Review: MAC Blot Pressed Powder
I’m not big on makeup right now. I stopped using Purito Cica Clearing BB Cream due to it not being compatible with my skin. Don’t forget to check out my full review on this bb cream! So, today, I would like to talk about a makeup powder that I use on and off. It’s MAC Blot Pressed Powder. This pressed powder isn’t a full on pressed powder that adds a ton of color to the face. It’s a pressed powder that adds a little bit of color, offers sheer coverage, and leaves the skin matte. Some other benefits are oil-controlling, used for quick touch-ups, non-acnegenic, dermatologist-tested, and ophthalmologist-tested. So I’ve had this powder for quite some time. It’s been sitting around. Thought I’d use it again since I have it. Now here are my thoughts on it!
I used to love MAC pressed powders and thought I would try them out again, since they worked for me before. I picked up a pressed powder from MAC, which happened to be the MAC Blot Pressed Powder in Light. I think I’ve used this one before, but I’m not sure. It’s been a while. The ingredient list looks pretty short, and it looks like it could work on my skin, so I just went for it. So this pressed powder isn’t a full coverage face powder. It provides very sheer coverage as the product states. That’s what it is. Don’t expect to get more coverage by using a lot of product. It’ll just make the face look powdery and is wasteful. The color of the powder is barely noticeable when applied to the skin. The powder does help with oil control. It helped to absorb excess oil on the skin, especially during the summer. Leaves the skin looking matte. Honestly, that’s all there is to it. It’s a no-coverage (sheer, lol) face powder that helps to control oil on the skin.
What mattered to me the most was…did the powder clog my pores?? Absolutely not! That’s awesome and all, but I didn’t feel like I needed this face powder. The reason why I don’t use it too often, haha. I have a couple of oil control powders that I have that I prefer way more over the MAC Blot Pressed Powder. I thought MAC was overpriced for the results. I mean, what’s so special about this powder when I can get a powder that costs a third of this powder? By the way, MAC Blot Pressed Powder is $30. For what it does, it works. It helps to control oil and is great for touch-ups throughout the day. But, it hasn’t brought anything amazing to my makeup routine, especially for the price and results. No wonder why I still have this powder and haven’t used it up. It’s good, but there are so many other good powders out there that are less expensive…
This is what MAC Blot Pressed Powder looks like in the shade Light. It comes with a makeup sponge, but I prefer to use a makeup brush instead.
Pros & Cons
- Helps to control oil
- Feels lightweight on the skin
- Doesn’t clog pores
I’m not too impressed with MAC Blot Pressed Powder. It’s pretty expensive for a compact pressed powder. I just don’t find anything special about it. There’s so many other options nowadays that I don’t think this is worth it anymore. I’m going to use it up, but I won’t repurchase.
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Review: Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Airbrushing Pressed Powder SPF 30
I have a new pressed powder that I’ve been trying out. It’s Physicians Formula Mineral Airbrushing Pressed Powder SPF 30! Check out my review on Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Face Powder SPF 16 if you haven’t yet. 🙂 Here are my thoughts on this face powder. I purchased the powder in Translucent. In reality, the color of this powder is apparent. It’s not a no color ‘translucent’ powder as it claims to be. It’s more of a light-medium but leaning towards medium. It was a little dark on my skin, but I continued to use it anyways since I already have it. I can work with the color. I still wanted to see what the formula is like. The overall formulation of the product may work. And honestly, I would be happy if it did. I’m having trouble finding a foundation, liquid or powder, that won’t clog my pores. Read on! ☺
This powder feels fine and soft. It smooths out the texture of the skin. It gave my skin an airbrush look as the product is described on the packaging. I was surprised! I really didn’t expect that. All of the powders I have tried this year didn’t provide my skin much coverage and made my skin look awful. The powder is a medium-full coverage foundation. It can provide light coverage just by simply dusting a bit of powder across the face. With medium-full coverage, it helps to cover minor acne scars and some fine lines here and there. And it actually does help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Besides finding a foundation that doesn’t cause breakouts, another reason why I chose this powder is because it contains SPF. I needed a powder on days when I do wear makeup to reapply my sunscreen. There’s no way I’m going to apply sunscreen again and reapply my makeup. It just doesn’t work. I really do not have the time either.
This powder has a higher SPF compared to the other powder from Physicians Formula (Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Face Powder SPF 16). The SPF in this powder is Titanium Dioxide (15%) and Zinc Oxide (10%). Awesome. But, I had trouble reapplying this powder throughout the day. My skin dried out terribly after each application. It could be because it’s a physical sunscreen. I haven’t found a single sunscreen that’s 100% physical that doesn’t dry out my skin, so I tend to stick to chemical blockers. Unfortunately, the powder accentuated every single pore and wrinkle on my face. It made my pores look more obvious. It’s just too drying on my skin. I tried using it on my face where I was breaking out in pimples. It made my acne look worse by making my skin look oily and greasy. At the same time, the powder collected into oily areas and dry patches. It didn’t truly help to cover spots. The outcome was terrible. I didn’t feel comfortable wearing this on top of acne for coverage or my skin for that matter. It looks like the issue with this powder is when I’m layering or reapplying. The more I put on, the drier my skin gets. Otherwise, the first application seems to go well. But I wanted something that I can reapply throughout the day. lol.
Pros & Cons
- Fine, soft powder
- It’s not messy compared to Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Face Powder SPF 16
- Buildable coverage
- Airbrush finish
- Matte finish
- SPF 30 (15% Titanium Dioxide and 10% Zinc Oxide)
- Not true to color. Translucent has color to it.
- Can look cakey on the skin when reapplying
- Dries out the skin when reapplying
- Accentuates pores and makes them look larger
- Looks matte after application but skin looks oily after a few hours (if you have oily skin)
- Not oil-free. Contains safflower oil. Not necessarily a bad thing but I prefer oil free products due to having excessively oily skin.
- Can cause minor breaks if you have oily skin or acne-prone skin. It did for me. I developed tiny spots of pimples.
It looks like this powder didn’t work out as I wanted. The idea of this product is absolutely perfect. It provides good coverage. It smooths over fine lines and wrinkles. Makes the skin texture look more youthful. You know, that airbrush flawless look. It also contains SPF 30 to protect the skin from harmful UV rays. I wouldn’t mind the color if it didn’t dry my skin out and accentuated every pore, fine line, and wrinkle on my face. Also, it has a very short ingredient list, which I really do love! Since the results were disappointing and not up to par, it’s time to move on to something new. Farewell. 👋🏻
Review: Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Face Powder SPF 16
I stopped using liquid foundations and bb creams. The ones I’ve used so far have caused more harm than good. My skin needs a break from heavy foundations. Now I’m on the search for the perfect (or at least a decent powder) that doesn’t break me out. I picked up Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Face Powder SPF 16. I’ve used Physicians Formula powders before. I’m pretty sure I’ve used this one before once upon a time. I just don’t remember what it’s like. The ingredients are very minimal. It contains less than 15 ingredients. I thought I would give it a chance again due to that fact. I’m running low on options too, since every foundation breaks me out. Also, this powder contains SPF 16 to protect the skin from harmful UV rays. It’s not a high SPF pressed powder but every little bit helps. ☀
This face powder is soft and feels super silky to touch. It’s fine and ultra smooth. Very easy to spread on the facial skin. It goes on effortlessly due to the silky and velvety nature of the product. The powder tends to crumble easily when used with a face brush. I lightly swish a makeup brush over the powder, and it’s already breaking apart. Perhaps a little too much for my liking. I feel that I’m using more product than I should. I would suggest going light on this face powder. Don’t be too heavy-handed. The compact gets really messy too, since powder gets everywhere. To my surprise, this powder gives full coverage. It smooths out the skin and makes it look like I’m wearing liquid foundation without the shine.
I loved the way it looked when I first applied it but reapplying the powder did not work. It made my skin look heavy and cakey. It gave me that too much makeup look that looks fake and made up. It settled into large pores and looked blotchy on my skin. This powder is definitely not good for oily skin. It made my skin appear more oily and migrated all over my face throughout the day. It just sits on top of my skin as it melts all over my face. And to my disappointment, it irritated my skin and broke me out. This powder is just too greasy on my oily skin. I really liked the coverage, but it didn’t work out in the end as I had hoped for. I stopped using it immediately after noticing my old breakouts re-clogging and seeing new breakouts appearing out of nowhere.
Pros & Cons
- Fine, soft, smooth, silky, what’s more to like? This powder feels like a dream.
- Buildable coverage
- SPF 16 (6% Titanium Dioxide and 4.5% Zinc Oxide)
- The powder crumbles very easily, which can lead to an excess use of product. The excess product can be tapped off, but it gets annoying. This also leaves the compact messy after use.
- Not true to color. Translucent isn’t truly translucent. It has color.
- Not good on oily skin. Left my skin super oily and greasy.
- Can look cakey on the skin
- Breakouts. It did for me and irritated those spots. It made my skin red.
- SPF 16 is too low. I always shoot for SPF 30+.
- Contains squalane. Which I think contributed to breakouts in my skin. It just sat on top of my skin.
Overall, this powder has really good coverage. Much better than I expected, especially when it’s a drugstore foundation! The texture of the powder is also silky and smooth. Super soft and velvety. Too bad it’s not compatible with my skin type. It’s too heavy and oily. Sat on my skin and irritated it, which led to breakouts. Irritated existing pimples and re-clogged them. I noticed my pores filling up so quick. Reapplying this powder was difficult, since it made my skin and overall look appear cakey and made up. It looked like I was wearing a ton of makeup. The powder does contain SPF 16, but it’s pretty low, in my opinion. Yes, a little bit of sun protection is better than nothing, but I’m not too impressed. Looks like another dud. I won’t purchase again. If you missed out, check out my review on the Mineral Airbrushing Pressed Powder from Physicians Formula: Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Airbrushing Pressed Powder SPF 30 👈🏻 Thank you for reading. ♥