both loose powders and they appear to be the same but noooo, they’re not (says the makeup junkie, haha!). Of course, I’m going to review the finishing powders I’ve been using for quite some time now. 😉