Product Type: MAC makeup
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Silky soft pressed powder.
MAC Select Sheer/ Pressed
Member Name: Gemma_C
MAC Select Sheer/ Pressed
Advantages: Matches my shade, feels silky and has great coverage.
Disadvantages: It's a more expensive brand but I get far better results from this powder.
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.
Summary: The perfect pressed powder.