I have the most oily skin in the history of the world and this works wonders. Get a good brush to apply it - I have found the Sephora Professionnel Platinum Blush Brush #49 works best.
I don't think this is my HG, but I do like the powder so far. I've been using it for a couple months now, but I'd like to test it out in the warmer months before I'm set on whether or not I'll buy it again (for now, however, it's a yes).
WEARING THE POWDER
- It feels lightweight, and it doesn't give me a ghostly appearance. It also doesn't tend to come off throughout the day.
- I do like it as a powder to help set foundation on my nose, by my eyes, and forehead. I don't tend to use it on my cheeks unless I'm wearing blush or bronzer and I need a set powder.
- I don't use the puff applicator that came with the compact (I think those are really unhygenic and they tend to create a cakey appearance), so I tend to use a small amount of powder on a large Bobbi Brown powder brush, tap it against the compact a couple times to drop any excess powder and dust it on very lightly.
- In all the times I have used this powder, I have only had to reapply in one instance that I can think of.
Initially I thought I would be able to use the medium powder because it seemed like a good match to me, but the employee at MAC laughed and told me I'd be better off using the light powder because it's not pigmented.. I'm glad I took his advice because looking back, the medium powder would have been too dark for my face. Definitely consult with one of the employees if you're uncertain which shade is best for you.
- I like the packaging, however, others have mentioned being afraid of dropping the powder and having it shatter, and I have often felt the same.
- It's not a bad price, especially when, like me, you don't need use it every single day.
Blah. Yes, it blots my face but it looks chalky on. I now only use it to spot "blot" sides of nose, eyelids, and forehead if I am wearing bangs. OK...it keeps the oilies at bay but it makes me look ugly while its doing so. I'll stick with my Shu Eumura "loose powder" for the future even if it does make a mess of my make-up bag occasionally.
I have super oily skin and I have to say this is my staple. It isn't my HG or anything, but it is staple that I have to have everyday. I've used loose blot in Light, Pressed Blots in Light, Medium, and Medium/Dark, but seriously all of them are just transparent on my NC25/C3, EDM Winged Butter/Butter Tan skintone. I will be ordering 4 more Medium Blot tomoro for FF sale :) I use blot powder w/ MAC leatherette puff (the one that comes with MAC Sheer pressed powder, but you can buy it separately $6.00 for pack of 2. MAC site say it's non-washable, but it is and it last for whole pressed blot until you see the pan)
I like to use blot powder instead of using blotting paper, just gives powdery-matte look without actually feeling dry. If you prefer non-powdery, dewy look, this powder isn't for you.
I ordered 2 light and 2 medium color for FF. Even though it appears translucent on me, why not have 2 options when I wear it :D
The guy at MAC tried this on me because I was really fed up with my make-up not staying put and matte all day. I have really oily skin so it doesn't help.
I use their studio fix powder in nw15 and nc20 and usually half way through the day the oil starts to come out so just a quick touch up of the blot powder makes my make-up look like how it was when I first put it on.
Love this stuff. It really works for my super oilyness. I may need to use it 1-3 times a day, but when it completely mattifies my shiny complexion - I don't mind.
Would definitely buy this one over and over.
I used to use MAC Select Sheer in NC05. I find it's coverage beautiful, not thick enought to be mask-like/foundation-like, but not thin like a baby powder would apply (I used to use baby powder when I was younger). The Select Sheer would cover slight freckles but not look like I'm wearing anything on top of my skin. But alas! it turns to dark pinkish/orangish after an hour or so. The SA told me that this is due to the acid on my skin. I now have to switch to this Blot Powder. I like that it doesn't turn dark on me, even after hours of wear. It also regulates oil. As with the Select Sheer, I have to blot within an hour. The only drawback here is that it covers like a baby powder. Lacking of pigment & coverage. Guess I'll have to go on searching for the perfect face powder, as I don't use foundation. As for now...this will have to suffice. continued >>
I love this product, I have always been a little leery of powders because my skintone is extremely light. I live in NY and this has been quite a humid summer, this powder prevents my skin from getting shiny! Amazing product, has yet to cause breakouts on my skin. Goes on very smooth. Would definately buy again
This stuff is my favorite secret weapon! Alone, it manages to even out my skin tone fairly well so if I've not had time to do my full face I can at least feel a LITTLE better about it. Over my foundation though (I use EL Doublewear in Shell) it seriously gives my face a flawless appearance! All in all, it is well worth the price IMHO!
I bought this at the airport en route to Italy when I realised I had forgotten my powder compact (Givenchy Prisme again Visage in light pastel) I choose the light option, which although initially appeared super pale when swatched on my hand has turned out to be the correct colour for my pink based PPP skin. It cost less than £12 in duty free, so wasn't too expensive ( the Givenchy compact is a hefty £28 from my Givenchy counter)
I used this as a finishing veil to my MMU and also at lunchtime to blot oil breakthrough. The finish is velvety smooth and didn't cake in fine lines it also coped well with the 32 C heat in Milan. When I returned home I read some of the reviews here and also on YT. Since then I have tried it as a foundation on it's own with only Estee Lauder Idealist pore refiner underneath, it is fantastic! It leaves me with a soft matte finish, which over the course of the day helps prevent oil breakthrough. However , I have such oily skin that I will always blot my face with tissue and reapply powder at lunchtime. This performs well, doesn't oxidise to a horrid orange colour and doesn't settle into my pores or fine lines. I have already repurchased so that I can have one in my handbag and one at home!
The rather steep $20+ USD price tag on Blot Powder made me balk at buying it, but I had some extra cash, and decided to splurge.
I'm pale, even for an NW15, but after reading reviews here I was still unsure about which shade to buy, especially since I have to order all of my MAC products online, sight unseen. I went with Light, reasoning that if I applied it [with a brush] sparingly enough it would blend with my skin just fine.
I've only worn it once, but so far it seems as if I made the right choice.
Blot Powder is superbly silky and smooth, and mattes down shine nicely without a heavy, cakey effect.
Time will tell if it can handle my SUPER oily skin, but so far, so good.
I will update later, but for now I'm giving Blot Powder a 4, and indicating it as a rebuy.
Update: I love this stuff, (now it's a 5), though it doesn't keep my uber-oily skin matte all day. It does better than anything else at keeping oil at bay, and the texture is to die for.