Product Type: MAC makeup
Newest Review: ... more akin to Marilyn Manson as opposed to Marilyn Monroe. Thankfully the MAC staff agreed that it was ludicrously light and we then... more
A slightly overrated powder that is not toddlerproof
MAC Blot Powder
Member Name: Pookiesmama
MAC Blot Powder
Advantages: Pretty compact, Neutral shade
Disadvantages: Not toddlerproof, Not longlasting, Not a great range for ladies with darker skin tones
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
Summary: I cannot believe I fell for the spiel but then again I was glad I tried it.