MAC Prep & Prime Translucent Finishing Powder/Pressed

MAC recently came out with a pressed translucent setting powder, and I am all for it! I’m one of those people who LOVES translucent setting powder, but it’s so easy to overdo it and make a mess, or even give yourself a somewhat ghastly appearance from using too much and dulling out the skin.  Having the translucent powder pressed not only controls the amount of product you use better than loose powder, it’s also in a handy compact for on-the-go use, which works out much better than constantly applying powdered foundation to the skin throughout the day, which will build up and ultimately look cakey.



Upon first look, it’s totally understandable to want to do a double-take. I mean, having a compact with what looks like WHITE pressed powder isn’t something you see everyday!



I personally have always loved MAC’s translucent powder. The formula doesn’t feel heavy on your skin, but it isn’t so light you don’t know if you even applied it (like Makeup Forever’s translucent powder) Like I mentioned before, the pressed nature of this powder is even better, as you don’t over apply as easily as you can with loose powder.


This is a product I can see myself buying again and again, as it’s so convenient for at home use and to throw in a purse. However, from a price standpoint, it’s more expensive per oz than the loose powder, but I expected that. This compact has 0.22 oz of product and is $23, where the loose powder counterpart is 1.1oz and is $27. Price aside though, I really like how portable this is, and I feel like you use less product than when just using the loose powder.




  1. Erin says

    Does it flash back in photography like the MUFE Powder?

    1. Leesha says

      Not that I have noticed, but you also use a lot less than you would with the mufe and its a totally different formula.

  2. Anna says

    What if I just pressed the loose translucent powder myself? Would it have the same effect? I just feel the difference in prices is pretty significant.

    1. Leesha says

      i really dont know, I’ve never tried it.

  3. Sam says

    Is this permanent or LE?

    1. Joyce says

      Hi Sam,

      I’ve use the loose version of the Prep and Prime powder and it really good. It doesn’t look ashy on the skin. This only occurs if you used too much, you only need a very light dusting on the face. On the occasion when I have put too much on, the ashiness seem to fade over a couple of hours. I use MUFE HD 178 and 180 (summer) and Im about a NW 45/ 47 in studio fix foundation (I don’t use mac any more as it breaks me out). I use the powder with MUFE HD Foundation, BB under eye concealer, MUFE Full cover concealer/LIse Watier Dark Concealer wheel and very happy with the results.

      If I were you, I get a tester sample from the MAC freestanding store.

  4. Aien says

    Is this similar to UD de slick mattifying powder? If yes, is it possible if you can do product battle between these two. Im contemplating on buying either one but UD’s price is pretty steep.

  5. Marta says

    this looks amazing and much more practical for travelling x

  6. Liz says

    Can anyone please tell me how they think this would compare to UD’s de-slick mattifying powder? I have been eyeing that one for a while now and I love the packaging, but now I’m interested in this one. So torn between the two!

  7. Gabriela says

    It looks like a gigantic white eyeshadow ! lol a two in one

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