Love It or Leave It: Drugstore Loose Face Powders

Hi guys, gals and non-binary pals!

Today I wanted to start what might turn into a bit of a series. While working on my 100 Days of Makeup looks, I go through a lot of face powder, so I try to not use my favourite Australis Fresh N Flawless because it’s a bit of an expense to use that on a look I’m not even going to wear for more than an hour. I’ve tried a BUNCH of drugstore loose face powders because a lot of them have more product, they’re cheaper, and I feel that it’s easier to get all of the powder out of those containers. So with all of my expertise, I thought I’d share my loose face powder love its and leave its!


1. Rimmel Match Perfection Loose Powder in Translucent

Price: $15.95

Weight: 10g

This powder worked alright for me, especially for those days during my 100 Days of Makeup challenge that I just needed something to set everything. It does have a slight tinge to it but nothing too offensive, from memory. You won’t get bad flashback from this powder either. The only negative that I can really think of is that for the price and the amount of powder you get, you can just do so much better. Not a bad option if you’re in a pinch though.

2. Face of Australia Translucent Loose Powder

Price: $11.95

Weight: 20g

I can’t even begin to talk about how much I dislike this powder. First of all, the colour is not translucent if you’re anything lighter than NC30. My whole face was orange every time I wore it and even when I wore my deepest foundation, which isn’t really that dark, I still looked more orange than I should really ever look. So for that reason, I don’t like it much at all because it’s got colour, and isn’t translucent, as described. It also goes very chunky and it doesn’t keep the oils on my face at bay so I really can’t use it for my skin at all, which is a bit of a pity but there are other powders that are so much better for the price.

3. RCMA No Color Powder

Price: $22

Weight: 85g

I could never get this powder to work for me for all day wear or even half day wear. I know so many people swear by this powder but it ages me and makes all of my dry patches look soooo bad. I don’t even have many dry patches because I have oily skin. To combat the oily skin, I have to apply quite a bit and if I apply a regular amount for me, I look haggard and gross, and then within two hours, I’m all shiny anyway so it was a waste of time. I’m not sure how people get it to work because I just can’t get it to work on my skin. I think I need heavy duty stuff because my skin is so bad right now and it’s WINTER.

4. Covergirl Clean Loose Finishing Powder in Translucent Light

Price: $14.95

Weight: 20g

Unfortunately for those of use who are pale, again, this is another one of these loose powders that claims to be translucent without actually being translucent. This product also smells like the other Clean products from Covergirl, which is a scent that I just really detest. I didn’t ever notice it doing anything amazing for me. It is one of the cheaper powders for the amount that you get but if it’s cheap and not good to use, you may as well pay a little more for something that actually works well.

5. Australis Ready Set Go Finishing Powder in Translucent 

Price: $13.95

Weight: 7.5g

Don’t even bother THINKING about this powder. What an absolute waste of time. This powder not only makes your face look white in natural lighting but if you were to ever have any flash photos taken of you, get ready to look like Ethan Klein in white face.


It is an HD powder and it is silica based, which is what gives it that… luminosity. But it really is not something I’d recommend to anyone. That and the packaging is rubbish and the powder flies everywhere. It’s a nightmare if you were anything but white clothing hahaha. Plus the price is crap for the amount of product you get. Overall, don’t waste your time on this.

6. Coty Airspun Loose Powder in Translucent

Price: $18

Weight: 65g

This powder is by far my favourite of the loose powders that I’ve tried. You get a tonne of product for the price and it makes your face feel so smooth. This powder doesn’t give you flashback and doesn’t turn your foundation orange. I’ve only ever used the regular version, not the extra coverage version so I can’t comment on whether that one actually has pigment to it but the original version is fantastic. The only issue that I can see people having with this powder is it has quite a strong nanna-rose fragrance but the smell does go away once it’s on the face. I don’t mind it much at all and I hate rose fragrance. If I had to recommend any of the powders from this post, I’d definitely recommend this one!


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