MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder : Review

 

Hey everyone!

Today I’m reviewing a pressed powder that I’ve been loving this summer, a cult-favorite and a MAC classic – the Select Sheer Pressed Powder. I use the shade NC30 in this.

Price : Rs  1650 for 12 g ($25.00 in the US)

Availability : 13 shades, available at MAC Counters and maccosmetics.com.

 

 

MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder Review
MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder Review

 

MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder Review
MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder Review

 

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What MAC says about the Select Sheer Pressed Powder

Micro-fine, sheer and silky. Pressed for portability. Goes on lightly. Won’t shift your shade or leave its mark. Lets skin’s natural vitality and freshness glow through. Comes with its own suede-finish sponge. Blurs lines. Makes skin look flawless.

 

Ingredients (source : Paula’s choice) :

Talc, Silica, Octyldodecyl Lactate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Nylon-12, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lecithin, Aluminum Sulfate, Zeolite, Zein Perfluoropolymethylisopropyl Ether, BHT, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben [+/- (May Contain): Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Chromium Oxide Greens, Ferric Ferrocyanid, Ultramarines].

 

 

 

My take on the Product

 

The powder comes in a sleek black compact case with a suede finish sponge applicator and a mirror. I love the black MAC packaging – it doesn’t pop open in the bag (like my Rimmel Stay Matte did) and it doesn’t get dirty or retain finger prints. However, I had a mishap with one of these few years back when the powder inside had completely shattered in my suitcase while traveling. So I’d recommend cushioning this with something if you are traveling with this.  I prefer using a brush to apply this instead of the applicator that comes with it.

As described my MAC, the powder is finely milled and silky to touch. It blends flawlessly into the skin and offers light coverage to even out the skin. It doesn’t cover my blemishes completely but does reduce their appearance. I rarely use this alone but if you have great skin or prefer very light coverage – you can use this alone as well. I love using this to set my foundation because it mattifies and sets foundation/BB cream without caking. It applies perfectly smooth, instantly takes away shine but doesn’t make the skin dry. While it doesn’t have the same pore blurring magic as the Guerlain powders, it does soften the look of pores and imperfections to some extent. It is great for touch ups because it doesn’t get patchy or cakey after repeated touch ups and applies smooth every time. I see this working for all skin types as its not a heavy or very dry powder. Its doesn’t have phenomenal oil control but keeps my oily T-zone shine free for about 3-4 hours which is the best I get from powders.

The shade range is quite wide (13 shades) so most people should be able to find a close match.  The shades run a little darker than the foundations – I’m closer to NC40 in MAC foundations but I wear NC30 in this. So do try at the store before picking a shade. I had tried NC41 (borrowed from my Mum few years back) and it was dark for me.

 

Overall, I love the silky texture, the ultra-fine blendable powder and the natural, soft matte finish. The light coverage is great for no makeup days and the formula will work for all skin types. Its great for touch ups as it doesn’t cake up and doesn’t give a powdery look to the skin. Great for using alone or for setting foundation, BB cream etc. It has been a staple for me this summer! Highly Recommended!

Rating : 4.5/5

 

 

MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder Review
MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder Review

 

MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder Review
MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder Review

 

MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder Review
MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder Review

 

 

Overall, I love the silky texture, the ultra-fine blendable powder and the natural, soft matte finish. The light coverage is great for no makeup days and the formula will work for all skin types. Its great for touch ups as it doesn’t cake up and doesn’t give a powdery look to the skin. Great for using alone or for setting foundation, BB cream etc. It has been a staple for me this summer! Highly Recommended!

Rating : 4.5/5

 

[note color=”#FFE4C4″]Have you tried the MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder? Which pressed powder are you using currently? Share your comments below! [/note]

 

39 Comments

  1. Thanks for reviewing it , u hv helped me alot.. Actually my pressed powder has finished so m looking for a good option,, earlier I was using Inglot pressed powder, that makes my skin quite dry, bit flaky,, but in summers my T zone becomes litte oily.. U HV to use just for sm oil control…
    So Mac select sheer & lakme absolute face stylist are the 2 option for me to choose

  2. I’m not someone who uses a setting powder, but I love the MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation – works great on its own and covers everything!

    This sounds pretty darn amazing though.

  3. I have three powders that i have been using currently …streetwear , maybelline and elf high definition powder..loving the elf one 😀
    Nice review …will give it a try next 😀

  4. I went looking for careblend powder from MAC but looks like either they have stopped shipping it or something as its out of stock for quite sometime…probably will go for this 1 then..thanks for reviewing it right when I needed it 🙂

  5. You have mentioned it a lot on the blog! I love my Careblend pressed powder from MAC a lot, and it works well for dry skin types! Will check this out and see how its different from the Creblend!

  6. Mac n Guerlin gets d attention in terms of pressed powder to try on! I love my bourjois one currently. Thanks for the review Ankita! <3

  7. my all time favourite compact was Maybelline Whitestay UV protect which sadly got discontinued….. following which I bought maybellines matte powder but wasn’t the same as Whitestay. …. now am using the Lakme perfect skin radiance intense whitening and sadly I do not like this either…… so can you plus plus plus tell me if this MAC compact gives a similar finish as Whitestay? ?? Pl reply because I really need a compact

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