There are two main types of face powder, loose powder and pressed powder. Pressed powder is more popular because of its portability – it’s easy to carry around for touch-ups. However, loose powder does have its own advantages that are often overlooked. What are the main benefits of loose face powder?
Loose powder is generally applied as a finishing touch. It helps set the makeup on your skin and make it last longer, absorbs excess skin oil to prevent greasy shine, improves complexion, and sometimes even provides UV protection. Let’s take a closer look at its advantages.
Loose powder has a finer and silkier texture than pressed powder. It glides on easily and settles into fine lines and wrinkles without emphasizing them.
It Provides a Light Coverage
If you’re not a fan of heavy makeup and like to have as little product on your face as possible, loose powder is what you need. Due to its light and silky texture, it provides a lightweight coverage and allows to achieve an even and luminous finish.
It Can Give You a Glowing Look
Loose powder often contains mica, a type of silicate mineral that makes the skin look glowing. If you what to make your skin look younger, loose powder with a subtle glow can be great for you.
It’s Great for Oily Skin
Pressed powder usually contains waxes or silicones that help it stay, well, pressed. Because of this, pressed powder can get a little cakey on oily or combination skin. Loose powder doesn’t contain such ingredients because it doesn’t need them, so it’s definitely a better choice for oily skin. In fact, it even absorbs excess oil and keeps the skin from getting greasy and shiny.
It’s More Natural
As loose powder doesn’t need any additional ingredients for texture and stabilization, it is usually more natural than pressed powder. If you’re a fan of mineral makeup, you are more likely to find it in a loose powder rather than pressed.
It Makes Make-up Last Longer
Most loose powders are setting powders, which means that they are designed to set the makeup and make it last longer. A good loose powder will keep your make-up in place for hours without making it heavy or cakey.
It’s Easier to Match to Your Skin Tone
Your powder should match your skin tone, otherwise your face will look like a mask. Although both pressed and loose powders can be translucent (in other words, suitable for most complexions), it’s much easier to find a translucent loose powder that will give you a seamless, natural appearance. Of course, there are tinted loose powders as well, and most manufacturers offer a range of shades to match any skin tone.
Of course, we’re not trying to convince you that loose powder is better than pressed powder. It does have some drawbacks (for example, it can be very messy, it doesn’t cover imperfections all that well, etc.). In fact, each kind of powder has its pros and cons, so you should probably buy both for different applications and situations. If you combine loose and compact powder in your make-up regime, you can make your skin look flawless at all times.
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reference: Anyday Guide