It's Time To Start Using A Foundation Compact Again

You probably remember them from rifling through your mom's makeup bag when you were young (aim: putting everything possible on face), or had a brief dalliance with them as a just-found-foundation teenager. Now, you probably associate them with that chalky, cakey, fine line-enhancing look. But after a brief hiatus, the foundation compact is back — and better than ever.

Why? Well, after a few years of pure, unadulterated glow, gloss, and highlight, we’re heading to the other side. Gone are the days when powder foundations sat on top of skin, clogging pores and feeling heavy; now, they're perfect for all skin types, whether oily and acne-prone (they actually absorb excess oil), dry or normal.

Like the creamy foundations many of us swear by, these matte wonders also melt into skin, give that sought-after seamless finish, and, perhaps best of all, don’t crease in fine lines. They’re easy, too, and compact enough (pardon the pun) to take everywhere with you. Ahead, we've rounded up five of the best.

From the brand that made loose-powder foundation seem like something you might actually want to use comes this next-generation pressed version: a silky, breathable formula that can be swept on sparingly for sheer coverage or layered for more. No matter how much or how little you put on, the mineral powder is dermatologist-tested to ensure it won’t cause breakouts or clog pores, so you can go full-coverage to your heart’s content.

BareMinerals BarePro Performance Wear Powder Foundation, $30, available at Sephora.
Long night? This one’s for you. Ingredients like peppermint and menthol leave skin feeling cool and refreshed while caffeine effectively wakes up the skin and hyaluronic acid technology helps to plump. All while giving a medium coverage without looking too overly powdery — and, yes, you' final all that in

that is all in one compact.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Everyday Perfection Bouncy Makeup, $39.50, available at Macy’s.
There’s nothing worse than flat-looking foundation, and fortunately, that’s not something you’ll get from this powder, thanks to a light-diffusing finish that leaves skin looking fresh and velvety. Don’t be so quick to toss the applicator sponge that comes with the compact (not that you would — it is Chanel, after all): It serves a dual purpose, as you can use the spongy side for intense full coverage or the softer side for a sheerer touch.

Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue, $60, available at Chanel.
You don’t get much more flawless than this oil-free powder: It gives incredible full coverage (good for nights out and bad skin days) but feels like there’s nothing there.

Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation, $50, available at Nordstrom.
Every makeup artist (and Kardashian) under the sun swears by Armani’s Luminous Silk liquid foundation to create the perfect base, and the compact is no different. The powder contains silky “fillers,” which blur pores and fine lines for more even-looking skin, while ensuring your makeup stays firmly in place until you wash it off at the end of the night.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Powder, $62, available at Giorgio Armani.
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