Although powder foundations are one of the absolute best antidotes for shine-prone complexions (especially come summer!), they get kind of a bad rap. It’s no secret that powders can be notoriously unflattering, and the wrong shade or formula can quickly veer ashy, cakey, or mask-like, which, funny enough, is the complete opposite of what they’re supposed to achieve-sheer, matte, lightweight coverage.
Part of the problem here is the lack of inclusivity. If, for instance, a brand only offers five colors to choose from, it’s not surprising that results won’t be satisfactory. Additionally, I personally still feel scarred from my MTV-obsessed middle school years when every other infomercial seemed to be selling a different brand of powder foundation. (Just me?)
That being said, brands have come a long way, and while improvements can always be made on the inclusivity and shade range front, most powder formulas these days provide us with many more options to choose from. Both drugstore and higher-end beauty brands now make powder foundation formulas with 20 to 40 hues, and their technology, finish, and application methods have also improved.
Fast forward to summer 2020 and powder foundations have officially become one of the best and most strategic ways to curb shine and enhance your complexion with an airbrushed-like finish. Below, we’re sharing 20 of the best powder formulas money can buy for every single budget. Keep scrolling!