Top 5 Cruelty Free Setting Powders for Every Skin Type and Budget
Setting powder is a staple of any good makeup routine, and it’s one of the most essential products in your arsenal. Not only does it help control shine, but it can also act as a foundation extender to keep your look in place all day long.
Here are some of our favorite cruelty free setting powders for every skin type and budget!
RCMA’s No Color Powder: Loved by celebrities and makeup artists, this translucent powder helps to set foundation while leaving the skin with a soft, smooth glow. The talc-free formula also contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate and soothe the complexion.
Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush: The talc-free formula is perfect for dry skin and delivers a dewy, airbrushed look that’s hydrating but never sticky or oily. It’s a popular pick among makeup artist Mai Quynh, who notes that it’s a great choice for those with dry skin because it doesn’t accentuate dry patches and lines.
Hourglass’ top-rated setting powder: Quynh calls it a “go-to” pick for those with dry skin because it sets and mattifies without clogging pores. It’s also a favorite of those with sensitive skin, since it doesn’t irritate the complexion.
Aesthetica’s Banana Powder: This talc-free, vegan banana powder neutralizes redness and brightens the complexion while reducing shine. The yellow tint also reduces the appearance of dark circles and fine lines for a natural-looking glow, says Stiles.
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear: This hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and talc-free formula is dermatologist and allergy tested and won’t irritate the complexion. It’s also a great choice for sensitive and dry skin because it doesn’t exacerbate sensitivity issues.
Stiles also recommends this pick for someone with a light makeup routine because it lasts for up to 4 to 5 hours before needing reapplied, making it the perfect option for those who don’t wear a lot of makeup.
RCMA’s No Color Setting Powder: This translucent setting powder is a favorite of makeup artists and beauty influencers because it’s ultra-lightweight and invisible on the skin. The talc-free formula also keeps the skin matte while absorbing excess oil and controlling shine.
Graftobian’s Luxe Cashmere HD Setting Powder: With an ultra-fine ingredient base, this powder brings a soft focus to the skin while blotting out unnecessary shine for a radiant finish! It also easily sets undereye concealer and foundation for a camera-ready look.
Hourglass’s top-rated setting powder: This talc-free powder is a favorite of those with dry skin because it sets and mattifies but doesn’t clog pores. It’s also a favorite for those with sensitive skin because it doesn’t irritate the complexion.
Stiles also recommends that you spot-apply this product to the forehead, sides of the nose and chin for a dewy look while controlling shine.
Hussein’s Favorite: This setting powder is a favorite of former beauty editor Jennifer Hussein because it keeps her foundation in place and doesn’t settle into fine lines. She also recommends using it as a makeup extender by adding a little to her brush before applying foundation for longer-lasting coverage and a more flawless look.