I was watching a makeup tutorial for a 'frosted winter look' which was basically matte skin with a dark red lip, quite liked it and thought I'd give it a go, this lead to me realising I don't actually own an all over face setting powder!
I think the reason is they seem a bit old fashioned, conjuring images of massive fluffy powder puffs and talc based white powder (being from the North I tend to shy away from anything that would make me look whiter!) plus I never really feel like I needed one in my routine apart from the secret brightening powder I use under my eyes.
But everyone loves an excuse to buy a shiny-or in this case matte- new product, so after a bit of research I went for the Laura Mercier translucent pressed setting powder, because
A) no talc = no white cast
B) translucent = doesn't interfere with foundation tone or make you look ashy
C) nice packaging with decent sized mirror, little velvet puff and decent price (£24)
Goes on nice with the puff or a face brush, lovely texture, mattefying but moisturising so no dryness, bronzer goes on smoother, gives a more 'finished' look. Would buy again!
*TIP the pressed version is better if you're carrying it around with you, this also comes in a loose version but unless you want the inside of your bag to end up covered then leave that one at home, also you can get refill puffs separately if the original one ends up a bit orange :/ lol