What was your very first makeup purchase? Thinking back through the years, mine was a CoverGirl pressed powder heavily scented with eau de Noxema. I’ve been a fan of pressed powders (and loose powders) ever since and there are a couple that I consider oily skin blocking holy grails!
Back to that first makeup purchases – it was in my early teen years and I had to secretly buy it from the neighborhood grocery store, far away from the prying eyes of my mom. Sure, my parents wouldn’t let me have makeup as a teen, but my oily skin wasn’t letting me be great!
My skin’s oil producing factor has decreased since then, but I still depend on powders to keep my skin looking matte and not overly dewy. The difference between loose and pressed powders is exactly as their name suggests. Pressed powders have a binding agent to keep them in the form of a cake and are much easier to transport through the day!
After I got through my CoverGirl phase, I moved on to Clinique Stay Matte Pressed Powder. It was the height of glamour to me at the time, and I have to say it is an overall decent powder. I repurchased it recently and have been using it regularly. It does fail my nose after a long day’s work, so I wouldn’t say it’s the best in this list.
As much as I dislike the packaging, the Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder came with super high recommendations. I do like it, but I don’t reach for it very soften, so it’s not what I’d call a must have.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores is a lightweight powder that is really nice for absorbing oil. It is a true translucent powder and won’t add any color or texture to your makeup.
I was so eager to try the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro Powder, which is definitely nice but again, disappoints me at the end of the day with oil breakthrough on my skin’s t-zone.
When ColourPop announced they were expanding their face products with loose and pressed powders, I hopped on the train and ordered ColourPop pressed powder. It’s actually a fantastic powder and one of the two holy grail items on this list. For $5 it’s a no fail and stays true through the day.
Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder is the second holy grail on this list of pressed powders, and it’s definitely one that has proven it’s worth. I’m always impressed by how well my makeup holds up whenever I use this powder. If you’re sensitive to silicones in makeup, beware, this contains it!
The products featured in The Best Pressed Powders For Oily Skin were purchased by me or provided for editorial consideration. All opinions are 100% my own.