Nothing ruins a perfect makeup like a cakey layer of powder! The key is to find the perfect powder that is absorbent enough to set your makeup and simultaneously balance your T-zone, but hydrating enough to create a luminous finish. 

So Shoestova team went on a quest to find the perfect face powders and shares with you our top 5 recommendations.

 By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder
It’s has been 3 months now and we still love this translucent setting powder because it mattifies your foundation/concealer without looking cakey or dry due to its properties (read our first impression here). Application tip: a little goes a long way.  
 Dior Nude Air Healthy Glow Invisible Powder
If you’re going for a minimal coverage and flawless finish, this powder is for you. It helps control shine, perfect for setting and mid-day touch ups (plus it comes with the most adorable, soft mini kabuki brush!)

Charlotte Tilbury Air Brush Flawless Finish Micro-Powder
Charlotte is the most coveted make-up artist for red carpet looks, and this is the powder that she uses on celebrities. A lightweight powder provides a flawless finish, keeps it hydrated and fits all skin types. It keeps the shine under control and does not cake. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
A cult classic for a reason. It’s finely-milled, soft powder that gives a matte finish without drying. Great for setting makeup without adding any extra coverage.

La Mer The Sheer Pressed Powder
This powder is insane! With the price tag of almost $100, look at it both as a skin care and makeup product. While you are using it to set your makeup, you are also treating and hydrating your skin, instead of just clogging up your pores. The kind of purchase you will not regret. 

Most powders come with applicators (mini brushes or sponges), but years of experience and numerous consultations with pro-makeup artist proved that a soft brush is the best way to achieve a flawless coverage. 

We have listed our favorites face brushes below, and spoiler alert: they are super versatile and stylish.

La Mer Powder Brush 
Nothing says luxury like La Mer, and this brush does not disappoint. Super soft and simply excellent.
We use it for setting the powder, popping some color on cheeks or adding a little bronzer.
Real Techniques Setting Brush 
Cult favorite product for a reasonable price.
Whether you apply cream or powder products, it is ideal for small areas around the nose and under the eyes (useful tool to keep in your bag for touch ups). 
Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush
Universal brush that is perfect for blush, powder and contour application.Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush
This brush made for precise facial sculpting. That’s why it gets right under the eye area and sets your concealer flawlessly.
Plus, it’s our go-to sculpting and highlighting brush. 
Tom Ford Cheek Brush 06
Probably one of the most expensive brush on our list, it is worth every penny.
Soft bristles perfectly and evenly apply any product such as powder, blush or bronzer.