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Keep the summer sweat at bay with these best powder foundations

Powder foundations are often overlooked in your makeup bag. These products, unlike many of its liquid ones, are especially great for oilyacne-prone, or sweat-prone skin types, thanks to their ability to absorb excess moisture while also providing complexion-evening coverage. Having said that, these top picks will keep shininess at bay this summer.


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Powder foundations have had a moment after becoming viral on TikTok and Instagram for their ability to smooth out uneven skin. They’re also useful for on-the-go touch-ups when you want to avoid that unwanted shine.

Many of these, according to cosmetic chemists, include dimethicone. This ingredient will give your skin a filter-like effect, making it look super blurred and smooth, just like an Instagrammable skin.

Powder foundations give the skin a natural no-makeup-makeup look and are quite buildable if you want additional coverage. These foundations can be applied to the skin using any tools — a brush, sponge, or even your fingertips. So, if this concept appeals to you, we’ve compiled a list of powder foundations, both drugstore and high-end, that are especially ideal for summer.

Dab away excess sweat with these powder foundations

This lightweight, versatile formula is waterproof, sweatproof, and humidity-resistant. It minimises the appearance of pores while also controlling oil and shine. You can tailor your coverage thanks to the two-sided applicator. The refillable compact feels sleek and luxurious.

Rs 3,777

Boasting impeccable staying power, the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Fresh Wear Foundation Powder offers 24 hours of wear without budging. Applied wet for full coverage or dry for buildable medium, the powder foundation covers your skin like a creamy liquid and blends seamlessly to a matte finish that doesn’t feel heavy or cakey.

Rs 1,232

This revolutionary lightweight, oil-free foundation powder blurs the line between real skin and makeup, creating a natural, long-wearing, color-true veil. It effortlessly evens your complexion, smoothing and perfecting skin’s appearance without settling into fine lines.

Rs 4,106

An ideal solution for oiliness, this powder maintains a fresh look and feel, even after frequent touch-ups.

Rs 2,545

With sheer-to-medium coverage, this long-wearing creamy powder foundation synchronizes with your skin to help it resist heat, humidity, oil and motion. Blendable, buildable and smudge-proof, your skin looks and feels fresh all day long.

Rs 3,695

This top-rated Lancôme powder may be applied wet or dry, depending on your desired coverage level, and comes with its own puff and sponge for on-the-go touch-ups.

Rs 3,695

This budget-friendly, go-to delivers buildable, light-to-medium coverage that doesn’t look or feel cakey.

Rs 2,900

Whether you’re perfecting your all-natural, no make-up look or looking to set your foundation, reach for Dior Backstage’s Face & Body Powder-No-Powder for a naturally matte look. Instantly blurring imperfections for a smoother and more even complexion, this glides effortlessly over your skin to a flawless finish.

Rs 4,614

A primer-infused, long-lasting foundation that achieves an airbrushed, non-cakey look and stays put—from first application to last call. This superior buildable foundation powder invites you to layer on medium-to-full coverage for a blurred, even complexion that keeps shine at bay. The non-comedogenic pressed powder is light as air, crease-resistant, talc-free, and creates a flawless, natural finish on all skin types and tones.

Rs 1,474

Choose your coverage with this buildable, velvety-smooth powder foundation. Lightweight & breathable, it mattifies all day yet feels creamy-soft with shea-butter extracts known to create a luxuriously smooth feel. Mirrored compact includes two custom applicators – a brush and a sponge!


Rs 3,100

The asa Powder Foundation is a daily dose of vitamins for your skin. Packed with Vitamin A, C, D and E, this product not only gives your skin great coverage but also absorbs the excess oil yet keeps your skin beautifully hydrated.

Rs 2,350

Fit Me Ultimate Powder Foundation makeup smoothens and refines skin finish. This powder foundation is so refined that it fits your skin tone and texture. It contains blurring pigments that vanish pores and control oil. It does not clog pores, helps with oil control and provides SPF 44 for sun protection.

Rs 799

Smoothing pressed powder foundation with a matte finish and SPF 30 is ideal for summer. The enriched formula contains pomegranate extracts. The enveloping, supple texture evens out the complexion for a flawless, natural look. The foundation glides on easily and is buildable.

Rs 1,328

It buffs onto the skin like silk, giving skin a natural luminosity while feeling like you’re not wearing any makeup at all. Made from loose minerals, it gives you all the flawless coverage you want with a naturally luminous finish and no-makeup look that lasts up to eight hours. The creamy minerals diminish the appearance of imperfections without drying out the skin.

Rs 2,710

Infused with skin-loving coconut water, hyaluronic acid and alpine rose, this powder delivers full coverage so undetectable that it looks like you were born this way. Coconut water aids in delicately replenishing skin moisture levels. Alpine rose helps empower the skin’s health and resilience. Hyaluronic acid gives you a smoother, more youthful appearance. This formula helps to blur imperfections and hide redness and discolouration.

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Rs 3,203
Anushka Narula
Anushka likes to write about fashion, beauty, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she likes to make her Pinterest boards come to life.
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