Houston in the summer is like a desert during the middle of the day; hot. It is really hot and when its hot, people naturally sweat. For people that wear makeup, you know that when you sweat with makeup on you get shiny. Now that’s not the only reason people get shiny, but it is a very common reason. The best way to take care of your shiny face is powder. Powder comes in many forms and shades, which can get really confusing sometimes, so today I’m talking about the best type of powder for you based on skin type and other issues.

Loose Powder vs. Pressed Powder

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As I have mentioned in so many posts… I have normal to combination skin. Which means my t-zone gets oily. A method that has really been helping my skin not get oily as easily, is baking. The technique of baking, which I talked about in my Baking vs. Strobing post, is where you use an excess of loose powder to set the makeup in the creases and pores in your skin.


Loose Powder vs. Pressed Powder

Loose powder is better for oily to combination skin types because it gives you more of a matte finish and it has a lighter feel on the skin. Because oily to combination skin types normally have to reapply powder throughout the day, loose powder won’t end up looking cakey. You can add as many layers of loose powder as you need without looking overdone or cakey.

My favorite loose powder is the RCMA No Color Powder which I purchased from Beautylish. If you would like to purchase any of the products I have mentioned in my post, check down below! I also really like the Laura Mercier Powder, but I will say that I like my RCMA more than Laura Mercier. The cult favorite: Makeup Forever HD Powder is amazing but leaves a HORRIBLE flashback! They just recently came out with the same powder in Pressed format! Perfect for people with dry skin! There are so many other powders that I could talk about but these are definitely some of the top picks!

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As I mentioned in my post about the Best Drugstore Makeup and my Everyday Makeup Essentials, one of my favorite pressed powders is from Rimmel London.


I use pressed powder on the rest of my face and under my eyes on days that I am wearing really light makeup or I just need a touch up on my face with no makeup on. The pressed form is better for people that have dry skin because it doesn’t cling to dry spots. Loose Powder can become flaky for a person who has dry skin and pressed powder is pressed into the skin so it can’t get flaky. Oil is what makes pressed powder into a pressed format, so adding more oil onto oily skin isn’t the best option for controlling the shine levels on your face.

Loose Powder vs. Pressed Powder


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My favorite to use for loose powder is the Setting brush. It is the perfect size for under the eye and it is not too dense but not too light either! My favorite to use for pressed powder is the Powder Brush. It is huge which is great because it takes less time to cover the whole face. I also mentioned in my Facial Sprays post that if you add a little bit too much powder, just spray some facial spray and use a damp sponge to press the powder into the skin. The sponge will absorb the excess powder and also help push the powder into the skin!


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25 Comments on Loose Powder vs. Pressed Powder

  1. Erica @ Coming Up Roses
    August 4, 2016 at 7:26 AM (2 years ago)

    I LOVE this! I didn’t know the difference between the two, honestly, so this is so helpful. And I LOVE the Rimmel Stay Matte powder…one of my current faves!

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  2. cara
    August 4, 2016 at 10:36 AM (2 years ago)

    Really helpful post! I love the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, it’s one of my go-to’s. Question though: Can people with dry skin do the “baking” technique or is that pretty much a no-go if you don’t want to look like cakey? Thanks for sharing!

  3. Fatima
    August 5, 2016 at 1:10 AM (2 years ago)

    I’m glad you liked it! The Rimmel Powder is amazing!

  4. Fatima
    August 5, 2016 at 1:13 AM (2 years ago)

    I’m glad you liked the post! The Baking technique isn’t the best for people with dry skin because baking does dry out the skin a lot! if you use a lot of hydrating products under your makeup you could get a way with using the baking technique! Hopefully this helps!

  5. Christina
    August 5, 2016 at 1:25 AM (2 years ago)

    I just purchased the Laura Mercier Powder and I love it! I have combination skin and it works well. I also have some pressed powder and both work well for me, but at the moment I prefer loose. Thanks for sharing this post!

  6. Rachel G
    August 5, 2016 at 7:11 AM (2 years ago)

    I have more oily skin and have always used loose powder–not necessarily for a good reason, but just because that’s what I was used to. Glad to know I’ve been using the kind of powder that’s the best option for my needs!

  7. dallas
    August 5, 2016 at 9:34 AM (2 years ago)

    I just heard the tern baking…Thanks for clarifying. I love loose powder why? Combo skin!

  8. Brianna Leigh
    August 5, 2016 at 10:01 AM (2 years ago)

    Great post! I switched to pressed powder a few years ago because I couldn’t take my sink turning brown from all the loose powder I was dropping

  9. Hannah Christensen
    August 5, 2016 at 11:28 AM (2 years ago)

    These are good tips to know!

  10. Louisa
    August 5, 2016 at 5:13 PM (2 years ago)

    I’ve always wondered the difference between loose and pressed powder. I guess I’ve been using the wrong powder for my skin type. I’ll definitely be getting loose powder for my oily skin. Thanks!

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  11. Sarah Zerbe
    August 5, 2016 at 10:25 PM (2 years ago)

    I am such a huge fan of the baking my face right now so loose powered FTW

  12. jennifer L.
    August 6, 2016 at 12:42 AM (2 years ago)

    Wow great beauty guide on loose vs pressed powders. Definitely helpful!

  13. Debonita@elegantlyfashionable
    August 7, 2016 at 11:56 AM (2 years ago)

    Great tips with loose powder and I would definitely try this as I have an oily skin and i think this would suit my skin perfectly.

  14. Debonita@elegantlyfashionable
    August 7, 2016 at 12:42 PM (2 years ago)

    I have been using pressed and loose powder however never really understood what each is meant to do differently. Really loved your post.

  15. Katy
    August 7, 2016 at 2:38 PM (2 years ago)

    I LOVE the Rimmel Stay Matte powder, but for setting my under-eyes, I’ve really been into the Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder. That stuff is magic in a tub, I swear!

  16. Adaleta Avdic
    August 7, 2016 at 5:52 PM (2 years ago)

    I’ve learned over the years that while loose powder doesn’t necessarily make me completely matte after a few hours of wearing the makeup, it is WAY better than a full on cakey look with the pressed powder. Love your breakdown between the two. Very accurate! xx Adaleta Avdic

  17. Alexis
    August 8, 2016 at 10:46 AM (2 years ago)

    Never knew the difference…thanks! Which one won’t settle in the wrinkles?

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