May 13, 2009

My thoughts on MAC prep + prime Transparent powder

8 grams. $21

What MAC says about it:
A silky finishing powder that provides an invisible way to set makeup. Reduces shine while optically minimizing the look of pores, lines, imperfections. Available in one universal colour that suits all shades. Wear over makeup or on bare, moisturized skin.

My thoughts:
At first I was seeing magic, like my flaws on my face would magically disappear and my face would look matte and flawless, like an airbrushed painting. Well, days went by and I found that as my skin went through changes (basic pimples, dry patches, etc.) the powder no longer worked to conceal pores and finish off looking flawless, as described before. So basically, I can see that it did a great job of blotting and finishing off a look, but unless skin is already flawless and great, I find it doesn't quite do a great job no better than any other powder, blot powder, loose finishing powder or translucent powder compact can do. Minimizing pores was another thing that was important. I wanted to see results, but to me it was mediocre, concealing them was easy but it didn't really last, so re-application was a must. The description says it is an invisible powder but really as I put it on I could see a slight change in the color of my foundation/skin. The powder itself is white, my face looked white too, but not as noticable, very subtle...that's not what I call 'invisible'.

product: 4 stars out of 5

packaging: 3.5 stars out of 5

quality: 4 stars out of 5

overall : 4 stars out of 5

would buy again? Not sure, but I'm leaning more towards 'No'. I'll just use up what I have.

where to buy: At any MAC cosmetics counter or at

pros: Sets your makeup to a matte finish, is invisible when applied lightly, a little goes a long way, can be used to blot oil on your face. A basic finishing powder. Corn starch based.

cons: Is so-called 'invisible' but I've experienced slight color change on my face after applying, packaging is pretty bad - flies everywhere if not too careful, is no different than any other setting loose powder or translucent loose powder or compact.

overall: Does a great job absorbing oil/shine, is great as finishing powder when applied lightly. Works best on skin that is already flawless.

I'm going to stick to my favorite translucent, transparent powder, the 'William Tuttle finishing powder' ($10,


  1. I was thinking of getting this but thanks for the review.

  2. You're welcome Rochelle, I tell the truth when it comes to makeup, good or bad :)