Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder
Last Updated:12.23.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

“Marvelous all around” is a great way to describe this ultra-smooth, talc-based pressed powder that’s best for normal to dry skin. M.A.C.’s claims about this powder are 100% accurate: It blends superbly and leaves a sheer, natural matte finish that doesn’t look the least bit powdery.


  • Ultra-smooth, almost creamy texture is brilliant for normal to dry skin.
  • Finely milled pigments leave a natural matte, skin-like finish; you won’t look “powdered.”
  • Blends superbly over foundation or on its own.
  • Neutral shade range includes options for fair to tan skin tones.


  • None, except for the DeepDark shade, which goes on too orange

Talc, Boron Nitride, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Zinc Stearate, Myristyl Trisiloxane, Caprylyl Methicone, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Silica, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxhydrocinnamate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Carmine, Chromium Oxide Greens, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Manganese Violet, Red 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 30 Lake, Zinc Oxide, Yellow 5 Lake, Ultramarines

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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Stays All Day

On the drier side but wears well

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So light and creamy , perfect for normal to dry skin

How I love this finishing powder. I have Normal to Dry skin, this powder make my face feel hydrated and not dry At ALL,, this was exactly what I was looking for. I has a wonderful feel on my face and it seals my make up so Nice. Thank you Paula and Team for doing a great reviews and for being very accurate on the results... love it...

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