I don’t carry a lot of makeup in my purse. Just a few lip balms, and this: MAC Pressed Blot Powder. I picked this up this past spring when I could tell that my face was gradually getting a little oilier throughout the day. It’s perfect for taking on the go, because the compact will never accidentally snap open, it has a nice mirror, and although I’ve tried different ways to apply it, the little puff it comes with that fits in the compact is actually the best tool for the job.
$25 is a little steep, but because blot powder should be used in such small amounts, it’s going to last me for ages. It comes in five colors so that it will never look obvious on skin, and I use Light, the lightest of the bunch.
Since I got it at a time when the oil production on my face was starting to feel a little out of control, I experimented with all kinds of different ways to apply it. With a fluffy brush, with a dense brush, as a setting powder in the morning, or when I was shiny midday. The beauty of this product is the simplest solution is best. I use it either as I start to get oily, or just before if I’m about to walk into a situation where I’m not going to be able to touch up for a while. And like I mentioned earlier, the puff is the perfect tool for applying the powder. The best technique is to tap the puff into powder lightly and then press firmly into skin (don’t drag it around).
I actually talked to a MAC artist about it recently. I was getting color matched for a foundation, and I was telling her that I don’t really use MAC foundations but that I do love the blot powder. She mentioned that a lot of people don’t seem to have amazing luck with it, and I said, “the trick is to not use a brush,” and she enthusiastically agreed that that’s what most people get wrong about it.
I have to say that I actually use much cheaper drugstore powders when I’m putting on my makeup in the morning. Lately, I use a combination of L’Oreal Translucide loose translucent powder and Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder. But what neither one of these powders can do well is travel, due to the design of their cases. Not only is MAC’s powder great, but the compact is pretty perfect, too. I don’t carry many products in my purse, and so the compact both serves as makeup as well as just a plain old freestanding mirror for anytime I need to check my appearance.
As far as I’m concerned, this was $25 well spent on a purchase that I won’t need to even think about replacing for a good long while.
MAC Pressed Blot Powder is available online and at MAC stores and counters.