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Best powder foundation for mature skin

Aging skin, as we all know, needs extra care and I think you all agree that after a certain age it becomes more difficult to find your perfect foundation formula.

The appropriate foundation for aging skin should provide coverage that doesn’t look like a mask but gives the complexion a healthy, illuminated, and more natural look. It should be a product that doesn’t dry as older skin is already drier, smooth the fine lines and wrinkles instead of making them more visible. And not in the least, to cover all aging skin imperfections such as red blotchy patches, discoloration of the skin, age spots.

You should choose a formula that also has a higher SPF protection to avoid further cellular damage to your facial skin.

When it comes to choosing what type of foundation formula should you choose from the multitude of products on the market, a question comes to mind: is a liquid formula better than a powder foundation for mature skin? Should you choose a stick foundation or a tinted moisturizer?

We have tried and tested different products to help you decide on what you should try next time you buy your foundation for aging skin. In this article, we have approached the topic of powder foundation formula.

 

The best powder foundation on the market, suitable for mature skin

We asked for different users opinions, checked product reviews, discussed our findings with a make-up artist, and tested some products and these powder foundations made our recommended list:

  1. Eau Thermale Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 Sunscreen
  2. La Mav Anti-Ageing Mineral Foundation Powder
  3. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Powder Makeup
  4. SmashBox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder
  5. Origins Silk Screen Refining Powder Makeup
  6. Revlon ColorStay Aqua Mineral Makeup
  7. Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder
  8. La Prairie – Cellular Treatment Foundation Powder Finish
  9. Christian Dior Diorskin Nude Air Loose Powder
  10. Lancôme Dual Finish Versatile Multi-tasking Powder and Foundation Makeup

 

1. Eau Thermale Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 Sunscreen

 

Eau Thermale Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 Sunscreen
Eau Thermale Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 Sunscreen

Avène Dermatological Laboratories started their activity in the village of Avène in the south of France. The village is located in the middle of a natural park in the Orb Valley and here is where we find the thermal spring of Avène.

The healing properties of the Avène thermal spring were first brought to attention in 1736 by a nobleman that reported miraculous results on a wound his horse had before stumbling in the water. This spring became quickly renowned in France and even the USA and today is well known to have beneficial effects on sensitive skin, eczema, and psoriasis.

Avène Dermatological Laboratories use thermal water in all of their products, even the makeup.

We chose this powder foundation for over 60’s due to its content that ensures hydration during the day and its calming effects on the skin.

Pros:

  • High SPF 50
  • It’s a non-greasy formula
  • Suitable for all types of skin
  • Contains anti-oxidants
  • There’s no need to apply facial sunscreen
  • Water-resistant
  • Recommended by dermatologists

Cons:

  • Not many choices in terms of shades (beige and honey)

2. La Mav Anti-Ageing Mineral Foundation Powder

 

La Mav Anti-Ageing Mineral Foundation Powder
La Mav Anti-Ageing Mineral Foundation Powder

Dr. Tarj Mavi is the founder of the Australian brand La Mav cosmetics, a brand where beauty is sustained by using healthy bio-ingredients.

Pros:

  • Contains minerals
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Anti-aging elements
  • Light formula
  • Vegan
  • 4 different shades
  • SPF 15
  • Water-resistant
  • Other users made comments on how well the color blends in

Cons:

  • Can’t fault it

3. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Powder Makeup

 


Estée was born in the family of a chemist and learned quickly in her childhood about the way face creams were made. She enjoyed watching her mother’s beauty routine and became fascinated with beauty products that offer softness to the skin and prolong the youthful look.

She created her elegant brand that resisted with the passing of years to become an icon name in beauty.

A high number of Estée Lauder products are aimed at more mature skin and are extremely popular across the UK and around the world.

Pros:

  • suitable for mature skin
  • Suitable for all types of skin
  • Doesn’t dry
  • Long-wearing
  • High-quality ingredients
  • Lovely fragrance
  • Lightweight coverage

Cons:

  • Low SPF factor 10

4. SmashBox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder

 

Smashbox is a leader in professional makeup products and was created by a professional photographer. It’s the brand to go to especially when you want to prepare yourself for a photo session.

Pros:

  • Professional makeup product
  • Suitable for flash photography
  • Keeps your skin hydrated
  • High coverage
  • Covers wrinkles

Cons:

  • Comes in darker tones

5. Origins Silk Screen Refining Powder Makeup

 

Origins take pride in using sustainable ingredients that don’t damage the skin or the Earth. They are committed to create and sell safe and innovative products suitable for all skin types, all cruelty-free.

Pros:

  • Lightweight coverage
  • Mattifying
  • Long-lasting

Cons:

  • No SPF factor

6. Revlon ColorStay Aqua Mineral Makeup

 

Revlon’s fascinating history started in 1910 in New York with Ms Arden’s beauty salon. Since then the company grew globally making Revlon a well-known brand that is also accessible to everyone.

Pros:

  • Contains minerals
  • Long-wearing
  • Contains coconut water
  • Hydrating

Cons:

  • No SPF factor

7. Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder

 

Behind this brand name is the professional French makeup artist and businesswoman Laura Mercier. Laura was the one that introduced for the first time the foundation primer that allows the application of stunning makeup just like a painter would add on his canvas.

One of the brand’s main goals is to create innovative, healthy products that can lead to natural-looking makeup.

Pros:

  • Oil-free
  • Long-lasting
  • Natural coverage
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • 20 different shades to choose from
  • Water-resistant

Cons:

  • Some users reported that it sets in the facial lines

8. La Prairie – Cellular Treatment Foundation Powder Finish

 

La Prairie is a famous Swiss luxury brand globally known created in 1978. Their products are innovative with carefully selected ingredients and using the most advanced scientifical discoveries made in their labs such as cellular therapy. A lot of care is put into attention to detail such as texture and packaging.

Pros:

  • Luxury brand
  • Matte foundation
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Flawless coverage

Cons:

  • Not a lot of shades to choose from

9. Christian Dior Diorskin Nude Air Loose Powder

 

French brand Christian Dior is a leader in fashion and makeup since 1947 and the founder’s passion for gardening inspired each of its collections and continued to do so in makeup as well.

Pros:

  • Luxury brand
  • Natural finish
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Illuminating
  • Contains vitamins and minerals

Cons:

  • Loose powder -can be messy to apply

10. Lancôme Dual Finish Versatile Multi-tasking Powder and Foundation Makeup

 

Lancôme is renowned for its high-end products, luxurious, innovative and accessible to everyone.

Pros:

  • High-quality brand
  • Highly recommended by costumers over 50
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Weightless
  • Long-wearing
  • Can be applied wet or dry
  • Smoothing effect

Cons:

  • No SPF

What is the powder foundation?

Powder foundation is a colored loose powder that offers coverage to your facial skin, acting as a foundation. Is suitable for everyday wear, lightweight, and gives you a natural look. Due to its texture, this formula is very easy to apply to the skin.

Benefits of using a powder foundation

Why should you choose a powder formula for your foundation? What are the benefits of using it? Well, the powder foundation contains minerals. These minerals are known for their positive effect on oily skin, controlling the sebum excess. This fact makes it a good choice for people suffering from acne.

Being a powder, this type of foundation doesn’t cover the pores on your complexion.

If your skin is sensitive, the minerals in the powder have a soothing effect.

Powder helps your skin stay dry and avoid perspiration in hot weather or humid conditions.

How to apply a powder foundation

To apply this type of foundation you need a good quality make-up brush that would give you the perfect finish. Tap a bit of loose powder into the foundation’s lid, with a swirling motion pick up the powder with your brush. Tap the brush on the packaging to get rid of excess powder, then start to apply on your skin.

Move the brush in a circular motion, focusing first on the areas that you want to cover the most and continuing until the product is evenly spread on the skin.

Depending on how much coverage you want, you can choose to add more powder and continue to blend it in.

Is a powder foundation formula suitable for older skin?

Powder foundation is suitable for sensitive, mixt, and oily skin. People with dry skin might find that the powder has a drying effect and a liquid foundation would be more suitable for them.

If you wonder about the suitability of the powder foundation for aging skin, you need to know that the powder shows the fine lines and wrinkles and it can accentuate them rather than covering. Some of the ladies that have tried this type of product noticed that the foundation powder made them look older than their real age due to the power setting on the fine lines.

Having said that, if your skin type is oily- yes, even in your 60s or 70’s, you might find that this type of powder is beneficial for you. If that’s the case, have a look at our recommendations.

 

As we have shown you, there are plenty of good products on the market. Each one offers something different than the other. If you liked the idea of one of the products on our list, please feel free to click on its photo. This will take you straight to the online shopping platform. You can also find these products in the brand shops, online, and even in makeup artists’ studios.

In terms of how suitable they are for mature skin, most reviewers agreed that the best products were the ones that offered sun protection, like the Eau Thermale Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 Sunscreen does. Others prefer La Mav Anti-Ageing Mineral Foundation Powder because it contains anti-aging minerals and provides a smooth finish even for mature skin.

My personal favorite is SmashBox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder as it keeps dry skin comfortable during the day offering nice all-over coverage.

We recommend trying and testing a powder foundation and discuss its suitability with your beautician if you are unsure whether to buy or not this type of product.

Some clients said that they couldn’t find a powder foundation suitable for them and would have loved to use something that can give a natural look and take a break from using a classic foundation. We recommend the use of a tinted moisturizer to achieve this look. (More information can be found in our article about the best tinted moisturiser for older skin.)

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