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Powders for dry/dehydrated skin

Powder was something denied to my dry and dehydrated skin for so long. No matter how lightly I applied it, there was always a chalky cast that emphasised my dry skin. Now, not only has my skin improved through addressing its condition with a good skincare routine, but powders have really stepped up somewhat. Here's a few powders that have really impressed me of late.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
Possibly the most eagerly anticipated and then hyped launch of 2013, these powders come in six finishes which all give a subtle yet beautiful effect to the skin. Dim Light is probably the most understated of the bunch, but it gives such a soft focused finish to the skin and also blurs imperfections. Expensive, but its pretty big as well and I don't see this running out any day soon.
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Lightscapade
Often heralded a dupe for the above Hourglass offering, this little beauty looks beautiful in the pan with veins of shimmer throughout and adds such a beautiful glow to the skin. Some might say its a bit shimmery to be applied all over the face but I think it makes the skin look so radiant when applied in this way.
Bourjois Java Powder
Brought back from Bourjois' archives, this is such a brilliant drugstore powder. It sets my makeup perfectly in place and gives me a subtle 'lit from within' finish. Its a loose powder but has a little twisty stopper thingy (technical term for you there,) which enables you to dispense just the right amount. I've really been loving this lately.
By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder
A considered purchase at £42, this is absolutely unrivalled in my opinion. You can either use it as a primer under your foundation, or over the top which is how I prefer to use it. This is a white powder so you only need a teeny tiny amount, but it completely smooths out any imperfections and makes my makeup last all day, whilst keeping my skin hydrated. I always turn to this for special occasions.
Do you have any powder recommendations for us dry skinned gals and have you tried any of these?


  1. I am terrible and pick literally the cheapest looking one haha. I normally go for loose powders. Is there a massive difference in loose or pressed?! If so advise me cos I hate my dry skin appearance :( x

    1. I've used both and I don't think there's much difference. It does depend on the formula and if it has a lot of talc it will dry you out. The ByTerry one is great as it locks in moisture but it's about £40 so one to contemplate or save up some Space NK points. If you want to go for a cheaper one the Bourjois one is lovely x




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