9 Setting Powders That Leave You Looking Dewy, Not Cakey

And they're great for all skin types.

Updated 09/20/19

 Stocksy

Hydrating face powder is one of those beauty trends that sounds like a complete oxymoron. A powder... that hydrates. Really? Yes! Trust us when we say that if you suffer from dry skin that looks even drier when you use powder, then these next-gen powders packed with nourishing ingredients and hydrating molecules like hyaluronic acid should be on your radar. They mop up excess shine while leaving the complexion feeling quenched and looking dewy.

These hydrating setting powders are so finely milled that they glide imperceptibly onto skin, as if you're waving Photoshop's blur tool over your face. They don't settle in creases or dull your radiant complexion. In short, if you want a skin finish that lasts the day, is dewy and never cakey, then you need one of this hydrating face powders in your makeup bag, stat.

By Terry Hydra Powder
By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder $60
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Packed with hyaluronic acid, this light-as-air powder mattifies shine, but doesn't dull your radiance or clog your skin. Hot tip: Use it to over your night cream to lock in moisture while you sleep. Genius!

Becca Face powder
Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder $39
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With 50 percent water, this refreshing powder actually feels like a hydrating mist on the skin. It's sort of freaky, but oh-so good. It also blots shine and diffuses light so your skin looks smooth and luminous. Choose from two shades: Golden Bronze or Original (a sheer, creamy beige).

Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
bareMinerals Mineral Veil Translucent Finishing Powder $24
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The OG mineral, this lightweight powder (that comes in 4 shades) leaves your complexion shine-free and perfected for hours. In fact, the longer you wear it, the better it looks.

Laura Mercier glow powder
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder - Glow $39
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Laura Mercier's translucent powder was already gobsmackingly good, but then they launched the glow version, which leaves your complexion looking extra lustrous. It blurs imperfections, sets makeup and doesn't dry the skin. Choose from two shades: Translucent and Translucent Medium Deep. Glow on, try it.

Cover FX powder
Cover FX Illuminating Setting Powder $35
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Cover FX's shimmering finishing powders (in Shimmering Champagne and Shimmering Bronze) give the skin luminosity, not sparkle. They are enriched with green tea and Vitamins c, e and f to nourish and protect all skin types, but it's especially great for dry complexions.

MAC COSMETICS POWDER
MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder $30 $25
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Transparent and silky soft, this one-shade-suits-all powder gives a velvety finish and is lightweight enough that it won't send dry complexions into a cakey, flaky situation.

CHarlotte Tilbury powder
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish $45
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With rose wax and almond oil, this lightweight powder nourishes even the driest complexions. It comes in three shades: Fair, Medium and Deep. Plus, the fact it's in pressed powder form means you can tote it around in your handbag for touch-ups on-the-go. The nano-particles blur imperfections and set your makeup in place.

L'oreal Paris powder
L'Oréal Paris Hydra Perfecte Perfecting Loose Face Powder $9
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This light-diffusing, moisture-rich loose powder minimizes the look of enlarged pores, sets makeup and leaves your complexion looking smooth and the good kind of matte that never looks dull or cakey. It's affordable, too.

Smashbox Powder
Smashbox Halo Hydrating Powder $49
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With its in-built "powderizer," you simply twist to grind just enough powder for each use, so you never waste a speck. It keeps your skin looking luminous, while also setting makeup in place. The powder boasts a blend of amino acids, peptides and minerals to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy all day.

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