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Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder by Clinique

Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder

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coverage: medium coverage best use: blending
Variation: STAY BRANDY

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they're makeup is light and airy and doesn't make your face feel heavy or look unnatural

- Macy's User

this powder is lightweight yet hides shine for hours

- Nordstrom User

staying power


goes on easy; stays on all day

- Sephora User

i use it every day, no shiny face, make up looks natural and stays colorful all day, am so glad i got it👍🏼

- Ulta User


blends well

here is what i use everyday, applied in this order:acne solutions liquid foundation in alabaster (apply with fingers)acne solutions clearing concealer in shade 1 (apply with fingers)stay-matte pressed powder in stay cream (lightly apply with brush to set)cheek pop in plum pop (apply/blend with brush)quickliner for eyes in smoky brown (top lid and outer corner)shadow single in hazy (applied over lid and liner gives a subtle smoky eye, use a brush)high impact mascara in black (i use on top and bottom lashes)chubby stick balm in pudgy peony less

- Clinique User

it blends well and stays put all day long, even after i go to the gym

- Clinique User

pore minimizing

pore minimizing

i absolutely love clinique make up i have been using it for about 10 years i love the feel of it on my skin it doesn't feel like my pores are all clogged up like most make up feels and the make up stays on my face all day and night and i don't really ever have to do a touch up with the powder i use a brush to apply every where expect around my eyes i use the sponge applicator that comes with it it really helps your eye shadow to stay on longer and no problems with mascara

- Clinique User

looks natural, doesn't clog my pores, absorbs shine

- Sephora User

color accuracy

doesn't oxidize

i apply it throughout the day to stop shine and it doesn't cake or turn orange which is a bonus

- House Of Fraser User

it does not oxidize on me or look streaky

- Sephora User



it just makes my skin look smooth and soft, and feel like a nice soft blanket

- Clinique User

throughout the day your skin looks oily, just re-apply this life saver and your good

- Sephora User



it extends the wear of my makeup and makes my face look radiant, fresh and beautiful

- Sephora User

it extends the wear of my makeup and makes my face look radiant, fresh and beautiful

- Sephora User

under eye

good for under eye

the pore refining perfecter+spot/undereye concealer+ stay matte powder is my new holy grail foundation routine

- Sephora User

i started using this powder to set my concealer and i love it , the invisible compact for all skin tones blends beautifully and keeps my under eyes from creasing as i go through my day

- Sephora User


no flashback

as a black woman it can be challenging finding a powder that does not give an "ashy" look, however with the clinique stay matte powder that is not an issue i can honestly say it's by far my favorite i use the shade "stay amber" i have no skin issues so the sheer coverage is perfect for me

- Dillard's User

reduces shine, but doesn't leave me looking cakey and ashy

- Sephora User


medium coverage

all tho this is a powder it provides medium coverage without being cakey or heavy

- Sephora User

it is medium coverage & i feel like it leaves the best looking finish on my skin

- Sephora User

best use


i love how easily it blends in

- Clinique User

never settles into fine lines or creases and doesn't leave your face looking cakey

- Clinique User
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Sephora userJune 14, 2014

It really works

I bought this powder for my upcoming cruise. It really keeps your face from getting oily, and lasts all day. The coverage is sheer but buildable, and conceals some redness and pores. I use a fluffy kabuki brush for it, and it applies like a dream. Since I want my makeup to be lightweight on vacation, I'm only wearing this with a primer underneath. I recommend using primer or moisturizer underneath, to prevent dry patches or caking. If you have acne and need extra coverage, this product is also a good setting powder over foundation. I should also mention that I have super fair skin (2Y01 Color IQ), and the stay buff shade is actually light enough for me. All in all, this is a great and inexpensive powder from Clinique.

- Sephora
clinique.com.my userFebruary 14, 2017

Perfect setting powder

This powder goes so nicely over my super balanced foundation, my concealer, and my cream blush. It doesn't have too much color, but it does have just enough to even anything out that might not perfectly blended, and it keeps your makeup from falling into fine lines (which we know can happen to anybody). The powder has definitely helped my face makeup stay in place practically all day. I have very dry skin, yet this powder doesn't exaggerate that at all. It just makes my skin look smooth and soft, and feel like a nice soft blanket. If you need a powder with just a hint of color, and isn't heavy, this is for you. 

- clinique.com.my
Sephora userMarch 14, 2019

Invisible, lightweight, great for setting make-up

The Clinique Stay-Matte Universal Blotting Powder works perfectly for setting make-up for my combination skin. It's indeed a little more firmly pressed in the pan, but I only had issues with picking it up with very soft brushes; most of my powder brushes are synthetic ones, slightly dense packed and all worked well with the powder. But this powder works best for pressing it with a brush, not dusting as you do with a loose powder. I rarely used it for blotting, but the sponge applicator works decently well. When touching up I recommend using a blotting paper first, than the powder, it helps more to not look cakey or disrupt makeup. When using the sponge I got some make-up transferred to the pan, but once I use a brush a couple of times those areas are 'cleaned'. I have combination skin (maybe I get a little oily after 6-7 hours) and the powder helps me control shine, but I don't know how much it would help very oily skin. I also have large pores, the powder has some blurring effects, but not life changing. While the powder is white, it doesn't yield an white or ashy cast on me (light-medium yellow warm undertone). The packaging is slim and very practical, I actually kept it as a pocket mirror after I used up the product. Less

- Sephora
clinique.com userJune 18, 2010


I have skin that's very, very oily (especially in the summer) and prone to frequent breakouts. So after trying almost every other pressed powder I tried the "sheer-matte" for a year, it's better than the others but I still wasn't too impressed. It does provide a nice matte finish and does absorb shine nicely but only for about the first hour of wearing it (at least for me) and so I needed to keep reapplying it frequently throughout the day which only added to my acne problem because 10 layers of powder obviously isn't good. It also rubs off easily on everything, but I'm sure my oily skin contributes to that problem. I thought I was going to end up applying makeup 10 times a day forever...and thats when I found and tried the "Clarifying Poweder Makeup" and I loved it! It cleared up my acne completely, prevented oily shine, didn't rub off, and stayed looking good all day! But now that I need to reorder it, I've discovered its been discontinued, and I will have to settle with applying the "Sheer Matte Powder" 10 times a day again :( Please bring back the Clarifying Powder!! <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__translate-span">« less</span>

- clinique.com
sephora userFebruary 25, 2012

Mattefying without cakeyness

I absolutely LOVE this pressed powder. I wear Clinique's Super balanced liquid foundation and use this pressed powder to set the foundation. I have oily-combination skin (mostly oily) and applying this to set my foundation definitely gives my face a matte finish without making it cakey. I've tried several other pressed powders and they all seem to make my face cakey and dry looking, even though I have oily skin. I use it throughout the day when my face builds up oil and it works great. As for coverage, I can't tell you because I only use it for oil control!

- sephora


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This is the best! Get it in the color “translucent” and apply with the sponge it comes with. https://m.clinique.com/product/1607/6069/makeup/powders/stay-matte-sheer-pressed-powder?shade=Invisible_Matte
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It helps if u use a “translucent” powder on ur eyelids and base of eyelid before applying eyeliner. I also love to use Clinique’s eye shadow with a thin brush as eyeliner. Gives a softer look and doesn’t smudge when u blink or in humidity.
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best powder for oil control?? queen’s tired of lookin’ like a #greeseball !!!
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