Thursday, 13 March 2014

MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder - Review

Hi Beauty Lovers!

So can I first start off by saying I recently hit a few mini milestones which I'm very proud of, I've reached 100+ followers on my blog, Bloglovin' and Twitter, wahoo! I also entered the world of HTML writing and got myself some shiny, new clickable buttons, wahoo! Now I've shamelessly blown my own trumpet long enough I'll start the review...

As you all know I'm a fan of a matte finish, there's nothing more annoying to me than looking in a mirror and seeing shiny skin winking back at me. This year alone I've gone through countless amounts of translucent powders, but none have met my exceedingly high, oil free expectations. Because I embrace my pale complexion, the main problem I have is even the lightest shade of powder will annoyingly alter the colour of my foundation. Now before anyone suggests it, I will say that I absolutely adore MAC 'Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation' but sadly I find it too heavy for day time.

So after buying and trying all the most hyped about high street setting powders I started to lose hope, that was until I found an undiscovered beauty guru in my friend! I'm sure we all have this friend, that buys high end makeup, but doesn't strike up conversations about beauty, unlike us fanatics, however on this particular day I caught her in a new product high and she spilled her guts over our lunch date. The product she spoke so very highly of was MAC's 'Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder', I was sucked into her high and she marched me over to MAC before I'd even finished my last sweet potato fry.

Packaging
Urgh look at the gorgeous packaging, I'm not sure if you can really see it on the pictures, but the box and the lid are embedded with green, pink and purple flecks of glitter, not something I was used to seeing with MAC. It's the typical style packaging for loose powders, it has the holed partition that lets you control how much product you tap out, or you can throw caution to the wind and remove this if you so please. Now this is going to sound incredibly boring but to hell with it...one of the things I love the most about the packaging is that you can tap the excess back into the lower part of the tub, so a cloud of powder doesn't explode in your face every time you take off the lid, you laugh but this happened to me many a time. The lower half of the tub is clear so you know when your coming up close to needing a refill. I really is the perfect packaging.

Product



To say I love this powder would be a massive understatement! It's been so long since a product truly blew me away and exceeded all my expectations. It's white as snow, not even a hint of colour, so my foundation stays the shade I want it to, cool and pale like porcelain. It makes my skin feel so soft and as though I'm not wearing a face of makeup. I need only the lightest dusting across my face and my skin is instantly mattified, but it doesn't empahsize any areas which are drier. It sits very lightly on my skin so I don't have the 'cake face' appearance. The staying power on this product is unbelievable, it lasts me 14 hours without any visible oil break through. So yeah colour me impressed.
 
Price
This little beauty cost me £20, which I think is an absolute bargain. Like I said you only need to use the tiniest amount so I will probably only need two of these a year. This has instantly become my new holy grail face powder and I'll be buying in bulk from the airport in case they ever discontinue it...irrational I know.
 
I would recommend this product to absolutely everyone, if you want to set your makeup for the day without looking like you've had a rather unfortunate spray tan then this is definitely the powder for you.
 
Let me know if you've tried this product and if you loved it as much as me!
 
Lauren
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