MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

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


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.

Have you tried this product before?


  1. Kimberly
    24th January 2014 / 9:19 pm

    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?

    • nicolyl
      24th January 2014 / 9:54 pm

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

  2. AidaFl Floyd
    24th January 2014 / 9:20 pm

    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 🙂

  3. Georgie Colloff
    24th January 2014 / 10:15 pm

    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

  4. Louise Smith
    25th January 2014 / 8:50 am

    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

  5. Lilac Ghosts
    25th January 2014 / 9:10 am

    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

  6. Josie
    25th January 2014 / 9:46 am

    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

  7. Vivian Yuen
    25th January 2014 / 10:49 am

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


  8. Jess | Just Jesss
    25th January 2014 / 12:20 pm

    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

  9. Sarah Barton
    25th January 2014 / 12:25 pm

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

  10. Jade | The Jade Aesthetic
    25th January 2014 / 4:34 pm

    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

  11. Laura Alagöz
    25th January 2014 / 4:45 pm

    Lovely review 🙂

    Pink Frenzy

  12. Steph
    26th January 2014 / 12:29 am

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

    • nicolyl
      28th January 2014 / 3:42 pm

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

  13. Somdatta
    27th January 2014 / 8:03 am

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

  14. 27th January 2014 / 8:41 am

    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. 🙂

    • nicolyl
      28th January 2014 / 3:41 pm

      i really want to try the ben nye one!

  15. Liss Cope
    27th January 2014 / 8:47 am

    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

  16. Cristina - The froggie touch
    27th January 2014 / 10:16 am

    I just used one from Elf and it was quite normal…

  17. Chaicy Style A Pastiche
    27th January 2014 / 11:26 am

    MAC always delivers as promised!! I usually MAC products 🙂

    xx Chaicy
    Style.. A Pastiche!

  18. Marxie ♔
    27th January 2014 / 12:25 pm

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

  19. Agata Pokutycka
    27th January 2014 / 2:26 pm

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

  20. 27th January 2014 / 2:48 pm

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

  21. Michelle Nicole
    27th January 2014 / 11:56 pm

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

    • nicolyl
      28th January 2014 / 3:40 pm

      if you use too much then yes it will

  22. Mitchellina Metta
    28th January 2014 / 2:07 am

    I've never tried it but it looks good!
    too bad MAC products is quite expensive 😡

  23. Nina Gonzalez
    28th January 2014 / 5:50 am

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

  24. Monica Calangian
    28th January 2014 / 10:32 am

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

    • nicolyl
      28th January 2014 / 3:40 pm

      ive never heard of that brand before!

  25. Arian Yupangco
    28th January 2014 / 3:23 pm

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

  26. Yuh Jiun
    29th January 2014 / 8:27 am

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

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