Your trusty matte face powder may have served you well for years, but it could be killing your glow in your 30s. As you age, the production of collagen in your skin decreases, resulting in fine lines and dry patches, and matte powders tend to emphasize that. Luckily, glowing skin is in, and there are many face powders out there now that offer matte and luminous finish. So if you want to put your best glow forward while still getting rid of unwanted mid-day shine, swap your powders with these silky, illuminating, and hydrating options: 


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder 

P2,900, Sephora PH

This finishing powder is like a real-life filter for the face. It has a fine, silky formula with a subtle sheen (don't worry, it's shimmer-free) which blurs out pores and wrinkles, and softly illuminates the face for healthy-looking skin. With shades like "Dim Light" and "Diffused Light", it mimics how your skin looks in different environments—from candlelight dinners to sunny mornings. It's perfect for those who feel like face powders make their skin look dull and flat. 

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Finish Line Perfecting Coconut Setting Powder

P2,750, Sephora PH

Working at a heavily airconditioned office for hours can leave your skin feeling dry, so you might want to swap your mattifying face powders with something more refreshing: a coconut and cocoa butter-infused loose translucent powder. This one dusts on like a powder but melts into your skin like a cream, making your complexion appear hydrated and healthy. P.S. If you love the smell of coconut, prepare to be obsessed!


Ofra Translucent Highlighting Luxury Powder

P850, BeautyMNL

This affordable mattifying powder doubles as a subtle highlighter so you can reduce your shine but not your glow. Aside from setting your makeup, its yellow undertone can conceal dark circles, and is especially flattering for morena skin. 

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow

Available at Rustan’s Beauty Source 


Finish off a fresh makeup look with a loose powder that will give the skin a lit-from-within glow. This one provides sheer coverage, and it contains a hint of pearly shimmer so feel free to dust it along the high points of your face like the bridge of your nose and above your cheekbones. 


Koh Gen Do Gloss Film Foundation

P2,750, Beauty Bar

Don't let the word "foundation" turn you off—while traditional powder foundations are usually matte and chalky, this one provides a radiant finish. It contains nourishing ingredients like coconut oil, T3 oil, and collagen, which keep the skin moisturized and smooth, making it an ideal option for women with dry, mature skin. Plus, if you need a little bit more coverage to cover up imperfections without looking too made-up, this is your best bet!  


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