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10 Best Loose Powders Available in India

10 Best Loose Powders Available in India

ISLM Writer: Sanchita

Summer is going to knock on the door soon and we, who are blessed (or cursed) with oily skin, will crawl back to our powders and/or matte foundations to keep the skin oil-free as far as possible. Being oily skinned, I have always found my way back to loose powders even though their packaging is slightly messy. This is because loose or translucent powders are more finely milled than the compact versions and hence gives you an even look rather than a made-up cakey one. Compact has the tendency to look rough under eyes or around the mouth whereas loose powders work excellently. No wonder, oily skin stays matte for longer duration than it does with the compact ones. Mostly, it gives sheer to buildable coverage and sits on the skin like a natural finish look.

How to apply loose powders?

You can apply loose powder with both sponge and brush, although, big fluffy brushes are preferable mostly. One of the advantages is that they can be easily swept off and sets any foundation or concealer in a jiffy.

So, here goes the list of best 10 loose powders available in India with the price list.

1. Lakme Rose powder

130 INR
The very first loose powder I have ever used which is available in 2 shades and gives an instant matte soft look to the skin. This is the loose powder within the budget friendly list and ideal for daily use. It is very easy to work with and has SPF without giving the skin any whitish layer. For those who has no blemishes, you can simply wear this powder underneath a foundation for that matte no-makeup makeup look.

2. Chanel Loose Powder

(Approx. 3000 INR)
This is considered to be a dupe of NARS loose powder so I am sure you can understand its importance. It is ultra on skin and super light, as if you haven’t applied anything. It gives a polished satin velvet look with an extremely sheer coverage without setting into fine lines. The powder will keep your skin fresh and the amount of touch-ups are extremely less. It is available in four shades and comes with a puff for application.

3. Chambor Luminous Loose Powder 

(Approx. 1400 INR)
Chambor doesn’t have too many variety but whatever they have, it’s classy! A luminous loose powder is something you seriously want if you love the glowing natural look. It gives a smooth satin look yet stays matte for a long time. The powder is also enriched in Brown Seaweed Extract to make it soft and supple. The anti-elastase and anti-collagenase action preserve the elasticity of the skin. It also comes with a sun protection formula and has various anti-ageing benefits.

4. The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Loose Powder Foundation

1795 INR
TBS Extra Virgin Minerals Loose Powder Foundation is considered to be one of the best non-comedogenic loose powder foundation. The fine texture of the powder gives a soft and snoot touch to the skin, reducing the appearance of pores to a large extent and also doesn’t settle down to fine lines around the mouth or under eyes. It is great in coverage for a powder foundation with SPF 25. It lasts for a long time and the Kaolin in it helps to keep the skin oil free for around 4-5hours.

5. Kryolan Translucent Powder

600 INR
The three best thing about Kryolan is that the price is never on the heavier side, good quality and uncountable shades. Well, the only downside is that they have handful of stores all over India. It has 10 available shades of translucent powders and the color TL5 is the exact dupe of the famous Ben Nye Banana Powder. It gives a flat matte look to the skin (without any dull look), controls oil, doesn’t settles into fine lines and sets the base makeup like a cakewalk.

6. Inglot Translucent Loose Powder 

1050 INR
This is a great finishing powder for oily skin to take away the hideous shine. This works best for the humid climate where you want the face to be completely matte. They have 9 shades including a translucent white one and you would definitely find a match for sure. It great for flash photography and works perfectly underneath any foundations or BB/CC cream in that case to give healthy fresh look for daytime.

7. MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing powder

(Approx. 2000 INR)
This loose powder works both for dry and oily skin and incredibly good as a quality! It diminishes the appearance of pores in no time and provides a smooth look to the skin. It sets the makeup well and stays on the skin for a long time without looking chalky, dreadful or uneven. Due to the translucent texture, it gives a natural glow and stays long than any other loose powder.

8. Faces Ultime Pro Mineral Loose Powder 

699 INR
A fragrance free loose powder with non-comedogenic and sun protection formula, the Faces Ultime Pro Mineral Loose Powder gives a sheer to buildable coverage and also doesn’t clog the pores at all. The packaging is surely attractive and comes with a very useful puff for application. The finely milled texture is great to set any foundation or concealer without accentuating into fine lines. The powder to soft and silky to touch and keeps the skin matte.

9. L’Oréal Paris True Match Mineral Powder Foundation 

1350 INR
A mineral powder foundation like L’Oréal Paris True Match works great for sensitive skin and let the pores breathe without clogging them. The coverage is light to buildable and has shimmer particles to add a glow to the skin. It is available in 12 shades and hence you have to choose it carefully. It is sweat proof and water proof and an ideal choice for summers.

10. Clinique Blended Face Powder and Brush

(Approx. 3000 INR)
This is, by far, one of the best face powder I have used and I loved the retractable brush that comes with it. It gives a sheer to moderate coverage and works flawlessly to even out the skin tone it doesn’t look whitish or cakey at all and smooth texture blends flawlessly and sets the foundation right. It makes the pores look smaller and brightens up the face yet has a matte finish. You require a very less amount and the tub lasts like forever, hence, investing in something like this is surely worthy.

So which one of these is your favourite, do let us know in the comments section below!


  1. I love my Kryolan translucent one! xx


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