TOP 5 | My Holy Grail Powders + Recommendations for All Skin Types

I've always loved powder, but now that my skin has fully transitioned from combination to normal/dry, I have become a lot more picky about which powders I wear. I also wear far less powder than I ever have. Depending on the foundation formula and weather, I can skip powder altogether!

I usually like to dust on a little around parts that get shiny or break down faster — like between my eyes, on my smile lines, and on my chin. I try to wear powder all over my face only when the weather is hot, or if I'm filming or attending an event. After trying hundreds over the years, here are my Top 5 picks and the brushes I use them with!

Guerlain Meteorites Pearls (classic silver tin)
Guerlain Holiday 2015 Pearls (more expensive due to packaging)
Wayne Goss Face Brush
Chikuhodo Z Brush

Tom Ford Bronzer Brush

Burberry Fresh Glow Powder Foundation
Chikuhodo Takumi Brush
Wayne Goss Round Brush

I tend to stick to my favorites because I know exactly how they perform in varying environmental conditions. None of these powders settle in my fine lines or emphasize pores and other imperfections. Here are some other alternative options, however, if you'd like to branch out and explore some different brands! A lot of these are tried and true favorites that I have played with over the years, even if I cannot wear them any more. 

Dry Skin:
Smashbox Halo Loose Powder Foundation // La Mer Loose Powder // Cle de Peau Loose Powder // Laura Mercier Mineral Powder Foundation // NARS Light Reflecting Loose

Normal to Combination Skin:
Chantecaille Loose Powder // Laura Mercier Loose Powder // Hourglass Ambient Lighting // Benefit Hello Flawless // Bobbi Brown Retouching Loose Powder // BECCA Mineral Powder Foundation

Oily Skin:
Lancome Dual Finish Powder // Dolce and Gabbana Matte Powder Foundation // Gucci Finishing Powder // Makeup Forever Super Matte Loose // Urban Decay De-slick Mattifying Powder

Plenty of women around me, whether they are friends or family, have combination and oily skin. I use them as (very willing) guinea pigs to see what I think performs well on their finicky complexions! I understand how frustrating it can be to spend money on an expensive product that may or may not work well, but makeup is a trial and error process, just like most others. Enjoy the journey and remember to have fun!
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  1. Burberry do have some gorgeous makeup products and the quality is tip-top. I love a good brush and Tom Ford is definitely a fine pick. You're right about makeup being a trial and error process. At times it does get frustrating when made an investment and it fail on the skin.

  2. You're gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing!! I think I'll give a try to the new Luminous compact from
    Armani :)

  3. You're gorgeous Rae!! Thank for sharing this!! I think I'll give a try to the Armani's Luminous Compact!! I already have the Meteorites Compact Powder I use it as a highligther and I love it!

  4. Thank you for the video and your advice. I'm trying to decide between Burberry Fresh Glow Compact and Armani Luminous Silk Compact. I'm looking for a powder that I could use both as powder foundation and setting powder. I have combination skin with dry cheeks. Which would you recommend? Which shade of Burberry compact would you recommend - I have fair skin with neutral undertones? I wear Chanel foundation B20, YSL Touche Eclat B30, Many thanks.

  5. Further to my previous comment, can I just ask if Ochre Nude Burberry Fresh Glow Compact is very yellow? I'm looking for a shade that will counter the redness and pink powders / foundations tend to make it worse. Thanks again.

  6. Where else can I purchase the Holiday Meteorites?!

    Thank you :)


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