December 15, 2015

Maybelline Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Powder Review & Swatches

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Maybelline Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Powder

Maybelline Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Powder by Face Studio ($9.99) is a new, permanent translucent setting powder that’s launching with the Maybelline Spring 2016 Collection.

I really love how pro Maybelline is becoming! They kinda remind me of a MAC or Make Up For Ever with all their more “professional” makeup releases and fix products. This year, you’ll be seeing a lot of fix or as I call them pro products launching from Maybelline like makeup setting spray, eyeshadow primers, etc….

I like the idea of these products but also, in some cases, they can be a little expensive. But on that note I will say really simple products like transparent powder is kinda sorta hard to come by at the drugstore. I mean, don’t get me wrong, NYX and E.L.F. carry budget transparent powder but brands like Covergirl, Revlon, etc…don’t readily have one available (they have loose powders but they tend to come in colors versus a straight up silica powder). So that kinda gives Maybelline Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Powder a little bit of game at the drugstore.

But as I said it can be expensive.

Silica powder on and around the Internet isn’t mighty expensive from a variety of indie brands. Maybelline Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Powder is 0.21 oz in size and $9.99 in price. Chances are you’ll never pay $9.99 for it due to sales and such but if you’re one for pinching pennies you may feel the near $10 price tag is a bit much to splurge on simple transparent powder.

For me, well, transparent powder is transparent powder no matter what brand does it. Maybelline’s version is no better and no worst than any other transparent powder out there. It’s soft, silky, applies transparent, and sets makeup to a smooth matte finish. I didn’t have issues with it clinging to my drier areas and it applied very smooth and silky giving my skin a perfected, flawless finish.

I actually typically skip out on powder as I’m drier and I also feel a little too made up with it but I’ve been known to set with powder from time to time and in most cases it is with a transparent one like this. This is great for setting concealer or foundation for all day wear and it’ll also minimize the appearance of pores or finer lines plus reduces shine so it is a nice multitasking formula.

Maybelline Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Powder swatches

Whether or not you feel Maybelline Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Powder is expensive or not depends where you typically purchase your transparent powder from. It could prove a budget pick for you or it could be a bit expensive if you’re more of a mineral indie user and purchaser. P.S. My swatch above is looking all kinds of dry! Sorry my skin is in dehydration mode at the moment!

On that note I’ll say Maybelline Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Powder is soft, silky, easy to use, and sets makeup as it should. Nothing really super special here but it is nice to see a brand actually bringing out a completely transparent powder versus tinted ones.

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How do you feel about the introduction of Maybelline Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Powder?

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  • JoElla

    How does the wear under drier older eyes? (Not that you would know older lol!)

    • Isabella Muse

      Girl, I have dry eyes and finer lines I know older. It’s fine under my eyes, smooth, silky, doesn’t crease however, I do prefer a more yellow powder for use under my eyes 🙂

  • Cianelle Maala

    This is awesome, I’ll definitely try to look out for this since I need something to set my concealer.

  • Teli

    This may be a silly question, but would you put this product on after foundation but before blush, or after everything is done?

    • Isabella Muse

      I typically apply after foundation but some people will apply it after blush which I don’t personally do.

      • Chelly

        Apply setting powder first. Then powder blush. otherwise your blush csn come off looking muddy. however, if you are using a cream blush. Do so first and then apply setting powder over if needed.

  • Iris

    I like translucent powders as it’s sometimes hard for me to find shades which match my skintone. I’m pale and they’re either too rosey or too yellow. This sounds like a great product!

  • Christine

    Does this setting powder cause flashback on photographs as most hd powders do?

    • Isabella Muse

      I think all transparent powders do Diana in my experience. You just have to be sure to blend, blend, blend to avoid the white cast when taking photos!

  • Raquel

    Isabella, in your reply to another comment you mentioned that you prefer using a yellow setting powder under your eyes! What brand is the yellow setting powder you use? And why do you prefer yellow over white? Thanks lovely!
    P.S. You’re blog is so great! It’s my go-to when I see new beauty products! You’re awesome at reviewing products! 🙂

  • Mandy

    I generally use the NYX, bc it’s just silica. I just checked out this one tonight, and it has talc in it, which in my opinion, makes it a tad more likely to be drying or chalky. Talc based powders settle more obviously into my lines so the pure silica is a go-to for me. Still, I may try it especially since the maybelline is more accessible or than the NYX. It’s best to use over foundation. A little goes a long way. It discretely mattifies the face (great for t-zone shine and shifting foundations) and makes the blush and bronzer blend much easier.

    Thanks for the review!

  • Demetria

    This my be a stupid question. But Wat is the difference between setting powder and translucent powder or are they the same thing?

    • Isabella Muse

      translucent is sheer, no color where as setting powders sometimes come in a variety of shades. Both perform the same function, set makeup, but colored setting powders also even our your complexion, brighten, and sometimes can even be used as a sheer foundation.

  • Amelia

    Hi, I am a newbie to makeup and come across your blog when looking for setting powder. Do you recommend me to get a translucent powder or setting powder like loreal true match? Do you have any drugstore setting powder to recommend?

    • Groovy Taco

      If you are going to bake your face (applying excess amounts of powder under your eyes then dusting it off after 3-5 minutes to really set it in place) then translucent powder is the best for that. If you are using a powder to set your entire face a setting powder adds a bit more coverage than a translucent powder.