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. June 30, 2014 / 6:54 am

    Looks good for controlling shine on those sweaty summer days.. but do you think it will suit dry skin?

    Can you compare it with MAC MSF in regard to finish and oil-control?

  2. Joo
    June 30, 2014 / 10:33 am

    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

  3. June 30, 2014 / 10:43 am

    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.

  4. June 30, 2014 / 12:33 pm

    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 😀

  5. June 30, 2014 / 3:00 pm

    Love mac when it comes ti face makeup…

  6. June 30, 2014 / 3:24 pm

    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 🙂

  7. June 30, 2014 / 3:27 pm

    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!

  8. June 30, 2014 / 6:00 pm

    I have already re-purchased mac studio fix powder, which is my HG! this one sounds good too..gotta try!

  9. amrita
    June 30, 2014 / 8:22 pm

    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

  10. June 30, 2014 / 9:03 pm

    I am using this and like is quite much.. it doesn’t make my skin dry..

  11. June 30, 2014 / 9:36 pm

    This sounds nice Anks! I prefer the MSFN’s usually. But this sure looks worth checking out! 🙂

  12. June 30, 2014 / 11:19 pm

    Thank you ! I have been meaning to try this !

  13. Madhur
    July 1, 2014 / 4:24 pm

    M.A.C. contains parabens. 😮 There products are so expensive and they still use parabens!

  14. July 1, 2014 / 7:16 pm

    Looks quite good as usual like all MAC products, lovely pics!

  15. deeptika
    July 3, 2014 / 5:04 pm

    i m gonna try it once my current product finishes..

  16. July 13, 2014 / 2:14 am

    Nice review! I like that you’ve compared to the Guerlain powder also

  17. navpreet.kaur.5070276
    August 29, 2014 / 7:22 pm

    Sounds good.will try this one too.thanks for the review

  18. Madhura
    December 19, 2014 / 10:41 am

    Hi Anikta,

    Will you recommend this powder for dry/combination skin type?

    • Corallista
      December 19, 2014 / 11:30 am

      Yes. It's not a heavy powder and would work for dry skin as well as a setting powder.

  19. aliyajamshed7
    January 14, 2015 / 9:37 am

    Looks like a decent product

  20. sanghamitra
    March 16, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    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

    • March 17, 2015 / 8:25 pm

      Hi,sorry I havent tried the Whitestay powder so don't know if it compares.

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