28 6 / 2012
For a make-up job I did for a short film, I went make-up shopping and purchased a few new necessities. From MAC, this included two Pro Longwear foundations, a Sheertone Blush, Brush Cleanser, and the Prep & Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, which I will be reviewing today!
MAC describes the product as:
A silky, colourless finishing powder suitable for all skin tones. Reduces shine while optically minimizing the look of lines & imperfections. Wear over makeup or on its own. Now in a pressed compact for ease & portability.
The powder comes in classic MAC packaging, with the nice touch of glitter on the box and the case of the powder itself! The first time using this powder, I liked the large size of the pan inside, as well as the mirror. The pressed version seemed like it would be less messy and easier to use than the loose version, but that’s just my personal preference. :)
When picked up on a powder brush, the powder is visible, appearing white. However, once buffed onto the skin, it blends out completely transparently as promised, instantly giving a matte finish. I first used this on top of my Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup, but thought it would be best to test it on top of my Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich Foundation - the foundation I had previously reviewed and commented that it appears shiny too easily.
The result when using the MAC Prep & Prime Transparent Finishing Powder is a matte finish and also longer-lasting make-up, which would be especially helpful for those who are looking to prolong the life of their foundation!
Here, you can see the difference of wearing the foundation alone, then with powder. The difference is more subtle in photos; but in real life the mattifying effect is much more noticeable. (Please ignore the change in skin tone - I didn’t edit the colour; my camera often takes consecutive photos with different tones which I’m not sure how to fix!)
Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich Foundation (4 Natural)
Overall, I love this product! It does exactly what it claims to, and is a breeze to use. However, I wouldn’t recommend it for use with foundations that are mattifying already, as it may make your skin appear too matte and dry. For those with oily skin, or have any overly shiny foundations like me, this is an excellent option :)
MAC at Smith & Caugheys, $54.