I am deeply in love with “old lady” stuff lately. I’ve always liked that kind of stuff, though. When I was in high school in the 90s my prized possessions were vintage dresses from the 40s and 50s. And while I still inexplicably think of the 90s as being 10 years ago, all the 90s stuff is actually vintage now and high school kids are wearing brown lipstick and spaghetti-strap tank tops with plaid pants and lingerie dresses. But I still love some scarves and brooches and vintage compacts filled with face powder, along with the velvety matte complexion that goes with that. Dewy just isn’t my thing. And while dewy, shiny skin has been the dominant trend for a while now, there are still a lot of good options for that velvety, vintage look. Here are some of the best face powders, according to The Gloss readers and staff.
Vichy’s coverage cosmetics are not kidding around when it comes to creating a flawless finish, so that’s definitely one to try.
Heather also likes a colorless loose powder, like the Vichy Dermafinish powder, but she also likes a nice bit of vintage flair.
“I’m a fan of colorless loose powders, although I love a beautiful compact,” she said.
Vintage compacts can be found on Etsy and Ebay, and one can either use them just for the mirror, or refill them with a modern loose or pressed powder. Max Factor and NYC cosmetics are just two of the brands making pressed powder options that fit into a standard sized vintage compact, like one by Stratton.
Dita Von Teese likes Coty’s Airspun powder to wear on the body during burlesque performances. That might be a good alternative to leg makeup once the weather clears up a bit. (Sheer pantyhose are one retro trend I am never going back to.)
Make Up For Ever makes an HD microfinish powder that is an ultrafine, colorless product that is very good at making one’s skin look even and luminous in photos, but it must be applied very, very carefully or else you wind up with those giant piles of white powder visible on your face under flash bulbs. It even happens to celebrities with professional makeup artists, so the rest of us have to be very careful.
Laura Mercier’s loose setting powder, on the other hand, is great for setting makeup and concealer. I’ve been using it since the 90s, on its own or over foundation, and it is still one of my favorites.