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Battle of the Setting Powders

One of the absolute most important steps in my makeup routine is setting my under eye concealer because otherwise it will be a creasey mess! For a long time I just used a powder foundation but in a past Ipsy bag I received a small Tarte Amazonian clay setting powder that I ended up loving and am still using that small sample to this day. That’s the good thing about loose powders! They will last forever!

I have since ended my Ipsy subscription service and have now signed up for Boxycharm. For June Boxycharm sent out an Ofra pressed powder that can be used for setting your makeup. It is for oil control so I didn’t think I would be able to use it until I realized I could use it to set my under eye. I have normal to dry skin so I wasn’t sure if this would work for me or not.

I decided to pit the two powders against each other and see which one worked better for setting my concealer. I took photos periodically throughout the day to see how each one was holding up and here are my results:

I used the Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay setting powder under my left eye and the Ofra Oil Control pressed powder under my right eye. Initially I like the look of the Ofra powder as it is brighter and lightens my under eye a little more than the Tarte powder. However, with it being so white I’m sure there would be a white cast in photos.

Here is how the powders are looking at the 3 hour mark. They are both holding up well and I didn’t notice too much of a difference.

This is after the 6 hour mark. Both powders seem to be doing well. I haven’t had to smooth any creasing under the eye, which I sometimes have to in summer if I’m sweating a lot, but I was mostly working indoors that day so I didn’t have that issue.

This is the final checkpoint at the 9 hour mark. As you can see, this is where it started going downhill.

I had a tiny bit of black smudging under my left eye with the Tarte powder, but not enough that I’m offended, especially after 9 hours. The right eye though…I mean I don’t want to have to be worrying about looking like a hot mess with mascara trailing down to my cheeks. No. Do your job!

Final Thoughts

The Tarte setting powder definitely won the day on wear time and functionality. The Ofra was great as an under eye brightener, so I’m wondering if I could use it over the Tarte powder if I wanted a little more brightness on certain days.

Another factor to consider with the Ofra setting powder is that it’s designed for oil control whereas I have normal to dry skin. Sometimes my T zone is oily and other times it’s dry as a bone. (I’m noticing in my check up pictures that my forehead looked a bit shiny so maybe I should have gone in with the Ofra powder!) So, do consider that if you have oily skin and are looking for a powder. It might work perfectly on someone with a different skin type.

Here are the prices and weights of each powder:

  • Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay setting powder (0.30 oz) – $33.00
  • OFRA Oil Control Pressed Powder (0.35 oz) – $39.95

They are similar in price as you can see. I think when I run out of my Tarte sample (in 2 years I bet) I will order the RCMA No Color Powder which is highly recommended by Kathleen from KathleenLights and several other Youtubers that I’ve watched. It’s 3 oz for $12.00 which is an insanely good deal, especially if it works as well as they say it does.

I hope you found this post useful! Let me know if you have used either of these setting powders and what your thoughts on them are. What’s your favorite setting powder? I’d love to know! Have a wonderful hump day y’all!