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Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder by MAC

Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

pore minimizing(38)
best use(1)
staying power(64)
best use: blending

Top Reviews



i loved this one makes my skin smooth and silky and ready for makeup

- Macy's User

this sheer powder smoothes my skin before i apply my foundation powder

- Macy's User

pore minimizing

pore minimizing

this keeps shine at bay while minimizing pores & making skin look even

- Nordstrom User

makes my skin look soft and minimizes all pores and blemishes

- Nordstrom User

staying power


i recently started using this transparent powder and i like how it sets my foundation and my makeup stays in place all day

- M·A·C User

i work all day so i need my makeup to stay on and my skin to be comfortable, this stuff keeps everything in place, makes my skin baby soft, and my shininess is only noticeable about 7 hours after application

- M·A·C User


blends well

once it's blended in your skin it leaves it silky smooth and a great base for foundation

- Nordstrom User

this power glides on like silk and it blends so perfect

- Macy's User



this light weight powder keeps my face shine free

- Nordstrom User

light weight and not greasy, feels like i'm not wearing anything but keeps my makeup flawless all day

- Nordstrom User

color accuracy

doesn't oxidize

it doesn't change the color my makeup nor does it accentuate fine lines and wrinkles

- Nordstrom User

i use this daily, it softens and sets my foundation, it does not give my skin a cake look, nor does it change the color of my lm mineral foundation

- Nordstrom User

color correction

color correcting

this was recommended by the sales associate as an alternate option for the product i orginally wanted, the color correct primer with the tan pigment

- Ulta User

this product is for finishing, not priming, even though the packaging looks similar to the color correct

- Ulta User

under eye

good for under eye

i love this for setting my concealer under my eyes, and it works wonders for setting your foundation as well

- Macy's User

especially for setting under eye concealer

- M·A·C User


non brightening

ashy look on darker skin tones

- M·A·C User

if i simply touched my nose, my foundation transferred to my finger and by the end of the day, my nose was bright red and no makeup was left :( i would not recommend this product

- M·A·C User



the flash back in pictures was horrible

- Ulta User

photo's came out horrible due to flash back from this product

- M·A·C User

best use


it also decreases the look of pores and blurs imperfections

- M·A·C User

it really helps the make up glide on and i always wear it before i apply makeup, it helps your makeup last, it gives your face a smooth look and doesnt crack, it comes in one color and will blend to any skin color

- Macy's User
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M·A·C userApril 21, 2017

Worst powder ever

Where do I begin with this powder? This powder it's probably the worst powder I've ever purchased. It's chalky as heck and what's even weird it's that in the pan it feels smooth and creamy but when you look at the swatch in your finger it looks terribly powdery and chalky. When you try to pick up the powder with a brush there's barely any product in there and it feels like you are applying nothing to your face. It doesn't control oil, whether you put it over or on top of your makeup. And if you are planning on taking pictures with the flash on, stay away from this powder! You will look ghostly as heck and I'm pretty fair, I can only imagine how this thing would look like on a person of color. Overall this powder it's not worth it and I won't be repurchasing again. The only positive thing I have to say about this product it's that it blurs your pores and it's very lightweight. <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__translate-span">« less</span>

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M·A·C userMarch 13, 2012


If u go natural or need an inner glow with no sparkle and glitz; its so simple to use. I Love this product. I was given a sample, didn't have very much, it made my face glow! Used with water sprayed on my face and powder sprinkled on my large beauty brush. I blended and blended adding water at times- it filled in lines, pores and made my skin smooth and like a 12 year old who got her first sun tan and is glowing. It lasted for about 8 hours but didn't look bad when it was wearing off. Any acne on my face was simply softened and did not make it worse. I don't tan or go out in the sun I have dull skin to be honest. i was pleasently surprized by the natural and versitality of this product. I also use this as a eye-shadow after i apply concealer to my lids on my el-natural days. Wonderful product. Job well done MAC <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__translate-span">« less</span>

- M·A·C
M·A·C userDecember 27, 2016

One of My Must-Haves

I use this to set my skin smoother primer and Pro Longwear Nourishing Foundation (SPF15), with contour, eyebrows, blush, etc. when I'm ready to start on my eyes. I really love those three products together. Once the powder is applied, the foundation instantly dries and feels incredibly lightweight and soft. The foundation goes on amazing with the primer, which already provides a matte look and smooth application, and the powder only accentuates it. It also lightens up my face and blends everything together. I use a fluffy elf complexion brush to apply it all over my face and it will stay all day. After I'm done with my eyes I use a prep+prime finishing spray and it locks everything into place. This powder is one of my must-haves because my foundation just doesn't feel right without it! <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__translate-span">« less</span>

- M·A·C
Nordstrom userNovember 4, 2013

Non-ashy coverage

I used to set my makeup with MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Dark until I found this product. I tried Make Up For Ever's HD Finishing Powder and thought it was too ashy for my brown, NW40-43 skin; so, though I had the Prep + Prime powder, I allowed it to languish in the makeup drawer for several months thinking it would be just as ashy-looking.Then I decided to try it... and I loved the finish. Though it is transparent and white, it provided coverage -- as strange as that sounds -- and was not patchy or ashy-looking at all! I use a makeup puff to set my T-zone and a fluffy, natural-hair brush for the rest of my face and for blending.I recommend a light hand for people with drier skin or for those who would like a less matte look. For me, one jar of the powder easily lasts 6-8 months with 5-days-a-week use. « less

- Nordstrom
Nordstrom userSeptember 20, 2015


I have been searching for products to give me a pore less, gorgeous finish like all those beauty bloggers! I pair this with my Makeup Forever foundation. Prior to this, MUF left uneven coverage because it's quite heavy and wouldn't eliminate shine on my T-zone or go under my eyes cause it doesn't blend into that skin well. With the addition of this powder, it makes my skin even, glow from within (matte finish), and pore less. Keeps shine at bay, and I got the compact to be able to touch up for special events or work. I use it with a kabuki brush and it picks up a small amount of product so I don't look too powdery or cakey. MAC is so worth the price, I adore everything they have!

- Nordstrom

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