Top 7 Best Japanese Face Powders in 2021 - Tried and True! (SK-II and More)

Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites (such as @cosme, Amazon, and Rakuten) for the best face powders. We then chose the 7 most popular products and tested them.

We focused on two main things: how it looked and its functionality. We then compiled everything we learned into a buying guide about and list of the best Japanese face powders available online.
  • Last updated: 01-14-2021
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Top 7 Best Japanese Face Powders

We picked out 7 of the most popular products and tested them for the following: how it looked on our skin and how functional the included tools were. Then, based on how they performed on our tests, we graded and ranked the top 7 Japanese face powders available online.

※Japanese prices for the products are given; they’ve merely been converted into USD for easy viewing.
1
Japaneseコスメデコルテ AQ MW フェイスパウダー
Product typeLoose powder
Finish3.0
Overall grade4.0
Feeling5.0
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SK-ⅡFacial Treatment Advanced Protect Loose Powder UV

$81.56

JapaneseSK-Ⅱフェイシャルトリートメント アドバンストプロテクト ルースパウダーUV
Product typeLoose powder
Finish4.0
Overall grade3.0
Feeling3.0
3

Keana Pate ShokuninPore Putty Face Powder

$14.25

Japanese毛穴パテ職人 フェイスパウダー
Product typePressed powder
Finish3.0
Overall grade3.0
Feeling4.0

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

And why they didn't quite make it.

Better Used With a Brush

Better Used With a Brush

Canmake’s Marshmallow Face Powder makes your skin feel just like that – a smooth and fluffy marshmallow. We found it worked best when used as a finishing powder and for touch-ups throughout the day. 

 

A couple of warnings though: its super fine texture may cause dryness for some people, and we’d recommend using a brush instead of the powder puff included since it tends to make application a bit cake-y.

Better Used With a Brush

What we liked most about Cezanne’s Urufuwa Finish Powder was its stylish case. We found its actual finishing powder features to be fairly average.


When we applied the product to the included powder puff, we found a lot of the powder stuck to the puff and made it hard to control how much product applied to your skin. Like Canmake’s Marshmallow Finishing Powder, we highly recommend using it with a brush.

Easy to Apply Too Much

Easy to Apply Too Much

Chacott’s Finishing Powder contains moisturizing ingredients that give it a leg up over other finishing powders. However, when too much is applied, you risk looking like you’ve applied way-too-heavy stage makeup. It also doesn’t include a powder puff, so you’ll have to purchase or use a tool separately.

A Little Too Smelly

A Little Too Smelly

Club’s Suppin Powder has a strong scent and a white finish that draws certain customers to using it, but we admit that it’s not for everyone. We also had a bit of trouble opening the case itself. If you’re sensitive to smell, we’d recommend staying away from this product.

How We Tested the Face Powders

We put the 7 face powders to two tests, each designed to gauge a different factor. One of them measured how good it felt and how well it blended into skin, and the other one looked at how functional the case and brush were.

Test ① Finish

Test ① Finish

First, we had three experts in the cosmetics field actually try on the face powders. They told us whether it felt too heavy and how well it blended into skin by giving it a grade from 1.0 to 5.0.

Test ① Finish
What we found in our test is that loose-type powders tend to blend into the skin better and give you a more finished look. Pressed powders felt more on the heavy side. If you find this is the case, you could try applying pressed powders with a brush instead of a puff.

Test ② Functionality

Test ② Functionality

Our experts also tested how it felt to use the tools included. They checked to see how useful the container was and how easy the puff was to use. This was also graded on a scale from 1.0 to 5.0.

Products that were both easy to open and had a useful puff got the highest grades. Puffs that are too small mean you have to spend more time applying the powder, and puffs that are too large run the risk of wasting valuable product. You can choose the puff size that works for you by checking the size of the container.

Tips on How to Choose a Japanese Face Powder – Buying Guide

Here are three big things to look out for when picking the best Japanese face powder for you.

Choose Based on Your Desired Finish

Choose Based on Your Desired Finish
Do you want a more lively look? Is there a special occasion that requires a slightly heavier, more polished look? For instance, products with pearls listed in the ingredients will give your skin a little extra shine. Think about when and where you’re going to use your face powder. Also, check to see how well it blends into your skin and how fine the powder is.

Choose a Moisturizing Powder That Won’t Dry Your Skin Out

Choose a Moisturizing Powder That Won’t Dry Your Skin Out
Powders that contain moisturizing ingredients will prevent your skin from drying out with use. If you’re going to use face powder on skin that’s already dry, the grains of the powder will stand out on your skin. We suggest going for a powder that contains moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, amino acids, shea butter, or royal jelly essence.

Pick a Powder With an Easy-to-use Case and Puff

Pick a Powder With an Easy-to-use Case and Puff
Almost all face powders include a puff for application, but they range greatly in size, and they might not always be best for your cosmetic goals. They might also be too hard or too soft. Also, pay attention to how easy it is to open the case itself; since you’re going to use it every day, it makes sense to choose something that will give you the least headaches, right?

Looking for Other Skincare Recommendations? We’ve Got You Covered

Looking for Other Skincare Recommendations? We’ve Got You Covered

We’ve given you suggestions for how to finish up your makeup look, but what about taking care of your skin? Consider checking out these popular cleansing gels and other amazing skincare products to set up the perfect base for your everyday makeup.

Summary

We rounded up cosmetic experts, purchased the 7 most popular Japanese face powders, and tested them all.

We learned that the best of the best face powders tend to be loose powder types with moisturizing ingredients that come inside an easy-to-open container with a perfectly-sized puff. Pay attention to these factors when considering your face powder needs to find the perfect match for your skin.

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