Loose versus pressed powder

In my last beauty post I told you that eyeliners are essential to me. The product that would come second is powder. Having oily skin, I likee to add a layer of powder after applying foundation. In an extreme situation, I could go without foundation but powder is a must. I had exclusively been using pressed powder for as long as I can remember. It was only two years ago that I started adding loose powder to my beauty tools.

Loose powder is ideally applied after foundation, in order to settle the latter and to mattify the face. The powder procedure takes two seconds. Once done, I will do my eyes, cheeks, and lips.

I wish that I could just carry loose powder around with me all day but since the container is quite big and I don't want the precious powder to cover the inside of my handbag, I keep it at home. Not every beauty brand offers loose powder. So far I have been using Lancôme's Poudre Majeur Excellence Libre. It's perfect for me and I don't want to even look for other kinds. It comes in different shades; I use the translucide one.

During the day, when I need to touch up my face, I use compact pressed powder, which is much easier to keep in my little make-up bag. It doesn't spill and it comes with a handy mirror. I'm almost done with my Marc Jacobs Perfection Powder, a mix between foundation and powder but I wouldn't consider purchasing it again. I wasn't too impressed by Chanel's Poudre Universelle Compacte either. My favourite so far is Lancôme's Poudre Majeur Excellence Compact, which goes perfectly together with the loose powder. For experimentation's sake, I am now about to try Poudre Compacte Radiance by Yves Saint Laurent. I will let you know my thoughts on it.

So rather than making myself choose between loose and pressed powder, I use both kinds as they complement each other well. I can go with pressed powder for about six months and, can you believe it, with loose powder for two years. 


  1. All of these look great, I love Chanel powder

  2. I enjoy reading your beauty blog post as much as food and travel! I don't wear make up but I always reading and watching apt of beauty bloggers' posts :)

  3. Love this powder!! Nice post!!
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  4. I usually like to use compact powders or pearls. I tried once loose powder and I drop it accidentally...you can think of the mess I made. From that time I never used them again :)
    Have a great day and weekend!

  5. Loose powder are really great and on makeup are better for me, even though of course arent ideal to carry on the bag, preferring the pressed too for the retouch. Ive just bought the Clinique one instead (loose), curious to try also that Lancome now. xo

  6. I agree, and use both, although I have been using pressed powder when I'm in a rush, since it's less mess. But, I love loose powder for first applying makeup, then to clean up midday with pressed. Lancome and Nars are my go to brands at the moment for powder.

  7. Yes both kinds of powder have their place in a beauty routine though I wish there were a way to take loose powder on the go.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  8. You certainly look amazing whatever powder you are using! Personally I prefer a loose kind, too and yes, agree - they do last for ages! :)

  9. Interesting to learn the differences and hear your thoughts on this. Since I don't wear make-up often, it's always good to get advice for the times I'm ready to experiment and play with make-up!


  10. Love hearing of others perspective on beauty products. You learn so much! Thank you so much for sharing!

    xx Auna | http://simplyauna.com

  11. I loved hearing your perspective on these...I've only really used pressed powder because I generally carry it around with me everywhere. However, I am interested in loose powder...I definitely want to try the Lancome one! Thanks for sharing!


  12. Great post! I don't wear makeup often but it's always good to know! :)


  13. I probably should use powder but I don't tend to - instead I use a matte foundation and hope for the best!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  14. The Marc Jacobs one sounds lovely! When I started using loose powder, my makeup seemed to have lasted longer and there seemed to be more shine control and a nicer finish.

  15. I don't actually use powders.. but have oily skin. Didn't know it would help with it - being such a beauty newbie and all!

    Anna xx

  16. I use both loose and pressed powders. It makes a big difference to use them.

  17. Nice overview! I have a similar skin type and use pressed powder but haven't tried the Lancôme Majeur Excellence yet. Should give it a go I think as I love their foundations :)
    Christina ♥ https://caliope.name

  18. I started using loose power recently but I am not very expert and sometimes my pictures are showing it... I use the Make Up Forever one and I think it is pretty good. I still have to find a good pressed one - I will try therefore the Lancôme one you suggested. My only concern is that is a bit expensive and normally I keep it in my bag and it happened to break at least couple of them :) :)


  19. I also have oily skin and a powder is a must for my make-up routine. I usually don't spend much on powders, as I buy every month and this is not the most pocket-friendly thing, but I try to use good products. Thanks for introducing the pressed and loose powder, they are not really familiar to me.

  20. I don't use loose powder but can't go without powder either. In my case I use MAC Mineralize Skinfinish. I've been using it for years and I love it


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