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M.A.C Cosmetics Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder 9g

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M.A.C Cosmetics Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder sets makeup invisibly and reduces shine for a matte finish. Available in one universal colour that suits all shades, this loose setting powder can be worn over makeup or on bare, moisturised skin for a velvety smooth finish.

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  • Sheer

Finish - Powders:

  • Matte

Finish - Foundation:

  • Matte

Skin Concern:

  • Oiliness and shine

Skin Type:

  • Dry
  • Normal to dry
  • Normal to oily
  • Oily

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M.A.C Cosmetics Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder Reviews

4.3 of 50 reviews

79% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive

What else would you want


This is the perfect setting powder, Finely milled and gives a smooth finish. I use it as a primer too sometimes and it works fine.

Most Helpful Criticism



it does set the makeup but it is a bit drying under the eyes and has some flashback.
  1. Love this


    This is the perfect setting powder, gives a smooth finish. I use it as a primer too sometimes and it works fine.
  2. Perfect setting powder


    verified purchaser
    I have oily skin, but this powder can hold my make up for at least 5-6 hours, which is very good. One problem is the holes are too big, so it gives me too much powder every time.
  3. What else would you want


    This is the perfect setting powder, Finely milled and gives a smooth finish. I use it as a primer too sometimes and it works fine.
  4. Great if applied lightly


    Can appear a bit white on the skin if applied too heavy which can be seen in photos so great if a light application. Does set my makeup but doesn't do much for controlling any shine over the course of the day
  5. Great finish to make up


    This is my favourite translucent powder to use after a full face of make up is applied, creates a matte soft finish and keeps my make up on throughout the day in work. Expensive but lasts me at least half a year, worth it!
  6. Everyday essential


    Works so great as a primer or even on top of liquid foundation just to set! There's a perfect shade for my skin tone and it definitely isn't thick, clumpy or prone to wear throughout the day.
  7. Average product


    Very average product
  8. It’s ok, but expensive


    verified purchaser
    It’s an ok product, however, it’s quite expensive for what it is. Could get a cheaper version that does the same effect.
  9. Perfect


    Loving this - it helps with my oily t-zone without completely mattifying my skin. I like a glowy look and just use the powder on my t-zone. Helps my makeup last
  10. average


    it does set the makeup but it is a bit drying under the eyes and has some flashback.
  11. great powder


    I love setting my Mac foundation with this finishing powder. makes my foundation last all day
  12. Great for oily skin


    i have such oily skin and this product had always been my best friend. it soaks up the excess oil from the face especially my nose and gives me a fresh look. great for touch ups during the day
  13. Average


    I only use this to set my concealer and it is a little drying. A bit expensive also.
  14. Perfect for oily skin


    I use this on top of my makeup and even when I'm not wearing makeup, it is so good at controlling oily skin and doesn't leave a white powdered look behind. It also feels nice & light on the skin
  15. Great for oily skin


    So great on my oily skin. It controls the oiliness and gives my skin a naturally soft finish!
  16. Love!


    This product is amazing! I changed to this when Laura Mercier was not being stocked and believe it to be on par with the Laura Mercier translucent powder.
  17. Great product, but expensive and doesn't last long


    I love this product for under my eyes, however if you use it every day then it does not last long at all, and considering the price, this is a big con - I prefer the RCMA translucent powder - it lasts forever and has fuller coverage.
  18. Middle Range


    This is a good product, sets well to control shine but I prefer to use something like studio fix powder.
  19. Great but would prefer if it lasts longer


    It really does help to get a matte finish and helps with controlling sebum which is really important for anyone like me - with combination or oily skin. The particles are really fine letting in set in well on top of the foundation without unnecessary build-up. Would love if it could last longer than 6-8 hours but still really good.
  20. Great powder


    I have oily eye lids so I use this along with the Mac eye primer to prevent transfer under my eyes. I also use this on my face particularly oily t-zone area. Looks natural and helps to keep my makeup in place.loose powder can be a little messy so I’m always careful when taking the lid off.
  21. Natural looking


    I'm not a big fan of powders and don't use them much. I use this to set under my eyes and around my nose if I'm having a long day, really helps makeup stay in place
  22. Works so well


    Sets the makeup perfectly and looks so natural
  23. love it


    This is a very light weight powder, only downfall is that it comes in a loose version because they can be very messy LOL
    Otherwise I live it underneath my eyes as its crease free and in my oily areas
  24. Stops Oil


    So far using this product I have found the oily areas in my T zone have not been anywhere near as oily during the day.
  25. Use to set liquid foundation


    I use this to set my face when I'm doing a high coverage foundation look. I find it helps prevent the foundation from rubbing off and getting all over my clothes.
  26. Not great


    I find that this can make your skin too pale if you don't use it super lightly, as it is a white powder. It is ok to help with oily skin to reduce the shine, but again, it's easy to overuse. It falls everywhere and is very difficult to put on as the pot is small but there's a lot of powder. I don't really like this product
  27. Great for oily skin types


    This is a lovely setting powder but best suited for oily skin types as it can be quite drying on already dryer skin types. Works well
  28. Great product


    I use this product over my studio fix fluid foundation. It keeps everything in place nicely without creasing or defining fine lines. Less is definitely more, so this tub will last about 12 months. I have added it to my ‘must have’ list.
  29. Not a fan


    I feel this powder ran out way too quickly. I dont like the consistency. There is better transparent powders on the market
  30. Not great


    Found this to really make my skin look dry. Also not good in photos.
  31. Fantastic


    I just received this and it’s fabulous! I love it, wish it was bigger tho but I guess you don’t need to use a lot, I’ll definitely be buying more
  32. Not the best


    I found this powder clinging to dry patches when I baked with it ,and has the worst flashback ! Started using cotys airspun after and had no issues with that powder . Won’t be repurchasing
  33. Oily T-Zone's new BFF


    I've been using this for years - so finely milled and doesn't leave a weird colour on your face when used in flash photography. Lasts for a long time. Great staple product
  34. Lovely setting powder


    I love how fine this powder is, sets makeup well, without looking powdery. I find that it didn't have flashback, but I do layer bronzer over the top - maybe that helps. I use for every event/wedding etc I go to, for extra longevity of makeup.
  35. Keeps oil at bay all day


    This powder is the best for controlling shine and oil. Only need to apply a thin layer once in the morning and it lasts me all day. The formula is super thin and doesn't look cakey either which is a bonus
  36. Amazing!


    This gives the perfect Matte finish and really sets my makeup in place all night, love it
  37. Beautiful


    This is a gorgeous finish powder - never leaves flashback and goes on really finely
  38. Love


    Amazing finishing powder, love the finish this gives.
  39. Use it everyday!


    I love this powder! I use it to set my foundation and it ensures my makeup looks fresh and in place all day. A little goes a long way - this product lasts a long time!
  40. Best out there


    Hands down best translucent setting powder out there. I have been using my tub for a while now.. So a little definitely goes a long while. Its great value for money and you are really paying for a good product. I love how my face feels after, its matifying but not drying. Very easy to swipe across my face and I find it makes my foundation last all 8 hours. I like that its talc free too.
  41. Flashback in photos and pricey


    I would not repurchase this product, simply because it is quite pricey compared to other ones you can get at the drugstore (which will also not give you flashback!). The powder itself is fine for application, and is not drying, nor does it settle in fine lines or anything, shame about flashback!
  42. Great


    Really like this, its easy to use and super fine so it melts in well.
  43. Its alright


    This is an alright finishing powder. Unfortunately this does have a lot of flashback in pics which I dont love.
  44. Great setting powder but does have flashback in photos


    Great finely milled setting powder. I use this for daytime as it keeps my oily skin under control. You do get flashback with this in photos so I wouldn't recommend it for an event where you'll be photographed.
  45. Good powder for day time


    I only use this when I know I wont be going out at night as it flashes back! Good powder but prefer a foundation powder for night
  46. Dont Touch


    This powder is only good if you don't plan on taking photos of your makeup. The main ingredient is Silica which is known for flashing back white under flash photography. Yes it helps to smooth lines on the skin but looking like im covered in baby powder isnt worth it to me.
  47. no flashback


    i love the invisible matte finish, really sets makeup and controls shine and absorbs oil. Doesnt leave a white cast on the face and is suitable for flash photography too!
  48. Used for years


    I've been using this for years - so finely milled and doesn't leave a weird colour on your face when used in flash photography. Lasts for a long time. Great staple product
  49. Fabulous


    Fabulous powder. Gives me a great finish and just helps everything look better.
  50. Feels amazing


    I use this to set the concealer under my eyes and it’s the only one I’ve found that doesn’t cause creasing when applied over it. Also feels silky smooth and doesn’t cause a white cast in real life or photos.
  51. Have bought again and again

    Shannon (Adore Beauty Staff)

    The makeup world has probably hit saturation point with translucent powders by now, but this is the only one that I’ve ever used up three times. It is completely transparent, you get a good amount of product for your money, it feels amazing on the skin and I like to use it over moisturiser in my t-zone if I need to look good in a hurry.
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