MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder Review, Swatches

by mehak on January 28, 2011

in MAC

I dont review half of my makeup items cos i find them kinda…boring to review..I mean how exciting can swatching and writing about  a powder be? But, MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder was one of my first ever products from MAC and it was sitting in my pretty little golden makeup pouch feeling neglected and throwing tantrums for not getting any attention .(I know it was throwing tantrums because yesterday it flipped open inside the pouch and created a little mess) . Im sorry powder, this post is dedicated to you.

MAC Pressed Powder

MAC Pressed Powder compact swatch
MAC Pressed Powder NW 30: Looks almost like a bronzer, but its not so dark

MAC Pressed Powder Compact Swatched
Left: Unblended Swatch, Right: Blended Swatch

This is what i like about MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder

  • Good, solid coverage- covers up everything that your foundation wouldnt.
  • Doesnt look cakey or artificial AT ALL. Finding a powder with heavy coverage AND non cakiness is difficult
  • The puff that comes with it is – amazing. I mean you would think how good can a puff be right? Wrong. It is sturdy and very thick so even after a year and a half of usage , it has held up . (Take note Lakme Perfect radiance)
  • The finish is matte but not starkly matte . Yknow, your skin is still left with a nice dewy moist looking feeling instead of like a completely dry matte look

What i dont like about MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder

  • This isnt really the best match for my colour. (partly because at the time i had no idea im an NC and not an NW). But i just find that MAC skin shades are not really the best match for indian skin.
Overall Verdict: 4/5

Price: Rs 1250/-

Will i Repurchase: No. For two reasons, one- i can put in another couple of hundred and just get the mineralized skin finish. Second- this has lasted me more than a year..almost two. I really dont need to repurchase.

Recommendation: If you love all things MAC, then Select Sheer Pressed Powder will definitely not dissapoint. Its a great powder , with solid coverage and a light non cakey feel.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

The Beautifier January 28, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Nice review! I have this but I rather prefer their loose powders for setting my makeup :)


PnB January 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm

@Thebeautifier- I must try the loose powders..havent tried em !


EVE-O-LUTION January 28, 2011 at 8:11 pm

OMG really? ut lasts a year??? I want to get a nice powder for me. what do u suggest? this or mineralized skin finish?


anamika January 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm

i have the mac prep and prime and studio fix compact and i am in love with both of them:)

don't know about this..will try it in the store next time:)


shoppingaholic January 28, 2011 at 9:13 pm

If MAC skin shades don't work for Indian skin tone then what that is? I was relying on MAC skin shades after reading your post.


shuchita January 29, 2011 at 5:06 am

i love their lipsticks and blushes but have yet to try their foundation and powders.
MAC shades don't work for indian skin is news to me hmmm may be i should stick to my clinique foundation


PnB January 29, 2011 at 11:26 am

@eve-o lution- i would pick an MSF over this…i just love the silky feel it gives…

@anamika- i want prep and prime so badly ya….i havent tried any of their loose powders

@shoppingaholic- when i say mac skin tones dont work for indian skin ..i mean that i have yet to find a foundation of MAC that is my EXACT colour match. There are lkots that are great and work just very well but nothing thats exact. I find that i need a lot more yellow in my foundation (Like lakme foundation colours) than MAC offers….also i find im somewhere in between an NC 30 and NC 35 so…i dunno…Lakme inviissble finish shades are like my exact match….

@shuchita- nah u should try em out….not like they dont work..theyr just not exact matches…


bhumika January 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm

nice review..MSF is better no ?


sp14nish January 29, 2011 at 7:08 pm

It DOES look a lot like a bronzer….!


Aion Accounts February 11, 2011 at 8:07 am

Great review. . i have this MAC pressed powder and im using it lately and im contented with the result. .=)


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