EDIT: Reluctantly, I returned this beloved powder because it was the cause of some MASSIVE breakouts. Now, I’ve had bad experiences in the past with MAC face products — and, this is why I won’t purchase their foundations or powders. I’m okay with the blushes; but I don’t purchase the mineralize blushes. With that said, I had previously raved about this product because the finish was so pretty, natural, and luminous. It was great that I could also use it as a powder foundation when used alone.
However, despite the prettiness, I returned it because I was getting breakouts in weird spots — places where I’ve never had any issues before. I also noticed that my pores were getting extremely clogged, especially around my nose and chin. In fact, it was so bad that I had to actually physically extract huge globs of cloggedness. Since I don’t break out often and my pimples are only triggered by stress and the occasional odd product, I knew that this was the culprit. Another thing was that once I stopped using this powder, my skin immediately went back to normal.
So, just to test out the theory, after a brief break, I went back to using it — and, sure enough, the breakouts in odd spots were back again and so were the clogged pores. Normally, in situations like this, I’d recommend a rigorous cleansing ritual. However, since my routine is already pretty spot on (with a cleansing oil in conjunction with my Clarisonic and a foaming cleanser), the product is to blame, unfortunately. I’m sad to have let it go, but a product that causes drama is not welcomed. Boo. :(
The color I purchased is in Light (although I did previously experiment with Light Plus years ago). It’s not too light, not too yellow, and not too ashy on my skin. It’s light texture is smooth and seems to control oil quite well, which is always a plus in my book. It doesn’t appear cakey and doesn’t catch onto dry patches on the skin. It’s described on the MAC website as: “A luxurious domed face powder with minerals, slowly baked to provide a dimensional yet natural-matte finish.”
Coverage is light so it’s perfect over foundation, tinted moisturizer, or BB creams. Applied wet, it’s rumored to provide heavier coverage. The finish is matte but natural-looking; there’s no glimmer or shimmer, but a healthy sheen on the face.
Made in Italy.
Retails for $29.00 USD.