After months of hearing the praise from beauty bloggers and vloggers alike on these two powders, I caved and bought both. The right setting powder not only prolongs the wear of your foundation, but can give it an air-brushed finished.
How did these two fare? Let's find out...
Not sure how and why you should set your foundation? Read this first!
RCMA No-Color Powder
I love this stuff! It’s amazing and super affordable. RCMA is a very finely milled setting powder that looks and feels similar to baking flour. I apply it on top of my foundation with a damp makeup sponge to set my foundation/concealer for a flawless matte finish.
Although this powder is super white, it does not alter the colour of my foundation (which is key for any good setting powder) and doesn’t cake up or cling to any areas of my face. I don’t have to worry about applying too much either, because it applies so well and the excess can be easily brushed away. My only complaint is the container it comes in. While great for traveling, I wish it came in a tub or wider container to make access to the powder easier.
If you feel like you look too matte and “powdered” after application, use a makeup setting spray to give your skin a more natural finish. I purchased RCMA via FrendsBeauty.com for $12US.
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
Unfortunately, Stay Matte was a dud for me, much to my disappointment. I found it very difficult to get any of the product onto my makeup sponge or brush to even apply it to my face. When I was able to get some powder onto my face, I didn’t feel like it did very much to set or maintain my foundation. In my opinion, the e.l.f. pressed setting powder is a much better alternative to Stay Matte.
I used Stay Matte for about a week before giving up on it. I’ll have to come up with a way to get some use out of it, since I hate wasted products!