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A Holy Grail Face Powder.

A Holy Grail Face Powder MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

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I’m not the first person, and I certainly won’t be the last, to rave about MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder. Oh, my. I haven’t ever really been a face powder girl, but my skin has been changing a little recently, and I have found that makeup isn’t enjoying hanging about on my nose and chin as much as it used to. My sister told me about this… and while it isn’t a fixing powder per se, it does exactly what I need it to do.

The powder is very, very very, like SUPER finely milled. So fine. This means it applies like a dream. I swirl it on my face as the woman on the counter showed me; rather than sweeping it on, I kind of twirl the brush a little in my fingers and I move it up and down my nose and chin.

The Transparent Finishing Powder leaves my skin looking soft and velvety and makes my foundation really last. It’s not too mattifying, it has more of a velvety effect and I haven’t seen any evidence of it caking anywhere; as a matter of fact I wore it over my Estee Lauder Double Wear which usually cakes on my something chronic, and I got no caking with this over the top. WINNING (oops, that’s not a thing anymore, is it?).

I don’t always totally finish with this, I usually sweep the Bobbi Brown finishing powder lightly over this, but I am totally, totally sold on this powder. I love it. Next time I am at a MAC counter I am going to look at a few more in this line of Prep + Prime.

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MAC Paint Pots – A Love Story.

Mac Paint Pots

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I am relatively new to cream eyeshadow. In my younger years I used to get the eye shadow crayons from Sportsgirl and smear them happily over my lid, only to feel mortified later on when I checked out my appearance to find the eyeshadow had crept into one thick line on my lip. Yuck.

Then, when I got addicted to reading beauty blogs, I found a few people raving about MAC Paint Pot in Painterly in their older posts. I dreamily wandered to the MAC counter in Myer in Sydney and tried it out. I didn’t think the colour worked for my skin and I try to stay away from pink tones near my eyes- I just don’t think the look works for me. But I couldn’t walk away without Vintage Selection, a Paint Pot in very neutral beige tone with the perfect amount of gorgeous shimmer through it. And let me tell you, it was love. I decided to try it for a day before coming back for other colours I had my eye on.

The first day I wore Vintage Selection, I found zero creasing. ZERO! I didn’t wear a primer on my eyelids (I don’t usually anyway, as I find it dries my eyelids out too much and makes them look crepey) and at the end of the day the eyeshadow was still perfectly applied across my entire lid. I practically ran back to Myer the next day and picked up Camel Coat, a matte beige colour and Frozen Violet, a shimmer pale lilac colour.

I am still as overjoyed with these as I was the day I bought them. I wear Camel Coat and Vintage Selection all the time. I get so many compliments of Vintage Selection – every time I wear it someone asks what I have on my eyes. Camel Coat is the perfect every day colour and works really well as a neutral base for putting powder eyeshadows over. I love Frozen Violet and wear it on my rare evenings out.

I was kind of shocked when I hunted online for others who loved the Paint Pots with the incredible fervor I felt… and found basically nothing. Sure a few people still rave about Painterly, but I genuinely can’t wait to grab a couple more next time I am near a MAC counter. I LOVE these, and if I had to pick one eyeshadow formulation to wear for the rest of my life, it would definitely be the Paint Pot.

I guess some people might not like the fact that it comes in a little pot- well let me tell you why I like that! I find that I have greater control over how much goes on my eye when it’s in a pot ; I can apply with a brush or with my finger, and if I have too much product, I can reduce it on the back of my hand. And I can warm the product up by swirling my finger in the pt a few times, which helps with the application process. But really, applying is a dream anyway. So easy to get the perfect eye with these Paint Pots.

Anyway I think I have sung the praises of MAC Paint Pots Enough (I haven’t. I could go on for hours, as I have to my friends and sister, urging them to try these little pots of magic. See! Here I go again).
Have you tried them? Have you got a favourite colour?

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