Best Pressed Powders for Pale Skin

So you might have found a foundation to match your paper white skin, but now, you need to find a powder that not only sets your foundation, but actually matches your skin tone and that can be just as difficult. In the same way many brands have 'ivory' or 'porcelain' foundations which resemble a bad spray tan, many powders can be far too dark or even worse - orange. So here are some of my favourite face powders for pale princesses.

1. Collection Pressed Powder - Ivory 18 - £1.99
     - This face powder is my absolute favourite for many reasons. I've got through at least 10 of these in the past few years and always have at least 3 as back ups! If Collection ever discontinue this powder, I will be heartbroken. You get 15g of product in the pan (which is a lot more than most other powders!) and it has a clear plastic lid which twists onto the base. The shade Ivory is the perfect shade for my porcelain skin - it is actually a neutral ivory. The packaging is sturdy enough that I have travelled with it numerous times and I have not yet had a single one break, crumble or smash (really hope I haven't just jinxed that) so I am able to use the powder until there is literally nothing left in the pan. This powder sets my foundation immediately, never looks cakey or powdery and keeps my combination skin matte all day (although I think this is more down to the foundation choice). And lasting, the price is ridiculous for such a good product! I will continue to repurchase this for as long as they sell it!

2. L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Powder - Light - £6.99 
    - Considering what a fail the L'Oreal Lumi Magique foundation shade was (check out the best & worst pale foundations blog post if you haven't already!), I was quite surprised that the 'light' shade of this powder is actually light enough! It is a tad yellow toned (seems to be a common theme with L'Oreal products) but if you prefer that, this will be perfect for you. It is a very silky formula, much smoother than other powders and I feel like it applies best with a beauty sponge but you can also apply it with a brush. It adds a bit of coverage too which is nice if you like a full coverage look. You get 9g of product in this powder, which is a lot less than the Collection Powder considering the price, but there is a mirror and sponge that come with the powder as well, underneath the actual product. All in all, a great product for pale princesses.

3. Mac Mineralize Skinfinish - Light - £24.50
     - If you're in the market for a new high end powder and you're a pale princess, this might just be the powder for you. The light shade is light enough for porcelain skin and it mattifies your foundation immediately. The packaging for this powder is very sturdy, looks and feels high end and comes with a mirror inside (I think the old packaging had a clear lid so that's an improvement). You only get 10g of powder in this product, but you don't need to use a lot to get a flawless finish. It adds a bit of coverage but it doesn't make foundation look cakey or powdery and it does feel quite lightweight on the skin.

4. No.7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder - 05 Translucent - £11.50
      - Again, this is a powder that is light enough for pale skin, it comes in very sturdy packaging with a mirror inside. There is 10g of product in the compact and it is hypo-allergenic. This powder is finely milled so looks flawless on the face and not at all patchy or cakey. It also keeps me matte all day. It is a tad pricey for a drugstore powder, however, every couple of months, Boots hand out No7 vouchers with every purchase that give you £3 off No7 make up, making it much more affordable. 

5. Maybelline Matte Maker Mattifying Powder - 10 Classic Ivory - £3.99
     - This powder has lots of pros and cons for me. In terms of shade though, it is pretty much light enough for pale skin, however, it is very yellow, which you can see in the pan. The packaging is not the best, it is a screw top lid in the same style as the Collection powder, however, it feels like it never does up properly and doesn't feel as well made as the Collection packaging. Also, the pans are known for falling out and needing gluing back in. However, the powder itself is nice; it can kick up quite a lot of powder and it isn't as finely milled as certain other powders, however, for the price, it's not a bad powder and it does mattify the skin well. You do also get 16g of product which is a large amount compared to other powders. So I would say it's worth trying, especially if you get it on a deal like buy one get one half price and try something else as well.

And just so I'm not sounding like every powder is the bees knees (what is so special about the bees knees anyway... do bees even have knees? That's what I want to know..), here's one that is definitely not pale princess friendly..

- Maybelline Super Stay 24h Waterproof Powder - 10 Ivory - £5.99
   - I actually am not sure how well this would hold up throughout a day of use because it's about 5 shades too dark for my skin. It baffles me how one powder from Maybelline in the shade 10 Ivory, can be pale (but a tad yellow) and another can be straight up tan.

The powder on the left is the Maybelline Matte Maker Mattifying Powder in the shade 10 Classic Ivory, and the powder on the right is the Maybelline Super Stay 24h Waterproof Powder, in the shade 10 Ivory. Apparently the word 'classic' makes all the difference in the shades. And just in case that wasn't enough evidence, here's a swatch of the same two powders next to each other.

Anyways, hope all you pale princesses found this helpful!

Sarah (aka. Pale Princess) x