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10 Best Finishing Powders UK 2022 | Charlotte Tilbury, NYX and More

Unlike setting powder which is used to help makeup stay put, finishing powder goes a step further to refine the skin's surface for a flawless complexion. It can help to smooth unwanted textures, such as pores, blemishes, and fine lines, creating an airbrushed finish in real life. So, if you want to achieve makeup perfection, you'll need a finishing powder in your makeup collection!


In this article, we'll help you choose the right finishing powder for your skin type and the look you want to achieve, whether that's loose or pressed, translucent, matte or luminous. We've even ranked the 10 best finishing powders in the UK from NYX, Mac, Bare Minerals and more.

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  • Last updated: 07-08-2022
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What Is the Difference between Finishing Powder and Setting Powder?

What Is the Difference between Finishing Powder and Setting Powder?

Finishing powder comes at the very last step of your base makeup routine to lock everything in, while providing a smooth, blurring effect on uneven skin textures. If you've accidentally applied too much bronzer or your makeup seems a little uneven, a finishing powder can also help to tone it down and blend everything seamlessly together. 


Setting powder works a little differently, as it only sets your makeup in place to extend wear time. While it does also help with oil control, it won't provide the same smoothing effect. To achieve the perfect airbrushed base that will stay on your face all day, it's best to use both finishing powder and setting powder. This combination is so effective that brands are now releasing special powder formulas that combine both products in one. 


A light dusting motion should be used when applying finishing powder, as too much can give the skin an unappealing white cast that will look even more startling on camera. So, if your skin has an uneven texture, read on to find out how you can achieve a real life filter effect using finishing powder!

 

How to Choose a Finishing Powder in the UK

Key Points to Consider

  1. Choose Loose Powder to Absorb Excess Oil, or Pressed Powder for Convenience 
  2. Find a Shade That Complements Your Base or Opt For Translucent Powder
  3.  Opt for a Matte Finish for Oily Skin, or Luminous Finish for Dry Skin 

1. Choose a Loose Powder to Absorb Excess Oil, or a Pressed Powder Compact for Convenience

1. Choose a Loose Powder to Absorb Excess Oil, or a Pressed Powder Compact for Convenience

The main difference between pressed and loose powders is that loose powders are a lot finer. This makes them ideal for absorbing excess oil. However, that's not to say dry skin types should stay away from loose powders entirely, as many brands enrich their powders with hydrating ingredients to cater to a wider variety of skin types. 


Another difference between the two formulas is convenience. Most pressed powders come in a portable compact, often including a mirror and sponge for easy touch-ups on the go. On the other hand, loose powders are messier to apply and you will need to use a suitable brush. 


Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference. If convenience is what you want, go for a pressed powder, but if you find that loose powders can better assist with oil management, and you already have the right tools on hand, they can be a great option too!


Don't have time for touch-ups? Try these setting powders to boost the longevity of your makeup!

2. Pick a Shade to Complement Your Base Makeup, or Go For a Translucent Powder If You Can’t Find a Good Match

2. Pick a Shade to Complement Your Base Makeup, or Go For a Translucent Powder If You Can’t Find a Good Match

The right shade of powder should disappear into your skin for a seamless finish. Applying a shade that's too light can give you a dull, washed-out complexion, but if you go too dark, you could end up with a blotchy, streaky appearance. 


A rule of thumb is to match it as close as possible to the natural colour of your base makeup, whether that's a foundation, concealer, or tinted moisturiser. If you can't find a good match, opt for a translucent powder instead. 


For a flawless base, browse our go-to stick foundations here!

3. Opt for a Matte Finish for Oily Skin, or Luminous Finish for Dry Skin

3. Opt for a Matte Finish for Oily Skin, or Luminous Finish for Dry Skin

Finishing powder can help you to achieve either a matte or luminous finish. Which one to go for depends on your skin type. Oily skin will benefit from a mattifying powder to control oiliness, as a luminous finish can cause excess shininess.


On the other hand, dryer skin types can often benefit from a healthy, luminous glow. You should avoid matte finish as it can exacerbate dry patches and create unwanted textures. To avoid caking, opt for a powder that's enriched with hydrating ingredients such hyaluronic acid, rose wax, and almond oil.


On the market for a new luxury eyeshadow palette? Check out our favourites!

Compare the Best Finishing Powder

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:


  1. NYX - Finishing Powder HD for £8.55
  2. bareMinerals - Mineral Veil Finishing Powder for £25.00
  3. IT Cosmetics - Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder for £27.00
  4. Fenty Beauty - Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Setting Powder for £26.00
  5. Kat Von D - Lock-It Powder for £25.00


This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.

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NYX Finishing Powder HD 1

NYX

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bareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder 1

bareMinerals

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IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder 1

IT Cosmetics

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Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Setting Powder 1

Fenty Beauty

5
Kat Von D Lock-It Powder 1

Kat Von D

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Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish 1

Charlotte Tilbury

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MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder 1

MAC

8
Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Powder 1

Urban Decay

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Milk Makeup Blur + Set Matte Loose Powder 1

Milk Makeup

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e.l.f Perfect Finish HD Powder 1

e.l.f

Name

Finishing Powder HD

Mineral Veil Finishing Powder

Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Setting Powder

Lock-It Powder

Airbrush Flawless Finish

Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

All Nighter Waterproof Powder

Blur + Set Matte Loose Powder

Perfect Finish HD Powder

Features

Get a Flawless Matte Finish With This Affordable Powder From NYX

Smooths Imperfections and Manages Shine for Airbrushed Skin

Skincare Infused Powder With Optical Blurring Technology

Disguise Imperfections and Enhance the Longevity of Your Makeup

Delicate Powder Formula With Micro-Blurring Technology

Pressed Powder Infused With Hydrating Ingredients to Moisturise Skin While Blurring Uneven Textures

Manage Shine for a Flawless Matte Base

Waterproof Powder with High-Tech Formula to Help Makeup Stay All Day

Hyaluronic Acid Nourishes the Skin for a Polished, Matte Finish

The Ideal Powder for Controlling Shine on the Go

Price£8.55£25.00£27.00£26.00£25.00£36.00£19.20£25.00£28.00£7.50
FormulaPressed powderLoose powderPressed powderLoose powderLoose powderPressed powderLoose powderPressed powderLoose powderPressed powder
ShadeTranslucentTinted (sheer, warm tint)Translucent, rich tan, deep8 sheer shadesTranslucentFair, medium, tan, deepTranslucentTranslucentLight, medium, deepTranslucent
FinishMatteMatte (luminous available)MatteMatteVelvety-matteLuminousMatteMatte MatteMatte
Recommended Skin TypeOily skinOily skinAll skin typesOily skinNormal to oily skinDry skin,Oily skinOily skinAll skin types Oily skin
Best For PortabilitySmoothing fine lines, blemishes and uneven texturesMature skin, portability, touch-upsPhotographyPhotography, flash photographyPortability, touch upsShine and oil controlWet or humid environments, sports and the gymSmoothing fine lines and uneven texturesQuick touch ups, portability, photography
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10 Best Finishing Powders in the UK

This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.

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FormulaPressed powder
ShadeTranslucent
FinishMatte
Recommended Skin TypeOily skin
Best For Portability
2

bareMineralsMineral Veil Finishing Powder

£25.00

FormulaLoose powder
ShadeTinted (sheer, warm tint)
FinishMatte (luminous available)
Recommended Skin TypeOily skin
Best For Smoothing fine lines, blemishes and uneven textures
3
FormulaPressed powder
ShadeTranslucent, rich tan, deep
FinishMatte
Recommended Skin TypeAll skin types
Best For Mature skin, portability, touch-ups
4

Fenty BeautyPro Filt'r Instant Retouch Setting Powder

£26.00

FormulaLoose powder
Shade8 sheer shades
FinishMatte
Recommended Skin TypeOily skin
Best For Photography
5
FormulaLoose powder
ShadeTranslucent
FinishVelvety-matte
Recommended Skin TypeNormal to oily skin
Best For Photography, flash photography
6
FormulaPressed powder
ShadeFair, medium, tan, deep
FinishLuminous
Recommended Skin TypeDry skin,
Best For Portability, touch ups
7
FormulaLoose powder
ShadeTranslucent
FinishMatte
Recommended Skin TypeOily skin
Best For Shine and oil control
8
FormulaPressed powder
ShadeTranslucent
FinishMatte
Recommended Skin TypeOily skin
Best For Wet or humid environments, sports and the gym
9

Milk MakeupBlur + Set Matte Loose Powder

£28.00

FormulaLoose powder
ShadeLight, medium, deep
FinishMatte
Recommended Skin TypeAll skin types
Best For Smoothing fine lines and uneven textures
10
FormulaPressed powder
ShadeTranslucent
FinishMatte
Recommended Skin TypeOily skin
Best For Quick touch ups, portability, photography

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