Monday, 5 June 2017

My current favourite under eye setting powders

Following the post about my favourite under eye concealers I've decided to share with you my favourite under eye setting powders. If your skin is dry or, like me, you're in your 30s or older, you probably know the struggle to find a powder that will set your concealer, so it stays on all day without creasing and gathering in fine lines, but also it won't make your under eyes look like you're 100 years old, haha! It took me a while to find powders that look good under my eyes while doing a great job at keeping my concealer in place all day but finally I have a few that I'm happy with.
best under eye setting powders

My main tip for anyone suffering with dry skin or having fine lines and/or wrinkles would be to adapt the approach 'less is more'. I find the more concealer, powder I pile up the worse my under eyes look and don't even get me started on the whole 'baking' trend, I've no idea how people do it to make their under eyes look flawless, mine look aged, LOL!
I always blend my concealer with a damp beauty blender/sponge and also, just before setting it with powder, I pat the area with my ring finger to be sure there isn't any excess of product gathered in my fine lines. I like to use a small fluffy brush to set my concealer with powder but damp beauty sponge works very well too.
If you use a brush be sure you gently touch the skin with it instead of sweeping/buffing motion as you will remove or mess up your concealer. Use a little bit of powder at a time and add more gradually if you feel like you need it.
Let me tell you more about the powders that I currently own and I'm happy to use under my eyes.
Pressed powders
best under eye setting powders, No7 Airbrush Away Translucent Powder, NYX HD Finishing Powder in shade Banana, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in shade Diffused Light,
best under eye setting powders, No7 Airbrush Away Translucent Powder, NYX HD Finishing Powder in shade Banana, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in shade Diffused Light,
From left: NYX HD Finishing Powder in shade Banana, No7 Airbrush Away Translucent Powder, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in shade Diffused Light
One of the cheapest option yet very good, finely milled powder that subtly brighten the under eye area, sets the concealer and it doesn't look nor feel drying on the skin. It feels ever so slightly chalky comparing to the other powders I love but when used lightly with a brush or sponge it does a great job.
My recent discovery thanks to my new job as a Boots/No7 Beauty Advisor :) This is an extremely finely milled and silky soft powder which sets my concealer perfectly and optically blurs fine lines making the skin look smoother and softer. I love to use it not only under my eyes but also to set my foundation with and it looks amazing on the skin. You can hardly detect it as it doesn't make the skin look flat, in fact it has a satin finish so it looks very natural, even if you're generous with it. I highly recommend it if you're looking for a translucent powder perfect to use all over your face which makes your skin look more flawless without adding extra coverage.
This is such a beautiful, silky, finely milled powder with light diffusing properties that makes my under eye area look brightened and smoother. My favourite way to use it is to dust it over the RCMA loose powder to add some brightness and extra dimension. I feel like on its own it doesn't set my concealer as well as the other powders but I can't deny its beauty once is on the skin and it's my favourite to add a bit of natural looking highlight to the centre of my face and under the eyes. Obviously it's a very expensive powder but I'm sure the full size will last ages as I still haven't even hit a pan on my sample size in the Hourglass palette even though I use it at least once a week and I've had the palette for over a year.
Loose powders
RCMA No Colour Powder, Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
RCMA No Colour Powder, Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
From left: RCMA No Colour Powder, Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
RCMA No Colour Powder, £12 for 85g
The one powder that at some point got so much hype that it went from known only to people in the makeup artistry industry to being sold out in every online shop, after being recommended by a few YouTube beauty gurus. It is super finely milled and not drying on the skin. It sets concealer and foundation really well without looking heavy or cakey but I do find it quite matte under my eyes so that's why I like to dust a bit of the Hourglass powder on top for that more dimensional effect.
This powder is also fantastic at setting the foundation and keeping my skin shine free without being drying.
I got this little powder in a set as one of my birthday presents and I have quickly fallen in love with it. It contains tiny light reflecting particles that really optically diffuse the light and brighten the skin. The powder is translucent but I've noticed if I apply too much of it, it leaves a bit of white cast on my skin but light dusting of the powder is all you need to set the concealer perfectly and highlight the under eye area. The pot is small but you really need the tiniest amount of the powder for your under eyes so it will last a few months without a doubt.
Have you tried any of these powders? What is your favourite powder to set under eye concealer?


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