Two years ago, I discovered that Mattify ULTRA Powder for Oily Skin was my Holy Grail product. Yet, ever the beauty junkie, I’m always trying every type of makeup I can get my hands on. A friend of mine swears by Mac Blot Powder, so I decided to give it a try because I was looking for a portable pressed face powder, to supplement my loose powder. Well, here is my experience with MAC Blot Powder vs Mattify Ultra Powder:
MAC Blot VS Mattify ULTRA Powder
First, let me tell you that my friend who adores MAC Blot Powder for Oily Skin has near perfect skin, a slightly oily T-Zone, and almost invisible pores. She thinks that getting a zit the size of a pin head is the end of the world. I, on the other hand, am cursed with extremely oily, acne prone skin & occasionally develop cystic acne. Keeping my pores free of oil & makeup is a must.
Six Flags White Water
We were headed to an amusement park, so my makeup had to withstand a 3 hour drive, heat, sweat, and several dousings on the Water Coaster ride. I used my regular foundation routine (Mattify ULTRA Powder first, then Clarins Ever Matte Makeup). Instead of using the Mattify ULTRA again over the Clarins foundation, I used the MAC Blot Powder in Medium. At first, my face looked nice and fresh, and it did a good job of concealing pores.
When our drive to the park was almost done, I looked in the mirror.
Oil Blotting Sheets
**Gasp** my face was crazy shiny.
I grabbed some oil blotting sheets and went to town. Automatically, I reached for my Mattify ULTRA powder, since it’s my go-to item for shine control. After a few minutes of frantically searching, I’d realized it had been left on the counter at home. This was a true disaster, because you can’t just buy the stuff anywhere, it has to be ordered online. When you have skin as oily as mine, yes this WAS a disaster! The only powder I did have was the MAC Blot.
MAC Blot Powder
I patted the MAC Blot over my foundation, being careful not to streak my makeup. The finish looked nice and fresh again, so figured I was good to go. After a few hours of roller coaster fun, we took a break to get some food. I caught a glimpse of myself in a metal napkin holder, and my face was reflective with oil. I did a quick touch up with the MAC Blot, but was disappointed – it was starting to feel heavy and thick. On the White Water Safari Coaster, my face got pretty wet, but the water just kind of beaded up & dried by itself. So, at least I was impressed that it was somewhat water resistant.
After a while I was oily again, so I re-powdered. With no time to worry about makeup, we hopped back in line for the coasters and finished our day around 7pm. By this time my face felt like it was caked in powder. I couldn’t wait to wash it off. One look in the mirror confirmed my fears – I was greasy, blotchy & the powder had settled into my pores.
After I re-did my makeup, I used the MAC Blot Powder to set it. I saw that skin oils had transferred from the puff to the compact, giving the powder an oily sheen. I scraped off the top layer to reveal the fresh powder underneath. During the time I used the compact, this happened repeatedly, so I started storing the puff upside down to prevent oil transfer.
Fast forward to 3 days later…
My skin was a mess – had at least 10 breakouts. I checked the ingredients in MAC Blot & found that it has Dimethicone (silicone) which always causes breakouts on me. I thought that only liquid products like primers & foundation contained this, so didn’t even think to check before using the powder. That’s probably what causes this powder to feel heavy and waxy. If only it didn’t clog my pores, I would love the stuff, because it helps my foundation to be more water & sweat resistant. But combine a hot sunny day + dimethicone + sweat and for the next few days you’ll be cursing yourself for ever applying this stuff to your face. It will be breakout city if you are acne prone.
**Why is Dimethicone (silicone) bad for your skin? Click here to find out**
My experience with the Mattify ULTRA Powder for oily skin turned out much better. Don’t let the white color of the powder in the picture fool you into thinking it will make you look like a ghost. It is completely transparent, even when my skin has a dark golden tan. I love this powder because it doesn’t look like layers of caked on makeup, even after reapplying it. Since I use it every day, I’m quite accustomed to its effectiveness. I guess that’s why every face powder I’ve tried since I bought it has just paled in comparison. But, on one hot summer day, I put it to the ultimate test.
Hiking Break to Touch Up Makeup
It was to be a day of hiking & inner tubing, plus an overnight camp. I applied my foundation & Mattify ULTRA early in the morning. As usual, I used the Ultra Powder as a primer before my liquid Clarins makeup, and again as a setting powder over the foundation. Since we were busy hiking, I didn’t have time to look in a mirror until around 11am (4 hours after application). I was just starting to get oily on & around my nose. I used a blotter sheet, and did a quick pat-down with the Ultra Powder & freshened up my other makeup.
We headed to the lake for a few hours of inner tubing & swimming, after which I patted my face dry. To my amazement, it was still completely matte! I kind of forgot about makeup after that, as it was getting late & we needed to set up camp. I did one more blot & re-powder before it got dark. Here’s the great part…I fell asleep with my makeup on and when I woke up the next morning, my face barely had any shine!
I know, it’s horrible to fall asleep wearing makeup. I was mad at myself for not remembering to use remover wipes. In the morning, I did a quick face clean & reapplied my foundation, fully expecting to be bombarded with acne breakouts within the next few days. Guess what? It never happened!! I fully credit the use of my Mattify Ultra Powder underneath my foundation. Ever since I started using that routine, I’ve barely gotten any breakouts. It has a way of protecting my skin from all the pore clogging gunk in liquid foundation. In fact, on days when I forget to use the Ultra Powder first, it seems like I can feel the makeup sinking down into every pore.
Final Decision: MAC Blot VS Mattify ULTRA
Mattify ULTRA is the face powder I use every day & it never fails. I wear it year round, both under and over my liquid makeup. Although it doesn’t wick away water like the MAC Blot did, it absorbs way more oil, requires fewer touchups, and doesn’t feel heavy at all. After years of searching for the perfect regimen to keep my skin free of acne, I really value the fact that the ULTRA doesn’t make me break out. Ever since I started using it as a primer, I’ve hardly gotten any acne at all.
Mattify Cosmetics ULTRA Powder for Oily Skin
Out of this contest between two brands of face powder for oily skin, I’d have to say that Mattify ULTRA wins, hands down. It’s a little less expensive than the MAC Blot too, which is always a plus. The purse size container of Mattify ULTRA is $14.49 including shipping on their website at http://www.mattifycosmetics.com and the MAC Blot was $24 at Macy’s.
Here’s a list of pros/cons for these 2 versions of powder for oily skin:
Super oil absorbent
Feels very light weight on skin
Prevents clogged pores & breakouts
Doubles as primer & setting powder
All natural, no parabens or chemicals
Does not contain Mica or Dimethicone
Loose powder, tricky to apply on the go
MAC Blot Powder
Sets makeup for water resistant wear
Pressed Powder, transportable & easy to use
Not so great at absorbing oil
Contains Dimethicone, which clogs pores
Looks heavy & waxy after a few applications
Not 100% Natural Ingredients & contains parabens