Lawless Beauty’s Perfecting Powder Made Me Change My Mind About Setting Powders

Not a dry patch in sight.

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  • Value: 18/20
  • Wear: 19/20
  • Ease of Use: 19/20
  • Aesthetics: 20/20
  • Longevity: 18/20
  • TOTAL: 94/100

I've never been a fan of setting powders because I always found them to be too drying. Also, I’ve long preferred a dewier finish, despite the recent trend towards satin and matte looks.

Alas, I wouldn’t be in this line of work if I wasn’t insatiably curious and willing to try just about any new product that had a compelling enough story behind it. Which brings me to a couple of months ago when I was presented with a soon-to-be-launched setting powder from Lawless Beauty that promised to smooth over any pores and fine lines, so you were left with the polished complexion of an egg. (OK, I made that last part up, but you can easily picture the surface of an egg, right?)

Offered in seven shades, I tested “Light Medium,” which thankfully ended up being a good match for my in-between seasons skin. According to the brand, this setting powder is “unique in that it offers blurring coverage without silicone or talc, which often gives this effect.” Plus, it has phytosqualane to prevent the drying finish I was wary of in the first place.

How We Tested the Lawless Beauty Setting Powder

Over the course of the next two and a half months, I wore the powder approximately a dozen times, for days when I had work events and even a handful of dance classes, where I tend to sweat a lot. Other things to note: I live in a mostly temperate but dry climate (Los Angeles) and I’d categorize my skin as classically combination—oily T-zone, drier cheeks.

Lawless Beauty Perfecting Powder Reviewed 2023 product photo: a makeup compact
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How I Applied the Lawless Beauty Setting Powder

The rose gold compact comes with a sleek black sponge that’s conveniently housed under the powder itself, a thoughtful detail I appreciated for touchups throughout the day. However, for the initial application, I opted to use a small fluffy brush for a more diffused but precise application to key areas like the center of my forehead and the sides of my nose.

I was told that you can build up to a medium coverage using the setting powder on its own by pressing and rolling the included sponge over your skin but, as I’ve said before, I am Team Dewy skin, so I stuck to my light-handed use of this as a targeted setting powder over an an-over mattifier. (Upon some further reflection, I think my aversion to looking too powdered up comes from years of piling on the stuff as a teen. I see old photos of myself from that time and I look like a featureless blob save for the mouth full of braces and heavy eyeliner.)

Lawless Beauty Perfecting Powder Reviewed 2023 photo of reviewer: a woman posing for a photo
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Here’s a recent photo of me wearing the powder over some liquid concealer in Korea, where the weather was noticeably more humid than L.A. My cousins and I had just spent the past hour walking around the city, and despite the swampy conditions, my skin still looked smooth and egg-like, so I obviously had to snap this quick selfie to document it.

As you can glean from my smug expression here, I’m pleasantly surprised by this powder. It takes down the shine in my oilier spots but doesn’t cling to dry patches or settle into pores or fines lines, and it blends nicely into my skin without leaving behind a powdery residue or flashback in photos. Hey Google, play “I’m a Believer” from the Shrek soundtrack.

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Jenny Jin is PureWow’s Beauty Director and is currently based in Los Angeles. Since beginning her journalism career at Real Simple magazine, she has become a human encyclopedia of...