I honestly prefer loose powders for the more specific makeup looks as they look way more natural and are lighter on the skin without adding any more color pigments to my makeup. As for baking using this pressed mineral powder, I like to use it with a damp beauty blender sponge on the areas which need baking. The powder does not go chalky on the skin, infact the damp sponge picks up just enough product and also spreads pretty evenly. I prefer leaving this for less than 5 minutes and also I apply less product when using the pressed powder. It is not just convenient to use but if you are using the Insight mineralized pressed powder, the finish you get is really smooth and flawless.