For years and years I have used loose powders only. I found that they worked better for my oily skin type and therefore I stuck with them for the longest time. However, I did always hate the fact that they are so messy. You always spill powder everywhere and on the go they are even more inconvenient. Because my skin type has changed a bit throughout the year I decided it was time for me to give pressed powder another chance. I ended up buying the MAC Blot Powder Pressed because that’s the one I had been eyeing for a while. I’ve been using it for over a month now, so today it’s finally time for the review. So if you want to find out what my experience was like with this powder and whether or not I prefer it over loose powder, make sure you continue reading!
The MAC Blot Powder Pressed comes in this really pretty looking compact. I really like the look of it since it reminds me of the other old MAC packagings. You know, the ones without the bulky black part. You guys, I really wish MAC would go back to those packagings. They looked sooooo much prettier in my opinion! Anyway, that’s not what this is about. It’s about this specific product and its packaging.
The powder comes in an all black compact without a part where you can see through the packaging. That’s what sets this packaging apart from the other MAC powder product packagings. In the middle of the lid it says MAC and around that it tells us what this product actually is. When you open up the compact you will find a decently sized mirror and a little powder puff with the MAC logo on it as well. Underneath the puff is a little piece of plastic that protects the puff from getting dirty by the powder.
Overall I think that the packaging is very well thought out. I’m a big fan of the fact that it comes with a mirror and I like the idea of the powder puff. Because the plastic thingy is really inconvenient I did throw it out and therefore I don’t feel like it’s a great idea to keep the puff inside at all times. But when I’m on the go I think it’s really handy to have it in there. It allows you to touch up anywhere and everywhere!
MAC Blot Powder Pressed 12 grams – €27,50
The MAC Blot Powder Pressed comes in five different shades. That isn’t a lot and it doesn’t really impress me at all to be honest. MAC normally is a brand with huge shade ranges, so why does this powder come in five shades only? That seemed a bit weird to me. Anyway, they do have a very light shade, which is the one I have, called Light. And they do have options in the deeper shade range, so at least they did that right.
Since I’m a really pale girl I obviously ordered the lightest shade. Especially since one shade up is already called medium, I was pretty sure that the shade ‘light’ was going to be perfect for me. This powder also claims to add minimal colour to the skin, so that mustn’t be a problem right? Well I thought it wasn’t. I actually thought it looked pretty okay on me. Until my mom said to me that she thought I looked a bit pale the other day and that today was much better. And the only difference in my makeup both days was the powder I used. So in conclusion, this powder supposedly makes me look a little pale. Obviously that’s my own mistake, choosing the wrong shade. But it’s weird since I always have the lightest shade in everything.
Anyway, let’s move on to the claims. According to MAC their Blot Powder Pressed is a unique oil-controlling pressed powder that sets foundation and finishes the face while adding minimal colour and texture. It’s made for use in professional situations and for frequent touch-ups on set or throughout the day. It provides a very sheer, matte-looking finish.
I have to say that overall I’m pretty happy with the MAC Blot Powder Pressed. I was biased because I have been loving loose powder for so long in terms of the results, but this powder is pretty sweet too. It definitely does a great job at finishing and setting my makeup and it does keep me matte just as well as a loose powder does. I didn’t believe it at first, but it really does have a very similar effect. I also noticed that I end up using less product when I use this compared to when I’m using a loose powder. However, on the other hand I do really want to reach the point where no parts of my foundation feels sticky anymore and I do feel like thanks to that this powder won’t last me that long.
The results are in my eyes just as pretty using this powder, if not prettier. Like MAC claims this powder doesn’t add texture. Because I do use a lot of product when I’m using loose powder, it can end up looking a bit powdery. With this powder I haven’t experienced that so much.
Because this is also a bit of a lighter and more sheer powder, I feel like it lets through a bit more of my natural glow through. Not in an oily way, but in a really pretty way. It makes me look a bit more real and not as makeupped. I don’t mind looking makeupped, but I do think that this is a big plus.
All in all I’m really happy with my MAC Blot Powder Pressed. I actually like working with it and I really enjoy the ease of using it. I love how it’s so effortless and easy to work with. I love how it’s not as messy and also great for on the go. It’s a bit of a different experience, but I like the way it looks on my face. The only thing I don’t like about it is the fact that I feel like this product isn’t going to last me that long. I feel like you get much more product in a loose powder than you do in a pressed one. Aside from that I really enjoy using it and I’ll definitely continue to do so!
That will be it for today. I hope you enjoyed reading today’s review, and be sure to let me know what powder you love to use to set your makeup in place.