MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

24 January 2014

MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder review and swatch
MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder review and swatch
MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder review and swatch
MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder review and swatch
MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder review and swatch

FINELY MILLED GOODNESS

This is my new HG powder. I've always stuck with the Rimmel Matte powder but glad I've tried loose powders now. It is the best powder to set my foundation and control the oils. Like OMG. I'll never say that acronym again on my blog but it must be said for this particular product. Kicking myself for not trying this earlier.

I was scared about the product being white, leaving a possible white cast but it actually has a transparent finish. It sets my foundation and doesn't move during the day and night without having the need to blot but it depends on how my skin is behaving on the day. I may need to blot and touch up once, and only once or none at all. It lasted through my weekday 9 - 5 work routine with the tiniest hint of shine. It had also set my eye area as I do get oily there. Setting the concealer in the dark circle area is crucial for me to prevent my eyeliner on the bottom lash line from smudging and using this powder does absolute wonders. Shamefully, I have slept with this on (sorry skin) and the next day, the makeup was still in place with little oil shine without any touch ups. Even though it is currently winter, I have high hopes for this in the summer.

To apply this, I use my Sigma F75 Kabuki brush, dip it into the powder, tap or blow off the excess then press it onto the foundation all over before buffing it in. It doesn't dry out the skin whatsoever or accentuate any dry patches I may have. It is suitable for all skin types. This leaves a natural, flawless finish and velvety feel without the cakey look. Not overly matte yet not dewy. It's so light, feels like you're not wearing anything. I haven't broken out from it and doesn't settle into fine lines and pores.

The scent is hard to pinpoint exactly what it is. Just a generic makeup smell? At first, I thought I would get a nicely sized medium container but it is smaller than I had thought but there is a lot of product. You don't actually use a lot per application and this will last me months, most likely a year. The application process can get messy and I did end up with powder on my clothes one time when pouring the powder into the lid.

All oily skin people like myself, you must try this loose powder! You won't regret it. Highly recommend this to everyone who would want their makeup to last all day. I would most definitely keep repurchasing it and wouldn't dare try a new loose powder. £20.00 for a product that will last you ages is definitely worth the money. A big thumbs up to MAC; you have gotten yourself a new fan.

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36 comments

  1. Great review! I used to have the Rimmel Matte powder too! I've been looking for the best products for my oily/combination skin.. I recently tried out setting sprays though so I haven't gone back to powders since. Do you use a setting spray on top of the powder too or does this powder have sufficient staying powder on its own?

    http://www.seiyuna.com/

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    1. i havent used any setting spray on top! this powder does last ages. nowadays, i use a setting spray before foundation and thats it :)

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  2. You know I've never tried this prep & prime powder, but I've read good things about it. So I might just give it a try :)

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  3. Seems like a great powder, love this post. I'm always worried about the white powders giving a white cast.

    Kylie
    http://beautyineffect.blogspot.com/

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  4. Awesome review, I am a MAC lover... I couldn't rave about their products and this sounds like it doesn't disappoint. I may have to purchase this as I have combination skin.

    Thanks again for the great review!

    Georgie xx

    ,Life in Loafers

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  5. There is still so much I need to try from MAC, and after reading this last night I added it to my list!!

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

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  6. You can always trust MAC to get the job done, I prefer a powder with a bit more coverage to finish off my makeup though, plus I cant be trusted with loose powder, I would make the biggest mess ever! haha

    Cat x | LilacGhosts

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  7. I don't have particularly oily skin, but I'm always on the lookout for products to set my makeup with for special occasions. I'll have to give this a go :) x

    lamourjosie.com

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  8. No, but I've always wanted to try! I love your reviews because my skin is also oily type, so helpful love~

    LIVE.IN.LOVE

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  9. This sounds amazing, my skin is so oily! I struggle less now I've found a decent primer but this sounds like it would complete the routine perfectly :)

    Jess xo

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  10. I have oily skin - Definitely going to pick this up next time I'm passing a mac stand :O

    fridayisforeverblog.com xx

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  11. I used to use the compact version of prep and prime and it was super handy for travelling. Really liked it until I dropped it :( then I moved onto Chanel les beiges powder - not as good! - and now I alternate between that and Rimmel stay matte.

    Jade | The Jade Aesthetic

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  12. Looks and sounds really good! I'm tempted to give it a go x

    www.hello-freckles.com

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  13. Have you tried the MUFE powder or the Laura Mercier ones? Both good!

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    1. laura mercier was the one i originally wanted to try but never got round to it. ill have to try both at some point

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  14. You make this sound so amazing, I want to try it!

    www.kindoflovely.com

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  15. Sounds great! I would love to try it out.

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  16. I like almost all products from MAC prep+prime line! This also looks so great! Would definitely try it out!

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  17. As much as I wanted to try this, but MAC products are a little expensive for me. I've tried Ben Nye and I think it works for me. :)

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    1. i really want to try the ben nye one!

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  18. it sounds great! Currently using a Bobbi Brown powder which I like for the yellow pigments in it but I’ve always been intrigue by the look of translucent powders as well. x

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  19. I just used one from Elf and it was quite normal...

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  20. MAC always delivers as promised!! I usually MAC products :)

    xx Chaicy
    Style.. A Pastiche!
    P.S. Giveaway on the blog - http://bit.ly/SAPGVBlk

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  21. I haven't tried this yet but I might get one soon because I like loose powders.

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  22. I haven't try it but it does sounds intriguing. I might actually buy something new to add into my routine :-)

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  23. Great review babe.. I use the Revlon loose powder for myself and it works great too =)

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  24. I have never tried macs loose powder but Id love to. It does look white, does it leave a white cast in photos?

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    1. if you use too much then yes it will

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  25. I've never tried it but it looks good!
    too bad MAC products is quite expensive :x

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  26. I haven't tried this product before, but it looks absolutely awesome. I have heard very good things about it. giglove

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  27. I haven't tried this before, but now it is will be included in my 2014 cosmetics wish list. Have you tried Eshiko? giglove

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    1. ive never heard of that brand before!

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  28. This was actually one of the first MAC products I ever got way back in high school. It really is a great powder!

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  29. Sounds promising! I'm oily skin type too, gotta try it out soon!

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