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Ask Liz! > Is Finishing/Setting Power Important?

Hello Liz,

First up, thanks for providing us, your readers, so much info on make-up, fashion, etc, etc! Love love LOVE your blog! Anyway, I hope you can help answer my question.

My sister told me that I need to use finishing/setting powder after I put on my make-up so I finally bought one - Laura Mercier translucent setting powder. After a few days into using the product, I noticed that my skin became dry and flaky especially in the cheeks and forehead area. I use a fluffy powder brush to apply it (I even tap the brush to make sure that I don't get too much powder on my face). I was hoping there's an alternative product that I can use to set my make-up as I've never had this problem with my skin before. Is a finishing/setting powder a must or can I skip this part altogether?

I hope to hear from you!


January 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaya

Hi Kaya! I'm surprised to hear you had an unpleasant experience with Laura Mercier translucent setting powder. I've always been checking this and reading reviews and what I read makes me want to buy! It's just too pricey for powder, in my opinion, and what I have currently (Palgantong and Ben Nye) does the job. Too bad it didn't work for you.

Anyway, yes, I believe setting powder is a must, unless you're using powder already for foundation. It tones down the shine from dewy makeup, prevents the concealer and foundation from sliding, and keeps oiliness to a minimum (for me, at least).

I hope you can find an alternative to Laura Mercier. Liz featured Smashbox powder here and this might interest you. She had something to say about setting powders in general in this link as well -->

January 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYani

@Yani I was wondering between the Be Nye and the Palgantong Theatrical powder, which do you more prefer between the two? I have read good reviews about both of them although I've seen a couple of pictures with Palgantong being reflective in photos or with a slight white cast( I'm just not sure if it is because they didn't picked the right shade). Please share your experience. Thank you.

January 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercouchpotato_md

Hi couchpotato_md! For everyday use, I prefer Ben Nye. What I have is the Neutral Set. I got this for only 775 pesos for 85 g at The Style Quarter (compare that with Palgantong which cost 650 pesos for only 10 g, cheap right?). It comes off as super white, not unlike baby powder, but it does not give off a white cast in photos. In person, it does not look ashy at all. The powder is fine and blends flawlessly, in fact it disappears into the skin leaving my face a mattified finish. It does not sit on my fine lines and what I like most about it is it provides better oil control than Palgantong.

Palgantong (I have Original Beige and I'm NC35), I use for when I know I won't be too active physically and I'll be staying somewhere airconditioned. What I like with this is it gives off a "healthier", somewhat dewy finish, and my face appears poreless. Parang magic! I had photos taken wearing this and I didn't notice any white cast naman. There's a bit of a shine, which I liked personally, because it's not really shine per se, more of a glow. But I have issues with oil control. When I oil up, and it's sooner with this than with Ben Nye (maybe 2 hours after application as opposed to 4 hours or 5 with BN), the pearlescent glow which I loved upon initial application adds up to the shine! And the shine does not really go away with retouching.:-/ To compensate, what I do is I add a little of the Neutral set. So far, it works naman.:-)

January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYani

This is interesting because this is the 3rd time I've come across Ben Nye in 2 days. I was watching a Filipina makeup guru vlogging about an entire day and at 2am the following day, her makeup was still intact. I asked her if she had retouched and if so how many times. She replied she did not, she just used Ben Nye. I was a bit skeptic pero after reading the posts here, I'm converted! :-D

January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaybelle

@Yani: Thanks! Thats pretty comprehensive! I checked out Ben Nye, wow, 85g is a LOT of powder! LOL. Is this translucent? I'm NC40, will this work? Thanks!

January 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManilaJen

@ManilaJen: Yes, it's translucent. You should be fine since it disappears into the skin naman once blended.:-) But if you want more of a warmer glow, you can check out Ben Nye Banana Visage Luxury Poudre. Di naman nagkakalayo ng price. I was initially getting this sana but it was out of stock. Last I checked, out of stock pa din sya in The Style Quarter and Pure Beauty in Serendra.

January 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYani

@Maybelle: Yep, Ben Nye really has a lot of excellent products, powders included, and they're not that expensive. Pero generally they're makeup provides good coverage and good color payoff. They're formulated to last a long time pa since theater makeup talaga sya. I could peddle their concealer wheel too but not in this forum. Hehe.:-)

January 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYani

@Yani Thank you for the detailed comparison. I 'm going to get the Be Nye first since I have issues as well with oil control. Your detailed comparison was really helpful.

January 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercouchpotato_md