Setting Powders Always Made Me Look Dry AF, But This New One Changed Everything


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Up until recently, I don't think I'd touched a setting powder since high school. That's truly not even an exaggeration. Growing up, I had oilier skin that tended to turn my foundation into an oil slick after a few hours so it felt like a necessity. But as an adult, I've found that my skin gets dehydrated easily (thanks to a bit of barrier damage) so setting powder makes me look drier than the Sahara almost immediately upon application. Needless to say, I wouldn't normally be excited when a new setting powder hits the market, but this new one is a game-changer. 

I've always been a fan of Milk Makeup's products since they're clean, sensitive skin-friendly, and work incredibly well. I have to give a special shoutout to the brand's Hydro Grip Primer ($38)—it's one of my all time faves because it's silicone-free and is one of the only primers that doesn't make my sensitive skin break out. Anyway, I digress. The brand recently released another winner, the Pore Eclipse Matte Translucent Setting Powder ($32). Normally, I'd see the word "matte" and immediately run in the opposite direction, but this setting powder really surprised me. If you normally don't use setting powders either but could use one occasionally to really lock in a look, keep scrolling! I'm sharing my thoughts on this rare gem below.


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When applied correctly, setting powder can give any makeup look an airbrushed finish. But if you're like me and setting powders just age you and make you look dry, just try Pore Eclipse. It's totally weightless, which I appreciate since some powders can be too heavy, and provides a smooth, matte finish without drying out my skin. The great thing about Milk is that the brand often includes extra skincare ingredients to give your complexion a boost. 

This particular formula is packed with lentil extract to help absorb excess oil on the surface of your skin, bakuchiol to smooth texture and fine lines, and niacinamide to minimize the appearance of pores. I think the addition of sodium hyaluronate is also what helps keep your skin from getting too dry throughout the day. I was worried about it settling into fine lines or emphasizing my laugh lines, but I wore it for over six hours and didn't seem to have an issue. It really blurs and smooths the skin without looking too over the top.

I'm not saying this product will work for absolutely everyone because everyone's skin is different, but I will say that it worked well for me and didn't make my normally dehydrated skin run for the hills. Even if my glowing review isn't enough, spend a few minutes perusing the customer reviews on Sephora. Overall, the powder has a 4.7/5-star rating and over 330 reviews. An overwhelming amount gave it five stars. You can shop it below.

Powder still not your thing? No worries! Keep scrolling and check out a few of my favorite makeup products for a flawless base.

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Shawna Hudson
Associate Beauty Editor

Shawna Hudson has worked in editorial for over six years, with experience covering entertainment, fashion, culture, celebrities, and her favorite topic of all, beauty. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in journalism and has written for other publications such as Bustle, The Zoe Report, Byrdie, Elite Daily, Mane Addicts, and more. She is currently an associate beauty editor at Who What Wear and hopes to continue feeding her (completely out-of-control) beauty obsession as long as she can. Stay up to date on her latest finds on Instagram @shawnasimonee.