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Game-changing setting powders

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver or platinum. Here, we treat make-up as an art – and our bodies, faces and hair as our blank canvases. Imagine putting your time and effort into your evening look, only for it to be smudged thanks to the brutal heat and humidity of Singaporean weather. We’ve given you the lowdown on the best tinted lip balms, mascaras, foundations, now it’s time to hold everything together. Game, set, match – here are a list of must-have setting powders for this year.

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All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder
$50
This high-tech formula blurs pores and imperfections and blocks shine, without dulling your inner glow. Your luminosity shows through while the powder keeps moisture out. Cry, sweat, get wet—your makeup will stay waterproof and flawless for up to 11 hours.
Perfect Setting Powder
$56
This ultra-lightweight loose setting powder is consciously formulated without talc for an incredibly translucent finish that sets makeup for all day wear and minimizes transfer without adding any color to the skin or overpowering the finish of your foundation.
Translucent Loose Setting Powder
$36
Laura's iconic, cult-favourite setting powder now comes in a glow finish thanks to infused pearl pigments so you can lock in your look for 12-hour wear with a healthy glow finish. This lightweight, innovative powder allows you to keep a natural glow and doubles the wear of foundation, without adding weight or texture.
Soft Light Blurring Powder
$60
Soft Light Blurring Setting Powder acts as a veil to blur imperfections, set makeup with subtle radiance, and add dimension while eliminating shine for a natural-looking finish. It goes beyond the benefits of a traditional setting powder to impart the ultimate filter. This feather-light, micro-fine powder is infused with ceramic microspheres that softly scatter light to reduce the look of imperfections while smoothing and evening the complexion.
Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder
$62
This luxurious formula applies evenly, blends effortlessly, and enhances the look of your foundation without a trace of colour. Photochromatic technology adjusts to new sources of light, so your skin looks perfect on camera and in person. NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex™ optimises light reflection on the skin and creates a soft-focus effect by optically fading fine lines, wrinkles, and pores.
Vegan Beauty Lock-It Setting Powder
$51
This setting powder, formulated with Micro-Blurring Technology, softly diffuses pores for a velvety-matte, photo-ready finish. This universal translucent setting powder is truly undetectable on a range of skin tones, so everyone can lock down and mattify their makeup without a trace.
Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder
$49
This finishing powder keeps makeup in place without ever appearing chalky and mattifies skin by removing excess surface oil. This translucent powder can even be used alone as a treatment to reap all the benefits of Amazonian clay.
Easy Bake Loose Baking & Setting Powder
$60
This powder is easy to use due to its unique powder net which disperses a controlled amount of powder. This extremely light and silky texture blends seamlessly into the skin leaving it matte with a hint of sheen, for a luminous finish that controls shine throughout the day.
Line Perfecting Coconut Setting Powder
$69
This loose translucent powder features five forms of coconut and cocoa butter, melting in undetectably for a healthy and hydrated look. So lightweight and creamy, the innovative formula layers seamlessly so your makeup stays looking fresh all day.
Ultra HD Pressed Powder
$61
Created for the very latest high-definition technologies of the film and TV industry, ULTRA HD advanced formulas look invisible on camera and to the naked eye. The invisible veil of powder combines synthetic mica, silicone powders and silica to instantly blur fine lines, pores and imperfections for a beautifully smooth complexion.
Blur + Set Matte Loose Setting Powder
$29
A silicone-free, talc-free, lightweight setting powder that absorbs oil—reducing shine, not glow—leaving skin matte and makeup locked in place.
Soft Focus Finishing Powder
$34
This superlight, talc-free formula is milled five times—most powders are milled three—for an airy feel and a soft-focus finish that doesn’t feel powdery. With a blend of aloe, rosemary, and oil-balancing bamboo, it hydrates and softens the feel of skin while cutting shine and blurring imperfections.