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I have tried numerous different pressed powders and really struggled to find one that I have liked enough to rebut. Mac seems to be my solution. I absolutely love the sheer select for general day wear when I need a light amount of coverage. It takes away the shine on my forehead and nose and conceals any small blemishes still visible under foundation. I find this powder does not clog or have a cakey effect. I do need to reapply mid day to keep my shine at bay but I am yet to find a product that doesn't need a little touch up! I also use this powder on its own over a primer and agin I do not seem to get places where the powder collects it goes on smoothly and creates a natural finish. This is a bit on the pricey side however it lasts me for a good 6 weeks or more with daily use. Defiantly going to continue using this.
I normally buy Mac Blot Powder, and this is the only pressed powder that I religiously use. The last time that I went to buy one from the duty free though they didn't actually have the shade in stock that I normally buy, medium. The sales assistant advised me to try the Mac Select Sheer Pressed Powder instead, and as I needed to get some sort of pressed powder to take away with me I decided to take her advice.
As I bought quite a few items at the same time I can't remember the exact cost of the select sheer powder in duty free, I think it was about £16 or £17, however if you are buying it from somewhere like House of Fraser or Selfridges then it is basically exactly the same price as the blot powder, which normally retails for £20.
I normally buy the blot powder in medium, and the sales assistant advised me to get NC5 in the select sheer powder. I have very fair skin which never tans and tonnes of freckles, and the NC5 shade seems to be perfect for my pale skin.
Mac select sheer powder is a micro fine sheer and silky pressed powder. It's a really lightweight powder on my skin and I mainly just use this on its own. I'm lucky in that I have really good skin and so just a light covering of powder is all I normally need to wear, this doesn't change the colour or tone of my skin it just creates an even look. Where it isn't so good though is controlling any shine on my skin, I find that I need to touch up more throughout the day with this select sheer powder than I would do with the blot powder, I would normally just touch up once around half way through the day with the blot powder, whereas with this select sheer powder I need to touch up two or three times a day to keep my skin shine free. Having said that though even after touching up a few times a day it still looks very natural on my skin, it doesn't cake or clog on my skin at all, in fact I would say that it looks that I have nothing on my skin at all, even if I've touched up and so therefore put two or more layers on.
I do also use this over foundation on a night out as it just sets my foundation and provides a finished look. Once again though it's not as good at controlling any shine on my skin as the night wears on, and I do find myself touching up more than I would with the blot powder.
The select sheer powder can be applied either with the soft flocked puff that comes in the compact or with a powder brush. I use the puff in the compact if I'm using the powder on its own, and a powder brush if I'm using the powder over foundation. You can buy packs of 2 replacement puffs for £4, which are handy to keep in. I always have some replacement puffs handy as sometimes I lose the little puff (normally after one too many drinks!). I also find that the puff can start to look a bit worse for wear and is probably a bit unhygienic after a little while and so I always like to replace the puff around half way through a compact. 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 need to 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.
I had no real problems with the select sheer powder, apart from having to touch up more frequently. I'm not sure that I'd buy it again through choice as I'd always choose my regular blot powder, but if for some reason this wasn't available then I'd happily choose the select sheer powder instead.
-- Reasons for buying --
I have recently purchased a new foundation, which is absolutely gorgeous. The only slight problem is that it tends to make my face look a little shiny. So I needed something that would prevent the shininess, but not dry my skin out, making it look really powdery.
I've always been a fan of MACS products as they are always of really high quality. The only thing that prevents me from buying all their products is the price is a little to high for me to afford. I had read a lot of positive reviews before purchasing this product and thought it was worth a little extra money if its as good as people are making out.
-- Packaging --
The powder was well presented and came in a simple little black plastic compact packaging. It had the pressed powder in the bottom, with a complimentary application sponge and the mirror on the top.
-- How to apply --
Its really simple and easy to apply, I find that I prefer to use my own brushes to apply the powder rather than the sponger applicator provided. Just because I find it gives more of a even coverage and the effect is more effective. I apply it after I have applied my foundation, concealer and blush/bronzer to set my make-up, so it lasts longer. I apply it to the areas that tend to get more shiny for example forehead, nose and chin. You only need to use a little at a time, as it spreads really easily and applying to much can make your face look dry and cakey.
-- Pros --
The result is absolutely gorgeous, my skin looks free from shine and flawless. It smooths my skin out and really does make my make-up last longer. Its so quick and easy to apply, the result is always perfect.
I really like that it comes with a mirror which is very handy, as it small enough to fit in my handbag so I can touch up throughout the day without the hassle of needing to go to the bathroom, I can do it where ever I am.
-- Cons --
The only con I found is the price, its very expensive for me as my usual powder is only £5 - £7. The price for the quality is fairly reasonable but much more expensive than my usual brands.
-- Price and Availability --
Its available online and in stores. I bought this at the MAC counter in Debenhams for £17.50 (which is really expensive) I have seen it a little cheaper online on certain websites. You will have to take a look as the price varies from store to store.
There are a lot of shades to choose from, so you will be able to find one that matches your exact skin tone, so no patches or orange lines! If you are stuck and not sure which shade to choose from, at the MAC counter in Debenhams the lady tested a few shades on my skin to find the exact match which was a great help, as if I choose myself I would of walked out with a darker shade for my skin tone. So I highly ask one of the ladies to help you!
-- Conclusion --
This powder is fantastic, it controls the shine without drying my face out. As you only need a little bit at a time its lasts for ages. The price is a little jaw dropping, but for the quality of the product I would say it is fairly reasonable. I would recommend this product, but also I will try to look out for cheaper products that have the same results.
Its extremely hard finding a powder that works.
I find that most powders leave orange or pink stains and streaks across your face leaving a fake look. But this powder is not like others - it is a miracle. This is the first powder I have actually used that helps me create a natural look.
I found the smooth powder could be easily spread across your face and blended in a few swift movements. This is extremely helpful. As you don't have to spend ages - furiously blending those horrid streaks. Also I have found that the powder is very durable - it lasts all day! I never have once, needed to top up the amount of powder which is extremely pleasing. Also the powder is very long lasting and lasts around five or six months with a nearly every day appliance.
There are loads of types of powder and shades to choose from. So I went to a MAC store and received professional advice on what powder would best suit my skin and the professional method in which to apply the make-up. The staff ware lovely and friendly. They recommended the moisturizing for my combination skin. The woman was very helpful and gave me good advice. The staff are very good in the store and do not throw offers in your face every few minutes. I would really recommend visiting the nearest MAC store to help you find the perfect concealer for your skin.
The MAC powder is really worth it. I brought mine at around nineteen pounds. I had two shades in one compact container and also a free small sponge. This allows me to easily carry around my powder - even though I do not need to top it up!
I apply the powder after applying MAC foundation. I enjoy this powder so much as it leaves a light fresh feeling on your skin, unlike other powders where you feel the make-up on your skin.
I would recommend this product to anyone; the cheaper alternatives are a waste of money. I would say that no other make up brand offers such a high quality product that is very durable and long lasting. It helps to give the most beautiful finishing touch to make you skin look healthy and vibrant.
For years I resisted buying expensive make-up by brands such as MAC; I thought people willing to pay £20 or thereabouts for a face powder or a mascara were mad! But after three years of living very frugally with a student loan and very little other money I decided to treat myself to some new make-up when I received my first graduate pay cheque and quickly realised the error of my ways...
MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder is one of my favourite products and I use it everyday. I use the shade NW20, as advised by a MAC make-up artist, which gives my pale skin a bit of colour without making me look too made-up, but the I think the sheer consistency of the powder means that I could go a shade darker or lighter without it making a really obvious difference.
I use this powder over MAC's Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in the same shade, and together the two products give me a shine-free, even complexion. I like my skin to look pretty matte so I'll generally apply it three times a day (once when fist applying my make-up in the morning and twice to top it up), but I've got away with only applying it once per day before and still had nice-looking skin twelve hours later.
Unlike some cheaper powders I've used, this hasn't caused my skin to break out in spots in the six months or so that I've been using it for; nor has it dried out my skin. It also has the added bonus of making my skin feel lovely and soft.
Though the price may seem steep, I've found that each compact I've bought has lasted at least three months, making them better value than cheaper products that I've had to top-up more regularly to keep shine at bay.
I've been using the MAC Sheer Pressed Powder, off and on, for the past twelve months. It's not the only powder I use as I do have a wide variety of make-up products to choose from, but it is one of the powders I use more regularly. MAC is a brand that I trust and I've generally been impressed with the quality of the make-up and the range of colours and products on offer. I usually buy this powder from the Mac Counter at Debenhams and usually pay between £16 and £18.
The powder actually comes in a range of shades so that you can accurately match it with your skin colouring. Having said that, I generally find it really difficult to know which shade to buy because I'm not the best judge, but I actually has a MAC make-up consultant advise me and this made a big difference. I actually ended up with a powder far lighter than I would normally have chosen for myself - but in actual fact, she chose perfectly!
As with most powders, it is presented in a simple compact where the pressed powder is on the bottom, and then there is a mirror on the inner lid. There is a complimentary application which seems to be of good quality but I have to admit that I generally use my own brushes to apply the powder rather than the sponge. I do, however, keep the sponge on top of the powder as an extra protection.
The powder, when applied, does make my skin look flawless.....which is obviously why I love it! I hate powders that look caked on...which I do tend to find is a quality issue - but this powder looks invisible and its not obvious I'm wearing face powder at all. It makes my skin feel soft and silky and just very healthy. It is also great at any absorbing any moisture and preventing shine - which makes it a great powder for the summer.
If I apply this in the morning, I generally wouldn't have to apply it again until the evening. However, it is small enough to carry in my bag and so if you like to touch-up throughout the day they this wouldn't be an issue. Removing the powder is also easy with a face wipe.
I have never had the powder in the compact break up on me (which I hate!) and so it really doesn't need replacing until it has run out. On average, this lasts me about four months, but then I don't use this powder every day .
I tend to be quite fussy when it comes to my choice of face powders, I generally dislike the cheaper brands as I find them to be too blotchy or orange once applied, and with fair skin I often find a light enough powder in the more popular cheaper brands. I found a powder I loved with Clinique, however to my dismay they stopped doing it some months ago and so I turned to my other favourite by MAC cosmetics, the Select Sheer/Pressed powder.
One great thing about MAC Cosmetics is that they have a great rang of shades and not just in their face makeup, but also with their eye shadows, lip sticks, nail lacquers and every other makeup item you can imagine. Due to this I can have a great shade that matches my skin tone, and they have some great shades for fair skin. If you have never used MAC before then I highly recommend going to a MAC counter and asking them to find your shade, as guessing your shade using only their online shade chart will results in frustration if you pay money for something that's too dark or fair for your skin tone. With the Select powder I am a shade NC15, which is basically the lightest shade they do.
As with all MAC Cosmetics the packaging is fairly simple, only when they have a limited edition range out will you see colourful packaging, and this MAC powder is no different. It comes packaged in a black cardboard box with very little else on it. Inside you will find the makeup compact which again matches the cardboard packaging, black with little else on it. Despite this almost boring quality to their packaging it seems to still manage quality and professionalism, and MAC cosmetics are used by makeup artists everywhere. Inside the compact there is a sponge and a mirror, though I never use mirrors inside compacts as they nearly always end up covered in makeup anyway. The Select pressed powder is also available as a loose powder, however I prefer this version as I find it easier to apply and it means I can apply it on the go, and keep it in my handbag. MAC state the powder is micro-fine, sheer and silky and I can certainly vouch for the silky feel this powder has. I do prefer powder's with a more silky feel and it's that same quality I had in my old powder which I was looking for in the MAC version. It also promises it won't shift my shade or leave it's mark and lets the skin's natural glow show through. It will blur lines and make skin look flawless.
I use this powder after applying my liquid foundation on a morning to finish off my look, and I love applying this powder as it's light yet provides great coverage and my skin looks flawless after applying. It lasts for a good amount of time too, I have very oily skin and I often find some powder slides off the face however this does have good staying powder, though I need to top up in the afternoon but this is expected with my skin type. It matches my skin tone perfectly, and blends in along the jawline perfectly. My skin doesn't feel clogged up after applying it, and it certainly doesn't look blotchy or orange! As I apply this powder everyday I do go through a compact at a rate of about 1 every 1-2 months, however this is the only powder I prefer to use, I would simply waste money trying cheaper alternatives as I find they're not suitable for my skin type or tone and go to waste. This pressed powder costs £17 and is available from a MAC counter is certain department stores or online from the MAC Cosmetics UK website. I find this to be a reasonable price as I used to pay around the £19 mark for a powder from Clinique, and it's worth it for the great results it gives me.
MAC Select Sheer/ Pressed / Micro-fine / sheer and silky / Pressed for portability / Goes on lightly / Won't shift your shade or leave its mark / Lets skin's natural vitality and freshness glow through / Comes with its own suede-finish sponge / Blurs lines / Makes skin look flawless.