Bun Bun Makeup Tips and Beauty Product Reviews

Something I Use Every Single Time: MAC Blot Powder Pressed

March 27, 2012
Composed by : Bun Bun


Before I even had the time to write a fabulous review on the MAC Blot Powder Pressed, it has unknowingly panned out on me! I didn’t expect it… I only use it erm, every single time I apply makeup… Heh heh.

I tried my hardest to like loose powder; I’ve tried the range from expensive ones like NARS to drugstore ones like e.l.f. I could never deal with the hassle of being very careful not to get the powder all over the place when I open the cover, take product, close the cover, and the mess of every step of the way.

Loose powders are also not very travel-friendly. You should see how much trouble I went through to transfer the NARS Loose Powder just so that I don’t have to lug a huge container that threatens to spill its contents at each tilt.

For A Matte Finish

Oilies begone with the MAC Blot Powder Pressed? Hmmm, I guess if you have oily/combination skin, then it will keep oil at bay. But I have oily skin, and in the typical hot and humid Singapore weather, the oilies usually start to show probably after 5 hours. For shine to show only after 5 hours means a lot for my oily skin already! If I didn’t use the MAC Blot Powder to set liquid foundation, my face would look greasy in half the time.

Then again, it really depends on what primer and foundation I have under the MAC Blot Powder Pressed. If I use Bourjois Flower Perfection Foundation which dries matte (and smells wonderful), my face makeup would stay on at least a few hours longer than if I had the Lancome Blanc Miracle Foundation, which has more of a hydrating formula.

I use the MAC blot powder over every single foundation to absorb oil and set makeup.

Feels Light On The Skin

Loose powders, even when I apply them with a brush, tend to feel heavier on the skin. NARS definitely feels heavy, and the e.l.f loose powder oxidizes badly on my skin.

Just a random thought: If I pair the e.l.f loose powder with Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Sand Beige, I’d look like a very Annoyed Orange! HAHAHA!! 😆

I’ve tried the Maybelline Dream Matte Powder before, went through one and a half pans to be exact, and I think I prefer the MAC Blot Powder Pressed. The MAC Blot feels like nothing on the skin due to the finely milled powder and since it is like a translucent powder without any tint, you don’t feel like there’s an additional layer that blocks pores.

I apply it with the ecoTools Blush Brush, instead of the puff that comes with it, for a lighter application. The general feedback about the puff is that it tends to give a bit of a cakey look.

MAC Blot Powder Pressed Or MAC Studio Fix Foundation?

MAC Studio Fix Foundation is a compact foundation, provides more coverage and therefore feels heavier on the skin than MAC Blot Powder Pressed. I only use MAC Studio Fix Foundation when I have very good skin that day (hasn’t happened in a looooong time) as it tends to accentuate pores more than liquid foundations.

MAC Blot Powder, on the other hand, plays an entirely different game. It does not provide any form of coverage or texture, it does not even out skin tone and you can barely notice or feel it at all.

When I use it to set liquid foundation, I see that it mattifies the skin slightly, but only for the duration of my makeup routine. Once done, it would have blended nicely into the foundation.


The only kind of makeup I bring around for retouch are lip products – lipstick, lip gloss or sometimes just a lip balm to prevent my dry lips from cracking. I rarely bring powder around because as tough are they claim to be, they are after all powder and are susceptible to breakage.

The MAC Blot Powder Pressed is travel-friendly in the sense of being portable and easy to bring on vacation (but stays in a makeup bag that doesn’t leave the hotel room for the rest of the trip). I don’t have to wrap it up in a plastic bag, or use sticky tape to ensure it doesn’t spill like loose powders. When I travel, I’ll put my pressed powder eyeshadows housed in a Z-palette wrapped in a bubble wrap in my hand carry luggage, just because having 20+ eyeshadows in one palette calls for tighter security.

There’s no reason for me to use the puff at all since I don’t touch-up during the day – a blotting sheet from Gatsy is my best friend, and the idea of bringing around a separate brush to apply the MAC Blot Powder puts me off. If you really had to bring the MAC Blot Powder around, I suggest using a brush with a cap, like the super cute and pink Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Brush which has a cap to keep dust and bacteria minimal.


Where to buy products mentioned:

MAC Blot Powder Pressed

MAC Studio Fix Foundation 

Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Brush 

EcoTools Blush Brush


5 Shades To Choose From

The five shades available are Light, Medium, Medium Dark, Dark and Deep Dark. I am NC20 and the color Light looks well, really light in the pan, yet it doesn’t change the color or texture of my foundation. Light looks so light I was worried it would make me look like a Geisha.

But of course it hasn’t and now that the crater in the pan is expanding, I’ll have to buy another one soon! Well, unless something better comes along. Any recommendations, my dear friends?

Of course Bun Bun rates the MAC Blot Powder Pressed:

What is one makeup product you use every single time? Ah, primers don’t count. Hoho.