Friday, 27 May 2016

MAC Translucent Setting Powder Review

In many ways, I really don’t know where to start regarding this MAC Set Powder. I had been on the hunt for a new face powder for such a long time and then I saw this on the MAC website and I decided to try it out. For quite a while I have been using either the MAC Studio Fix Powder or the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder to set my foundation in place, but I really wanted a translucent powder. I have used translucent powders in the past by brands like Makeup Forever and Illamasqua and I really liked how they performed and set my makeup in place, so I thought it was about time to invest in another.

Like I said, I saw this one on the MAC website and I knew straight away that I wanted to try it out. From looking on their website, it seemed like a good deal because you get 30g of product, which is more than standard translucent powders, for quite a reasonable price for a MAC product. I also looked into the reviews online and people seemed to be raving about this, so I checked out immediately and I have been putting it through its paces ever since and now I think that it is about time that I share my review with you guys here on my blog.

The first thing that I am going to talk about is the packaging. I like that this is a standard tub. When you screw the lid off, there is a plastic grid to allow the product out. In my opinion, it doesn’t allow enough product through and I have to really shake it to get any product into the lid. I don’t know if that is down to the packaging itself or more because of the texture of the powder. But personally, I removed the plastic insert from inside the tub to make the powder a little more accessible. But, it is quite a standard kind of packaging for a translucent face setting powder.

To set my makeup, I first take some of this powder on my Real Techniques Setting brush and I apply this to all of the areas of my face where I can experience creasing. This is underneath the eyes, around the nose and along my smile lines. Then to set the rest of the face and lock my foundation into place I will take the same powder but on my much larger Real Techniques Powder Brush and apply a light dusting all over the face. From the first moment that this is on my face, I can tell that everything has been mattified and that it is locked into place. Straight from the face value, this looks like a very nice powder.

My issue with this powder is the feel of it. When you are applying this powder, it feels like it is very silicone based. It feels like quite a heavy powder and if you put your finger in it and swatch it on the back of your hand, to a certain extent it feels quite tacky to the touch. I think this may be why there is an issue with it coming through the grid because it is quite wet feeling, it seems to stick together in the tub and that is why I shake it so much in order to get the product flowing.

Another thing with this powder is when I set the entire face with it, I do get issues with flashback. With this MAC Set Powder being a pro product, I thought that flashback wouldn’t be an issue, because for stage makeup and professional photography, you need things to be true to colour. I found that whenever I was wearing this in an picture, I would look as white as a sheet, which can never be a good thing. But, by going in with a light hand you can reduce this.

Overall, I have to say that I do like this powder. It sets my foundation and concealer into place and stops it from moving around. It is also relatively good at controlling my oils and keeping me look somewhat matte. I will use up the tub, but I don’t think that I will be repurchasing another because it to me, it just didn’t make me feel like my skin was at the best that it could be. I will leave a link to this product down below in case you want to give it a go for yourself. Make sure to leave me a comment with your favourite translucent powder and I will be sure to check it out for myself!


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