Top 5 Setting Powders for Oily Skin | Save to Splurge

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During my teenage years, I definitely suffered with the shiny skin curse. After a few hours of being out and about, my makeup would start to crease up, melt off and generally just end up looking a bit of a hot mess… This is very common in young women, but thankfully since I hit my 20s, my skin has balanced out and entered the more ‘normal’ end of the spectrum. If it’s been an especially long, warm day though, I do still find an oily t-zone starts to make an appearance.

Setting powders are a great product for increasing the longevity of makeup and keeping shine at bay. I always use one dusted over my entire face, in particular concentrating on my t-zone and chin, and also make sure to carry one round in my handbag. The trick though is finding a powder which will keep your makeup in place, but won’t look cakey or heavy.

And whether you want to save or splurge, here are my top 5 recommended setting powders for oily skin…


5. Scrimp – Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, £3.99 

This was the first setting powder I ever bought when I first started getting into makeup around the age of 14, and I still think it’s one of the best ones in the drugstore. It’s cheap as chips, but doesn’t compromise on quality, with its mattifying but not cakey formula.

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4. Save – Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder, £12 (full review)

An amazing blotting powder at a very reasonable price… I love taking this around in my handbag for touch ups throughout the day. It’s amazing at absorbing up any excess oil that’s built up and leaving your makeup looking fresh and ready to go!


3. Spend – MAC Mineralize Natural Skinfinish Pressed Powder, £24 (full review)

A slightly more lightweight powder than the previous two. This really leaves skin with a beautiful fresh and natural quality, like you’re not wearing anything at all. It’s very finely-milled and the baked formula gives your complexion a very flawless finish.

Dior Forever and Ever Loose Setting Powder

2. Splurge – Dior Diorskin Forever& Ever Control Loose Powder, £34 (full review)

This is my go-to when I need my face to last all day. I love a loose powder formula and what I love about this, is it doesn’t spill out everywhere due to the practical little net. This really does make an incredible difference to the longevity of my makeup and I always reach for it if I’ve got a long day ahead.

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  1. Super Splurge – Guerlain Meteorites Illuminating Powder Perles, £41.50 (full review)

Sigh… This has to be the most heavenly setting powder I’ve ever come across. Usually a dewy, illuminating powder is more suited to dry or normal skin as it doesn’t keep makeup in place for long enough, but this does both! I dust this all over my face and it just leaves the most beautiful, subtle glow. I honestly used to get compliments every time I wore this, and would even wear it with no foundation just for an added extra radiance. Yes, it’s very expensive but a pot of this stuff honestly lasted me for 2 years so I feel like it’s worth it if you want to splash out!

Hope you guys enjoyed my recommendations! What are your favourite setting powders and have you tried any of these before?

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Thanks for reading! Joanna xxx



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Hi, I'm Jo. A marketing girl with a love of bold lips, luxury skincare, delicious food, and travelling to new places. Continuing to blog all my adventures...

12 thoughts on “Top 5 Setting Powders for Oily Skin | Save to Splurge

  1. I love the MAC Mineralize Natural Skinfinish powder! It gives such a natural finish.
    I’ve not heard much about the Dio powder – sounds wonderful!
    Yes, Guerlain Meteorites pearls are such beautiful creatures. I have 4 containers of them and really need to show them more love – for me, they’re more of what I reach for during the winter months. Here’s a review I did on mine:
    (at that time I only had 3 of the pearls, but I’ve since acquired the Doré warmer version… which, sad to say, remains UNTOUCHED! 😮 )


  2. I alternate between the Bourjois Healthy Mix powder and the Rimmel one… the Bourjois powder feels softer and more finely milled than Rimmel’s, but with Rimmel being much, much cheaper despite them being both drugstore brands, I cannot complain!
    The Guerlain Meteorites look gorgeous though, I might just need this in my life… 🙂


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