Get Lightweight Coverage with These Fantastic Powder Foundations


Struggling to keep your foundation from melting away in the summer months? Anyone with oily and combination skin can tell you that summer’s heat and humidity can ruin a face full of carefully applied makeup in under five minutes. Want to know the secret to have flawless skin without feeling greasy or heavy? Powder foundation can give you decent yet lightweight coverage that’s perfect for the hot weather.

Powder foundation is a dry makeup formula made up of pigments and minerals. It offers anywhere from sheer, natural coverage to flawless, full coverage. Powder foundation is the ideal choice for those with oily or combination skin since it absorbs excess oil and won’t melt in the heat. Planning to switch to foundation powders this summer? Here are the best powder foundations you can get on the market.

BareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15

This powder foundation from bareMinerals is a classic for beauty enthusiasts. It is a loose mineral powder foundation that offers natural and lightweight yet buildable and long-lasting coverage. Formulated with just 5 natural ingredients, this skin-loving, vegan product promotes a healthier and clearer skin over time. With 30 different shades, you can be sure to find one that matches your skin tone perfectly. Plus, it also offers sun protection, so you can have some fun in the sun without having to worry. 


L'Oréal Paris True Match Super Blendable Powder Foundation

L'Oréal's drugstore selection stays true to color, with 24 shades to experiment with until you find your perfect match. The powder foundation is incredibly buildable, offering anywhere from light to full coverage, and it can also be used as a mattifying powder for oily skin. It's a sure bet for looking flawless on a budget.

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

There's a reason why MAC's Studio Fix powder foundation has been a cult-classic for years: because it puts in the work of a long-lasting liquid foundation, while having a lightweight feel of a compact. The plush powder provides an instantly flawless face. It applies quickly and evenly in one swipe, and the coverage is buildable depending on how heavy you prefer your foundation. You can wear it alone for a sheer look, and this versatile powder even works well as a setting powder if you want a more dramatic look that doesn't budge. Plus, with a grand total of 53 shades to choose from, finding your true match has never been easier.


Lancôme Dual Finish Multi-Tasking Longwear Powder Foundation

This cult-classic, powder foundation from Lancôme has been saving oily skin types for decades. Available in 33 shades, it's a matte-finish, mineral formula that's easy to apply wet or dry, and won't leave a greasy film or oily finish like most liquid formulas.


Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder

While the Laura Mercier powder foundation is on the pricey end, it's worth it because it's like two products in one. The Smooth Finish Foundation can be applied wet or dry, depending on the level of coverage you prefer. Apply dry for sheer to medium coverage, or with a damp sponge for total coverage. Regardless, you'll be impressed with this powder's finish no matter how you apply it.


Benefit Cosmetics Hello Happy Velvet Powder Foundation

With packaging like this, you'll be smiling every time you pull out Benefit's Hello Happy powder foundation from your makeup bag. Shea butter extracts deliver a smooth, creamy consistency, plus 12 hours of wear-time and a matte finish, making this formula perfect for drier skin types. The best part is that it includes a brush for when you want lighter coverage and a sponge for when you want full coverage. Who doesn't love options?


Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Custom Finish Powder Foundation

When we think of powder foundations, we tend to think of dry, mattifying formulas. Well, Shiseido's here to change that with their own creamy powder foundation, which glides on skin and refreshes your pores with a burst of moisture for hours on end. Plus, this long-lasting formula resists heat, humidity, oil, and motion!


KVD Vegan Beauty Lock-It Powder Foundation

KVD Vegan Beauty's Lock-It Powder Foundation quickly earned a spot on our favorites list thanks to its full-coverage finish. It blurs out imperfections instantly, and leaves skin feeling smooth and looking polished to perfection. Plus, it has 26 shades to choose from.

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