10 Best Compact Powders for Dark Skin


Being a dusky beauty, I know the struggle of finding compacts that suit your skin tone perfectly. Most compacts are available in limited shades and the shades are mostly peachy or pinkish and look like a mask on the dusky skin. Many makeup companies are becoming aware of this and are making compacts that cater a wide range of skin tone. If you are looking for compacts that will suit your dark skin, go through this list. There are affordable as well as high-end products in this list. The first 3 are ideal for medium to dusky skin tone while the rest contains shades for deeper dusky tones. Also, most of these are easily available in India. So, choose your favourite now!

Best Compact Powders for Dark Skin

Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Powder Foundation

lakme primer plus matte compact

This is a new launch from Lakme and they are making products for all Indian skin tone probably for the first time. The compacts in this range are mostly of the yellow undertone and there are 2-3 shades that will suit medium to dusky skin tones. But you may not find your pick in this one if you have dark skin like me (C8 in MAC). However, do not lose your faith. There are more choices for you in this list.

Lotus Herbals Ecostay Compact SPF-20

The shades in this range are ideal for medium to dusky skin tones. There are shades in both yellow and pink undertones and you can choose your pick based on the need.

L’Oreal Mat Magique All In One Matte Transforming Powder

loreal mat magique compact

Here is another favourite among the teenagers and college-goers. This range has something for all skin tones. The shades have neutral and yellow undertones, hence it won’t ever look ashy on the dusky skin.

Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder

This is the new favourite in the compact world. Along with the texture and finish, it is also praised for a really wide range of shades. There are deep shades with a warm undertone and they will suit your dark skin perfectly. Multiple shades are available internationally. Among the 9 available in India 3-4 shades are great for dusky skin.

LA Girl Pro Face HD Matte Pressed Powder

la girl compact powder

HD powder is currently a hit among makeup lovers. If you are a dusky-skinned beauty, looking for an HD compact, grab this one. It is available in multiple shades and many of them are ideal for brown skin with yellow undertone.

NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation

If makeup is all about making you comfortable in your own skin, NYX scores a 10/10 in this department because of their wide variety of shades available. This powder looks great on the skin and it is available in multiple shades that suit dusky skin perfectly. It never oxidizes and never leaves a white cast on the skin either.

Diana of London Absolute Stay Compact Face Powder

diana of london compact powder

Here is another great product with a beautiful range of shades. Most of the dark skinned women have warm undertones and this range offers shades for such skin tones. But if you have dark skin with a pink undertone, it has shades for you too.

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

This cult favourite has shades for every skin tone and there are multiple for dark skin too. I was amazed to see that the MUA at the MAC store gave me 5-6 shades to choose from and all of them were close matches to my skin. If you are dusky, looking for a perfect match for your skin, MAC definitely has an answer.

Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation

bobbi brown compact powder foundation

The powder foundation comes in 20 shades, which is a fairly decent range covering a whole spectrum of skin tones. Also, Bobbi’s foundations are known to be yellow toned, which is great news for the girls with Asian skin tone. Bobbi Brown believes that irrespective of the skin tone, the foundation should be slightly yellow toned. While many of the Caucasian beauties may not agree to that, there is an equal number of girls who do. And for the dusky girls – it’s an absolute winner.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact Makeup

This is a really high-end product and again it has shades for everyone. The basic shades are light, medium and tan and each of them is available in 3 different undertones. So you will definitely get your match. There is also a deep shade for an extremely dusky skin. You can be a bit flexible with the shades as the product is very sheer.

**I’ve started using MAC studio Fix recently and I am happy I got the ideal match (I hope it doesn’t sound like a matrimony website ad :P). Let me know which one you will pick!

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