6 Best Talc Free Setting Powders

Are you looking for radiant skin with no compromises? Check out our lineup of the 6 best talc free setting powders that will make the perfect addition to your beauty routine.

If you’ve taken the time to apply makeup, then you owe it to yourself to use a setting powder. Today I’m sharing my recommendation for the best talc free setting powders. 

A setting powder is an underutilized makeup product that has the power to filter out shine, minimize the appearance of pores, and keep your makeup in place.

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Westman Atelier Vital Pressed Skincare Powder

Best Talc Free Setting Powder

I really love the Westman Atelier Vital Pressed Skincare Powder.  It’s not heavy and feels like a mix of skincare with your powder- the best of both worlds.  It’s great for my dry skin and doesn’t feel cakey or heavy.  Plus, the sleek compact looks so chic!

What is talc?

Talc is used in cosmetics, personal care products, and even in food products as an anti-caking agent. Talc is a soft mineral that absorbs moisture and provides a smooth texture.

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If you are looking to extend the life of your makeup- add a setting powder to your beauty routine!

Setting Powder

1. What is it?

Setting powder as the name implies, helps to set or “bake” your makeup in place. It essentially extends the life of your makeup. 

A setting powder usually contains talc, silica, rice, or other finely milled particles producing that filtered, smooth, and slightly blurred complexion.

Setting powders come in loose or pressed forms and translucent or tinted shades.

2. How do you use it?

If you’re using a loose powder, you’ll want to pour a little powder onto the lid of the setting powder and use a large powder brush to swirl and tap away any excess powder.

If using a pressed powder, you’ll want to use a powder brush or beauty blending sponge to swirl and then tap away any excess powder.

After applying foundation (if you’re using it), layer on setting powder in circular motions starting in the T-zone. 

Allow the powder to set for a minute and then brush away any excess powder.

talc free setting powder with makeup brush
Make sure to choose the best setting powder for your needs!

3. How to choose the right talc free setting powder?


A loose, translucent setting powder provides a sheer finish, whereas a pressed powder usually provides a little more coverage and does a better job of minimizing imperfections.

Skin Type

If you have oily skin, loose setting powders will be your best friend in managing shine.

If you have dry skin, pressed powders will be your trusted companion, because they usually contain hydrating ingredients in them.


Some brands carry tinted setting powders which can help even out skin tone and neutralize redness or dark under eye circles. When choosing a tinted powder, just make sure to choose a shade that matches your skin color and foundation.

Why does talc need to be avoided in a setting powder?

Talc can become contaminated with asbestos through the mining process or manufacturing processes. Asbestos is a known carcinogen when inhaled.

6 Best Talc Free Setting Powders

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Cheers, Suzi


Suzi is a wife, and mama who is passionate about sharing her natural lifestyle with those around her. She created Gurl Gone Green to show how our everyday decisions, from what we use on our face, home and the food we eat affect us more than we know. She loves holding space where people can weed through the marketing clutter to find truth, and ultimately make the best decision for their families.


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