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Best Loose Powder for Oily Skin

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Best Loose Powder for Oily Skin

Face loose powder is one of the most used cosmetics in the world and has a significant role in creating a perfect, flawless look. Its purpose is to help set the liquid or creamy foundation, make it last longer and to minimize the appearance of fine lines and pores.

The loose powder is suitable for oily skin types because:

  • contains ingredients that absorb and control sebum excess;
  • reduces the brightness;
  • gives a smooth and flawless look;
  • provides more buildable and more coverage;
  • improves the skin appearance.

Loose or mineral, translucent vs. tinded, foundation, setting, finishing or perfecting too many to choose. With such a dizzying array of powders on the market, it’s hard to know what is right for us.

Choose what works for you

Tinted or colored loose powders match our skin tone and provide a lot of coverage, helping in concealing imperfections, but also are and look thicker than the translucent ones.

Translucent powders are perfect for all skin types and tones, do not add color or texture to the foundation, provide a light natural look and reduce brightness.

Mineral loose powders are made from natural minerals, are nonirritating and noncomedogenic, are free of perfume, chemicals and can be used as a foundation or as a setting or finishing powder. They offer a great buildable coverage and last a long period.

Setting powders, both translucent or colored, are applied after foundation, to set it, to control the oil excess and to prolong the wear of makeup.

Finishing powders are used after the setting ones to give a flawless, airbrush complexion. They have a white color and are mainly used at photographic events.

HD powders (from high definition) are similar to finishing powders and used a lot in movie and tv industry when it needs to create a perfect complexion and to improve the skin appearance.

Absorbant ingredients

Products with talc, silica or different oxides and various clay-based derivates in the formula are the right choice for oily skin. These compounds have an active role in absorbing the sebum excess and keeping normal oil levels.

Top 3 Loose Powder Reviews

Sheer Finish Loose Powder by Bobbi Brown


Ideal for people with oily skin, this yellow base powder, is the best choice for boosting a natural radiance look and enhancing skin tone. It contains talc and silica as absorbent ingredients, is 100% oil free and does an excellent job at setting and perfecting the foundation.

Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder comes in ten shades from white to warm chestnut to complement all skin tones. The texture is ultra soft and light and smoothens the surface of the skin. It provides an excellent oil control and reduces the shine, leaving the face slightly dry and silky. The powder is long lasting, blends well, improves the skin appearance, slightly mattifies, reduce redness and gives the skin warmth due to its yellow base. The coverage is from sheer to light medium and offers a soft finish.

Formula: Talc, Ethylene Copolymer, Silica, Sorbic Acid, Vitamin E, parabens, oil-free.

Shades: ten from white to warm chestnut.

Skin type: ideal for oily skin.


  • Oil control
  • Naturally flawless look
  • Improves skin appearance
  • Long-lasting
  • Beautiful range of shades
  • Blends well
  • Lightweight, ultra smooth

Mineral Powder SPF 15 by Laura Mercier


Suitable for all skin types, not only rich ones, this beloved loose powder works perfect in creating a natural glow and at the same time feeling matte.

It contains zinc oxide that works as active sunscreen ingredient and provides opacity, coverage, and absorbent capacity. The powder is easy to apply, doesn’t settle in creases,  blends extremely well and has an extra soft texture that smooths and dries slightly surface. It reduces the shine and leaves the face with a luminous finish(due to the pearl powder). It only needs the lightest dust to improve the skin appearance and the coverage is buildable from sheer to medium.

Formula: mica, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, pearl powder,  oil-free, non-comedogenic, dermatologist-tested.

Skin type: all skin types, not for very oily ones.

Shades: 8 shades for cool, neutral and warm undertones.


  • SPF protection
  • Easy to apply
  • Lightweight
  • Smooth surface
  • Looks glowy but feels matte
  • Cons:
  • Expensive

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder

This white powder is the perfect choice for oily skin, being designed for high-definition camera photo-ops. It absorbs sebum excess, reduces grease and shine, and slightly mattifies the skin.

Although the white color, the powder goes translucent on the skin.

The texture is ultrafine and feels silky, does not settle into pores and fine lines and does not interfere with the foundation’s color. It improves the appearance of skin and brings a flawless soft matte finish.

It only requires a tiny amount to apply.

Formula: 100% mineral silica.

Skin type: for all skin types.


  • Excellent oil control
  • Improves skin appearance
  • Extra silky and smooth
  • Soft matte finish
  • Lightweight


  • Expensive
  • It can look a bit chalky if you use too much.

Best Translucent Powders for Oily Skin

Coty AirSpun Loose Face Powder -Translucent by Coty Airspun


This timeless classic loose powder has been on the market forever and remains in the top of face powders. It has a very soft and light texture due to its micro spun formula and leaves the face smooth, creating a porcelain canvas for other makeups application. It has an excellent oil and shine control and helps to set the foundation.

It takes only a tiny amount to use and provides a long-wearing medium coverage, hiding fine lines, blemish, and small wrinkles and giving a matte finish.

Formula: talc, calcium silicate, parabens, fragrance, dermatologist-tested.

Skin types: for all skin types.


  • Excellent price
  • Lightweight
  • Long-wearing powder
  • Soft and smooth skin
  • Oil control
  • Improves foundation duration


  • The smell: for some people, it can be a little too intense
  • No additional beneficial ingredients

Best  Mineral Loose Powder for Oily Lids

Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder by Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics


This fantastic multipurpose powder with  SPF 20 UVB/UVA works as a foundation, powder, and concealer, and contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as the active sunscreen ingredients that provide coverage and long-wearing capacity. It has a very smooth, satin texture and does not feel powdery or cakey, applies easy and blends extremely well. This powder can be applied lightly as a setting powder, or heavier, building coverage as a foundation. It leaves the skin feeling light and soft with a radiant dry finish.

The powder, providing sheer to medium coverage, helps to conceal redness, fine lines, and small pores, and improves the appearance of skin and offers long-lasting shine control.

Formula: Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 14% and Zinc Oxide 6%, Mica, Dimethicone, Algae and Plankton  Extract, cruelty-free, vegan, free of oil, talc, and chemicals, gluten-free, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, dermatological tested.

Skin type:  all skin types, ideal for sensitive, eczema, acne and rosacea; although it’s not specifical for oily type, works well.

Shades: comes in neutral, warm and cool undertones with 13 shades.


  • Smooth, silky texture
  • Conceals redness
  • Medium shine control
  • Gentle mineral formula
  • Applies and blends well
  • Luminous finish
  • Broad spectrum sunscreen
  • Light and natural finish


  • Pretty expensive
  • Not for very oily skin types

Best Matte Powders for Oily Skin

Mineral Powder Foundation by Mary Kay Inc


This talc-based,skin-perfecting powder works as a foundation or as setting powder and provides a smooth base for makeup. It improves the face appearance, concealing imperfections, fine lines, pores, acne scars and controlling shine.

It is available in twelve shades, is highly pigmentated and has an ultra soft and lighter texture than other loose mineral powders. It is easy to use and does not require a lot of time,  blends nicely and provides a long wearing buildable coverage, from sheer to medium.

The foundation does not cause breakouts and does not feel or look cakey, absorbs oil excess and reduces brightness.

Unlike the most mineral powders that offer a radiant, glow finish, Mary Key Foundation leaves a beautiful smooth matte finish.

Formula: talc, mica,  Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, minerals, parabens, free of oil and fragrance, non-comedogenic, dermatologist-tested.

Shades: 12 beautiful neutral shades.

Skin type: suitable for all skin types, inclusive oily,  sensitive, and acne prone ones.


  • softer and lighter texture, highly pigmentated, buildable coverage,  oil control, blends well, easy to apply

Best Drugstore Loose Powder for Oily Skin

Shine Free Oil Control Loose Powder by Maybelline New York


This simple, safe, talc and clay-based powder is the right choice for an inexpensive loose powder. It is suitable for all skin types, especially for oily ones and provides an excellent oil control.  The powder comes in 2 shades, light or medium, has a soft and light texture that does not cake up the face, does not clog pores and settle into creases. It is easy to apply, blends well, reduces the brightness and absorbs sebum excess. The powder gives a sheer matte finish, has a medium coverage and prolongs the wear of the makeup.

Formula: talc, kaolin, silica silylate, oil-free.

Skin types: normal to very oily skin.

Shades: two -light and medium.


  • Oil control
  • Soft, light texture
  • Long wearing
  • Blends well
  • Matte finish
  • Cons:
  • Only two shades
  • No additional beneficial ingredients

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