I Ditched My Powders for Cream Formulas and It Made a Huge Difference

Lindsey Metrus

As someone with combination skin that errs on the side of oily more often than not, I've been a matte makeup faithful since I can remember. Matte foundation, setting powder, powder bronzers, powder blush, and powder highlighters have been my go-to products for over a decade. Basically, if powder was in the name, I was probably using it. This winter in particular, however, I noticed that my skin was looking rather... mannequin-esque. I caught a glimpse of myself in the bathroom mirror and almost had to do a double-take. There was no lit-from-within glow, save for what was being created by the shimmery highlighting powder I had dusted on that morning. As a result, I started drinking more water and using facial oils at night and in the morning, but I was still so disappointed at how dull my complexion was looking. Then one day, after meeting with a beauty counter representative and seeing the horrified look on her face when I told her what foundation I use, I realized it was time to switch up my makeup bag. Maybe going matte isn't really where it's at, I thought. 

I decided to do a complete overhaul and swap out my powder formulas for creams, and, boy, was I surprised at the outcome. My skin was much more dewy, my faux glow was more believable, and my overall complexion actually looked healthier. Below, you'll find the creamy swaps I made (and still use today). 

Where do you stand? Are you a cream or powder advocate? Tell us below!

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