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rated 4 of 5 on 3/15/2011 12:11:00 AM More reviews by liueditor

Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Dark, Warm Hair: Brown, Kinky, Coarse Eyes: Brown

OK, I've been a MUA member for years, and this is the first time I've written a post. That should tell you something. I rushed out to buy it when I read somewhere on the web that it actually controls oil. Anyway, I'm black and have combo skin that right now is dealing with dry patches, so I bought Careblend in Deep Dark. The color is slightly lighter than I would prefer. So, I first use my preferred powder, and then use this as a finishing powder. I look a little powdery at first, but I have found Careblend to do a much better job at controlling oil than MAC's blot powder (which means I'm not buying their blot powder anymore). It's been only the second day, but I can go much longer without blotting, and when the shine appears, it doesn't look yucky. I will say that I thought Careblend still felt more like a powder than other claim (maybe it's cause my skin is really dry right now), and it really doesn't do much for coverage. But I think it's a great option for those who want a no-makeup look and for those looking for a great setting powder. Finally, MAC makes a foundation product I actually like. Shockers. Hope this review helps. : )

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rated 5 of 5 on 3/14/2011 5:33:00 AM More reviews by jay4jazz

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown

Ok, this stuff is amazing. One day I put a bit too much on but instead of looking powdery, I looked like I had been airbrushed to perfection. I would even venture to say that I looked too perfect (or maybe I'm not use to that level of perfectness). I am NC25 and I use Medium Plus.

I also need to mention that I have fairly good skin, no blemishes just a bit of uneven skin tone here and there. I use this as a powder foundation with my ecotools blush brush but i want to get to MAC 116 to use with this for more coverage. It is also great for dry to normal skin and holds up fairly well in hot weather (though if I'm sweating a lot then it does wear away a bit, but what kind of makeup holds up in a down pour of sweat?). I don't like the powder puff it comes with, either that or I don't know how to use it. Also, I hope that they expand the shade range for this product because it is actually amazing.

And my last testament to this stuff: it's so much better than Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, which I thought I liked but it was a bit too powdery for me. It works well for my sister who has oilier skin.

I will definitely repurchase and it is cheaper than Mineralize Skinfinish Natural.

UPDATE: Do not use water with this product, I spray evian on my brush before i use this and now it has developed a gritty texture. I've almost finished the product though so when I repurchase, I will not make the same mistake :(

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 3/12/2011 4:08:00 PM More reviews by starbuck65

Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue

Ok...I'm 45, dry skin. I always set my foundation with powder no matter what. I have found a few that I really like. One is MAC's Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, love it! Will always love it! I also like MAC's MSF Natural however, I cannot wear mineral makeup in warmer weather, it makes me itch, I break out in hives, my skin burns...so I only used it in the winter. CareBlend... It's amazing, I've never used anything like it. As far as wearing a powder that doesn't look powder-y, P+P doesn't but it's different...the only other I've used that I could compare it with is Chanel and this is hands down so much better. It doesn't have the opacity/coverage that MSF Natural has but it's not sheer either. It has about the opacity of Chanel and you can see that powder ever so slightly on the skin. CareBlend does NOT look like powder, it's the neatest thing I've ever seen. It's soft, that's all I can think to say, even in my horrifyingly over-magnified mirror...nothing. In broad daylight, which is when I feel powder is most noticable, nothing . Maybe not nothing, it's better than ever! But it's definitely there, it sets my liquid foundation perfectly. I promise you I look years younger! I must have been so used to the look of powder. I never realized how aging a powder that even I thought was great looked until I used this. How is it on younger skin? Oily skin? I don't know. Try it anyway. It's MAC, you can get your money back, hassle-free if it doesn't work for you. I've heard it described as creamy. Maybe, but I wouldn't call it moisturising, it's a powder but I'm positive it wasn't created to absorb oil so if that's what you're looking for try Blot powder. It's like a soft focus look, definitely not drying, not even slightly and you can pack this on 'til the cows come home. It's neither luminous nor mattifying, it's truly age -defying. I've used loads of powders that claim to soften a look or great for dry skin, soft focus....blah, blah, blah....Maybe you have to be of a certain age or certain skin-type to appreciate how amazing this really can be. That's not say younger guys and gals won't love this. Finally! If ever there was an appropriate time to use foul language on MUA, this would be that time...and that chosen word would be followed by the word BRILLIANT!!!! Thank you, MAC! You will surely be remembered in heaven for this. You should have made this years ago....I forgive you.

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rated 3 of 5 on 3/10/2011 5:57:00 AM More reviews by CoCoCC

Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I love this powder when its cold outside and i don't have much oil issues or when my skin is dry. however my skin is starting to oil up a little and i've noticed more clogged pores possibly from the shea butter and various oils in this. this powder is a dream for dry skin, but not for my oily acne prone skin, but i would definitely use this in winter again. There is shimmer in this product, it leaves a slight sheen, but not glowy like the MSFN.

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rated 5 of 5 on 3/9/2011 6:08:00 PM More reviews by fleurylane

Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Black

I almost never wear foundation so a good powder is important to me. MAC's Studio Careblend is just about everything the perfect powder for me should be. It has the most silky smooth texture and is very very lightweight in application. It has the perfect amount of coverage-sheer, but leaves my skin looking smooth by lightening any redness/irritation and blurring my pores so they almost disappear.

The formula's great for my dryish skin because it's non-irritating, and non-drying, and (most importantly), not-cakey. It's totally a god-send for patchy wintery dry skin but I have a feeling it'll be great for the summer too. It looks good after even 12 hours and an airplane ride (which as every MUA knows--dehydrates skin terribly). I use the included puff for quick application or a kabuki if I want a bit more coverage. I love how great this is for putting in my purse--a definite advantage over MSFN. It's great for touching up my nose area throughout the day, which is the only part of my face that ever gets a bit shiny.

The price isn't bad at all at $23. Given how little of it I use--it'll probably last at least half a year. I'm an NC20 and got it in Light Plus.

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rated 5 of 5 on 3/9/2011 11:57:00 AM More reviews by vassy0909

Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

I love it! It has better coverage than the mineral skinfinish natural ans it's super finely milled. Great finishing powder , for work- I would simply put some concealer and the careblend on top and I get the perfect look. And it doesn't settle in my large pores and wrinkles. There's mirror for touch up if necessary. It has pretty good staying power on me / I have dry skin for reference/

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rated 5 of 5 on 3/8/2011 11:52:00 AM More reviews by Mommy818

Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue

This is the powder I have always wanted but never found. I had given up on powder for my dryish skin. I wear this alone and it does give light coverage. It fast and easy to swipe on and much easier that bare minerals. You can use the sponge that it comes with or a brush. When I use my brush there is almost no fallout!! This is soooo finely milled it's almost creamy. There are conditioning butters/oils/vitamins in here that are good for your skin. When you apply it and wait a minute it kind of melts into your skin, and you don't have that powdery look, you just look polished and evened out. You can reapply during the day and it never cakes up! Also the compact has a nice mirror inside and the little black sponge is cute too. It's very chic looking. For $23 this is a really quality product! Try it and you wont regret it.

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rated 5 of 5 on 3/7/2011 6:48:00 PM More reviews by Cindy105

Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Black, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

LOVE this product! I usually do not wear pressed powder at all since I think powder makes your skin look unnatural in harsh lighting, such as at the office. Sometimes I'll wear a bit of translucent loose powder to keep my t-zone from getting too oily. About two weeks ago I was browsing the MAC counter and a girl sat me down and put some of this on me. I was sold! I don't really know how to describe it. It makes your skin look "creamy" as opposed to "powdery". My t-zone usually gets grossly oily by the afternoon, but with this powder on I can see just a bit of sheen on my skin coming through. Usually it gets me through the work day without having to reapply. I'm a NC25 and the girl matched me to the Medium tone. I thought I would be Light Plus, but she said I'm in between and if I get Medium I can wear it for summer too, since it's pretty sheer. I would say it's buildable coverage, but I only wear one layer. I've been wearing it every day for 2 weeks and I haven't had any problems with it at all. I think this is my HG powder!

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 3/7/2011 12:30:00 AM More reviews by marippe

Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue

i had been using pro-longwear foundation and it tends to be a little heavy.. this is my first jump into mac pressed powders &i am in love. light plus is the perfect match for me. it's such an easy product to apply.. very natural coverage and easily buildable. gives a nice, matte finish &feels super silky. totally in love with this stuff <3

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rated 5 of 5 on 3/6/2011 3:05:00 PM More reviews by Nelly126

Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel

I could never use MAC foundations because they have all caused my skin to become irritated. My skin just hated MAC and it used to bum me out as I had seen friends who use the products with great results. Well FINALLY MAC has made a powder foundation that I can wear! The Careblend line is AMAZING! I have rosacea and this does not cause any kind of reaction once or ever. I have been wearing it everyday for the past 7 days with nothing but great results. My skin just looks better and feels incredibly smooth as time goes by. The powder doesn't sit on your skin, it melts into your skin giving you a smooth, glowy, luminous yet natural look. The best part is that it DOES NOT oxidize as the day goes on. My skin remains flawless throughout the day with very little touch up. It gives great coverage, it can be layered on lightly or heavy depending on what your going for . It doesn't cake up or anything! If MAC keeps bringing out products with the same formula as this powder I will most definitely continue purchasing the line. I now receive compliments on how great my skin looks and not how great your make up looks which is a big difference. Give it a try you'll be a covert like I am.

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