Setting Powder vs Finishing Powder

If you have been using or shopping for beauty and makeup products for any length of time am sure you must have seen or heard of setting powder or finishing powder and may be wondering if they are the same or different products.

For some people, it may even be more confusing because they may be wondering which of these powders (setting powder vs finishing powder) is important for their beauty routines and which one they need or don’t need.

This article will explain the differences and the importance between setting powders and finishing powders and how you can use them for best results.

What is Setting Powder?

Setting powder is an important item in your makeup collection or makeup kit.  It helps to hold your foundation in place (set or fix it) to prevent it from rubbing off or smearing.

It can also be used in reducing the pasty feel and shine of foundation soon after its applied. Setting powders can also be used in smoothing out blemishes as well as absorb excess oil and retouching of makeup if it has worn out.

Types of Setting Powders

There are two kinds of setting powders -: loose setting powders and compressed or compact setting powders. They all perform the same functions and the choice of which one to use is usually a matter of personal preference.

However, people with oily skin or those who use liquid foundations usually prefer to use the loose setting powders.

The compact setting powders usually contain components or ingredients like silicon or its derivatives and waxes. You may want to avoid it if your skin is sensitive to any of these ingredients, or you can check ingredients before buying any of them.

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Dermablend Loose Setting Powder, Original Translucent, 1 Oz.

Translucent long lasting powder, fragrance free and non-comedogenic 

Aesthetica Translucent Loose Setting Powder – Matte Finishing Powder – Flash Friendly - Includes Velour Puff

Lasts  long, soaks up excess oil and covers pores. 

Mineral Fusion Setting Powder — Hypoallergenic, Paraben Free — 0.32 Ounces  (9 Grams)

 Absorbs excess oil, builds mattifying coverage,  anti-aging formula

Aesthetica Banana Loose Setting Powder - Flash Friendly Superior Matte Finish Highlighter & Finishing Powder - Includes Velour Puff

Adheres makeup to skin for hours, contains organic ingredients

Glo Skin Beauty Perfecting Powder - Translucent Mineral Makeup Setting Powder | Cruelty Free

Translucent oil absorbing mineral setting powder with oil absorbing and matte finish. 

What is Finishing Powder?

Finishing powders is meant to be used for finishing touches after you are done using your foundation and setting powder. It can also be used for finishing other makeups as well. It typically used in blurring fine lines and pores to give you that picture perfect look.

You don’t have to use it every day, but it may be necessary to use it if you are going to be in front of the cameras most of the time. If you are going to use it, make sure you apply it well and blend it in with your makeup to avoid having white marks of flashback effect on your pictures.

Finishing powders also are available in both compact and loose forms. You can get any type that you prefer.

Some of the best finishing powders that you can use include -:

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Revlon ColorStay Pressed Powder, Translucent Finishing Powder

Oil and fragrance free light finishing coverage up to 16 hours with shine control 

NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP High Definition Finishing Powder, Translucent, 0.28 Ounce

Decreases appearance of shine and gives a matte finish

Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder, Dark, 0.7 oz.

Helps control shine and keeps a smooth skin texture

e.l.f. Perfect Finish High Definition Powder for a Flawless Finish to Your Makeup, Sheer.28 Ounces

Provides a radiant finish to foundation 

NYX Professional Makeup Mineral Finishing Powder, Light/Medium, 0.28 Ounce

Provides a flawless finish that makes skin radiant all day long

Setting Vs Finishing Powders Videos

How to Apply Powders

There are certain techniques that you need to use in applying powder (whether its setting or finishing powder) to your face.  You will find the video below very helpful if you are trying to find out the best way of doing this for best results.

Setting Powder vs Finishing Powder FAQs

Is Setting Powder Necessary?

Setting powder is not necessary but it is important if you want your makeup or foundation to last for a long time. Also, you don’t want your makeup to be rubbing off or looking creamy and oily especially if you have an oily skin. You can use setting powders to ensure your makeup is set and does not wear out in a short time. It also helps in keeping your face dry from oily skin and the creamy feel of foundation.

Can Setting Powder be Used Without Foundation?

Yes, you can use setting powder without foundation, but you need to ensure that the powder blends well with your skin tone and color. However, you need to know that setting powder alone may not be able to conceal things like acne scars or large pores if you have textured skin.

It is also recommended that you prep your skin well and prime it with a moisturizer to keep your face hydrated when using setting powder without foundation.  

Is Finishing Powder and Setting Powder the Same?

No, finishing powder and setting powder perform very differently. Finishing powder creates nice shades for that picture-perfect look whereas setting powders are used in locking your foundation or makeup in place so that it does not wear off quickly as well as giving the foundation a dry smooth feel.

Can Finishing Powder be Used Alone?

No, finishing powder and setting powder perform very differently. Finishing powder creates nice shades for that picture-perfect look whereas setting powders are used in locking your foundation or makeup in place so that it does not wear off quickly as well as giving the foundation a dry smooth feel.

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