The 8 Best Powder Foundations for Full Coverage in 2021

Complexion perfection can be yours with these fabulous powder foundations.

A powder can do more than just set your make up in place, the right powder can actually transform the finish of your make up.

We have collected a selection of our favourite powders with full coverage, which are packed with pigment, so you won't be disappointed!

And if you've ever wondered what to put in your makeup bag, then a good powder foundation is definitely worth keeping in your arsenal.

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Okay, shameless plug over. Keep scrolling for the best full coverage powder foundations.

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Here's the 8 Best Powder Foundations for Full Coverage:

This powder compact can be used either as a foundation or as a setting powder. Neatly contained in M.A.C’s classic black compact case, Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation is perfect for keeping in your bag for on-the-go touch-ups. This product’s portability is particularly handy if you’re looking for the best powder foundation for oily skin. The formula is designed to help control shine and deliver matte coverage all day long.

M.A.C’s worked hard over the past decade to deliver a vast range of shades, so you’ll surely find one that blends seamlessly into your natural skin tone. Or, use Powder Plus Foundation in a colour that’s one shade darker for contouring or defining features. We love the velvety finish because it’s so versatile. You can build M.A.C. Cosmetics Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation from medium to full coverage, so you can face whatever the day or night brings.

If you're looking for a full-coverage foundation to hide skin imperfections, this powder from MAKE UP FOR EVER is the makeup for you. As its name implies, Matte Velvet Skin Blurring Powder Foundation not only gives coverage but also has a blurring effect that evens out your skin tones for a very natural result. This pressed powder foundation can move with the skin, so you'll never end up with a chalky look at the end of a long way of wear.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Matte Velvet Skin Blurring Powder Foundation is an excellent option if you're looking for consistent coverage throughout the day. The compact comes with a double-sided sponge. The white side delivers light coverage, whereas the black side delivers full coverage. With this versatile tool you have options for preventing your powder foundation from becoming cloggy as you touch up shiny spots. Matte Velvet Skin Blurring Powder Foundation is also suitable for humid conditions, as the formula is water-resistant.

Youngblood Pressed Mineral Foundation is packed with other features you'll love. This powder absorbs oil, so it's well suited to skins that are prone to shine. On the other hand, it won't dry your skin out because it’s also laced with nourishing properties. Pressed Mineral Foundation also offers UVA and UVB coverage, giving you daily assistance in preventing skin damage and the signs of ageing. This Youngblood makeup is a great option if you're looking for a more natural powder solution; it's free of perfumes and chemical dyes, and also 100% cruelty-free.

This talc-free powder foundation from Youngblood differs from the majority of its competitors, as the formula is mineral-based. The addition of Rice Starch results in a superlightweight foundation that still delivers full coverage and a healthy glow.

This powder foundation range from classic beauty house Estée Lauder comes in 24 shades. Arming you with a fully customisable powder foundation was the prime aim when this compact was designed. The applicator sponge can be used for full coverage, but its velvety side can tone things down to deliver medium coverage too. Simply wet the sponge, and this matte foundation transforms into a sheer, beautiful, long-wearing makeup.

Double Wear Stay-in-Place Matte Powder Foundation won’t budge from humidity, rain, or on-the-go perspiration. This multipurpose makeup can also be used as a setting powder over another Estee Lauder foundation for an impressive, matte finish. Although Double Wear Stay-in-Place Matte Powder Foundation offers full coverage, it won't clog pores, making it a perfect solution for daily use.

A truly beautiful mineral foundation that blends into the skin effortlessly for a flawless, perfect complexion.

Mineresse Skin Clone Mineral Face Powder will deliver light or sheer coverage—simply apply it with a powder brush—as well as it can offer full coverage. This powder has a lightweight, natural finish and an SPF of 15.

Everlasting Compact Foundation rates among our best powder foundations if you're looking to achieve full coverage. The applicator offers two options. Use the velour side for full coverage, or the smooth side if you want to apply extra coverage to areas with blemishes or other marks. Clarins Everlasting Compact Foundation prides itself on consistent 15-hour wear, so it won't slip off during the day. The ultrafine texture can hold up against perspiration, humidity, and heat. That's what you want from a foundation: a shine-free, matte finish that you won't have to touch up.

Everlasting Compact Foundation is also suitable for city slickers. The SPF 9 formula fights sun damage as well as the effects of pollution on the skin.

Loose Mineral Foundation was initially invented by a medical aesthetician to hide post-surgery scarring, so it was designed for full coverage right from the start. This mineral powder can even be layered to cover tattoos! It's become a staple for make-up artists thanks to the flawless, full coverage it delivers without blocking pores. As a loose foundation, Loose Mineral Foundation is easy to build and layer to suit your changing coverage needs.

Youngblood’s Loose Mineral Foundation collection offers an impressive range of shades, including many designed specifically for dark skin tones. You’re bound to find your perfect fit here if you’ve been struggling to find your match with other brands. Also notable is that you can achieve a truly natural finish with Youngblood Loose Mineral Foundation because it doesn't have the telltale glittery element of some products. And it’s suitable for all skin types.

We love a budget-friendly beauty product—particularly one can offer benefits in line with those of more expensive products. Designer Brands Natural Ground Minerals provides more than just full coverage; it also has treatment properties. This mineral powder is formulated to firm skin for a smoother, plumper look (that's the poly-peptides at work).

Because the makeup also contains Vitamin C and Vitamin E, it helps reduce the signs of ageing. Green Tea Extract mops up dead cells to promote new cell turnover, and Pomegranate Extract helps the skin retain moisture. Sensitive skins will tolerate Natural Ground Minerals well because it’s free of parabens, fragrances, talc, and oils. This mineral powder is cruelty-free and also certified vegan-friendly. There's a lot to love about that!

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Brand and product inclusions are at the sole discretion of Adore Beauty’s highly trained Customer Service team. We do not seek or accept payment from brands or individuals listed in our guides.

This article has been updated on 15/02 to replace discontinued products with our recent product recommendations. Amelia from our Customer Service team has helped to bring you our most recommended products and up-to-date information.

So, let's recap the 8 Best Powder Foundations for Full Coverage in 2019

  1. M.A.C Cosmetics Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

  2. MAKE UP FOR EVER Matte Velvet Skin Blurring Powder Foundation

  3. Youngblood Pressed Mineral Foundation

  4. Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Matte Powder Foundation SPF10

  5. Mirenesse Skin Clone Mineral Face Powder SPF15

  6. Clarins Everlasting Compact Foundation SPF9

  7. Youngblood Loose Mineral Foundation

  8. Designer Brands Natural Ground Minerals

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