Loose vs Pressed Powder: Which One is the Best? 

Which one is the best, loose vs pressed powder?

It’s time to settle this debate once and for all, don’t you think?

We’ll check out the pros and cons of both and find out which- if either- beauty product wins the day.

Keep reading for all the answers!

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If I had a nickel for every time I settled a makeup debate, I’d be filthy rich.

Not that I’m complaining, I know how critical getting the right beauty products is. I mean you don’t want to show up at work or for a date looking like a clown.

Today, I’ll help settle the loose vs pressed powder battle.

Spoiler alert: Both powders are good, it really depends on the purpose of application and your skin type.

As usual, I’ll give you the facts about each powder and help you choose which one is better for your skin.


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Loose powder isn’t used on its own but as a setting powder. It’s best applied after a stick or liquid foundation to set your makeup so that it doesn’t move during the day.

One major thing that differentiates the loose powder from the pressed powder is its texture. It’s very fine, which is both a blessing and a curse.


The good thing about the fine texture is that you can easily attain the “baked” look that you tubers and IG beauty queens are always flaunting about.

If you have oily skin, this type of powder will work perfectly since it’s more dehydrated than the pressed powder.

For best results, use a powder puff and gently press it into the skin for light to medium coverage.

Ensure you pay attention to your chin, forehead, and cheeks. If you want a translucent look, use a large fluffy brush and dab it all over your face.

Biggest Con

The con of using loose powder is that it settles more into the fine lines around your eyes, mouth, and forehead.

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Pressed Powder (Texture, Pros and Cons)

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One reason why I love the pressed powder (like this one from Clove + Hallow) is that it’s less messy than the loose powder.

I hate having powder all over my makeup purse when I’m traveling. I don’t know about you but a messy makeup kit is a big deal-breaker for me.


With pressed powder, a quick touch up is easy even on long flights thanks to its portability feature.

Another big pro of this type of powder is that it’s heavy and has more oils than loose powder.

This makes it easy to cover those blemishes that you’d rather stay hidden, and still maintain a somewhat natural but made-up look.

That said, the powder can’t do half the coverage that you accomplish with liquid or stick foundation.

Thanks to its texture, you can use it as only foundation if you have even skin.

And with over top of liquid foundation, you can achieve a perfect natural skin finish.

Biggest con

Unfortunately, the pressed powder works best with dry skin and it can turn into a very sticky mess if you have oily skin.

This means you wouldn’t accomplish a baked look like you would with loose powder.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the popular questions when it comes to loose and pressed powder.

Is loose powder the same as pressing powder?

Well, they technically do the same job but they’re different in terms of texture, portability, and abilities. But yes, you can use either of them.

Can you turn loose powder into pressed powder?

Well, I obviously recommend buying both products instead, but you can add alcohol and oil as needed.

The oil helps in binding the powder together and rubbing alcohol helps in distributing the oils and turning your mixture into liquid so it can be smoothed and pressed.

You can find more instructions here or in the video below.

Final Words

Okay to wrap up this battle, I have two pieces of advice for you.

One, don’t apply a lot of powder to your face because you’ll end up looking cakey.

And I promise it won’t be pretty.

And second, experiment with both pressed and loose powder and see what works best for you. That’s how I decide on the best beauty products for my skin tone.

I personally use pressed powder over the top of liquid foundation, and that’s how I do my make up.

But during summer, I run loose powder on my t-zone to set that part of my face a little extra because I get overly oily.

Loose vs pressed powder? If you wonder which one is the best, read on! We give you their pros and cons along with some of the best items to choose from.

Back to you. Which powder do you prefer? Loose or pressed powder? And why? Share below!

About Sylvia K

Sylvia is one of the most joyful people you’ll ever meet. She is a high advocate of self-love and encourages women to take care of themselves both mentally and physically. She loves girly talks especially salon talks (a little gossip doesn’t hurt) and spends most of her free time on skincare or hair care. READ HER LATEST ARTICLES. Find her on LINKEDIN. Learn more about her HERE.

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