Are ya heading over to MAC to check out the new Colour Ready collection today? If you have some time to play at the counter, dust the new Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder ($21) on your pretty face.
The entire MAC Colour Ready collection
MAC says Prep+Prime Finishing Powder sets makeup, eliminates shine and makes your skin glowl while reducing the look of fine lines and the size of pores. That’s a tall order, right? So does it deliver?
Well, I’ve been using it for the past week to set DuWop Foundation of Youth Foundation ($38), and so far I’m sold!
Prep+Prime Finishing Powder looks natural when I dust it on my face with a powder brush. The finely milled powder melts right into the foundation. It never looks caked on or heavy and doesn’t leave one of those white, ashy casts.
Prep+Prime Transparent Powder on top of DuWop Foundation
MAC handled the reflective mica well in this powder. I can see a subtle but visible glow, but it’s not so obvious that I look like I work at a 24-hour discoteque.
I think the mica does help to soften the look of my pores and hide the fine smile lines at the corners of my mouth.
Oh, and after a week of use, it hasn’t broken me out, yay!
The jar’s small, but it actually holds a lot of product. In fact, you get a little bit more powder than you get with MAC’s other loose powders (0.32oz versus 0.28oz) like MAC Select Sheer Loose Powder (also $21).
MAC Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder
Price: $21 for a 0.32oz jar
Use: To set makeup, eliminate shine and add a natural glow to skin
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
I think it’s a great powder. I hope MAC thinks about making a tinted version that looks better on me in pictures. Transparent powders tend to leave that white cast in flash photography, so if you plan to wear Prep+Prime Finishing Powder for pics, that’s something to think about.
You might like MAC Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder if…
- You’re concerned about the look of pores and fine lines
- You want a subtle glow
- You don’t plan to use the powder for flash photography
- You like the natural look of tinted moisturizers or sheer-to-medium coverage foundations
Prep+Prime Transparent Powder versus MAC Invisible Set
One more lil’ tidbit: MAC Pro makes a transparent, loose powder similar to Prep+Prime Finishing Powder called Invisible Set ($28). Both powders control oil and set makeup, but they don’t look alike on skin.
While Prep+Prime is all about the natural glow, Invisible Set has a stark, matte finish that really stands out.
Invisible Set’s great for days when I want my skin to look matte and formal, and it works well with heavier, full-coverage foundations.
I prefer Prep+Prime, on the other hand, on glowy and casual skin days when I feel like wearing tinted moisturizer or sheer foundation.
Break o’ dawn!
For some ungodly reason I’ve been getting up with the chickens for the past few days, today included, and I’m exhausted right now.
I think it’s time for a tea run!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,