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Five Best Loose Powders

BellaSugar's Top Five Loose Powder Picks

Loose powders are a fantastic way to provide light to medium coverage on your skin without having to apply a heavy or greasy fluid foundation. They help control shine, cover blemishes, red, spots, broken capillaries and under-eye circles — all without caking. Some of my favorite new loose powders also happen to be made from minerals, which also makes them good for your skin. Below are my top five favorites. Do you have a love for one loose powder in particular?

  • La Bella Donna Loose Mineral Foundation ($50) is a soft mineral face powder that contains SPF 20 and doesn't clog your pores. I've been using the shade Nicoletta for the past year (plus) and love how it gives my face flawless-looking coverage.
  • Prescriptives Custom Blend Powder ($45) is a customized, mixture of lightweight powder created to match your skin tone. You leave the store with a large jar and a mini travel jar which both include a puff. You can also pay an additional $15 for an extra container of pressed powder. Although it's costly, I think it's worth the splurge.
  • Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Loose Powder ($10.95) is a relatively new product that has been designed for sensitive and pimple-prone skin. It's non-irritating, it blends easily and has a natural finish. It comes with a brush, and I love the security of the snap-top close.
  • Bare Escentuals bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation ($25) is one of the smoothest blending mineral loose powders that I've ever tried. You voted it your favorite foundation of 2007 because of its silky texture, non-irritating formula and fabulous coverage.
  • Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15 ($35) is a super-fine, oil-free loose powder that contains 15 amino acids that help achieve clear skin while providing a smooth finish. Not only do I love the tinted powder, but the translucent powder is essential for setting foundation, lipstick ... you name it.
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AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Didn't get the TSV but got lots of other goodies. Can't go wrong with BE!
dukegirl dukegirl 7 years
6/7/08: I am watching QVC and their Today's Special Value is Bare Essentials Perfect 10 Color Collection. For more, see the link below. Happy shopping! http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/app.detail/params.item.tsv!.tpl.tsv.cm_scid.TSV?cm_re=PROMOTIONS-_-TSV-_-A80808,TSV&cm_sp=TSV-_-HP-_-IMAGE
seeinpink seeinpink 7 years
I am and will always be a believer in BE. Other brands have tried to do what Leslie Blodgett has done but I haven't found one that has even come close. It may be a little pricey, but for sensitive skin you really can't go wrong. Why put anything but the best on your gorgeous face?!
Foxy4286 Foxy4286 7 years
Prescriptives custom blend powder has recently been reformulated to be more light and fluffy. It also has the most flawless finish of any loose powder I have ever used. Ask the custom blender to add candlelight for the most subtle warm glow, BEAUTIFUL!
dukegirl dukegirl 7 years
More about KMS: They offer samples in two shades for $1.00: http://kmsmineralessentials.com/placeyourorder.aspx
dukegirl dukegirl 7 years
I wore BE for a long time and liked it well enough. About 18 months ago, I read an article about the number of pounds of chemicals/preservatives we take in each year through cosmetics, body products, etc. So I looked at what I was using and what was in it. I found out that BE contains bismuth, which can be an irritant. A friend told me about KMS Mineral Essentials is fabulous and does not contain bismuth (http://kmsmineralessentials.com/default.aspx). I have not tried it. I am using Dr. Hauschka all the way. My skin, which is very sensitive, has improved a lot!
flyingroo flyingroo 7 years
BeautiJunki Becca has a website that allows you to choose the area where you live, for shipping purposes. Click on the link below and see the lower left corner for country choices. http://www.beccacosmetics.com/
emalove emalove 7 years
I've never tried any of these except for the BE one. I like BE, but I'm not in love with it like most people are. I think the mineral veil is nice though. And their eye shadows are amazing.
SugarFreak SugarFreak 7 years
I've been a BE chick for a good two years now and I don't really see myself switching soon. I suffer from problem skin and this stuff really has helped! Yeay!
glynislily glynislily 7 years
The Neutragena powder that come in the brush is awesome too.
RaCheer RaCheer 7 years
I've been using Bare Escentuals for the past 7 years and I will never use anything else! aimeeb, you should try Bare Escentuals Bisque for your under eye circles. It's made specifically for that, as well as to conceal any blemishes and/or discolorations. I love it!
popculture-whore popculture-whore 7 years
i've never tried the other products but i have the bare escentuals makeup kit and i love it. when i first tried it on in the store, it didn't look so great but i learned how to apply it and now it blends really well with my skin tone and covers blemishes i don't wear it often though, because i'm not too big on wearing foundation/powder everyday
gigill gigill 7 years
I used the MAC loose powder and let me just say it's leaps and bounds better than my current one from No 7 (UK makeup brand).
BeautiJunki BeautiJunki 7 years
LoveRicji try Becca it's an Australian brand and it is fantastic! It's hard to get here in the states :( They have great tinted moisturizer, powders, shimmers etc, glosses. Great brand!
LOVErickii LOVErickii 7 years
BE!! where are you =(
LOVErickii LOVErickii 7 years
thnx for this. its harder to find some products in australia. usually have to order online
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 7 years
I tried BE after hearing rave reviews from almost everyone I know and was incredibly disappointed with the results. Luckily I made my way over to the Clinique counter and found a foundation and powder that I now love!
chiquita29 chiquita29 7 years
I use Bare Escentuals bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation every day, I love it. I set it w/the BE mineral veil.
pipeepoodle pipeepoodle 7 years
I'm so over the over-hyped mineral stuff but one has to check out the Magic Powder by Prescriptives. IT'S FANTASTIC!! When it goes on, it feels like ICE COLD WATER! It's fun.
BeautiJunki BeautiJunki 7 years
Laura Mercier is good to the last drop and keeps me shine free for hours with out giving me that dry powdery look!
MsSwank MsSwank 7 years
I am in love with mineral powder and will probably never go back to liquid foundation. I still use a liquid concealer with salicylic acid for those troublesome blemishes, but for the rest of the face I use a light dusting of mineral powder and it looks totally natural. The only trick here, is that you need to moisturize first (if you have dry skin the powder makes it very obviously flaky looking) and you need to use a light hand when applying or the powder cakes up and is less natural. I suspect that a lot of these mineral powders have similar if not identical compositions; possibly even being made by the same manufacturers and then marked up differently depending on the demographic. Online discount product line Eyes Lips Face (E.L.F.) makes a fabulous comparable line of Mineral Foundation Powder to Physician's Formula & it's only $5 per product. I've personally used both products and found them to be of equivalent quality - the only qualm is that you can't run out to the store and buy off the shelf, so when you order, you have to guess for the right color and then stock up in advance when ordering/shipping. They advised colors for me and they were a great match; however, this is just one person's experience, so other people may/may not find it more difficult to match their skin tones. In the same price range - I just started using NYC Mineral Powder/Mineral Veil and also found it's performance to be of equivalent quality to Physician's Formula, and at around $5-6 per product it provides a much better value. Being a girl on a budget who needs to wear makeup daily for red/patchy skin (keratosis rubra faceii), this is something that I can use frequently and feel great about - my skin looks good and I feel confident.
fashion4ward fashion4ward 7 years
That Physicians Formula powder is great, I wear it everyday.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
I try, I try; but oh so love to eat. My big downfall. jJuliet, thanks for the everdaymineral link.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
amber sounds like you have taken pretty good care of yourself too. :)
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