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Best compact powder for mature skin?

I have mature skin and almost never use powder on my face.  However I have combo skin and my T zone gets really shiny as the day progresses.  I have seen some of those compact pore minimizing powders with minerals and vitamins on IG.  I thought I might try a few.  


Any recommendations?  Keep in mind,  I have mature (but gorgeous, if I say so myself😎) skin so I don’t want anything that can crease.   


Thank you so much!

Re: Best compact powder for mature skin?

@BPP1  I'm in my 50s with mostly-dry combo skin. My oily zone's on and around my nose; that's also where all my visible pores are. My forehead's kinda "normal"/balanced, leaning slightly oily in summer, but more often it's sweaty instead of truly oily. 


To reduce shine, consider LH Cosmetics Blotting Powder. It contains Upsalite, an ingredient that's truly as crazy absorbent as its manufacturer claims. I hate a very matte look on my own skin; thankfully, this pressed powder doesn't do that to me. It gives me more of a natural skin finish, which I prefer, and it doesn't make my skin look cakey. It works well on both my oily zone and my forehead, though of course I need to reapply if I sweat if off. This powder is translucent and plays nice with my medium-deep skin tone. 


If you want more of a pore blurring effect, well... you'll get better results from your skincare routine than any powder. If your pores are normally visible, that's perfectly fine: pores are a natural skin feature, after all. But it they're stretched larger than usual, salicylic acid (BHA) can clear out gunk (dead skin cells and bacteria) that's widening them. Niacinamide is good for pore maintenance, among many other things. 


As we age, our skin naturally stretches/sags which can make pores more visible. This is another area where skincare helps more than makeup. Since my skin's mostly dry anyway, I'm always trying to keep it well hydrated and moisturized. This helps it look plumped up. But I also use things to boost collagen production, particularly vitamin A (I use retinaldehyde/retinal nightly, but the vitamin A family includes retinoic acid/tretinoin, retinol, adapalene, etc.). 


The only powders I've used that I'd say truly have anywhere near a pore-blurring effect are both By Terry products, and one's been discontinued (my favorite powder foundation). The other is a loose powder: By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder (translucent). I use this to set concealer in my hollow tear troughs and need just a teeny tiny amount—so little, you can barely see it on my brush. That powder's a rockstar when it comes to setting concealer, and it does blur my undereye lines and texture a bit but, of course, doesn't hide them. I've also used it around my nose to set concealer (masking some surface redness) and it doesn't cake things up. It gives me a velvet finish without looking very dry. 

Re: Best compact powder for mature skin?

A product like a make up primer can help make up sit nicely on the skin and avoid getting those lines or creases. There's so many out there but it could help to give one a try, I'm not sure of the best one for mature skin but it's an idea to play around with @BPP1 

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I almost forgot to share my absolute FAV as a pore reducing compact powder that gives a beautiful glow: Hourglass Ambient® Lighting Powder  Color Diffused Light. 

Re: Best compact powder for mature skin?

I have aging skin, and I have found that everything Guerlain behaves really well on my skin. I am a big fan of their « Lingerie de peau » foundation and powder compact. «#LingerieDePeau by #Guerlain


If I were to recommend a loose powder it would be #Hourglass hands down.
Let us know what you try!



Re: Best compact powder for mature skin?

Hi @BPP1 ! I have mature skin too and have found this to be non-drying or creasing. It is not on Sephora, but, Pur  4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 15 is not drying at all and doesn't settle into lines. It blurs the skin and has a little SPF in it as well. You can use it as a concealer and build up foundation for more coverage. I hope you will be able to find a variety of lovely recommendation from BIC'ers !❤️

Re: Best compact powder for mature skin?

Mature skin here. First off, I buy everything, without shame. Second, it’s hard to find a powder that doesn’t settle into lines. 

What I use for my under eyes & t zone is Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Setting and Finishing Powder 01 Original Mousseline Pastel 


I buy the triangle poofs off of Amazon to apply (tip it twice, pat into puff with hand or lid then apply. 

I also love Dior Dior Forever Loose Cushion Powder 

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