Ready, Set, and Bake! - By Rachell Tan

Ready, Set, and Bake! - By Rachell Tan
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

I’m good at baking (cakes), but not as good at baking.. Is that making any sense? Lol!

Since I’ll be reviewing 3 Loose Setting Powder today, I just thought to clarify my lack of expertise in baking (make up) before we start today’s post hahah!

Loose powders, applied in small amounts onto the general face, is a perfect way for you to set your make up and create a flawless and even finish.

When applied in large amounts at specific areas (under the eye, on your cheekbones, under your chin etc), serves the purpose of using your body’s natural heat to “bake” your concealer and loose powder. The excess is then brushed off to create a pore-less and perfectly concealed/ highlighted area on the face. This process is called Baking.

The loose setting powders we’ll be looking at today would be:

1.    Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Setting Powder

2.    Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

3.    IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Pores™ Poreless Finish Airbrush Powder

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Setting Powder

Fenty Beauty has established itself as one of the most inclusive cosmetic brands out there for girls and guys of all skin tones, and true enough, their setting powder comes in 8 versatile shades!


●     Boasts 8 versatile shades for all skin tones
●     Has an amazing fragrance
●     Provides a smooth finish
●     Mattifies skin
●     Has the best consistency (easiest to work with) for baking
●     The most value for money


●     Has a slight bit of flash back compared to the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
●     Will require better blending skills when it comes to baking (may cause flashbacks if applied in very large amounts)

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 Stars | Retailing at $44 (28g)

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

The number one, and also the most coveted setting powder.

This product has built up a reputation for being almost synonymous with “setting powder” or “loose powder” (top Google search results point to Laura Mercier), and it does really live up to my expectations of it!


●     Neutral fragrance which may be accepted by more users
●     Provides a smooth finish
●     Lasting matte coverage
●     Has the little to no flash back (great for parties or night events)
●     Easiest to blend as a loose setting powder
●     Forgiving formula, great for amateur baking skills (like mine)


●     Pricier than the Fenty Beauty Loose Powder
●     Only comes in 2 shades

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 Stars | Retailing at $70 (30g)

IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Pores™ Poreless Finish Airbrush Powder

A product that was relatively unassuming when placed beside its highly raved counterparts, that gave me a roller coaster of emotions while reviewing this product.

My initial impression was honestly one of utter amazement.

IT COSMETICS weren’t kidding when they said their product was “Micro-Powder”.

The texture of this powder was so incredibly smooth like nothing I’ve ever tried before, I was seriously questioning myself why it wasn’t as popular or more popular than Fenty Beauty’s or Laura Mercier’s.

That was until I did the flash back test, and realised that its smoothness came with a heavy price (literally and figuratively).

For me, having a product with this amount of flash back is quite risky.

Especially when it feels so nice on the skin, looks generally well blended to the naked eye, and then proceeds to have unexpected flash backs at places I thought I’d blended out.


●     Extremely soft and smooth texture
●     Airbrushes pores as promised
●     Mattifies skin and gives flawless, pore-less finish


●     I was not a fan of the scent
●     As the powder is very light, it was the most difficult to bake with
●     Very strong flash back, not advisable to use for night-events
●     Pricey

Overall Rating: 3/5 Stars | Retailing at $42 (6.8g)


I find myself torn between Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder and Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, but leaning slightly more towards Laura Mercier. I love the inclusiveness of Fenty Beauty, and the ease of blending of Laura Mercier. If I’m in a hurry in the morning, I would definitely go for Laura Mercier’s loose powder as it has a more forgiving formula, and I’m less likely to end up with make up errors.

On the other hand, if I’m going for an event that requires more thorough make up, I’d take my time with Fenty Beauty’s loose powder, enjoying the experience as the product smells amazing, and it has shades that would be more well-fitted to my unique skin tone as well.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and I’ll see you on the next one!