I usually use the Studio Fix but I recently purchased this because I wanted a more minimalist look. My tinted moisturizer is pretty greasy, so I wanted a transparent powder that just takes the grease away, without adding the pale "glow" some finishing powders have. This did JUST that. If you're looking for a product that's going to cover your blemishes, scars, or any skin imperfections; this is not it. If you're looking for a product to combat shine for hours and hours. Best solution ever. And it's not messy like loose powder!
I have used and tried a lot of finishing powders and this is my absolute favourite. This stuff mattifies my skin without making my make-up look and feel heavy. I don't have really oily skin, so I can't comment on the effectiveness of the mattifying aspect when you have oily skin. But for me this set's my overall make-up and my undereye concealer in particular, without having a obviously powdered face. I really love that it's a pressed powder. This makes it so much easier to use, but also cheaper in use. Yes you get more product when you buy the loose finishing powder variant. But that doesn't last me as long as this compact does. Because everytime I open the lid on the loose powder, a lot of powder flies away and I tend to use too much of the loose powder. So this is the answer to all of my finishing powder prayers.
This powder is pretty good at controlling the oil on my face. The only problem I have with this powder is the fact that you really need to blend it into your face other wise you look super caky.
Prep+Prime Pressed is very finely milled, with a beautiful texture in the pan. Unfortunately, I found it less-than-beautiful on my face. It is matte, and does a decent job of taking the shine off my ss. When applied lightly( tiniest bit dabbed on with a foundation brush), it's like I'm not wearing anything. As I'd prefer a bit of an airbrushed, glowy effect, this disappointed. It did not visibly blur anything. When applied with a fluffy powder brush, it appeared powdery and had a bit of a whitish cast. I am already very pale ( NW10-15), so this may be even more noticeable on someone darker. For packaging lovers like me, it is worth mentioning that this compact is different from other MAC pressed powders. This compact is shiny, with a sparkles, and the MAC logo is much smaller.
I do not think I would repurchase, because, for me, there are similar products which provide a noticeably better finish ( UD De-Slick).
i'm pretty disapointed in this product. i'm a huge fan of the original prep and prime loose powder and was very excited to hear that there would be a pressed version available. i like the original because it keeps my foundation looking fresh all day and makes it very long wearing but i usually dislike loose powders and this was no exception. i find that this looks very chalky and powdery on the skin which unlike the original loose really diffuses on the skin and looks very naturaly matte. though the compact is very sleek and the mirror is very convenient, i'm not a huge fan of the overall performance of the powder. i did keep this though because it's good for travel and touch ups when applied carefully but i'm way more dependent on the loose powder which i have now repurchased 3 times. overall i recommend people try the loose powder before considering the pressed powder to get the full potential of the product.
I bought this after reading good reviews about how it minimises the look of pores and keeps skin matt. After using it I'm a bit disappointed. I still get an oily t-zone and pores are reduced but not as dramatically as others have found. I do prefer it to the blot powder now because its less chalky/powdery. Not sure if I'll buy this again, although there's nothing really "wrong" with it.
I have this in pressed and loose, so I feel that i'm pretty good to do a review about this.
This powder is transparent, but at the same time when you apply this on to your face, it goes kinda ashy and it will make you appear whiter.
It does control oil and I love the packaging, I use the loose one at home to set my makeup as a finishing powder, and I bring the pressed one out as a little touch up.
It's just a regular oil control powder that provides minimal coverage.
Good for people with nearly perfect skin!
I purchased this after running out of my blot powder which I love. I got this because I thought this would be even better and although I don't hate it, I don't love it.
I normally apply my powder with a kabuki brush (too faced retractable kabuki so I can take it on the go) and this applies too heavily even with a light hand. It is very powdery and i think it has a tendency to just kind of float on top of my foundation. It is supposed to be colorless but it does give a slight white cast (I'm NC 30 so I'm pretty medium I guess)
Anyways, I'm not a big fan of the "powdered look" and this does exactly that. It gives that "Hi I'm freshly powdered" look.
As for that "soft focus" look. I haven't noticed any.. aside from the "I have lots and lots of powder on my face so don't I look soft?" type of a look.
update: I have to bring the rating down to one because it broke me out like never before! I used it for more than a month and was wondering if some of my new skincare (estee lauder advanced night repair and philosophy oil cleanser) were breaking me out. As soon as I stopped using this, my skin cleared up. Besides, I didn't like the way this looked or felt on my skin anyways, good riddance to bad rubbish! never again.
i love this powder i use it over macs mineralize skin finish natural (medium) i have oily skin so it does the trick for me it sets my makeup and mattes my skin for a long time however don't over do it as it can look noticeable and chalky you only need a light dusting i love that it comes with a mirror and its pressed so its great for on the go it leaves a matte silky look its great for setting your foundation
I hate to go against the flow but I really didn't like this powder. Unlike others, I found it did make me look chalky unless applies REALLY lightly, which meant using it to set makeup involved a lot of trial and error. I've got quite pale skin (NC15) but still found this gave a ghostly cast.
When applied lightly it did give a lovely soft, 'airbrushed' finish but unfortunately on my combination skin this only lasted for about half an hour before I needed to touch up.
It also made my skin feel a bit itchy the first few times I used it. I normally love MAC powders and had high hopes for this but I won't repurchase - I have not even finished this one.