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MAC Set Powder

A colourless powder that can be used on either the face or body to set makeup.
Average Customer Rating:
4.686 out of 5
4.7
 out of 
5
(35 Reviews) 34
Customer Reviews for Set Powder
Review 1 for Set Powder
Date:05 08 2014
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Buy this!
Tags +Non-Drying, Natural looking, Shine control, setting your makeup.
This powder is wonderful and so versatile. I use it to finish my whole face after makeup is applied to keep it budge-proof all day & also dab it on my lipstick to make it non-transferrable (lipstick literally lasts all night without smearing or transferring, even through food/drink). Plus, the jar is HUGE. I've had mine for over a year and haven't even made a dent in it. Definitely getting your money's worth!
Only downside, refrain from putting too much on or you will appear pale/washed-out in pictures.
+52points
52of 52found this review helpful.
 / Texas
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 2 for Set Powder
Date:04 25 2014
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Love it!
Tags +Natural looking, Shine control
My skin gets EXTREMELY oily. So much so that it sometimes looks like I'm sweating. I've tried other powders and nothing really lasts. I just brought this a couple days ago and it's GREAT. I use it before and after foundation and I have definitely noticed a difference. I have darker skin, so a little goes a long way and it doesn't interfere with the color of my foundation. I wasn't sure about spending so much on this, but you get A LOT of powder in.
+49points
49of 49found this review helpful.
 / South Jersey
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 3 for Set Powder
Date:03 23 2014
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
really nice setting powder
Tags +Shine control
i use this on top of the studio fix liquid foundation in NC15 with a normal powder brush. i switched to this powder from the basic loose powder from a drugstore brand because i have oily skin, and after a few hours into the day i'd be shiny.
pros: it is very translucent; it goes on and sticks to the foundation well; i think it does keep me shine free for longer than the drugstore loose powder; you don't have to use very much, so it'll last for a looong time; the price is pretty decent, considering how long is lasts and how well it performs; i don't think it really makes my makeup cakey, though i don't use a very big amount;
cons: i feel like it's so matte that if you look closely, you can see the powder on my face (and, like i said, i don't use much at all); even though it does last longer than my other powder, i'm still a bit shiny after about 4 or 5 hours in doors.
i would recommend this for oily skin, because, honestly, if you're as bad as me, nothing is going to keep you matte all day long. but this powder does do a pretty decent job.
+50points
56of 62found this review helpful.
 / Louisiana
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 4 for Set Powder
Date:12 24 2010
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Oily skin? Please read!
Tags +Shine control, oily combo with acne
After I have put all of my makeup on I brush this powder on very last right before I use my fix spray. This will give me a clear perfection for the rest of the day. I have very oily skin and break out all the time at age 30. This powder actually controlled my oil through out the day and helped clear up my skin!
+137points
137of 137found this review helpful.
 / Sacramento
Review 5 for Set Powder
Date:02 11 2011
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
FABULOUS!!!!!
Tags +Natural looking, Shine control, Non-Drying, setting creamy products
I use the "invisible" set powder to set cream color bases and foundation that you don't want to add color to (by way of a colored powder/foundation to set it) so that the true color shows through. This powder not only set makeup but makes it stay...through all the bright lights and my clients sweating escapades!!!!!!
+27points
27of 27found this review helpful.
 / Washington DC
Review 6 for Set Powder
Date:07 30 2011
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great finishing product
Tags +Shine control, wedding photography
I love this powder. There are many imitator/DYI set powder out there and nothing comes to the real thing. It does finish the face with a very MATTE look, so do not over use it. A jar of this will last me for years to come. Good investment if you want a good finishing powder that gives the matte look.
+16points
16of 16found this review helpful.
 / sacramento
Review 7 for Set Powder
Date:10 28 2012
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great setting powder for oily/combo skin types
Tags +Shine control, Natural looking, daytime wear oil control
I used set powder for quite a while, but started noticing my face looked ghostly white in pics, I experimented with using a moisturizer without SPF at night, using different powders to set my foundation and discovered the culprit was this MAC set powder! so be forewarned if you take a lof of pics! this being said, the powder works great to control oil and goes on invisibly on top of foundation. I still use it for daytime/work purposes. This jar is HUGE and will last many months with daily use.
+13points
13of 13found this review helpful.
 / SoFla
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 8 for Set Powder
Date:08 30 2010
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
To set makeup so that it doesn't budge...
Tags +Natural looking
Best used in conjunction with a sheer foundation, tinted moisturizer, or spot concealer for a more natural "no-makeup" makeup look or with a coverage-based foundation for everyday to special occasion wear. This powder's versatility lies in its basic ability to "set" makeup so that any underlying colored product (foundation, concealer, tinted moisturizer, etc.) resists rub-off and the makeup look will remain looking "fresh" after a long period of time. Since it is a powdered formula, be sure to moisturize the face before applying to avoid looking dry. A little goes a long way, so one jar will last very long.
+32points
36of 40found this review helpful.
 / SF Bay Area, California
Review 9 for Set Powder
Date:06 22 2011
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Love it
Tags +Non-Drying, Natural looking, Shine control, setting foundation
Set powder is an absloute must have for setting all types of foundations. I particularly love the invisible because it's truely colorless. It's a must for on set photoshoots.
+17points
18of 19found this review helpful.
 / Killian, La
Review 10 for Set Powder
Date:07 05 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
One Word: AMAZING!!!!
Tags +Non-Drying, Natural looking, Shine control
This is the best setting powder ever!!! This is literally my 8th one. I've tried so many transparent setting powder from drugstore to high end (Nyx,MUFE HD, Nars, etc), but I keep coming back to this one. This is my holy grail setting powder. I have combination oily skin tone, and this works amazingly well with my skin type. On top of that my skin looks flawless. I get so many compliments when I set my foundation with this powder!!!
Please do not discontinue this!!!!!! Please!!!!
+5points
5of 5found this review helpful.
 / Los Angeles
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 11 for Set Powder
Date:01 07 2011
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
in love with this product
Tags +Natural looking, Shine control, Non-Drying, set up your foundation.
I use it over my prolong wear foundation. Gives you a smooth finish and really fix your make up. Perfect for oily/combination types, and doesn't cake on your skin.
I even use it over my eyeshadow and makes the color to stay all day.
the container is larger than "prep and prime finishing powder", and the final effect is similar.
Recommend it.
+10points
10of 10found this review helpful.
 / el paso
Review 12 for Set Powder
Date:04 20 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Set Powder
Tags +Non-Drying, Natural looking, Shine control
I absolutely love this powder! Its always hard to tell when you're using a translucent powder if it even makes a difference vs any other but it does, it sets the face beautifully, almost leaves this soft focus to the skin. I do my brows with a gel and I have such oily skin so throughout the day it almost appears wet, I use this powder to set my brows and no longer experience that. It's a must have multi use product!
+5points
5of 5found this review helpful.
 / California
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 13 for Set Powder
Date:05 03 2011
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Cannot live without~
Tags +Non-Drying, Natural looking, Shine control
I absolutely love this. I have skin that is quite oily, and I don't always wear foundation, but when left bare, I get that awful oil slick in the afternoon. This powder keeps that from happening, even when I apply it at 8am and don't wash my face until midnight. It doesn't change the color of foundation, isn't heavy like a lot of powders, and doesn't block pores when worn without makeup or even primer.
+5points
5of 5found this review helpful.
 / US
Review 14 for Set Powder
Date:03 22 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Outstanding!
Tags +Shine control
PURE PERFECTION!! NO SHINE/OILY FACE ALL DAY!
+3points
3of 3found this review helpful.
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 15 for Set Powder
Date:10 26 2010
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Tags +Natural looking, Shine control, Non-Drying
I love this powder. I have used this powder with MAC Face & Body foundation for almost 4 years now. It gives me a natural finish and it does not change or alter the color of my foundation.
+4points
4of 4found this review helpful.
 / GA
Review 16 for Set Powder
Date:07 30 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Smooth Face
Tags +Natural looking, Shine control, smooth skin/finish, reducing redness
This is one of my favorites by M.A.C! You can apply it over a tinted powder or simply on its own over foundation. This powder smooths out any problematic sections of skin; it will also decrease redness. Love this product, and absolutely recommend it!
+3points
3of 3found this review helpful.
 / louisiana
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 17 for Set Powder
Date:03 20 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Sets Very Well
Tags +Non-Drying, Natural looking, Shine control
Really love this powder better than any other I have used. It sets very well & looks really natural.
I will order extra 2 pack and I am glad to do.
+3points
4of 5found this review helpful.
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 18 for Set Powder
Date:05 25 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Love it!
Tags +Natural looking, Shine control, Non-Drying, setting and oil control
I absolutely love this powder. It is great for providing that matte effect for my oily skin. I am very pale and it helps blend everything together and set it. You can't go wrong with this wonderful dusting powder.
+3points
3of 3found this review helpful.
 / Kansas
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 19 for Set Powder
Date:03 30 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Full coverage
Tags +Natural looking, setting foundation
I have this powder in the light peach color and it covers very nicely. It does not take much so be light-handed. It is finely milled and very smooth on the face. This container will last a very long time because it takes so little product to cover the whole face. I do mix it with other powders just to make sure it doesn't look too peachy/Orange on me. The first time I used it I put too much on and I looked like a giant peach! I have a fair complexion so I have to be careful with coverage. I do recommend this powder because it not only goes on nicely but it last all day through a twelve hour work shift. Good buy, you won't be disappointed.
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / philadelphia Pa
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 20 for Set Powder
Date:07 02 2011
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I LOVE IT!!
Tags +Shine control
NOTHING finishes my makeup better!! It's so light but just sets my makeup perfectly!! If I had a list of Must Haves for a deserted island, this would definitely be on it!
+3points
3of 3found this review helpful.
 / San DIego