The New Generation Of Setting Powders Will Make You Glow, Not Dry You Out

When it comes to your makeup, you fall into one of two camps: You either like your face matte, or you like it dewy. Often, that means you either use a setting powder, or you don't. But now, thanks to a new generation of finishing products, those on team glow are about to get a taste of the powder life they've avoided for so long.
Whether it's mineral, loose, or pressed, the main goal of any good powder is to keep your makeup as creaseless as possible all day long — and more often than not, that means you're getting the mattifying treatment. But a baked-to-oblivion undereye isn't everyone's goal; some just want a radiant, healthy sheen. That's where the three new launches ahead come into play. These formulas include ultra-refined particles that are lightweight, silky, and — yes — really hydrating. They keep your T-zone free from the dreaded oil that hits without fail at 3 PM, but make everything else look seriously lit.
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Hourglass is the master of blurring powders that leave skin radiant, not chalky. If you’ve never used the Ambient Lighting powders, know this: They make your complexion look IRL FaceTuned. Now, the brand is delivering more magic with its latest, talc-free (meaning zero white cast) setting powder that marries the soft-focus, skin-perfecting blur of the Ambient Lighting formula with the oil-control of a setting powder. Instead of setting foundation by smothering it with a heavy layer of powder, this fine, translucent formula veils over your existing makeup for a light-reflecting filter that leaves you looking like you just got back from a very expensive spa weekend.
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When it comes to achieving that post-vacation glow, Marc Jacobs has you covered. If you're not already covered in the Coconut Gel Highlighter, then you've got something else to add to your seasonal regimen. This setting powder goes on like a powder, but — thanks to the coconut and cocoa butter ingredients — sets like a cream. Wait a few hours, and you'll swear your skin looks more hydrated than when you left for work in the morning.
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Becca's newest launch is in a league of its own — the only powder that competes with a face mist, thanks to the high percentage of water and glycerin in the formula. Don't pack it on with a BeautyBlender, either, because this weightless formula is meant to refresh and revive makeup as opposed to set it. So when it's 3 p.m. and your to-do list has all but sucked the life out of you — and it shows — a gentle dusting of this cooling, light-reflecting powder will wake you up.
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