I love this loose powder. I've been searching for an affordable loose powder and came across this one, which works fabulously. I was using Bobbi Brown's, but it's too expensive and MAC's color range is better. I bought the NC 15 and I'm very happy with the color, coverage, and texture. Definite repurchase.
Well, I have been using all kind of loose powders for years, and Dior & Chanel have been my staples for at least 15 years.
Then I decided to venture into other brands... so finally I got the chance to buy the so much praised MAC powder.
The SA recommended me this one (instead of her Blot one, dut to the fact that I wear the "classic" powders like Dior, that give you that polished finish). I got the NC15 - same as the foundation.
Well, the powder is a good powder, I mean, nice, it goes its job; colour is good, helps foundation to stay put. All ok.
The jar is verty spartan, I mean with this powder you are not even given the chance to use a puff as they do not insert it - OK you must use a specific powder brush but sometimes for a quick re-touch the puff is a valuable tool ! Many Makeup artists use it...to press the powder into the skin, see Chanel application technique video (and it is by far my favourite powder tool).
What I really do NOT get about ths powder is the price. I realized I paid 25 Euros (in Italy this is its price! corresponds to a good 39$!!) for a 8 grams jar ???????????????
Normally powders have 20, 25 or 30 grams as per the content, and their price range vary from 24 to 39 Euros (for the 30 grams in Guerlain, for example. Chanel is on 37 Euros for 30 grams too).
So I paid for a MAC powder (that is not exactly an High-End brand) 3 times the price of another brand - quality comparable???
If the MAC jar would have been "normal sized" (like 24 grams, for example) it would have had a price tag of 75 Euros??? This is out of control and not justifiable by its quality (good but not outstanding, and you do not use it in a lesser quantity respect the others... so a small 8 gr. jar will last 2 or 3 weeks at my place, nothing).
Good product, but never again, due to unjustified pricing. continued >>
I like this powder, it kept my face looking great all day and i didn't even need a retouch. It gives a subtle glow, but i don't know if it's the foundation (mineralize satin finish from mac) or the actual powder....maybe both. Anyways, its lovely, the combination of the foundation and the powder is perfection and my face has never looked this good and for a fraction of the cost of other department store brands and sephora....so i am happy.
-Not obviously powder
-Nice subtle shimmery feel
-Controls oil and shine
-The pot lasts you for quite a while. I stopped using it after a few months, but at the rate I was going, it could easily have lasted me 2 years if I had continued.
-Need the right brush to go with the application (which equals more time and more money)
-The packaging is irritating and not the most functional - it can get messy if you loose your footing for a sec and powder falls onto your carpet.
-The colour range is terrible. I was recommended NC25, but I'm a C3 in Studiofix!
-Pricey for a setting powder
Overall, this isn't a bad powder at all....for people who can find the right colour and for those who like to set their makeup with loose powder. For me, the colour wasn't right and it was too inconvenient to apply every morning.
Most importantly, why buy a loose powder to set your makeup when you can get a powder foundation which sets AND has coverage? I haven't used as many products out there as a lot of MUA girls, but I think I've neen lucky in finding great powder foundations in MAC StudioFix and Px Anywear. They're both great by themselves and as setting powder: great coverage, great finish, so convenient AND great colour range. I strongly recommend these two over Sheer Select Loose Powder
I overcame my dislike of loose powders (mainly due to the mess they can make) and bought this one from MAC after hearing many wonderful things. I have not been disappointed. Sure, it can be messy and requires a bit more effort than a pressed powder compact, but the superior results justify the extra hassle. The results are beautiful - the powder just glides on and I find it fills in pores and lines, giving a very smooth finish, certainly much smoother than the finish I get from Select Sheer pressed or Studio Fix powders. With this powder, I feel like it glides over my face and any excess falls off the brush or off my skin, rather than sticking to my skin and giving me a caked-on look. It works perfectly with my #129 brush, though I can see how using a smaller brush would achieve better application around the eye area in particular. This one definitely goes to the top of my list.
I love this stuff. Really sheer, as it says. NC15 suits my skin tone - however when I tan it doesn;t stand out as pale to matte up areas as it's that beautifully sheer. Definitely my HG powder.
This is a must-have product for anyone who's into makeup. I am usually a no-powder person because I don't like them that much and honestly, I don't really know good techniques of applying it. But, when i do get the application right this powder does work wonders! I mainly use it when I wear tinted moisturizer in the winter time or to set concealer. I also don't apply it with a big brush and dust it all over my face, but rather take a small, very soft blush brush and go over the spots I need powder on, otherwise, I would cake up and look too made up...a look I dont like. Now, here's the kicker for me about this product: It has lasted me over 4 years! A little goes a long way and the amount you get is very generous to begin with! Def. will repurchase (if I ever run out!)
I really liked this powder for a while. The shade selection was pretty darn good. I got it in NC 15 and it showed up tranluscent on my pale golden toned skin. It gave me a natural, not-cakey finish, and kept any oilyness away for most of the day (unlike Studio Fix). However, I'm pretty sure this was clogging my pores. Also, loose powders in general don't exactly have travel friendly packaging, so touchups were out of question.
For those complaining about the coverage, this powder is meant to simply set your liquid or cream foundation, mattify your skin, or slightly adjust your foundation tone, not conceal anything.
And what about the amount you get for the price? It's just not worth it. Although it worked like a charm, there are more inexpensive just-as-good alternatives on the market. I probably used up a jar within a month or two. I don't plan on repurchasing.
UGH. Don't buy this. It's totally worthless. It took me FOREVER to find the right shade since I thought the shade the lady chose for me was too orange. When I got home, the shade I picked out was too orange too. This stuff is so usless. There's no coverage, it's SO sheer you can't do anything with it. It's not even the quality of a drug store brand. It didn't make me break out or anything, it's just USELESS. Waste of money... sigh.
The coverage is good enough but it's a bit too light for my liking. I like the natural look I get when I use this loose powder.