Wednesday, February 2, 2011

a Review: MAC blot in medium dark

If only the oil that's springing from my sebaceous glands are as precious as that of a gasoline, I would be a multi-billionaire by now :D Yes ladies, that's how oily I am.. and to add more insult to the injury- I am living in a tropical country and most days are hot and humid, most foundations would fade by midday on my uber oily face. The only foundation that keep my face oil-free for an hour or two is Dior Extreme Fit, but Im not gonna talk about Dior yet. This review is for MAC's famous blotting powder, I have it in Medium Dark. After using it for a few days, I still cant tell if I really like this well. First, because it's not SUPERB in oil control, this is just AVERAGE-well for the price I expected a lot more :p. Read on for more of my thoughts regarding this powder :)

MAC Blot powder in Medium Dark

Price- this costs P1,200 for 12 g / 0.42 US oz in local MAC stores. It sells for $23 in MAC website.

Packaging- I love that this is a pressed one that I can bring anywhere, it is very travel-friendly. What I dont like though is that there is no separate compartment for the puff, I mean MAC, talk about being sanitary noh?

Shade- I have this in Medium Dark and the shade is just right for my NC20-25 skin tone. The MA in the MAC counter told me that this is translucent, I believe so but this is not totally translucent, it still has faint pigments and can therefore change the color of your foundation(especially upon application), but not too much like the regular pressed powder.

Application- the application is a breeze, I actually like the puff it came with :) One thing though, make sure that you blot first before applying this, to prevent your makeup from caking up.

Finish- Im not really a fan of the finish. This can make you look powdery, flat and unnatural. There are shades available so make sure that you get the shade that will fit your skintone. Medium dark is still quite light, dont be decieved by the word dark in there. Those with dry skin, make sure to moisturize!! This accentuates flakes and dry areas on face.

*sorry* for the poor swatch.. but you can see here how powdery it looks and how it accentuates dry areas on my finger :p

Coverage- I find that this has very little to no coverage at all, well you can wear it alone if you're gifted with blemish-free skin, but for those needing more coverage you'll rather get disappointed with this. MAC blot I think is made for touch-ups alone.

Wear- Im gonna be judging the wear of this powder depending on how long it keeps my face matte. From a scale of 1-5 with 5 being Fantabulous, I guess this is a 3 for me :P. Not so much oil control there but I dont know, maybe that's just me since my face is an oil factory :p. It does keep my face matte for a couple of hours though like 3-4, after that I would already see traces of oil.

Breakouts- Luckily, MAC products have been good to me, I havent experience any breakouts from any of their products. Be wary though for I know some girls breakout from this.

Overall, Im just OK with this, I can't see myself repurchasing again since Im quite disappointed with the oil-control. I love that I can bring this when I travel and not worry about spills and messy touch-ups. Kryolan Anti-Shine powder is more superior in oil-control than this but Id rather tote this than Kryolan so I guess Im still keeping this.

Peace & Love♥♥


  1. Great review! i actually use this stuff all the time. I don't use the little puff that it comes with tho. i carry around a mini stipling brush in my makeup bag and use that to buff it into my skin. it might take a little more effort to take out a brush, but i definitely like it a lot better than the puff. that also might keep it from looking tooo powdery.

  2. @jezmacmania- thanks for the rec jez♥! I'll definitely try applying this with a brush. how's the oil-control on you?

  3. it's not too bad on me, actually. i don't really find myself touching up too much throughout the day.

  4. Good review! I like this product since this is very compact and handy but Kryolan Anti Shine kicks its behind when it comes to oil control. :P

  5. @jezmacmania- aww jez lucky you!! I wish Im not as oily so I could easily find products that will work for me :(

    @pammy- agree!! I wish Kryolan would come up with a pressed version of their Anti-shine :)

  6. Hi i like the way you review your products and your template is so cute! i've tried this before and i totally agree that it's just ok. Btw, i noticed you have a really nice skin :-)