On a daily basis, Powders are definitely the more practical option, as opposed to Foundations (for me, at least).
Even if you need high coverage, layering powders like I do, might be the answer for you.
I must be honest with you, I have never used pressed powders from a brand other than MAC. Their powders are the best and have never let me down, extremely long-wearing too, even with a lot of sweating.
Their extensive shade range is really what makes them so popular and of course their indisputable quality. There is a shade for everyone, for every season and every skin type!
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation
My very first powder from MAC was the Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation. Yes, it’s called a foundation because of the high coverage that it offers. This is the powder that the MAC Artist typically recommends to any new customer looking for a powder because it has the widest shade range among all their powders.
It is also the powder with the highest coverage from MAC, it is a full coverage powder that you can use on its on.
I was faithful to this powder for so, so many years until one fine day, I discovered MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural. I have an entire post dedicated to it because it is my favourite.
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
Like all my other MAC favourites, it was nothing short of amazing!
It makes you look so flawless, blurs fine lines, uneven skin tone and it is so good! It has a medium buildable coverage, very finely milled, made in Italy and shaped like a dome.
MAC says it has light, natural coverage. I believe it is more medium and definitely buildable.
I love to use it with my Sigma F80 Kabuki Brush.
Another trick is to use the Studio Finish Concealer on all blemishes / spots before putting on your powder.
So, there I was at my second amazing pressed powder discovery thinking it cannot get any better.
Then, I found Studio Careblend. Note, Mineralize Skinfinish Natural has the most amount of fallout but I never found that it caused product wastage. You just have to learn to work around it.
Fall out or not, it is my favourite and I swear by it. If you want to try any, try this one!
MAC Studio Careblend and Layering Powders
Back to Studio Careblend. Once I got it, I began layering powders and that’s when I really discovered how fabulous powders can be and that they can be worn alone.
Previously, I always felt I needed a foundation for a flawless look but I was wrong.
Studio Careblend on top of Mineralize Skinfinish Natural will give you the finish of your dreams. So flawless, so beautiful.
Studio Careblend is a medium coverage powder that has a good shade range. I use the shade Dark for my NC45 skin.
MAC Next To Nothing Pressed Powder
I also happen to have MAC’s Next To Nothing Pressed Powder in two shades. The shades for it seem to be different and run lighter than their other powders.
It is a good powder, light coverage for a glowy look but it’s not for everyday. I use it when I feel my skin looks good and only needs a very light, natural finish.
It is luminous and beautiful, no doubt. I also love to use it to set my undereye after I use MAC’s Prep and Prime Highlighter in Bright Forecast.
Every one of these powders has a different use so I cannot say one is better than the other. It depends on what you want to use it for.
Mineralize Skinfinish does not come with an applicator.
Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation comes with a double-sided applicator. Mine is really well-used and worn out. The applicator has its own compartment below the powder which is very handy and hygienic. I think this is the reason I used it so much.
Studio Careblend and Next To Nothing Powders have the same applicators (pic below). These powders however do not have a compartment for the applicator. It is placed on top on the powder when you buy it.
I didn’t think that was hygienic so I do not use this applicator. I only keep it for emergencies.
My go to brush for powders and foundations will forever be my Sigma F80.
(Top-Bottom on NC 45 : Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Medium Deep, Next To Nothing Medium Deep, Next To Nothing Dark, Studio Careblend Dark)
Dark is the best shade match for NC 45. Although for Mineralize Skinfinish, Medium Deep is a good match too.
As you can see, the Next To Nothing in Medium Deep swatches so much lighter than the Mineralize powder in Medium Deep. I bought it again in the shade Dark which was still lighter than my Studio Careblend which I have in the shade Dark too. So, it is best to test your shade in store, unless like me you don’t mind having all the different shades that you can later use for contour, highlight and setting.
I did not swatch my Studio Fix powder because it is too old now (over 5 years) and cannot be used anymore. I just keep it (I don’t know why). Do you keep old make up that you love?
I hope you enjoyed this post because I surely enjoyed sharing my experience with my favourite MAC Pressed Powders. xx
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