Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links.
Let’s be real: Applying a full face of makeup can be time-consuming. And after spending time concealing, blending, and contouring, the last thing we want is for our makeup to melt off or move throughout the day. The solution? Setting powder. Carefully dusting a powder across your face ensures that your look stays in place and creates a smoother, flawless finish.
But, for women of color, finding a setting powder —translucent or color-matched—that doesn’t leave an ashy cast or deliver photo flashback can be a bit of a scavenger hunt. And on top of wanting a setting powder that complements our complexion, many of us desire one formulated without toxic ingredients. To make the search easier, we’ve rounded up eight setting powders made with black and brown skin in mind. Keep scrolling to find your new favorite setting powder.
Earning praise from beauty gurus like Jackie Aina and Alissa Ashley, the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Setting Powder ($32) has been a favorite since its debut in 2019. The superfine loose powder comes in eight sheer shades, ranging from lavender to coffee. The lightweight formula is designed to effortlessly melt into the skin, so you don’t have to worry about it caking or settling into fine lines. The mattifying powder also extends the wear of makeup, blurs the appearance of pores, and delivers a photo-ready finish (i.e. no flash-back).
This powder from Mented Cosmetics lives up to its high-performance claims. It sets your makeup in place all day, soaks up shine, and produces a natural finish. The formula is also infused with vitamin C, which will brighten the appearance of the skin. Available in three shades, including fair, light, medium, and deep, it offers a flattering touch of color. And because the powder is ultra-fine, it never creases or flakes.
Range Beauty's Smooth Out Powder ($16) does just as its name says. Made with ultra-fine minerals, this translucent powder leaves the skin with a silky feel and evens out the complexion. It comes in four shades: light, medium, golden light, and deep. While the powder is impressively lightweight, it effectively controls shine and provides a demi-matte finish that holds up the entire day.
Beauty Bakerie’s Flour Setting Powder ($24) blurs and softens the look of pores for that coveted Instagram-filter effect. The brand offers its lightly-tinted formula in seven shades, spanning Rice (white) to Cacao (brown). The long-wear matte setting powder promises to control oiliness and lock in concealer and foundation, so no need for touch-ups throughout the day.
Sacha Cosmetics' Buttercup Powder ($25) has earned a nearly 5-star rating from Amazon users. And for good reason, too. The pigmented powder was created to work on all skin tones without leaving a ghost-like cast. You have your pick of three shades: translucent, buttercup light, and buttercup. Made with fine minerals, the powder fills in lines and pores to create a blurred, airbrushed finish. You can use the all-over face powder to set, bake, highlight, and contour.
Blac Minerals owner, Merced Boyce, believes beauty should be simple. That’s why her brand produces healthy, natural cosmetics for women of color. Their loose setting powder can be applied all over (think: T-zone, under-eye, and face) to set makeup and balance oils. It comes in four shades and gives off a sheer, skin-like finish.
Omolewa Cosmetics' weightless HD Queen Finishing Powders ($25) come in six shades, offering up a perfect match for those with the deepest dark complexions and fair skin. And to pay homage to her African roots, the brand’s founder Irene Dele-Adejumo named each of the powders after African queens. The finely-milled powders blend into the skin smoothly, lock in foundation and concealer, and provide a soft-focus finish to your makeup.