March 11, 2015

MAC Julia Petit Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder Review

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

MAC Julia Petit Prep Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

MAC Julia Petit Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder ($28) is part of the limited edition MAC Julia Petit makeup collaboration that’s launching from MAC on March 19th (I believe it’s already available for purchase online).

Julia’s actually a blogger in Brazil so if you’re a fan of hers you’ll likely want the compact. For me, it’s a bit hit or miss due to not only the packaging but also the actual formula.

Take a look!

MAC Julia Petit Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

The MAC Julia Petit Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder comes in a black lacquer compact featuring Julia’s name on the compact in orange. It’s a pretty basic design and isn’t quite as dramatic as the bold promotional images for the collection. It’s very simple and understated. It’s also $2 bucks more than the regular MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder which is $26. I have my fandoms and I imagine if MAC did some collaboration with say Doctor Who and “Doctor” was written across the compact I’d be all arms flailing, “TAKE MY MONEY DAMN YOU!” So different strokes for different folks when it comes to this packaging.

I actually used to be a lover of Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder because it’s great for brightening up under eyes and setting concealer for all day wear. I also love it’s a press formula as it’s a lot less messy than a loose formula to work with plus easier to travel with. However, since originally use Prep + Prime Finishing Powder so many years ago my views have changed as it isn’t something I reach for as often. I find I prefer looser powder to setting my concealer and I also find that I just have ONE TOO many translucent powders that I don’t use! Needless to say typically Prep + Prime Transparent Powder is a fairly good formula that sets makeup, blurs imperfections and larger pores and creates a nice flawless, focused finish. However, it can easily be over done and can leave skin a bit pasty so you do have to be careful with it.

MAC Julia Petit Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder 4

However, Julia’s formula seemed a little mucked with as it is denser and a lot less silkier than what I’ve tried from MAC in the past. It also seemed a good deal drier. I would suggest testing it in store prior to blindly purchasing it because maybe you like the packaging!

All in all I’d have preferred MAC did a beauty powder for Julia versus a special, limited edition transparent powder. Just seems a waste to me.

What do you think?

MAC Julia Petit Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder launched officially March 19th at MAC counters.

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

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  • Nicole V

    I have to say I Love reading your blog! Your reviews are so good! Thank you for all the hard work!…. Don’t think I’ll be picking this one up but thank you for your review. I am trying to find a good under eye setting powder and would love to find one that has a bit hydration in it, if that’s even possible. Like you, I have dry skin and dry under eyes. I do not set my foundation with powder but find I need a little something more under the eyes. Would you have any suggestions?

  • Cj

    Wait a second. Mac does a collab with this Julia Petit girl and not you?! What’s the number to call for complaints?

    • Isabella Muse

      lol you’re such a goof. i miss you! gimme kisses and tell me what you’ve been doing?

  • Andrew

    This is so sad! I’m with you, though; I think I actually may have too many finishing powders if that’s possible. I used to love MAC’s until I started mixing my own for under my eyes. If the packaging was a little more BANG than fizzle I might get it, but this is just kind of lackluster across the board :-/.

    • Isabella Muse

      same here, same here! And I don’t make use of them that often! I thought so too *shrug* maybe because it’s not our fandom of interest? I imagine if people love Julia they are excited about having a compact with her name splashed on it.

  • Lucy

    Dear Muse, I`m a brazilian reader and really love your blog and your reviews, you are so great! About Julia’s prep + prime formula, I guess there isn`t supposed to be any difference from MAC`s regular formula. You see, I recently watched a video of another famous brazilian beauty blogger (the blog is called Dia de BeautΓ©), where Julia was presenting her new collection, and Julia herself said that there was no difference from the regular powder, only her signature! Unless you`re a huge fan of hers, I guess it`s not worth the 2 extra bucks! But I would certainly buy it if it was part of a Muse collection!

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Lucy! Sorry for the delayed reply! thank you for commenting and making me feel so special πŸ˜€ was flattered to said you would by something from a Muse Collection hehe πŸ˜€ Interesting! I got a sample and mine was quite dense and NOT like the one I have from the permanent collection but it could be due to the fact it was a press sample! Thanks for sharing my dear πŸ™‚ and thanks for reading here! it’s greatly appreciated! xoxox!