Magically Cool Liquid Powder
Last Updated:12.05.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Fans of Prescriptives’ former Magic Liquid Powder will recognize the unique formula of this “fluid” loose powder. The water-based formula doesn’t contain typical powder ingredients like talc or a high amount of mica; instead, it contains ingredients typically seen in oil-free moisturizers, but this looks, and in many respects performs, like a powder. Now that’s magic!

The drawback of this powder is the amount of shine in each shade. There are options for fair to dark skin tones, and although the color of each goes on almost translucent, the shine is laid on thick, even when you apply it lightly with a brush.

If you decide to try this, we don’t recommend using it all over your face (this won’t replace your regular loose or pressed powder). Upon application, it feels wet and a bit cooling (as the water evaporates from your skin), and the finish, besides being shiny, is also slightly damp. It’s an OK option as a shiny highlighting powder with a unique feel, but that’s about it.

  • Unique texture looks and acts like a powder without the absorbent ingredients typically used in powders.
  • Feels refreshing and provides a tiny amount of hydration.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Imparts so much shine that its use is limited to a highlighting powder.
  • The slightly damp finish can begin to look a bit heavy and it doesn’t feel great over oily areas.
  • Doesn’t have much, if any, absorbent properties, so it isn’t best for oily or combination skin.

Water, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, HDI/Trimethyloyl Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica Silylate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Tin Oxide, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride, Blue 1 Lake, Carmine, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Manganese Violet, Red 6, Red 7, Red 7 Lake, Ultramarines, Yellow 5 Lake.

Brand Overview

M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance

What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. Cosmetics is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.

When it comes to skincare you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!

M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.

Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.

Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.

Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.

For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

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