Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder
Last Updated:03.30.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is an expensive loose powder when you consider you’re getting less than a quarter ounce and the effect this provides isn’t anything special or extraordinary. It’s just a good, sheer, absorbent loose powder.

Considering the powder is pure white, the sheer application saves it from making your complexion look ghostly—but it’s worth noting this doesn’t go on colorless. We tried this as a touchup on fair skin and noted a slightly discernible white cast and tinge of a washed out look that had us reaching for more blush.

Due to this fragrance-free powder’s absorbent, refining finish it helps reduce the appearance of pores. M.A.C. claims this also reduces wrinkles, but it has minimal effect and, if you apply too much, its dry finish will make wrinkles more apparent. In the end, this is merely an OK yet overpriced option for oily skin.


Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Silica, Mica, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, 1, 2 Hexanediol

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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Great powder

This powder goes on very sheer for my fair, dry skin, and doesn't cake up. It's well known among broadcasters for reducing shine for photographs without the cakey look, and I've found it to be miraculous at that.

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Leah B
alittlelearytotrust your reviewsnow

I bought this product a couple years ago based on Paula's reviews. Back then, the rating was excellent or I wouldn't have tried it. Now you say the opposite?? I am a little afraid now that if I try your best ratings that later you will say the opposite???

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