HG Product here. I LOVE this stuff! It covers so well, that I can use it for concealer under my eyes and blemishes. It also is a great product to quickly apply onto your face when you are in a hurry if you are looking for some coverage. Also, there is a pretty good amount of product in it also. I've had mine for 2 years and barely made a noticeable dent in the powder. L O V E!!!
Great product to do the touch-ups during the day or to set the liquid foundation and give more coverage to the skin. It doesn't break me out. I don't use it as a foundation, only as a powder and for me it is very nice product. It doesn't make my skin looking cakey and controls oil, too. It looks very natural on my skin and makes me looking just flawless! I love it! :-)
I know there are lots of reviews for this,but wanted to give my opinion. I brought this some yrs ago after I started wearing Mac,solely after the Sa recommended it. First off,I wasn't or didn't wear foundation,so was on the fence about trying this. I was just wearing the Select sheer powder,as this was all I needed. I purchased it in the same shade(NW43,it was Spring/summer) Normally I'm NC 45-50. This was way darker & looked more reddish than the Select sheer. It went on smoothly,but I could tell I had make up on. Plus this was heavier than what I'm use to. I even tried "lightly" dusting it on. Overall I wasn't feeling this product & B2M it. If you like powder foundation,this may be for you. But not me,and I haven't repurchased it & won't.
Hm. I've heard a lot about this product, read a lot of really good reviews and I thought it would be perfect for my very oily/acne prone skin. I am an NC35 in Prolongwear so I went for the same colour. Colour is ok (as you would expect, although it gives me the impression it's a bit on the red side and it doesn't look as good as the Prolongwear liquid foundation) but everything else isn't: It sits on my pores like a devil and makes them look sooo much bigger. I've also tried it with a primer underneath (Clinique's pore minimizer) and it's a bit better, but still not great. It also tends to look really cakey, and don't even dare to use it on top of another foundation, unless you are really desperate for coverage! Coverage is really good by the way - it hides the occasional red spot much better than other powders, I sometimes use it on a spot over a liquid foundation. It also tends to highlight little lines on my forehead, which I do not appreciate at all. It didn't really do a very good job keeping me matte when I used it on its own - in fact, I looked terrible by midday having applied it around 7...If you use it with a primer, it might be a bit better. But if you have very large pores like me, perhaps look elsewhere for a good powder foundation. I also have to say I am not terribly in love with Mac's packaging: Yes it is practical and some of the products are really good, but it's not as stylish as other brands (Estee Lauder, Chanel etc. Even Clinique is doing a better job, and their products are not anything terribly special...) A bit of eye-candy never hurt anyone.
I am giving this Product a 3 because it does in fact work very well for some people. This powder offers full coverage which is what I was looking for. It feels and looks nice on, but that does change. I get oily with this foundation after about 2-3 hours which is MUCH quicker than with other foundations. Then once the oil comes, the color of this foundation oxidizes to most oompa loompa orange color I have ever seen. I also have a VERY hard time finding a really good color match with MAC so the oxidizing just makes that worse. Now, I clean my makeup brushes regularly, I completely remove my makeup every night before washing my face, and my skin gets clearer as soon as I stop using this... So I can & will say, this product causes Acne. Huge Cystic Pimples and under the skin Pimples that take forever to get rid of. I think people that have relatively good skin are the only people who benefit from MAC Foundations. Especially this one.
Initially I loved this product, until it started settling into my fine lines. It starts to cake after a long day. The coverage is good but this product is not for me.
My honest opinion:
Easy to apply
It gets cakey after 2 hours
Difficult to reapply because it leaves uneven streaks
I bought this powder back in April 2010, and it's the only foundation I've been using since then. My color is NW 50, the darkest shade available. Overall, I'm very satisfied with this foundation. I've stuck to it for so long because it works for me. My routine in the morning usually involves moisturizing my face, applying concealer to my under eye and other problem areas, and then using this powder to finish it off. When I pair this powder with concealer, I get a full coverage, flawless look that lasts for about 8 hours. Without concealer, the coverage is a bit sheer, but definitely buildable. Even if you pile on the powder, it still manages to look natural.
I wear this powder alone if I want to appear as if I'm not wearing much makeup. If you want something that looks natural, this would be a good choice. I've traveled a lot with this and have had no problems with the packaging. It's very sturdy and sleek. I haven't tried many other department store foundations so I don't have a reference point to compare this to. But based on my experience using this for 3 years, I think it's a high quality product. I haven't had any breakouts or skin problems as a result of using this. Also, the price is really not that bad considering that a lot of department store foundations cost way more than $27. This will last you a long time too so you can look at it as an investment.
I would definitely recommend giving this a try. It's a long-lasting, good coverage foundation. It also has an extensive color selection so anyone can find a perfect match for their skin.
I am absolutely in love with this product and I wish I'd have found it sooner. For a long time I'd been looking for a powder that I could put on first thing in the morning and not wory about being shiny or oil by lunchtime, this is my solution. As I have very acne prone skin I often use very high coverage foundations but I also wanted a high coverage powder for even more coverage. I came across this from one of the beauty gurus I watch on YouTube and instantly wanted it. What I love about it so much is that even if I have no liquid foundation on underneath I can still wear this and have near enough full coverage completely concealing any blemishes or scarring. This powder on my oily skin, if applied at say 8am, will stay matte till around 4pm and only then will it need a tiny touch up. I really cannot fault this product and feel that £20.50 is such a bargain for a product I like so much, my skin has not broken out at all since using it which has surprised me and also I have even received compliments on my make up since using this regardless of the acne underneath.
Overall, coming from someone who wanted a mattifying and high coverage powder for acne prone skin, I can't fault it.
I have always loved MAC products. I use mac shadows, paint pots, and concealers daily. I used to use MAC foundations, and never ever had a problem with breakouts. In fact, MAC was the only thing that didn't break me out. Weird, I know. I was interested in just using a powder foundation, and keeping things simple. Naturally I gravitated towards Studio Fix, BIG MISTAKE. When this arrived in the mail, my skin was clear. Three-Four uses later, I had straight up acne, which is not normal for me. I stopped using in two days ago, and started to baby the hell out of my skin, BOOM acne is now steadily going away. So yes, it was definitely this product. Luckily, MAC's awesome customer service department told me how I could get a full refund without the packaging or the receipt. This product works amazing for some, but if you have sensitive skin I'd definitely go for something else.