Say No to Under Eye Creasing

IMG_6114No matter your age, you simply cannot escape it. If you wear under eye concealer, you’re bound to develop some sort of under eye creasing throughout the day. How much creasing can depend on what concealer you use and the amount of prominent fine lines you have. The good news is you can definitely minimize creasing by applying a setting powder. I’ve discovered with setting powders that a higher price tag doesn’t necessarily mean performance will be better; Some of my favorites are drugstore.

Another thing to remember is most setting powders will also make great oil control face powders, but the opposite isn’t likely. That’s because good under eye setting powders are finely milled in order to not set in fine lines, and face powders are meant to cover imperfections so they’re normally a little more opaque. Keep reading for pros and cons on some of the setting powders I’ve tried and which ones I find help slightly airbrush inevitable creasing.

Rimmel’s Stay Matte Powder (Nude Beige)

PROS:

  • Price, $3.99
  • Readily available at all drugstores
  • Light and mattifying without appearing too cakey at first and second application
  • Great for “no-makeup” makeup days
  • Also great for all over shine control (for at least 4-5 hours)

CONS:

  • Packaging is not durable
  • Constant reapplication can cause cake-face
  • Not necessarily the most long-lasting

Airspun Loose Face Powder (Naturally Neutral)

PROS:

  • Price vs Product, $6.49 for 2.3 oz (this stuff will last you for years)
  • Smooth, finely-milled texture
  • Natural finish
  • Brightening
  • Provided “puff” applicator actually works very well with product

CONS:

  • Not portable
  • Can settle into some deep set lines throughout the day
  • Smell can be perceived by some as “old-lady” like

Ben Nye Loose Powder (Banana)

PROS:

  • Product lasts a very long time; price is about $15 for 1.5 oz
  • Velvet finish
  • Neutralizes bluish under-eye discoloration
  • Absorbs excess oil if dusted on t-zone

CONS:

  • Dispenser is wasteful. You need a separate container to pour product in (normally I just use the lid)
  • Not necessarily a con but “banana” shade isn’t for everyone. The shade color was made famous by Kim K for brightening effect but make sure you browse other shades : Beige Suede, Buff, Cameo etc.

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (Translucent)

PROS:

  • A little goes a long way
  • Very finely milled; Extremely light
  • Not cakey
  • No white cast in photos
  • Longevity; lasts all day
  • Subtly brightening (could be a con for some)

CONS:

  • Price: $24 for 0.14 oz (but product does last a long time)
  • Some have said they’ve noticed a “shimmer” in the powder… I’ve NEVER had an issue with this, in fact I kind of like it
  • Subtly brightening (could be pro for some)

MakeUp Forever HD Setting Powder (Translucent)

PROS:

  • Extremely finely milled
  • Under eye area feels smooth after application

CONS:

  • Open with caution because powder tends to get everywhere!
  • Powder is so fine if breathed in will cause cough attack.. speaking from personal experience 😉

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light)

PROS:

  • Gives natural, glow-from-within finish to skin (powders suitable for all over face use, not just under eyes)
  • Palette comes with 3 different powders that create different finishes, perfect for switching it up depending on mood and occasion
  • Slight brightness creates airbrush appearance
  • Portable
  • Not cakey

CONS:

  • Price: Palette is $58, Individual powders are $45
  • More of a brightening palette rather than setting

For every day use I gravitate more toward Ben Nye’s Banana Powder or Airspun Loose Face Powder. For special occasions I reach for Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder. My favorite way to apply these products has been with my Target Up&Up Blush Brush (don’t mistake it for the one that comes in a set). It’s soft, inexpensive and readily available at your nearest Target. What setting powders have you found to make a significant difference in your under eye setting routine? I’m curious to hear all about your finds!

Besos, Ilse

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