I purchased a MAC Blot powder as I like to set my makeup before I go out otherwise I end up shining like a disco-ball after an hour or so due to an oily nose. The MAC blot powder set me back £18 back when I purchased it but it's recently increased to £20 and for a 12g pressed powder you would expect perfection but alas this is not the case.
At my visit to House of Frazer I asked the lady at the product display for the Blot powder as I had heard fantastic things about it and thought that the lightest shade would be right for me, however, I was suprised to find that I required the medium as the lightest was white (literally) and after it was tested on me left me looking something more akin to Marilyn Manson as opposed to Marilyn Monroe. Thankfully the MAC staff agreed that it was ludicrously light and we then tried medium which gave a much more natural and healthy appearance.
The Blot powder comes in a black compact with your standard mirror and powder press which is ok for when you're out and about but I really prefer to use brushes. The powder is very smooth and after your foundation has dried it flows beautifully over the skin to mattify the required areas. I really liked the initial appearance of this powder on my face but unfortunately found that this look doesn't last longer than about 2-3 hours so reapplication is necessary and a pain when you're out and about. If I'm going to be perfectly honest and I'm sorry to all those MAC lovers I really don't think that this product performs any better than the collection 2000 powder which costs a 10th of the price, ok, so you get a lovely compact but that really is all your paying for, a black plastic powder case.
Would I recommend this powder?
If you've got more money than sense or are absolutely MAC MAD then I would walk away and try something else cheaper as a powder is a powder - Talc and Zinc Oxide with a bit of colouring added. If you are going to purchase this powder then please go to one of the counters as the shades are a bit misleading and rather restricted in their shade choices of Light, Medium, Medium Dark, Dark and Deep Dark. The only major positive note I can say about these powders is that they are neutral in their tone as opposed to being too pink or too yellow and as someone with pale warm skin I find that the neutral shade works well and would suit all skin tones provided you obtain the correct depth of colour which might be the only issue.
Word of warning - Do not allow your toddler to handle the powder at any point as it is not toddlerproof and crumbles to tiny tiny pieces when played with by a rather excited 24 month old. I have asked MAC to add this information to their packaging - Will update when I get a reply :p
This is the best pressed powder in the world ever! More than 5 stars if that was possible!
I've been using blot powder by Mac for probably over 10 years now, I've occasionally tried others along the way, but always come back to Mac's blot powder.
It currently retails for £19.00, I normally buy it from House of Fraser or Selfridges. I'm sure that when I first started to buy it I only paid about £11.00 or £12.00, I've been using it for that long!
It is available in five colours; light, medium, medium-dark, dark and deep-dark. I use medium, I have very fair skin which never tans and tonnes of freckles. I've tried the light, but I found that to be too pale, it made me look a bit washed out. I'm not really sure who the light would be suitable for as I'm sure that my skin is the palest skin around. Pale and interesting as my friends dad calls me!
Mac blot powder is a pressed powder which is designed primarily to provide shine control without adding any noticeable colour or texture. I mainly use this on its own, I'm lucky in that I have really good skin and so just a light covering of blot powder is all I need to wear. I find that it doesn't change the colour or tone of my skin it just controls any shine and creates an even look. I do also use this over foundation on a night out as it just sets my foundation and provides a finished look. I always have a compact of blot powder in my handbag to touch up during the day. It doesn't keep my oily nose shine free all day, but nothing will. I just touch up half way through the day. I find that on the whole Mac blot powder is brilliant at absorbing excess oil and reducing shine on your skin's surface. It is very natural, it doesn't cake on your skin at all. In fact I would say that it looks that I have nothing on my skin at all, even if you've touched up and so therefore put two layers on.
The blot powder can be applied either with the puff that comes in the compact or with a powder brush. I use the puff in the compact if I'm using the blot powder on its own, and a powder brush if I'm using it over foundation. The puff that comes with the blot powder is washable, or you can buy packs of 2 replacement puffs for £3.50, which again are washable. I normally have some replacement puffs handy as sometimes I lose the little puff (normally after one too many drinks!). The little compact has a mirror in the lid for ease of use. The compact itself is a sleek round matt black compact with a sturdy little clasp. I've never had any problems with it popping open in my handbag, and it just normally rattles around in there along with all the other junk that I carry around.
One thing that I love about Mac products is the free lipstick with 6 empty containers recycling offer. All you do is take 6 empty Mac products back to any of their counters and they will let you choose a free Mac lipstick. The lipsticks retail for around £14.00, so this is a great offer, especially if you use Mac products anyway. I've had loads of free Mac lipsticks this way, 90% of the time I take back 6 empty blot powder containers.
I bought this several months ago when I purchased Mac's Studio Tech foundation, (also reviewd) to use over the top as a fixing powder. It was recommended for my oily skin by the sales girl, and she assured me that not only would it fix my foundation and keep it there all day, it was also colourless so wouldn't alter the shade of my foundation.
You get 12g of pressed powder in a neat little compact with Mac's signature black packaging, a good quality mirror and an applicator puff for £17. The powder contains Mica and Silica to absorb excess oil and I have to say that I think it works very well. My skin is sensitive, and gets increasingly oily/shiny as the day wears on, however when applying a thin layer of this over foundation it really does set your face helping your foundation to last a lot longer, and hasn't caused any kind of reaction. I find using a large powder brush to apply it works best, and doesn't seem to use nearly half as much as the puff supplied. However the puff is great for touching up when out and about. It doesn't seem to cake at all, and has a lovely fine texture which feels really nice on your skin, alhough it does seem to make me look a tiny bit paler initially but then I think it must adjust to your skin tone as it doesn't seem to stay pale.
Again, like all Mac products it is quite expensive but I feel you get what you pay for and this by far beats any cheaper powder I've used before. It also lasts, and lasts, and lasts especially if you apply it with a really soft powder brush. A little does go a long way, and I would expect a compact to last around 6 months.
If you suffer from combination/oily skin and want your foundation to look great and last all day withouth the dreaded shiny patches breaking through then this is the powder for you.
I already love MAC products I find they are very good quality and come in a variety of shades to cater for everyone. As someone with annoyingly oily skin I am always on the lookout for something which can help my skin look cool and matte, enter MAC blotting powder!
After so long of carrying out blotting papers and shine control liquids this blotting powder came as a breath of fresh air. It costs around £16 for a compact in the classic black MAC style with a mirror and little pad to apply it. I bought it in deep dark and I find that this works for me but I prefer to use a powder brush to apply.
The blotting powder can be used on top of make up or on its own, it is very light and not heavy at all. I find that as soon as I put it on there is a big difference and others notice it too, my face is smooth and matte even if I have no other makeup on. The only issue which is more to do with my skin than anything else is that one use will not last the day and I will usually have to reapply, for that reason the blotting powder goes everywhere with me! This is definitely a keeper I would say to others who suffer from oily skin this is worth a try!
Like many others out there I suffer from combination skin which means that certain areas of my face can be oily where as other areas could suffer from patches of dryness, so very annoying, why cant we just all have perfect skin it would be so much easier. Now everyone's skin contain glands which secrete something known as sebum, the purpose of sebum is to keep the skin moisturised and to protect it from the elements of the outside world but unfortunately sometimes these glands can become overactive (poor diet, pregnancy and hormones can be a contributing factor to this) and start to cause problems which can result in enlarged pores, spots, blemishes and oily skin that has a greasy shine to it, especially to the forehead, nose and chin regions ( the t-zone).
Now personally I find that I suffer worse of all with this over production of oil during months of warmer weather when we get humidity or when im inside a stuffy building, I will start to develop a noticeable shine through of my make up which really does irritate me especially when I spend all that time in the morning applying it to then start looking greasy mid way through the day, its frustrating as I really do not want to have to be constantly re applying my makeup all of the time because its sliding off of my face because of this over production of oil.
Thats where the search started for a product which could possibly help me with my shine through issue and would be easy to apply and cover up this shine which I get, thats when I decided to seek some advice from one of the MAC counters in a local department store. I use Mac products and have always found them of high quality so I asked if they had anything which could help, that's when I was introduced to the MAC Blot powder..
MAC started out as a cosmetic brand that was designed for professional make-up artists but it soon developed such a high profile that through popularity and demand it soon found itself opening counters in department stores across the world. MAC sell everything that you could want when you are lookng for make up, they cater for virtually every skin tone you can imagine and are well known for their extreme colour pallete. The only thing is that being such a high end brand it comes with a high end price label.
The Blot powder itself is a unique pressed powder that has been designed to provide shine control without adding any noticeable colour or texture to the skin, that it can be applied over the top of your make up and you wont notice any change in the colour of the foundation which you are wearing
The powder contains two unique ingerdients, Mica and Silica which in this product are used to help reduce the oil on the skins surface and to matify your complexion making it shine free.
the Silica is used within the powder to absorb the oils which are created by the skins glands so stops light reflection which causes that dreaded shine through that we all dread.
the Mica is a natural mineral which gives the powder its transparent pigmentation so this is why when you use this powder it leaves behind no colour so doesnt interfere with your make up.
The product itself comes in a sleek, stylish MAC branded black mirror compact. Inside you will find the pressed powder along with a small round MAC branded powder puff and a nice mirror for use when you apply or just simply need a mirror.
The powder comes in a range of shades which means there will be one suitable for you no matter your skin tone . As I said these powders use natural pigmented minerals so even though its available in a range of shades they still apply to the skin almost translucent so will not interfere with your make up if you choose the shade nearest to your skin tone/ foundation.
The shades available are:
-Medium / Dark
Using the powder couldnt be any more simple. When you start to develop a slight shine through of your make up you just use this powder to touch up your make up and control the shine through removing that excess oil from your skin matifying and still keeping a natural look.
The powder can be applied with either the puff provided which I prefer to use myself or you can apply the powder using a decent powder brush.
As well as using this to touch up my makeup during the day I also use it to set the make up I apply in the morning. After applying either my MAC SPF 15 select foundation or MAC studio fix fluid foundation I apply a layer of powder over the top, concentrating specifically on that t-zone area which I find I suffer with the most. I then find that this really helps and I therefore requires less touching up of my make up during the day.
So the overall results...
To be honest I was a little dubious whether or not this product would deliver the desired results or not. Ive personally suffered from conbination skin since I hit puberty and these glands started becomeing overactive because of the hormone changes occuring in my body, unfortunately as I've got older these hormone imbalances have continued and no matter what I try I still get the problem of greasy, oily skin. Unfortunately as Ive got older I have become more self conscious about it too.
The powder itself applies to the skin really nicely. I personality like to use the puff rather than a brush as I feel dabbing the area is more effective, the powder itself is fine and light in texture so it doesnt feel heavy on the skin once applied, my skin is still able to breathe which I feel is important as it means that my skin isnt going to dry out and start looking flaky (Definitely not a good look!)
As for the shine control, well I feel that it really does help, the Silica in this product works really well at absorning the excess oil being produced by the skin so covers up nicely that dreaded shine through .
I also love the fact that this is almost a translucent powder, so once you have applied to your face (as long as you choose a shade close to your natural skin colour) you dont notice any added colour or texture change to your makeup, all you notice is that the shine through has disappeared...that your skins more matt, Just what I wanted.
Now personally I have found that by applying this powder to set my foundation in the morning I am touching up my make up far less, maybe twice a day compared to if I didnt use it when I do my make up in the morning, it really does provide a great amount of shine control.
I find it perfect for touching up the MAC foundations which I use.
Im also really impressed with the durabillity of the compact itself. I always have one floating around inside the bottom of my handbag so that its always to hand when I need to hide that shine. Being in my bag It really does endure a lot and although it does have a few scratches to the compact externally its really not the end of the world as its the contents thats important here. I will even admitt to accidently dropping this a few times and both the mirror and the pressed powder are still in one piece.
Overall the MAC blot powder really is a great little product although you must remember that this is not a cure, it is only a temporary fix to the shine through problem you may suffer.
You can find MAC products and purchase from www.maccosmetics.co.uk , MAC stores or at selected department stores like House of Frasier or Harvey Nichols.
You can purcchae a 12g compact of Blot powder for £17.00 which I consider worth every penny for the results it provides and also you only need a small amount of the powder to provide full facial coverage so the compact will last a fair while depending on how overactive the glands are, how much oil is being produced and how much you find yourself having to touch up during the day.
The only real negative I have is that you cannot purchase refils for the compact therefore having to re purchase a new compact each time.
Mac claim the blotting powder is: "A unique pressed powder designed primarily to provide shine control without adding any noticeable colour or texture. Sets foundation, finishes faces. For use in professional situations and for frequent touch-ups. Blot Powder contains Mica and Silica to absorb excess oils and reduce shine on the skin's surface. Can be applied with the puff that comes in the compact or with a powder brush like #129 Powder/Blush Brush. Perfect for touching up Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation throughout the day. "
By midday all my t zone looks oily due to having combination skin, this was one of the main reasons I decided to buy this powder as I had heard that the power is "wonderful" by many friends and bloggers who also shared their stories with me about their skin looking greasy midday.
The MAC Blot Pressed Powder is £17. The MAC make-up artist told me I was "Medium" shade it looked really light but I decided to take up her opinion seen as I have been known to be bad at picking the wrong shade as far as cosmetics are concerned.
I was fairly disappointed when I saw it on my skin because it is far too light for my skin colour (I have tanned skin due to travelling a lot) so for once in my life I should of gone with my instincts and purchased a darker shade instead of listening to the MAC assistant who obviously had no idea what she was doing (I blame it on the fact it was a Sunday evening and perhaps she was tired and hung-over...)
To be quite honest I have no idea why people love this blotting powder so much. It's a lot cheaper than my Chanel powder so I can understand why so many people buy it because the price is fair but the powder definitely didn't fix my problem. By midday my skin looked just how it looked every day looking fairly oily and definitely in need for a bit of matifying.
Don't get me wrong it does look nice when I have applied it but so do my other powders. I was hoping that this powder would control my oily skin right through the day.
I always leave my powder compacts at the bottom of my back due to my sheer laziness to sort out my make-up bag that I usually carry with me in my handbag. My Chanel powder is still intact and when you open the compact the powder looks fine and not damaged. It's a shame I can't say the same about the Mac blotting powder which is broken into tiny pieces and when I initially opened it about ¾ of the powder went on the floor so now I only have a little amount left so if you are to buy this product make sure you put it in a good make-up bag or with items that won't smash against it and cause the powder to break as it's very fragile in comparison to most powders.
Ingredients in the blotting powder are: Mica, Dimethicone, Silica, Kaolin, Water, Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Collagen, Methicone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines
The MAC blotting powder is fairly average and does just what any other powder I have used does. I did think I was on to a winner when I first bought the product but I was left disheartened when it didn't stop my skin looking oily through the day. I probably won't ever find a powder that controls the oil in my skin that is why I would probably buy this powder again because it would be a challenge to find a powder that controls my oily skin to the point where I don't have to touch up every other hour or so.
* It looks nice when you have just applied it.
*Comes in a compact with a puff
*Fairly good price in comparison to some powders I have purchased in the past
*A little amount of the powder goes a long way
* Difficult to find the correct shade.
* Doesn't stop my oily looking skin through the day
Overall I would give this product a 3/5 it isn't an awful powder but it is hard to find the correct shade for your skin and doesn't control oil as well as I expected it to.
I'm on my second compact of this. It definitely controls oil, no need to touch up during the day (good for my combination skin) and I like how it's translucent.
However, having said that, I found a few negatives to this Blot Powder. Firstly, even though I purchased the medium shade, it was a bit white on my skin (which gave a fake pasty white colour if I wasn't careful on how much I applied) but on most days it looked pretty good.
Secondly, the powder puff it comes with picks up too much powder, and doesn't deliver it all onto the skin. The puff picks up the powder and sort of absorbs it in the material.
A good tip when using the puff, pat it onto the face (do not wipe - otherwise you'll end up looking like a chalky ghost) - then use a powder brush to wipe off any excess powder - for a flawless shine-free look that lasts all day.
I have this in Medium. This is a staple in my collection. As soon as you put it on, the shine is gone. I usually put this on after my liquid foundation. I take it with me to do touch ups, especially at parties. This is a must for oily skin gals. Yet another great product from MAC
A pretty good powder overall, the best so far, but i'm still looking for my Holy Grail of pressed powders.
I generally like Mac as a brand and have many many eyeshadows etc.....I have high colouring, fair skin and rosy cheeks so have worn make-up since I was a teenager. Blot powder is a great all round powder to pop over a base of foundation. its designed to create a matt grease and shine free face. I donlt have a mega problem with oily skin, but love a matt finish.
Its give reasonaby good covarage, but the sort of product that really needs to be appied all over otherwise its screamingly obvious that you have missed a bit! A very matt finish, so unforgiving. A stepp up from a regular translucent powder. As a negative, I will say that it clings to grease.....ie, if one has been a bit heavy handed with a moisturiser, or in summer, as I do applied a sun screen, its sticks like glue to it and really makes one look like you have applied make-up with a trowl.
Lovely simple matt black packaging like the rest of the mac range. An easy to open, yet doesn't pop open in your make-up bag. slick with a very useful mirrow inside.
Cost wise, I paid £21.00 for it, and use everyday, lasts approx 5 months
Product: 4 out of 5
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Quality: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5
Where to purchase? Maccosmetics.co.uk or any MAC Cosmetics Counter
Price: £14.68, 12g
Shade I bought: Medium Dark and Medium
Would I buy again? Hell yes!
What they say: A unique pressed powder designed primarily to provide shine control without adding any noticeable colour or texture. Sets foundation, finishes faces. For use in professional situations and for frequent touch-ups. Blot Powder contains Mica and Silica to adsorb excess oils and reduce shine on the skin's surface. Can be applied with the puff that comes in the compact or with a powder brush like #129 Powder/Blush Brush. Perfect for touching up Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation throughout the day.
Ingredients: Mica, Dimethicone, Silica, Kaolin, Water, Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Collagen, Methicone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines
My experience with it: I bought this because I couldn't stand how oily my skin got by midday. The MAC artist told me to get medium dark, which surprised me because I am the lightest shade in their foundations so I presumed I would require light, light medium or medium! But it medium dark was a great colour for me (NW15). It is quite sheer so I also tried Medium but find this creates a white cast in photos.
It really does control oil and leaves me matte and doesn't remove my makeup at the same time like blot papers do! Even if you do not wear foundation, I would recommend this as it stops and oil and depending on how oily you are, can last all day. I blot 3 times a day - 8am 12pm and 5pm with MAC blot powder, but using a cheaper brand such as Maybelline or Rimmel, I have to blot every hour to stay matte!
- Matte instantly!
- Contains dimethicone and silica so smoothes the skin
- Cute and space saving compact with powder puff and mirror included
- Very good quality
- Sets foundations
- Great for touch ups
- Darker skin colours not catered for
- I cannot imagine who would require the "light" shade
- Quite expensive
- Get through it quickly - lasts me 4 months if I use it 3x a day
Overall? I totally recommend this, I no longer worry that I look shiny, greasy or oily!
Blot is a powder product, available in both loose and pressed form aimed to remove excess oil/shine throughout the day. The powders are very light and finely milled to ensure that you cannot see the powder once applied to the skin. A regular powder would soon start to look cakey if applied too many times.
I own both formulas: I keep the pressed compact in my handbag to use throughout the day, whilst the loose powder stays at home and is sometimes used to set my foundation in the morning. I prefer the pressed, since it is easier to use, less messy and more portable.
If you are very oily, it is recommended that you use oil absorbing sheets prior to blotting with this, as it will not help very oily skin. It is more suitable to take away just a light shine in my opinion.
I apply with the MAC #129SH, a short handled brush that has it's own little case to keep it clean in your bag. I only need to apply this once, or at most twice a day so it lasts a very long time. At £14.00 I think it's a great deal, especially since it works a lot better than some of the cheaper alternatives.
I love that you cannot see this on the skin after applying, really natural effect. Holy Grail Product!
I bought some of this MAC blot powder because I found that the face powder I had at the time (an Estee Lauder loose powder) was too light for my skin tone. Since my powder at the time was a loose powder, it was just way too clumsy and bulky to take in my purse and apply or touch up on the go.
As I'd already bought some MAC blushes, eye shadow and lipsticks, I knew the quality would be good so I just had to try out some of their face make up and see if that works just as well as their other stuff. I also heard that if you recycle 6 of your MAC cases, you get to choose a free lipstick.
I was also quite pleased with the overall price of MAC products. Whilst Estee Lauder and Dior were quite expensive, I found that, whilst not being cheap, MAC products were priced more reasonably.
I liked that this face powder came in a pressed form, housed in a compact with a sponge applicator. The texture of the powder was fine and not too chalky, so it looked very natural and didn't feel cakey or heavy at all. The colour range was ideal for me, as they catered to warm, as well as cool skin tones. I found the perfect shade, which was a medium/dark cool tone.
I highly recommend this face powder, as the texture and application of it is lovely, it comes in a handy pressed form inside a mirrored compact and won't set you back too much as it's about £14.00 and has lasted me about a year of practically every day use.
I have quite oily skin and was desperate to find something that would make me look less shiny and easy to apply. This is a great product. It mattifies your complexion but without adding too much colour. That is what attracted me most about this product in the first place. After the third application of a heavy coloured powder you start to look a bit cakey and funny colour. Well, this won't cake and you won't have to apply it often. It comes in a nice stylish compact with its own mirror and puff. I tend not to use the puff and instead apply it with a big powder brush. This way I can apply a very thin layer without messing my makeup. There are three colours available but as it hardly colours, you shouldn't have a problem finding the right one for you. So, if you are looking for a mattyfying powder that doesn't turn you orange and makes your face look all caked up then I highly recommend this product.
Mac Blot - Mac This is absolutely the best powder in the world! I know - I've tried 'em all. (I think) Best, that is for normal through to oily skin. Dry skins will probably need something more emollient Before it was on sale in this country I used to import the stuff from America, at quite ridiculous cost (especially if customs slapped duty on the package) What makes this so fantastic? Well it's the most finely milled powder I've ever found. That means there's never any clogging at all, no matter how many times you dab it on during the day. It comes it a traditional compact which has the advantage of being very sturdy - well, it certainly doesn't seem to suffer from rolling around in my bag/car/office drawers for years on end (I love this so much I have them everywhere!) There's a nice puff with it too - so often the puffs are cheap and tacky so you end up spending more on something you can actually use. And the mirror in the lid is actually big enough to be useful Mac Blot comes in 3 shades (light, medium and dark), which add just the merest hint of colour. What's great for me is that the light really is very light, with absolutely no nasty orangey or yellowy tones at all. This isn't the cheapest powder, but it is very good value. The fine milling means it lasts for ages; it's well made and never cracks and crumbles and it doesn't seem to go 'off' in any way. It also works with every single foundation in my collection, not only those from Mac
MAC Blot Powder/ Pressed / A unique pressed powder designed primarily to provide shine control without adding any noticeable colour or texture / Sets foundation / finishes faces / For use in professional situations and for frequent touch-ups / Blot Powder contains Mica and Silica to adsorb excess oils and re