If you’re oily and you know it clap your hands.

As we reach the height of the summer season and prepare for the rain showers, there’s no denying that going outdoors right now is a battlefield. Between pollution, heat, humidity, and the occasional torrential downpour, the weather is everything all at the same time, and trying to make it through the day with a face of makeup — and a face mask — is the challenge of the season.

But that’s where loose setting powders come in.

A great way to absorb oil, minimise the appearance of pores, and keep your makeup in place for (most of) the day, here are the best loose setting powders we’re using to combat Bangkok weather at the moment.

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Starting our list with a true bestseller, Laura Mercier is kind of famous for their loose setting powder, in large part because it works so well. The invisible formula is applicable for all skin tones, and contains a light-reflecting property that creates a softer appearance. Fine lines and texture? Bye bye.

Best for: All skin types and tones
Price: THB 1790

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A close contender to Laura Mercier’s setting powder, the Hourglass Veil is another favourite, and noted for its very natural finish. It also features soft-focus and light-reflecting particles, and is suitable to all skin tones. What we like about it is that is slightly more hydrating and less mattifying, which makes it ideal for dry skin — so you don’t look oily, but you don’t look cake-y, either.

Best for: Dry skin types
Price: THB 1900

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For make up lovers, Anastasia Beverly Hills has a fun option. Their loose setting powder is designed to be easily blendable, and thereby can be used not only to set makeup, but to combine with bronzer, blush, and more, too. It absorbs oil and mattifies, and seeks to blur unevenness and enlarged pores. It is also a cruelty-free and vegan.

Best for: Big makeup days
Price: THB 1500

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Loose powders are a powerful tool to use, yet some of us prefer them to be understated. Cover FX makes a great subtle number for this, with a translucent finish that is not overpowering. It is popular amongst makeup lovers to use for the baking technique, and comes in a variety of universal shades to suit many skin tones.

Best for: Long makeup routines
Price: THB 1500

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For when you go on impromptu road trips, take this Too Faced loose setting powder with you. The fun travel-size is packed with good stuff, including Hyaluronic acid for extra hydration. The result is a smooth and luminous face that is “so natural they’ll think you were born this way.”

Best for: Weekend trips
Price: THB 650

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For Asian weather, opt for Asian products. They know what we’re dealing with. The Tatcha Silk Setting Powder is designed to protect and shield the skin from pollution and blue light, whilst also nourishing the skin using silk extracts.

Best for: Urbanites on-the-go
Price: THB 1800

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For when you’re out and about and looking to get some ‘gram material, Fenty Beauty’s setting powder is your friend. Designed to extend makeup wear and give you a photo-ready look, the silky loose powder combats shine to reduce and blur enlarged pores, fine lines, and imperfections. Like a photo filter for your face.

Best for: Keeping in your clutch for late nights out
Price: THB 740

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If the rest of this list is too overwhelming, stick to a real classic. Sri Chand has been beloved in Thailand for so many years now (ask grandma) and whilst we don’t recommend it for serious makeup or anything too major, there’s no denying it really works for oil-control. Creating and smooth finish with a brightening effect, the long-lasting formula is suitable for all skin tones and leaves a fine and silky texture on the skin. It’s pretty price-friendly for everyday use, too.

Best for: Thai beauty aficionados
Price: THB 280

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