best loose powder- amozonian clay, laura mercier, or mufe?

ok, i need some serious info... i live in az where it is hot, real hot and humid and the oil and sweat need the best so i don't look like a cake face or oil barge... which powder will work best and longest? mufe, laura mercier, or amzonian clay?

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I have very oily skin and I use Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Powder.  However, I do use an oil-controlling foundation primer under my foundation to control my oiliness and don't rely completely on the powder to keep the oil at bay.  If you're not using an oil-controlling foundation primer, I'd suggest trying one.  It made all the difference in the world in how my foundation looks and stays on without looking like someone poured grease all over my face like it did before using the primer.  The best oil-controlling foundation primers that I have ever used to stop my extreme oiliness from breaking through are the following two:

Make Up For Ever All Mat Foundation Primer which you can read more about at:

Givenchy Mister Mat Mattifying Foundation Primer which you can read all about at:;jsessionid=RBWSFQGW0KMH2CV0KSKBPIQ?id=P231022&categoryId=B70

If one of the above foundation primers don't hold back your oiliness well enough to be able to use the MUFE HD Powder, then I'd suggest setting your foundation with Urban Decay’s De-Slick Mattifying Foundation Powder which is a colorless, shine-controlling powder that comes in a handy mirrored compact so you can carry it with you for touchups throughout the day.  You can find it at:  The little puff that comes in the compact is great for touchups, but I’d recommend applying the powder with a big fluffy powder brush when first setting your foundation to give your face a nice air-brushed finish.  Here’s an example of the type of brush I’m referring to:  A little tip I learned is to keep the little piece of plastic that comes between the puff and the powder so that you’ll have a barrier between the two so the oils that come off your skin onto the puff won’t sink into the powder—it helps the powder stay clean and fresh.

I hope this helps you. Smiley Happy


Hi lookinolder. Are you looking for a loose powder to set makeup, absorb oil, provide coverage?


If you don't need the coverage, and just want something to set makeup or absorb oily (or both), I recommend the Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder. It mattifies and is translucent so it won't look cakey.

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If you want a powder that absorbs oil will providing coverage with a natural finish, I recommend Laura Mercier's Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15. It's oil-free and water resistant so it stands up to oily skin. The SPF will also be a benefit for you in AZ. I also love how the compact is easy to take in a purse or bag for mid-day touchups.

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Oh and maybe carry a handkerchief or something to blot sweat...

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I know it sounds crazy, but Covergirl powder is the most long lasting powder i have ever tried. Once you try it you won't go back to expensive brands. I promise. Smiley Very Happy

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