NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powder

At this time of year in particular, loose powder can be a nightmare. Swoosh it onto dry skin and you'll look chalky, dry and dusty.

Enter this NARS offering, which blots shine successfully but leaves skin looking velvety rather than parched. And forget about one-shade-suits-all 'translucent' (which never works on dark skins, in our experience, leaving them ashy): Soft Velvet Loose Powder comes in eight shades from Snow to Heat (for the deepest true brown skintones).

Another boon: if the reason you generally steer clear of powder is because it accentuates wrinkles, this comfy-to-wear powder actually blurs their visible appearance.

We're thinking it's definitely time to become loose women again, thanks to Monsieur Nars...

UK readers find NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powder at£26.50