We all want a radiant, luminous finish after makeup application and at times, that just means to skip using a setting or loose powder as most of them usually give a matte finish. But the problem with that? Our makeup doesn’t stay on as long and our skin gets oily midday. And while powders are often overlooked when compared to more exciting beauty products like say, a new innovative lipstick, they are actually really crucial in every regime.

Not only do they help prolong makeup wear and mop up excess shine, but some even help to blur out the appearance of enlarged pores and give skin a flawless, porcelain-like finish. And thanks to the advancements in technology and breakthrough in formulations, there are now powders that help you achieve a glowy finish without the discomfort of excess sebum. One to note now is Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder in Glow ($70).

new setting powders

The popular beauty brand has always been known for its Translucent Loose Setting Powder but it has now released a new version of it, which aims to keep the dewiness and illumination from your foundation while ensuring shine is kept at bay for a reported 12 hours. It is formulated with a custom blend of pearl pigments to give the skin natural-looking luminosity and anti-flashback mica so you’ll always be photo ready. Besides that, it features a weightless formula that feels comfortable on the skin while blurring the look of fine lines and pores.

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new setting powders

Additionally, the powder comes with a complementary brush known as the Glow Powder Brush ($76) that is specially made with a curved design to smoothly and evenly apply the product all over the face, including the crevices and harder-to-reach areas. The design is also said to allow the pearls to float on the surface of your skin to give a radiant glow like no other.

Apart from its new Translucent Loose Setting Powder in Glow, the brand has also released a setting powder specifically for your undereye area. Due to stress, late nights and a modern lifestyle, our skin appears to look more tired and dull – and that includes eyebags. And while there are a ton of amazing concealers and colour correctors in the market, we still want more.

new setting powders

Cue the brand’s Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes ($42). This sets and prolongs the wear of concealer, camouflage any imperfections and cancels out discolouration. It is made with white pigments to lighten and brighten the skin around your peepers (tip: don’t use it on your entire face as the white pigments are meant to lighten your skin tone).

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