So here is a picture of my current face powder stash (except for a compact which I keep in my bag), which I use depending on what I feel like that day. What can I say, I like variety.
My all time favorite though is the MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural powder, which I purchased in 2 shades – the lighter one is what I apply all over the face, while the darker shade I use to contour. It is a baked mineral compact that leaves a natural matte finish, but is light coverage so it is perfect for setting your foundation. To apply, I use either use my kabuki brush or stippling brush to give a light even application. On days that I use this alone, I prefer using a Beauty Blender brush that is slightly damp, as it gives me better coverage. A compact will last me a few months, making this pretty affordable.
When I’m looking for a purely translucent powder, I reach for the Inglot Translucent Setting Powder or the Pallido Rice Powder since these don’t provide coverage but keeps the skin matte enough, without being cakey. The Inglot one comes in a small circular jar with a cute powder puff, while the Rice Powder comes in a square jar with a flat puff. Both are quite affordable and will last you a long time. However, I have to say that the Rice Powder will work better for people who have lighter skintones, as in gives you a bit of a white veil.
The powder which I use the least is the Bobbi Brown Mineral Powder. As you can see below, it is quite yellow-orange and not quite the right color for Asian skintones. This powder actually gives the most coverage among all the powders I have now, and I can imagine people wearing this on its own. However, I’ve never really been into the mineral foundation trend, as I like using liquid foundations more.
Ultimately, the choice of face powder will depend on the following factors: skin condition, coverage and how long you need it to stay on your face. You can always try different powders until you find the one that works best for you.