I recently had some points to use up at House of Fraser and bought the MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Medium, here are my thoughts…
Here is some information on the MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in Medium…
Formulated to provide a smooth, virtually invisible, fresh-looking finish, this soft, cream-like powder is carefully blended to provide the skin with extra care, nourishment and comfort.
My MAC collection isn’t huge by any standards, in honesty although their stuff is amazing quality I do feel its overpriced at times (Yes I know you get what you pay for!) and only really get something if I have vouchers (In this case House of Fraser Recognition Points) or am treating myself. That all being said, whenever I buy something I do love it and the MAC Studio Careblend Pressed is absolutely bloody amazing!
I couldn’t swatch it in store and had to kind of guess off swatches on line when I bought this. I am quite tanned at present and my translucent powder was actually making me look paler! So I decided to shop around for a light coverage powder that would set my oilier areas (Especially in the Summer) and chose the Careblend after hearing great things about it. Medium seemed the best shade for me and it matches me quite well at present (If I tan anymore I may need to go darker).
The compact comes with a nice sized mirror and puff. I find the MAC packaging always quite sturdy and never had issues with my other products, so am guessing this will be the same.
The powder is soft and buttery, not too powdery and goes on beautifully. I apply it generally by stippling it into my skin through my t-zone with a stippling brush. The effect is not cakey at all and coverage is barely there but not ‘shiny’ at all. However, I also wouldn’t say my skin looks matte, its more of a semi matte.
With such a light coverage formula I did worry that it wouldn’t stay on the skin and would slide off. Boy was I wrong. If you are in the UK (Or even Essex where I am) you’ll know the weather lately has been HOT HOT HOT! This means almost anything I wear melts off. However, I had 5+ hours wear without touch ups with this over my foundation (I had on Bourjois Happy Light for reference). My skin looked fresh, not shiny at all and held my foundations and concealers in place perfectly!
Although the colour looks fairly light, it blends in perfectly. I’m currently wearing foundations like Nars Sheer Glow in Stramboli, Bourjois Happy Light in 54 Beige and Urband Decay Naked in 4.5 (Although this is a little light for me right now!) and it blends over all over them. It literally sinks into your skin, you have a light powdery texture but without looking cakey – I love it! As I use such a light application it hardly adds any colour, it literally sets my make up and makes it last.
I am so pleased I ordered this, what was even better was I only paid £4 for it as the rest was on my recognition points – BARGAIN!
The MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder costs £20 and is available from MAC and other department stores. The shade range is HUGE! I am going to get one in Medium Deep or Dark next and use it for contouring as I’ve heard its amazing for that too.
Lots of Love,