On Rotation: Face Powders

I mainly use face powders to get rid of some shine. For such face powders, I prefer those without much coverage. That way, I don’t have to worry about looking cakey if I need to touch up. On really hot days, I’d use powder foundation on top of a base / primer, and skip foundation. I usually use just one because for powders, I like to gobble up the whole thing before using another. But for this post, I’ll show you 3 in current rotation. One I want to use up, another for lazy days, and the latest addition, because it’s so cute.



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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light is the one I want to use up. I didn’t find it worth the hype at all. In fact, due to price, I found it overrated and disappointing when I had combination oily skin. So, I just tossed this aside. Anyway, now that my skin is drier (more of a normal skin now), I appreciate it a little more. It gets rid of shine without making my face look flat. My skin doesn’t turn oily anymore, so this powder is OK. I want to use it up, chuck it out and be done with it. I don’t see myself repurchasing this.

Lancome powder foundations are not talked about much. The ones we have here are made in Japan, and I use the shade BO-01. It suits my skin tone perfectly! It does not get cakey, and this is actually a repurchase. When the weather gets crazy hot, I’d just apply a face primer, or a base (and lately, that’s Bobbi Brown CC Cream) then dust this on.

Guerlain Meteorites Light Revealing Powder in Clair is just like the little loose balls but this is pressed into a pan. It does not kick up any powder, and it works just as well as any balls. I don’t know what sorcery this is, but it takes away the shine and actually adds GLOW to the face. I’ve only started using this a week ago, and I’m loving it! I also prefer this packaging to loose balls. Sure, the balls in the little tubs are gorgeous to look at, but this, to me, is so much more practical.

So here we are, the 3 powders in my current rotation. Do you use face powders? Setting powder or finishing powder or powder foundation? What are you using?



xoxo Lily




  • I use the Hourglass Diffused all the time! I have drier skin than you, so it works well for me. Although, it doesn’t work over some foundations I’ll say that. And I love that pressed Guerlain one too. I love my BALLZ too πŸ˜›
    As for powder foundation I’m finding I just can’t anymore. It just ends up making me look cracked and dry in a few hours. And dude I commend you for even wearing anything when it’s so hot out….I just GIVE UP when it’s hot now. I don’t give a rat’s ass anymore LOL! But, my skin looks pretty decent these days so maybe that’s why.

    • Lily

      LOL Tracy. When it’s so hot out, the trick is to wear sunscreen and then get rid of the shine using powder foundation. It’s so humid here, it doesn’t make your skin look like the Sahara desert! But yes, I sometimes go out with just a dab of concealer under my eyes. That, my friend, is the advantage of having decent skin πŸ™‚

  • Great post Lily! I sometimes wondered if I was the only one to use powder to control shine (and worry about cakiness). The best powder I’ve tried is a Bare Minerals one, I wanted to repurchase but I can’t find another point of sale, they seem to have disappeared here. Another I’m enjoying is Chanel Les Beiges, it doesn’t necessarily control shine, just gives a gorgeous glowy finish for me.

    • Lily

      I remember liking Bare Minerals powder… but NOT their powder foundation. I don’t know if I applied it wrong, but it always seems to make my skin look drier than normal. Lines which I didn’t know exist are emphasized! I don’t know if I used too much. I think I gave it away. I haven’t tried the Les Beiges before but I have read great things.
      Oh, another one I like is MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural. I used up a few of them. Doesn’t really provide much coverage, but it gives a beautiful finish with a bit of sheen!

      • Yes a SA tried on their powder foundation on me once and I was not impressed at all. The powder I’m talking about is a finishing powder called Perfecting Veil or something like that. Last summer when foundation was too much I was even wearing it on it’s own. Les Beiges is really nice πŸ™‚
        I’ll have a look at the MAC Mineralise that you say!

        • Lily

          Ah yes, the mineral veil. I used that before, and I remember liking how light it is. It’s high time I went to the Chanel counter, but I’m afraid I’ll bring back lots, and they’re all gonna be things I don’t need! LOL!

  • I understand where you come from on Hourglass powders.. I have Dimlight and it didn’t work for me initially when my skin was super oily .. now during less humid and less warmer months it actually works better on my skin than any of my other face powders. I have Guerlain powder in small balls format and I really find them cute however, not, practical at all, but the glow is million dollar. I haven’t tried Lancome powders ever and agree that they are not talk about much. Thanks for including here.

    • Lily

      I have those ballz in the tin. So lovely! But this pressed version is easier to use. Less hassle, but that’s because I’m a klutz and I always drop the balls. I’ve never been a huge fan of Lancome products, but their foundations I find, are awesome. Mainly because they have the best shades for Asian skin tones!

  • Liz

    I have a Bobbi Brown powder foundation that’s a perfect match for my skin tone and super easy to use, and I still have the medium shade of that Guerlain powder. Yours looks so pretty and pristine right now but it doesn’t stay that way! Even though I’m still oily, I decided to stop using setting powders because I’m rarely happy with how they look. And then having to put a finishing powder on top of that is just madness for every day routine. I just embrace the oils and blot a lot.

    • Lily

      I used to carry blotting paper with me but now, I just use tissue if I have to. Most of the time, it’s not oily enough for me to blot. I find that my skin got drier after each pregnancy, and it’s now become normal skin. HAHAHAHA!

      • Liz

        I’ll just have to wait for menopause to dry me out, LOL!

        • Lily

          LOL Liz! HAHAHAHAHA!!!

  • I don’t like my Hourglass powders too much, either. I mean, they’re ok, and I don’t mind them. But they’re not SUPER AMAZING.

    • Lily

      LOL, yes, I understand perfectly!!

  • Emma Bovary

    That’s interesting that you didn’t fall for those Hourglass powders, I never wanted them enough to splurge and chose to invest my cash in the blushes from them instead, I like those a whole lot. I don’t think I’ve heard of the LancΓ΄me powder foundations now that you mention it, some products fly under the radar don’t they!

    • Lily

      You’re right Emma. Lancome doesn’t really strike me as having really awesome makeup, or even skincare, but now that Lisa Eldridge is on board, I have higher hopes.

  • BooBooNinja

    Check! The Hourglass powders are gone from my to-try list. I choose to listen to the nay-sayers. The Hourglass fans are rabid! πŸ˜‰
    I use translucent powder to take away the shine in the morning. Fortunately, I don’t need to blot during the day. I’ll use either my Guerlain Meteorites Light Revealing Pressed Powder in Medium or my NARS Translucent Pressed Powder.

    • Lily

      LOL Boo. Sometimes, naysayers are just negative. Or maybe they’re just having a bad day. Or maybe they just like to rant, to be different. Or they refuse to compromise. HAHAHAHA! But seriously, the Hourglass one is a little meh. I’ve tried better πŸ˜›

  • Rae

    Same feelings about Diffused Light. I just let it go. I have a lot of other powders that seem better. I actually like MAC MIneralize Skin Finish Natural more.

    • Lily

      And more affordable, mind you. LOL! I’m still using it, because my skin is drier now, so I don’t mind. Definitely won’t be getting it again though.

  • I’m totally with you on your assessments, Lily!! Hourglass powders were just meh to me, and Lancome powders are so under-rated.

    • Lily

      Right? I love my Lancome powder. Don’t like the PR but I like their base products πŸ™‚