REVIEW:MAC Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

I never go a day without setting my foundation with some sort of setting powder. Depending on the look I am going for I will use a light weight one for everyday use or a much heavier one when I want to achieve a high coverage. I mentioned my favourite full coverage combo in this post which featured Mac’s Studio Fix Powder Foundation and today I will talk about another Mac product, this time one that I use to achieve a more natural looking base.

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Mac Prep+Prime Transparent  Loose Finishing Powder is a very sheer, colourless, invisible setting powder. In the pot it looks white which can look scary, especially for darker complexions but once it is applied to the skin in light layers it is pretty much invisible to the naked eye and to even the best quality camera lenses.

I do find the best way to apply this is small amounts at a time. My brush of choice for this type of application is a duo fibre brush and build it up in light layers instead of piling it on the face with a larger powder brush. I find if you do this the product tends to cling to drier areas and it is just not pretty!

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I do think this powder is only good for drier skins though, in fact I love it when I am having dry skin days but if my skin is any way oily this powder simply does not control the oil enough, by 11 am the oils start to show on my nose and forehead which really isn’t a good look.

I did notice when using this that my pores and fine lines definitely looked less obvious, almost like they were optically blurred or something! You can use this on its own to give your natural skin a boost and perfect it a little but personally I much prefer it as a setting powder.

I got the loose version of this powder which I would not recommend again. The packaging allows alot of powder to be dispensed all at once and so it goes all over the place when you try to use it and you also end up grabbing more than you need which means that some of the product is wasted. This is available in a pressed version and I would recommend you purchase this over the loose powder.

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Overall I do like this powder but it is definitely not the best powder I have ever tried and I would only recommend this for normal to dry skintypes as although it claims to control oil I really didn’t find it did so on my skin which really isn’t that oily at all.

This powder costs €26 for an 8g tub and is available from any Mac counter nationwide.

Have you tried this powder? I would love to know what type of skin you have and how this powder responded to it?

Thanks for taking time out to read this and enjoy the rest of your day

Anita XXXX



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    sinead k
    September 28, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    love the honesty in your post. Im not a fan of loose powders as I end up spilling them everywhere!!

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      September 28, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks Sinead. The packaging of this product makes it so difficult to use the right about. I would try the pressed version of this the next time though xx

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    September 26, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Have you tried the pressed powder yet, any good?

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      September 26, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Have you tried the pressed powder yet, any good?

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    April 7, 2016 at 10:29 am

    I bought the pressed powder, there s no difference regarding the quality of the product itself compared with the loose one. The only difference is that the pressed powder doesn t make a mess. I find it easier to use. I think my skin looked soft and quite flawless, but I have oily areas and I have to top up a bit. It s a good product, you have just to be careful when applying it. Use a small quantity on your face or it might look cakey.

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