Sometimes I wonder whether MAC has my house bugged or if theyâ€™ve recruited Tabs as a spy. Iâ€™m serious. The company always seems to know my secret makeup desires, even when I havenâ€™t shared them on the blog.
Itâ€™s uncanny. Take MAC Prep + Prime Loose Powder, for instance, and how many times in reference to it Iâ€™ve said, â€œI wish MAC made a pressed powder version of this.â€
Maybe I just watch too many cop shows, but when I heard that MAC planned to add a pressed version of Prep + Prime to their permanent line next month, the first thing I did was glance at Tabs.
â€œAre you spying on me?â€ I asked.
Of course he didnâ€™t answer… Typical behavior for a spy.
I canâ€™t say for certain that this was a case of corporate cosmetics espionage, but honestly, who cares? Iâ€™m just glad I might not have to wrestle with jars of the loose powder to get Prep + Primeâ€™s glowy, airbrushed look on trips anymore.
Theyâ€™re calling it MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finished Powder/Pressed ($23 US, $27.50 CDN), and when it comes out next month (in North American MAC stores and counters Aug. 18, and internationally this September), itâ€™ll be joined by five other products, each of them being added to the permanent line, but all together comprising the new MAC Prime Focus Collection.
As for the new pressed version of Prep + Prime, pores and fine lines have reason to be afraid. Very afraid. Because like the O.G. one, itâ€™s transparent, which means it gets along with a wide range of skin tones. Donâ€™t worry about that summertime tan. No matter how dark I get in summer or how much of my tan Iâ€™ve lost by winter, Prep + Prime Loose always matches my skin tone, and the new pressed one behaves exactly the same way.
Except that this cute compact likes to travel. No loose powder mess here. I’ve tried it atop MAC Studio Sculpt, Face & Body and Mineralize Satinfinish foundations (I like buffing it in with a kabuki brush like the MAC 182 Buffer Brush), and I get the same soft focus, non-ashy, flawless look I get from Prep + Prime Loose. Lovely in pictures AND real life.
With this pressed version, I feel like I have finer control over the amount of powder I apply. Like most pressed powders, it lays down sheerer layers of product than most loose powders do, but itâ€™s still easy to build up in layers (applying with a puff increases the coverage per layer).
Prep + Prime isnâ€™t afraid of a little oil, either, and should be fine for skin from dry to normal. If you have very oily skin, though, you might try a 50/50 blend of Prep + Prime and MAC Blot. Thatâ€™s what I do on my oily forehead, and it keeps the shine at bay all day long.
Thanks, MAC. Iâ€™d be hard pressed to find a flaw with MAC + Primeâ€™s new pressed version. Consider me a fan.
Now all I need â€“ wait, I should say this out loud in front of Tabs (in case he really is a MAC spy): â€œNow all I need is a Fluidline version of Powersurge and a Turquatic Shower Gel and Bath Lotion.â€
Did you get that, Tabs? Donâ€™t forget to tell MAC.
AVAILABILITY: Coming to MAC counters and stores August 18 in North America and internationally this September
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+
You might like Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder/Pressed if…
- Your want a single go-to powder you can use any time of year (summer tan or not)
- You’re looking for a powder to wear in real life, pictures and/or video
- You’re concerned about fine lines and visible pores
- You want the convenience of a compact
- You like it when your skin glows
The entire MAC Prime Focus Collection includes…
- MAC Prep + Prime Fortified Skin Enhancers SPF 35 ($30 US/$36.50 CDN) in…
- Adjust — a light, neutral peach
- Illuminate — a pale lavender
- Neutralize — a pale yellow
- Recharge — a bronzy orange
- Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder/Pressed ($23 US/$27.50 CDN)
- Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder/Loose ($23 US/$27.50 CDN)
So long, Monday!
This is my favorite part of Mondays â€“ ya know, when theyâ€™re almost over. Tonight I plan to reward myself for making it through the day with some (hopefully) hot shirtless vampires in True Blood. I missed it last night, so I’ll be catching up tonight (I canâ€™t wait to dish!).
How was the rest of your day? What did you have for dinner?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,