I love this stuff, and I lost my last compact while traveling. After 18 months or so, I am looking to replace it, having realized that this is the ONLY makeup I could ever use for concealing.
When I say that, do NOT use this under your eyes (far too powdery and dry for that), but only on blotchy portions of your skin or blemishes, if you happen to have them.
I would never consider using this as a foundation, as it is truly heavy, heavy, and will look like a mask. (If there is another method of application, I do not know about it.)
Simply put, I pulled out this compact a number of years ago before going out with some friends in sunny daylight, and my girlfriend commented, "Oh my God, it really works." I of course responded, "Well, of course it does."
I use this as a concealer only in the areas where I need it. It lasts and lasts. I am not one much to fuss about details, but I do require that a makeup look natural. Although I have not fussed much in that last few years, I am treating myself to another one of these compacts. Believe me, if you find your color, this will be the best concealer investment you've ever made. It could conceivably last a lifetime. And because it is a dry powder, you needn't worry much about longevity. Just keep it dry, and it will stay fine.
Best application: Use clean fingertips and dab it on and blend around imperfections.
The coverage is really well and absorbs oil, just didnt like the fact the product brushes all on my shirts even with primer.
This is my sister's HG foundation and it looks flawless on her (she has normal skin). I bought one for myself but idk, something just seems abit off about it. The finish is just so flat and lifeless and it kinda looks like i'm wearing a mask. I bought NW25 and it seems too dark for my skintone. Maybe it's because I bought the wrong color. I probably won't be buying it again since I prefer to have a more natural look and this foundation is leaning towards a matte finish. However its really good for oil control and it lasts all day. Packaging is very classy too!
So I've been using this powder for a long time now. I want to like it so badly but I'm not sure. I have VERY oily skin so I use this as my foundation. My shade is C7. When at home, applying my makeup under a lamp on my makeup desk, my makeup looks great. Perfect color, well blended, it just looks really good. But when I step outside, something just doesn't feel right. I've been in the car driving to work, pulled down the car mirror in the sun visor and been like "OMGGG this looks terrible", but then I'll get to work and look in the mirror and it will look fine. One day while goofing off at work, I took a picture of myself and was like "OMGGG this looks terrible" but when I went to the bathroom, it looked fine. I just don't know what to make of it. This is the shade that was recommended for me at the MAC store so I'm assuming that it's the right color. And in some lighting it looks great and in other lighting it looks horrendous. I have this problem with all foundation though, whether it be powder, liquid or cream. I haven't had the guts to ask anyone, hey...does my face look ashy or anything? But I really need to know. It's to the point that when I'm in lighting that I know isn't good for me, I'm embarrassed for anyone to look at me. But, like I said, it could just be me and maybe it looks fine. It's pretty expensive but I'm willing to pay for products that work so I need to know whether this is good for me before I run out of this one lol. It hasn't caused any break outs or anything so that's why I really want to stick with it but I just don't know. I'm working up the nerve to ask someone's opinion on it one day. Desireesbeautyblog.Blogspot.com
I love this product - it looks great, filling pores in around my nose area and giving an overall smooth look. It gives medium coverage, which helps diminish the look of blemishes/spots but without completely concealing them. I use it as a setting powder for my liquid foundation for fuller coverage and love using it this way. Having used it without liquid foundation underneath though, I found it didn't cause me to break out (which is very surprising, given my super-acne prone skin!). People with dry skin should probably avoid using this on its own - it can look a little chalky in dry areas. With my combination-dry skin, I find it is a little too matte/powdery-looking for my liking, so Fix+ comes in handy there.
Broke me out with horrible acne! It has a flawless finish, but it is not good for the skin!
I've been on a quest to find the perfect foundation for my pale (NC10ish), oily, acne-prone skin. Is this it? Not quite. Is it the closest I've found in my five years of looking? Absolutely. First off, it's good to know that this runs lighter than most other MAC foundations. Like I said, I'm about an N/NC10, which MAC doesn't currently offer. NC15 is quite obviously too dark/orange for me in their other foundations, but it's almost perfect for me in the Fix+ powder foundation. It's only too dark for me during the Winter, when I steer more NC5. NC15 is also a bit more pink than their other foundations, leaning more neutral than most of their other NCs. This works well for me.
Besides the color, which is tough enough to match, it also works well with my oily and acne-prone skin. It gives me a satin finish: not too matte, not too dewy. It gives me a natural, yet airbrushed finish. It's very flattering.
The compact is sturdy and the application is simple, giving me more coverage with the sponge or a flat brush and lighter coverage with a standard powder brush. This foundation makes me look polished in minutes, making my daily routine fast and easy. A quick mist of the Fix+ spray sets everything beautifully.
So why only four out of five? Well, the coverage isn't perfect. My skin is mostly under control, but this foundation can't cope with the occasional major blemish. You'll definitely need to conceal first. It also has a tendency to crease a bit under the my eyes and between my brows. This can, however, be fixed with a light touch-up. But my only major complaint is that this can't stand up to one of my longer days, leaving me with breakthrough oil after about six to eight hours.
Despite these problems, this is my go-to foundation. Applied over a silicone-based primer and set with Fix+, it gives me a polished, airbrushed look without too much hassle. Throw in one of MAC's only pale shades and I'm a happy girl.
I used to love this, and recommend it to anyone.
It still is an ok product, cheap, comes in like a million shades and is easy to apply.
I can now see on womens faces if they use this. Most of the time it is a bit too yellow (and this goes for women of all skin colours) and not a little cakey. Liquid foundation isn't everyones cup of tea, but for powder foundation there are certainly better choices than this.
I am now wondering what took me so long. I was stuck with this, not even bothering to see what else was out there. So happy I can finally give this a rest and move on.
I got this about a week ago and i like it quite a LOT.
i have oily acne-prone skin, and this is probably the only powder i can wear alone without foundation! Powder foundation usually got me looking cakey, stay on dry patches, and look greasy on my skin but this one is an exception. I got my color matched in nc25 and it suit my skin pretty well :D
The coverage is medium if you wear it alone, it can't hide minor blemishes you have to apply concealer though. But it can look so flawless if you apply foundation underneath, i try with my make up forever HD and Estee lauder double wear, and use it as setting powder result in amazing coverage and it didn't cake my face at all.
The oil control is not that great if wear alone, my nose got all oily after 4 hours but if set with primer and foundation it really helps to keep the oil at bay.
My skin is really prone to acne that's why i was scared for trying this out at first but so far this hasn't broke me out yet. I'll update if it is.
Overall it's my fav powder foundation so far
I use it to set my foundation and it works pretty good. I don't recommend using it for a foundation only though, unless you like really sheer coverage. You should have moisturized skin though, or else it might exaggerate the dry skin flakes and such.