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We all know a great makeup kit is bound to contain a few splurge-worthy items, and we believe that a setting powder should be one of them. Stored carefully, they can be kept for up to two years and will last a long time, which makes them very much worth the money.

Setting powders are a key step in achieving long-lasting budge-proof makeup (especially in Singapore’s weather), and will give your face a soft, diffused glow that blurs the appearance of imperfections.

What you want is a finely milled powder that won’t settle into your fine lines or make your foundation appear cakey or dry. Some finishing powders have bonus properties like colour correcting, brightening, hydrating, or even technology that promises that photo-ready finish so desired by many a selfie-lover. So if you too want skin that looks smooth and flawless at the end of your makeup application, take a look at our favourite loose powders and find out what they do best.

#1 Nars Soft Velvet Loose Powder, $60

If you find your skin is more on the oily side, we’d recommend this loose powder from Nars that boasts oil control properties while setting your makeup. It also has a “soft-focus” finish that blurs the appearance of fine lines and pores. It’s available in a variety of shades to suit your skin tone.

#2 Make Up For Ever HD Powder, $62

When high definition television (HDTV) started to take over, Make Up For Ever made an impact in the beauty market for being one of the first to introduce high definition makeup. Let’s face it, if a product is good enough for a face on HDTV, surely it’s good enough for the rest of us at home. It provides a smooth matte finish and is available in one universal shade.

#3 Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $67

Made with a finely milled French “cashmere” talc, this powder provides a satiny smooth finish without looking chalky. It has a light-reflecting ingredient that provides a great soft focus finish which blurs the appearance of imperfections.

#4 Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder, $86

Givenchy’s quad-colour loose powder toes the line between a beautiful matte finish and a luminous radiance. Available in three shades for various finishes (sugary iridescence, sun-kissed glow, or a soft peachy radiance), each has four individual powders that blend together to tackle discolouration for the best complexion finish.

#5 Diorskin Nude Air Healthy Glow Invisible Loose Powder, $88

The aim is a velvety natural finish with this powder, which acts like a “pollution-fighting shield” to limit your skin’s absorption of harmful particles. It also contains sweet orange extract and selected vitamins and minerals said to tone your complexion. Available in five shades.

#6 Sisley Phyto-Poudre Libre, $110

A “halo” effect is the promised radiant finish of Sisley’s loose powder. It comes in four shades and has a slightly matte finish and leaves skin feeling velvety and smooth throughout the day. The powder is enriched with Hibiscus flower extract and Mallow extract that aims to preserve your skin’s hydration and suppleness. Available from October 2015.

#7 La Prairie Cellular Treatment Loose Powder, $144

If you like a little shimmer in your finishing powders, La Prairie’s should be right up your alley. It has a sheer matte finish with a little shimmer and comes in a few translucent shades to suit warm or cool skin tones. The bit of sparkle in this also works to blur the appearance of those pesky wrinkles and fine lines.

#8 Cle de Peau Beaute Translucent Loose Powder, $180

Want to look airbrushed to perfection? Cle de Peau Beaute’s powder has ingredients that allow skin to retain moisture and smoothness, and even promises to cover dullness and spots with an incredibly soft and non-powdery satin finish.

Think you’ve covered all your bases with these brightening and illuminating powders? Give your makeup more depth with highlighters and bronzers. We’ve got five powders to recommend that will also give your face a healthy glow