Base Makeup Basics Part 7 : Pressed Powder Compacts | Loose Powder | Best Powders in the Indian Market


Hey everyone!

We are almost at the end of the Base Makeup Basics Series. I have previously talked about Primers, Concealers, Foundation and today I’m talking about powders, the final step that finishes the base makeup.


 Compacts | Loose Powder | Makeup Setting Powders | Best Powders in the Indian Market

Compacts | Loose Powder | Makeup Setting Powders | Best Powders in the Indian Market




Powders are meant to set the foundation and can be worn alone as well. They find a place in every woman’s purse, this is what we all need to retouch and refresh are makeup. Oily skinned women need powders more than dry skinned women to mattify and keep the shine away from their skin.

Powders comes in mainly 2 forms – pressed powder compacts and loose powders.


Pressed Powder Compacts


  • Most of these are sheer and are meant to give an neat, even finish to the foundation.
  • Sometimes, these comes in wet-and-dry form i.e they can be used dry to set foundation or used with a damp sponge to get a heavier coverage and act do the job of foundation itself, these are best recommended for oily skinned women.
  • All Pressed powder compacts don’t give the same level of oil control.
  • Most of these come with a sponge/puff, I prefer using a brush to apply and only use the sponge for touch ups when I’m travelling
  • If you use the sponge/puff, wash these at least once a month to prevent bacteria buildup (just like your makeup brushes need a wash, your compact applicators need cleansing too!)
  • My favorite compact is Chambor Silver Shadow Compact (Rs 725 for 2 compact pans), it is super smooth and gives decent oil control while giving excellent finish.
  • Other compacts I have tried which I find good but not great(for oily skin) are Maybelline Dream Matte powder(review HERE) and Lotus Herbals Natural Blend Botanical Compact (Rs 425)
  • I haven’t used a LOT of powders mainly because they take so so long to get over and I don’t like having too many unfinished ones at a time. Please feel free to add your recommendations (with a mini review if you like) in the comments below this post!
  • Dry skinned women must try MAC Mineralize Skin Finish, I’ve heard its great! L’Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Powder (Rs 850) is also good for all skin types (My mum loves it).

Loose Powders


  •  Loose Powders typically come in jars with a sifter and are to be used with brushes.
  • They generally give better oil control and sometimes better coverage as compared to compacts.
  • My favorite brush for applying loose powder is The Body Shop face and body brush (Rs 775). Kabuki brushes are perfect for applying powders as well.
  • Loose powders can be messy, so its best to not travel with these in tow. Compacts are more convenient for travel and touch ups.
  • Some good powders in the Indian market are Lakme Rose Powder (the most budget friendly one, Rs 90), The Body Shop loose powder (Rs 800), Bourjois Loose Powder(around Rs 900) and Clinique Blended face powder (Rs 1900).
  • Some loose powders come with fine shimmer and can be used as highlighters, examples are Oriflame Giordani Gold Lustre Powder (Rs 949, I picked it up on offer for about Rs 500), Revlon Skinlights powder (Rs 750) and Chambor Brilliant Shimmer All Over Powder(Rs 725)

I hope you found this post useful! Do drop your comments below!


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  1. July 17, 2012 / 3:15 pm

    i love True Match Super-Blendable Powder!!! It is buildable & can be used to set concealers!

  2. July 17, 2012 / 3:24 pm

    At my makeup training session in an Inglot store here in Delhi, the MUA tried Translucent loose powder on me I so loved the feel, unfortunately it was out of stock..She told me Translucent powders are different from Ordinary loose powders and are great for Oily skinned girls like me who still have some areas to cover up where pressed or Loose powders can’t get in….I wish you did a review on one of those Ankita, MUFE makes one too, and I’m sure I can find one at a MAC store as well…

  3. July 17, 2012 / 4:11 pm

    I have MAC studio fix powder + foundation, and Chambor Silver Shadow compact…both are really good…I have super-oily skin:)
    very informative post:)

  4. July 17, 2012 / 4:31 pm

    Nice post again… I will try the also love the Chambor compact and love the fact that they offer 2 in one 🙂

  5. Shivangi
    July 17, 2012 / 4:32 pm

    Hey Ankita, I too have only 1 compact at a time as I dont think compacts are something I would love to stock! I am using TBS one right now and it is good for combi skin, although I dont think oily skinned gals would like it as it will not keep the oils at bay for long time.

  6. July 17, 2012 / 5:09 pm

    I have been tempted to try out chambor once since the day you’ve reviewed it but have too many to finish right now 🙂 Revlon’s Touch and Glow is also quite good..i have used it and it has excellent oil control..i totally loved it! plus it mattifys the skin and there is decent coverage as well.

  7. Ishita
    July 17, 2012 / 9:52 pm

    i use the clinique one as well! Hey i got TBS face and body brush today for applying loose powder! Wanted to grab the mini kabuki one, but that one more expensive than this!

  8. July 18, 2012 / 1:52 am

    Hey! Am using Chambor compact for years.. And i love it..
    .. thnx for sharing.. 🙂

  9. October 6, 2013 / 12:42 am

    hi Ankita, can u do ur daily skin care routine(Both morning and night) (video tutorial)

  10. vidhipssamohan
    February 18, 2014 / 6:43 pm

    I use the colorbar compact. Its great.

  11. Joo
    July 30, 2014 / 6:00 pm

    Currently loving Mac select sheer after reading it reviews & its good ,, just need to do a touch after 4 hrs .. Looking forward for loose powder..

  12. Joo
    September 10, 2014 / 9:48 am

    I hv only pressed powders buy want to try loose powders as well

  13. aliyajamshed7
    September 16, 2014 / 3:03 pm

    Nice post

  14. apeksha
    January 8, 2015 / 6:32 pm

    I am yet to try loose powders.

  15. Dee
    July 4, 2016 / 12:33 am

    I am using Lakme Natural Pearl shade as I have wheatish indian skin.But from sometime I feel it start making me look darker after 10-15 mins of application.So I am sort of tying to look for what will not get oxidized and will not make me look darker or my skin dryer.Please suggest.

    • Dee
      July 4, 2016 / 12:34 am

      Also I use Garnier BB cream as base and use this powder to set it.

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