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The 13 Best Powder Foundations for Flawless, Oil-Free Skin

Don’t let the incoming heat ruin your beat.

By: Valeriya Chupinina

While we’ve been obsessed with bringing our dry skin back to life this spring, we’ve almost overlooked the fact that summer is fast approaching, and with that comes the return of its biggest nuisance—oily skin. Symptoms include: going through a pack of blotting paper in a week’s time, every scrap of makeup melting off your face, and more pimples than usual. The quickest way to combat unwanted oil is to introduce a powder foundation into your typical beauty routine. While liquid foundation does have its pros (a larger range of finishes, full-coverage options galore, etc.), powder foundations, which usually come in a luminous or matte finish, work well with oily, acne-prone, or sensitive skin because they absorb the residue collected on a sweltering day and aren’t too heavy or pore-clogging.

Don’t let the impending summer heat get the best of you—gear up for your favorite season by scooping up one of our 13 favorite powder foundations below!


Laura Mercier Smooth Transition Powder, $48

You’ve heard of Laura Mercier’s infamous setting powder—why wouldn’t their actual foundation treat you the right way? This foundation reduces the appearance of oil, hydrates, and evens skin tone. It is light and wears all day—no oxidizing happening here!

Lancôme Dual Finish Multi-Tasking Longwear Powder Foundation, $40

This little guy has been around for a long time! Lancôme is no spring chicken when it comes to foundation, and they’re seasoned experts on what makes a good powder stay. A weightless, natural matte finish that’s perfect for buildable coverage. Craziest thing about it? It can be applied wet or dry.

BareMinerals Original Loose Powder Mineral Foundation, $31

Another OG powder foundation. BareMinerals’ classic Loose Powder Mineral Foundation is a total game changer in it’s game. Besides its full range of 30 shades for all types of skin tones, it gives you a natural look. Bonus points for the added SPF (because we all need sun protection).

Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation, $52

Bobbi Brown offers up a cashmere-like finish with a long-lasting, lightweight sheen to boast. She’s all about the natural glow, so if you’re looking for light to medium coverage, you’ve got your best pick right here.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Powder Foundation, $62

Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Liquid Foundation has a sister, folks! If you want a similar, flawless glow, look no further. This luxury foundation has all-day, buildable coverage and uses Micro-fil technology that fuses high-impact pigments and weightless texture to give you that perfected Armani makeup beat.

lilah b. Flawless Finish Foundation, $48

Have you ever seen more beautiful packaging? Lilah b.’s luxe compact houses its clean sulfate, paraben, and formaldehyde-free powder foundation. This is perfect for the light to medium coverage girl who wants to save the planet and look flawless while doing so.

Clinique Superpowder Double Face Makeup, $27

Leave it to Clinique to wow you with a 100 percent vegan foundation. This stunner is free of oil, mineral oil, alcohol, gluten, and fragrance. Who remembers this lying in their mother’s makeup bag? What can we say—it stands the test of time. The best part is that you can use it as either a finishing powder or your foundation base.

NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation, $49

Our go-to summer foundation is the NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation. If you want smooth skin that feels lightweight and luminous, look no further. This foundation is supposed to last thought the hottest and most humid of weather. While it does have medium coverage, you can apply it two ways—with a dry sponge for a natural finish, or a wet sponge for a higher-coverage look.

CHANEL Le Teint Ultrawear Flawless Compact Foundation, $60

A true classic, CHANEL’s Le Teint Ultra Tenue Ultrawear Flawless Compact Foundation gives you hours of wear with a soft and glossy finish. While it’s most likely the most picturesque compact to have in your purse, this foundation is also infused with amino-acid-coated pigments that deliver light-as-air coverage.

Kevin Aucoin The Sensual Skin Foundation, $56

Kevin Aucoin’s foundation promises quick and easy application, so much so that it’s a one-step fix-all kind of product. This foundation contains light-reflecting properties that make skin look young and refreshed at all times.

Sisley-Paris Phyto-Teint Eclat Compact Foundation, $125

Never, ever has a foundation smelled this good—hello, gardenia, woodmallow, and linden blossom! This compact offers a natural, incandescent finish that’s ideal for even the driest of skin. The price tag is definitely worth it.

NYX Hydra Touch Powder Foundation, $10

The most bang-for-your-buck item on our list, NYX’s Hydra Touch Powder Foundation is a pressed powder that delivers buildable coverage and contains moisturizing botanical extracts to leave your skin hydrated and oil-free. It has a matte finish and is available in eight shades.

Dermablend Intense Powder Camo Medium Coverage Powder Foundation, $34

Dermablend’s Intense Powder Camo Medium Coverage Foundation is best in class. It contains high-performance pigments and is extremely buildable, no matter your desired level of coverage. It’s also designed to conceal a number of skin concerns—blemishes, oiliness, redness, blackheads, and more. It’s also super blendable.

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