March Favorites Day 13- Finishing Powders

the best finishing powders
It's Day 13 of my March Favorites and today I'll be sharing my favorite finishing powders! As a dry-skinned girl, I've shied away from powders most of my life for fear that they'll make my skin look even more dry and dull, not to mention age me beyond my years. I don't get oily throughout the day, and makeup tends to stick really well to my skin so I guess I've never really found the need to set it with anything. But the past couple of years, I've discovered that a dusting of the right kind of powder can make my makeup look flawless and smooth.
Let's take a look!

Favorite Finishing Powder (high-end):

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light ($22-$46)
This powder is my favorite for so many reasons! First of all, it's the smoothest, silkiest powder I've ever's very densely-packed so it doesn't kick up any dust like other powders do. The Dim Light shade looks slightly deeper than my skin tone in the package but it doesn't look any darker when I apply it because the color is super sheer when you use a large fluffy brush. It's the least-shimmery of all the Ambient Powders and that's why I love it so much. A few of them could almost pass as a highlight and I would be nervous about putting them all over my face because shimmer can accentuate any  texture on my face like fine lines and pores. Dim Light gives the most beautiful lit-from-within glow but never looks shimmery or just makes my skin look luminous. I'm not sure why it looks so dark in the photos online (in many of them it looks like a straight-up bronzer) but it's more of a light peachy beige shade. If you'd like to see it swatched on my skin, please visit my post here.

Available at Sephora (in a travel-size and full size)

Favorite Finishing Powder (drugstore):

Flower Beauty Miracle Matte Translucent Finishing Powder ($13)
This powder is made up of 100% silica spheres (like Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Loose Powder) and the magic of silica is that it's a round particle, so it sits on top of your skin rather than sinking into lines and pores. The result is a smoothing, airbrushed effect that's really awesome (and it makes your skin feel like silk too!). When I use this powder, my skin looks super smooth, poreless, and almost porcelain-like. The trick is to use very little and to apply it with a very large, fluffy brush. There are some negative reviews on this powder from people who tried to "bake" with it, and it's not that kind of's not intended to be applied in large, dense amounts. There are also negative reviews that mention flashback (you can sometimes see any unblended powder sitting on your skin in a flash photograph) but I never take flash photos of myself so that doesn't bother me at all. If I were to go somewhere and I knew there would be flash photography, I would just wear something else, but those events are few and far between in my life. :)

Available at Flower Beauty and select Walmart stores

What are your favorite finishing powders? I'd love to hear about them!


  1. I will sometimes use the Wet n Wild Reserve Your Cabana highlight as a finishing powder. I don't do it very often since I have dry skin as well. I tend to go for finishing sprays.

    1. WnW RYC is my holy grail. I love that and found out about it on the early version of this blog.


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