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.
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!
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.
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