The last time I remember using a true powder foundation, it was during a time in my life when signs of cake-face often went unnoticed, allowing skin to breathe was overrated, and MAC was my drug of choice. Yup, it was MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation. Nowadays, I prefer to err on the side of natural, rather than overdone, and having said that, I never thought a powder foundation would ever appeal to me again.
I randomly had an itch to try out a base of the powder variety again a few months ago after having omitted one from my routine for a few years. After reading some reviews and swatching and comparing several different options in-store, I picked up Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation. I kind of eyeballed the shade I thought would best match me and was lucky that #120 Neutral Ivory is spot-on.
Having used it now for several months, I can honestly say this powder is fantastic. I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I do. It has buildable coverage that ranges from medium to full, depending on what brush you use to apply it (it comes with a sponge whose existence I completely ignore).
The 'multi-use' aspect of this powder is that it can be used as a sheer, satin finish foundation, a full-coverage, matte finish foundation, or as a setting powder. MUFE suggests applying the powder with a damp sponge for the sheer coverage option, although I have yet to try out that method. I most like to use the Real Techniques Multi-tasking Brush to buff in the powder over my concealer, and I find that this achieves a beautiful, medium coverage, soft matte finish. If it's a setting powder I'm after, I switch to a fluffy powder brush and dust it over only my most shine-prone areas.
Wearing Pro Finish Powder Foundation in 120 over concealer
The finish is, surprisingly, very natural and never cakey or powdery. It doesn't even look like a powder on my skin. It also has great longevity, offering oil-control where it's needed without clinging to dry patches elsewhere. It's a powder that I think would work on a variety of skin types, from slightly dry to oily.
Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation is available from Sephora for $36.