Top 5 Compact Powders for Oily Skin


Clogged Pores, too much shine, dullness by lunch time are all worries that women with oily skin have to deal with on a daily basis. During such situations, what comes to your rescue is a compact powder that you can dab on the skin for it to instantly absorb all the excess shine and render you glowing and bright again. The compact powder helps seal the foundation and sunscreen in, which otherwise tend to leave your face greasy. But which compact powder to pick for best results? We give you our recommendations for the top 5 compact powders for Oily Skin.


Remember to always pick a compact that matches your skin tone. Trying to go lighter than it will give you a very artificial whitewashed look. Also, since you have oily skin, opt for a light water based foundation. You can check our recommendations for foundations for oily skin here. If you want to go without the foundation, use a tinted moisturizer with SPF or mix it with your sunscreen. Top it with a dabbing of compact powder for a smooth look. Here are our top 5 compact powders for oily skin.

1. Lakme 9 to 5 Flawless Matte

Lakme 9 to 5 Flawless Matte

The lakme 9 to 5 flawless matte complexion compact has a compressed texture that easily blends into the skin. The compact is specially formulated with an oil absorbing formula to give you a long lasting matte look- which means, no more need of powdering your nose during a break. It is available in 3 shades- melon matte, apricot matte and almond matte, giving you a good range to pick your nearest shade from. While their 9 to 5 shine control claim may not be true, it does control the shine for a good 4-5 hours. Priced at Rs.300 for 8g.

2. Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder


Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder

One of the biggest advantages of going in for Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder is that it comes in a whopping 6 shades – warm beige, peach glow, pink blossom, sand storm, silky beige and transparent. It contains natural shine control minerals that help your face remain matte for a good 5 hours every time you use this pressed powder. It is non comedogenic and tends to minimize the appearance of pores. It is priced at Rs.350 for 14g.

3. Maybelline Dream Matte Compact

Maybelline Dream Matte Compact

The Maybelline Dream Matte Compact comes in 4 different shades- beige medium, sand medium, honey medium and cream light. The jet milled formula is ultra soft to give the skin an air brushed silky appearance. It will even out your skin tone without lending it that artificial newer tone. The pressed powder can help you remain oil-free through the day if you have moderately oily skin. For very oily skin, you might need a touch up in between.

4. L’Oreal True Match Compact Powder

L'Oreal True Match Compact Powder

L’Oreal true match compact powder claims that it has an oil free formula that glides easily on the skin and gives you full coverage from acne scars and fine lines. It is non comedogenic and comes in nice warm tones that suit the Indian skin tones. The tones that you can choose from are cool rose beige, neutral beige, warm honey, warm cannelle cinnamon and warm golden sand. It is priced at Rs. 925 for 9g.

5. Mac Select Sheer

Mac Select Sheer

This is the holy grail compact for many women. If price does not come in the way of making a choice for a compact, then this should be the compact to pick. Made from the finest ingredients, this compact provides you a coverage without taking away from your natural skin tone. It gives you a smooth texture and mattifying it almost thorough the day without making it seem powdery. It comes in 13 shades which you can first try at your closest MAC store and pick one to suit your skin tone the best.

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Aparna Anand

After a stint in an MNC in Bangalore, Aparna has now started doing what she loves the most- writing. Travelling and cooking come a close second and third. She lives in Mumbai with her husband.