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Setting Powders That Won't Leave You Looking Like Flashback Mary

You can just set and forget when it comes to these setting powders that do all.

What does a setting powder have to do in order for it to make the cut as an amazing one? In our opinion, we don’t really ask for much. Just one that sets all the hours of hard work that we took to blend in our base makeup, make it look as close to the-bomb-dot-com as possible, and not do us dirty with a white ghastly cast when flash photography comes on. Here, our roundup of those that have nailed the finishing touches perfectly.

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Make Up Forever Pro Finish Duo, $97
What’s cool about this product? Well, it can be used as both a foundation as well as a setting powder. The French cosmetics brand enriched this powder with hydrating ingredients so that it corrects and evens your complexion without drying out your skin. It also sees of exclusive bio-mimetic coated pigments, so that the formula provides buildable coverage with a natural matte finish. However, something to note is that it’s only available in Make Up For Ever’s most popular shade, #113 Neutral Porcelain, and at The Shilla Duty Free Changi Airport plus other Asia Pacific stores. Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder, $62
Infused with Photochromic Technology that diffuses light and adjusts to new sources of light, this weight, translucent powder is said to set your face in a soft, matte finish with a side of subtle radiance. There are no fine lines, wrinkles or enlarged pores when it comes to this powder; just silky, weightless feels. Cover Fx Perfect Setting Powder, $52, Sephora
Available in two shades – light and deep – this talc-free ultra-translucent loose powder promises a soft-focused airbrushed finish with an all-day wear claim. It also works on being undetectable on the face, even if you use it for baking. Containing light-diffusing particles, it won’t leave your face looking one-dimensional, chalky or dry.   Pat Mcgrath Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Setting Powder, $81, Sephora
From the mother of makeup’s eponymous makeup line, a buildable loose setting powder that’s made to be the FaceTune of powders – because it blurs out the appearance of imperfections, while also ensuring that your makeup stays locked in place. Supergoop Invincible Setting Powder SPF 45, $45, Sephora
This setting powder shaves off the extra step of applying sun protection, thanks to the SPF component is boasts of. Reportedly able to impart an “insta-perfect” soft-focus, matte look once you don it, we guess you can think of it as a real-life face filter as well? Available in four shades – translucent, light, medium and deep, it’s formulated with non-drying ingredients that will still manage to reduce oil and shine. Yes, even if you sweat. Shiseido Synchro Skin Invisible Silk Loose Powder in #02 Matte, $70
Formulated with the brand’s 4-Fold Technology that helps defend against air pollutants, this powder is said to be the most lightweight one the brand has ever released. Infused with antioxidant wild thyme extract; Smart Correcting Powder to enhance skin’s texture and tone; and shine-erasing cellulose powder, this matte powder claims to help control excess oil for eight hours. Shiseido Synchro Skin Invisible Silk Loose Powder in #01 Radiant, $70
And if a matte finish isn’t really your thing, the brand’s also got a radiant version if you’re looking for a dewy finish. This version sees of luminous silk proteins that boost the skin’s luminosity. Alternatively, dust the matte powder under eyes to diffuse and soften, then apply the radiant formula across cheekbones to enhance and highlight. Marc Jacobs Beauty Accomplice Instant Blurring Beauty Powder, $69
Not only is this powder from Marc Jacobs Beauty a commendable one, but we also love the sleek, compact packaging that it comes in too. It has a built-in brush that fits perfectly in the compact – thanks to the magnetic function – and hugs the face seamlessly too. Available in four shades, this powder contains just a hint of perfecting pearl pigment to diffuse light and filter away the look of imperfections. Translation: you’ll always look fresh, never dull nor cakey. Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder, $58, Sephora
We believe that this powder does not need much of an elaborate introduction, because it’s been raved about in the beauty sphere. This loose setting powder sets makeup with a mist-like, moist effect since it’s made up of 50 per cent water and glycerin. We’ve got to say that it almost feels like you’re touching wet powder. Available in a sheer, creamy beige colour, the powder has fine light-reflecting powders that smoothen and blur the look of lines and flaws. Dior Capture Totale Loose Powder, $107
Enriched with the essence of the Longoza Cellular™ complex and multi-faceted glitter pigments that boost radiance, this three-in-one powder corrects, evens out the skin’s texture and illuminates the complexion.