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October 09, 2014


I used to be a powder fiend. It was without doubt, both my most used makeup item and my favorite to buy. I must have even gone a little overboard with the powder because there came a time when my mother would tell me I had to lighten up on the makeup; A.K.A. I was a cake face. The moral of the story is, I completely laid off most flat, skin colored powders in fear of a dull and chalky complexion with makeup-clogged pores. Ever since, I have spent my days dusting on powders with a more glowy finish, or powders that promise a translucent and perfected skin.

Then, the MAC Studio Fix Powder came into my life. I usually apply my foundation and then a dusting of setting powder, followed by blush (and, err highlight, contour...) which can sometimes feel like a lot. Ever since picking up this gem I have been skipping my usual setting powder and just tapping this on my t-zone, which usually eats up all my foundation by lunchtime. What can I say, I must have one hungry t-zone. When I use this powder, my foundation doesn't stray from even the oiliest areas of my face and I barely need to touch up at all throughout the day.

With this kind of staying power, and the promise of an "all-matte, full coverage finish" I was a bit wary at first, but this powder is so finely milled that it's the most undetectable of its' kind, at least from my experience. I find that the best way to apply this is not by means of the included sponge (because nothing eeks me like sponges do) but by tapping the product into the areas prone to shine with a tapered brush. This really works like a reverse primer, giving skin an airbrushed look with a silky finish, and can even be worn alone on lazy days just to avoid an oil slick. Meet the Instagram filter for your face. Genius.

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