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.
- 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.
When it comes to skin care 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!Note:
M.A.C. is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although M.A.C. does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.
For more information about M.A.C., owned by Estee Lauder, call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.
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. 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. Also, most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes. It is typically a pleasure to shop this line, though we wish the tester units (especially for blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick) were arranged by formula and finish rather than by color.
M.A.C.'s salespeople are sometimes trained as makeup artists, too, though being part of the Estee Lauder corporation means they have pressure to meet sales quotas (and no gifts-with-purchase to serve as an enticement). For this reason, you may prefer shopping at one of M.A.C.'s freestanding or Pro stores. The sales pressure is all but absent, the staff tends to be true makeup artists rather than only salespeople, and the stores routinely offer makeup how-to classes, which are both fun and informative.
M.A.C. has launched several state-of-the-art products since the previous edition of this book. The prime additions are several improved foundations and concealers, superior loose and pressed powders, a couple of mascaras that compete nicely with those from lash-enhancing leader Lancome, buttery-smooth powder blushes, and the very popular (and deservedly so) Pro Longwear Lipcolour. Couple this with their long-standing products that have always performed well and offered neutral shades (Studio Fix, anyone?) and M.A.C. is a force to be reckoned with in the world of department-store makeup. The only disappointment of note is that several of their liquid foundations with sunscreen still lack sufficient UVA protection. Why is it that Lauder-owned Clinique and Prescriptives continually get this critical step right, while Lauder's namesake line, Bobbi Brown, and M.A.C. tend to falter? It's especially upsetting in M.A.C.'s case because the affected foundations otherwise have exemplary textures and a vast palette of neutral shades for fair to dark skin tones. Other than this important point, you really can't go wrong shopping this line, whether you're new to the world of makeup or a seasoned pro.
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.