July 26, 2016

MAC vs MUFE: Transparent Setting Powders

This time a couple of years ago, if you had asked me what my favourite transparent powder was, I'd have looked at you like you were speaking Mandarin. 'Eh? Transparent...' I never really used powders, because I believed they looked 'cakey.' In other words, they reminded me of the awful concoctions I used to wear on my face when I was fourteen years old. This all changed when I decided it was high time I ventured into a MAC shop. 

It seemed a little expensive to me, so I wanted something that would last; a product I could use time over and discover whether MAC was really for me. I'd seen a couple of people singing this product's praises, so I thought 'yep, I'll 'ave that!' I wandered down to the MAC shop in Carnaby Street (the old store, before it relocated further up) and purchased the Prep + Prime Transparent Setting Powder (£20.50). It comes in two versions: pressed and loose. I went for pressed because I prefer the compact and it's less messy.

Years and a beauty blog later, I had a greater insight into the beauty industry and the many brands and product variations out there. Makeup Forever Paris was having a moment (I believe it still is) on the #bblogger scene, so when I saw their HD Powder (£22) knocking about in the Sephora in Barcelona, I didn't hesitate. It's since become available at Debenhams.

If you're still reading, and still thinking 'I don't get this concept...' then fear not; here's a brief explanation of the product for you: translucent powders are sheer, colourless powders used to set facial makeup. The difference between these and normal powders is that translucent powder is not intended to add colour or coverage; it is mainly intended to set makeup in place, provide a matte finish to the complexion and control shine.

So anyway... I'm now onto my third MAC powder, and still experimenting with the MUFE HD Powder, and today, I'll be writing a little comparison for you (exciting times, aye?).

Both powders come in very basic (but sleek) packaging. The MAC version comes in a sturdy, black compact, complete with mirror, which is absolutely fab for keeping in my makeup bag on-the-go. The MUFE HD Powder comes in a clear tub, with a black screw-on/off lid. Inside, it features a dispenser which (to me, at least) resembles a tiny trampoline (you know the ones).

I apply both products in the exact same way; with a large, fluffy powder brush and by dabbing (not brushing) onto my face. The MUFE version requires a little pressure to be applied to the tiny trampoline (yep, I'm rolling with that one...) to release the loose powder. Neither have any fragrance.

The MUFE one is definitely a little more messy and I do feel like I'm wasting quite a lot of the product each time I use it. Once the powder has vacated the dispenser (okay, I'll let go of the trampoline comparison now), it just sits on top, and when I swirl my brush in it, it puffs up like a cloud of smoke and POOF... waste. With the MAC version, I can simply swirl my brush over the powder, tap on the side of the container to remove any excess, and jobs a gooden!

Both look exactly the same upon application. They do not alter the appearance of my finished makeup in any way, they simply mattify. I'd definitely say that my makeup lasts longer after a day of wearing the MAC Prep + Prime version, but I don't know why, as the products are virtually the same.

So, which do I prefer? Well, you've probably already guessed, but... I definitely prefer the MAC powder. It's less messy, a little cheaper and easier to travel with. I'd never be without this powder in my collection! Have you tried either of these?


  1. You know I deal quite well with loose powder nowadays so my fav is from vichy :) i haven't tried either of these but MAC does sound good!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    1. I haven't tried the Vichy one! I'm sure I'd love the powder itself (as I love Vichy), but I just don't think loose powders are for me... too much of a messy bessy!

  2. I'm glad you prefer the MAC mainly cause I suck at loose powders, I am way too clumsy! lol I need to buy a new setting powder soon so this one might need to be the one :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    1. Same... I just get it everywhere! I've found a good alternative to high end loose powders to be the NYX one. When it's cheap, I'm not so fussed about it going everywhere! Well, let me know if you give it a shot!

  3. After reading this I think I'd definitely have to go for the MAC version - I would hate to be wasting so much product each time!

    Steph - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

    1. Definitely go for MAC! It's such a good product, I go through it so quickly!

  4. You should try the Make Up For Ever pressed powder. I believe it's the same as the loose HD powder just, well... pressed! I have it and I love it! It doesn't kick up in the pan so no waste and it sits beautifully on the skin.

    Kirsty - Life in Excess

    1. Hm, maybe I'll try that in the future. Thanks for the suggestion!


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