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These 5 Under-$10 Setting Powders Will Give Your Skin a Legit Airbrushed Finish

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Setting powders are one of those things that you've probably tried (and hated) in high school, or never fully figured out. But when used correctly—i.e. very sparingly, with a giant fluffy brush, and as a final step of your entire makeup routine—they can give you an insanely perfect-looking, airbrushed finish that keeps making from budging truly all day.

And surprisingly, you don't need to shell out a zillion bucks to find a legit formula, because some of the highest-rated powders can be found in a drugstore near you. And to prove it, we turn to real-person reviews for the five best translucent powders. Check them out, below, and get blending.

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1 For the Dry and Flaky-Prone…

"I am surprised [by] how much I like this powder. I shy away from most powders because they emphasize my fine lines and little wrinkles. … This actually seems to set my foundation and concealer without giving me that tired, dull, wrinkled look that most powders do. … This is a beautiful powder on my skin." —C. Wallace

Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder, $8

BUY IT: amazon.com.

2 For Oilier Complexions…

"I have struggled with oily skin my whole life and have used tons of products (primers, pressed powder, 'professional' liquid foundations, etc.), but nothing provided LASTING coverage. I read about this HD powder on a beauty blog and it is amazing … it keeps me looking fresh and grease-free all day. … Just dab a little on your T-zone areas, and you're set! Seriously, I love this stuff!" —Kristina J.

E.l.f. High Definition Powder in Sheer, $6

BUY IT: amazon.com.

3 For Skin That Needs a Bit More Coverage…

"I personally love this powder; it softens the rest of my makeup, giving me a smooth and finished look. Although I use very little (since a little goes a long way), I love how it absorbs most of the oil from my face for a long period of time.

Despite its greatness, I wouldn't say that I use this on a daily basis, but rather for when I go out and know that I will be taking a lot of pictures! … I like to use a kabuki brush with black bristles. … If you can see the powder on your brush, then you have too much." —Nicol

NYX Cosmetics Studio Finishing Powder Translucent Finish, $10

BUY IT: amazon.com.

4 For Deep Skin Tones…

"I actually found out about this product from YouTube, and I thought for the price, why not try it out. When I tell you as a dark skin girl I love this product...I love this powder. It smells great and very clean. It is very light and soft. I use it to bake highlighted areas of my face ONLY—I don't apply to the entire face…it's now my new fave at a great price point." —Shamekia T.

Coty AirSpun Loose Face Powder in Translucent, $7

BUY IT: amazon.com.

5 For the Acne-Prone…

"This stuff is FABULOUS. I have very acne-prone skin (and fairly large pores on my nose and cheeks) and I coat this stuff on and have not had a single breakout … It is smooth, doesn't smell weird like some powders, and is a great finish for my liquid BB cream. It hides pores really well and doesn't feel heavy." —Nikki L.

Maybelline MasterFix Setting + Perfecting Loose Powder, $7

BUY IT: amazon.com.

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