Remember I had this convo with MAC Chat Live about MAC Matte?
Well, I'm over due for my review about it. Why you ask? I'm not overly excited nor underwhelmed by it. It's okay, but I need MORE to control the oil on my nose (I believe my nose is protecting itself since I always have allergies! LOL)
Here's what they say:
"A matte-ifying cream that acts like a powder, M·A·C Matte adds a sheer, no-shine matte texture in one smooth layer. May be used on bare or made-up skin. Use a latex sponge or a 252 Large Shader Brush to apply over the entire face or in the T-zone to reduce the appearance of shine. Apply M·A·C Matte after moisturizer, but before foundation to prime the skin for makeup. Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation applies smoothly and effortlessly over top of M·A·C Matte. Apply M·A·C Matte to eyelids before applying Eye Shadow or Paints to help increase the longevity of the makeup and reduce creasing. "
Here's what I say:
Most of what they say is correct. It seems that they are making a recommendation to use the product with Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation. I tried this formula on my friend that uses Studio Fix Powder and after a couple of hours (3-4) she had an oily nose. On eyelids, I can't personally vouch for it. However, I did hear about this product first from Apple Diva as she uses it on her lids to control oil and for the longevity of her shadows. For me, under and over my liquid foundations (but under a setting powder) I have a short period of time before my nose shines, which means I would still need to carry blot powder. I need a powerful look using as few products as possible... I would recommend this product for those with (little to no oil) combination skin type, teens and guys (I used this on an all guy photoshoot!) that want a bit of help with shine, but don't want to wear makeup.
Danyelle reminded me that it does control shine and gives a natural dewy look, but my feeling is that it's not perfect for eliminating shine all day (is there such miracle?) as touch ups with blot powder (or sheets) would be necessary through out the day.