Have you ever loved a product that your skin just did not agree with? but you just could not let it go?
My skin is semi sensitive, but when it comes to MAC base make up, its super sensitive!
Just about any base item from the line causes mass amounts of break outs on me, boooo.
Last year I was in the market for a new powder, and the MAC MSFN caught my eye. So many girls use/love it, and it has pretty amazing reviews from everyone.
I was matched to Medium Plus, and for a few days applied this over my BB cream with a stippling brush to just add a light layer.
Semi glowy, natural, not cakey!!! I thought, this was an AWESOME powder! No wonder it's so popular.
Little Fix + and I was set!
Fast forward 3 days of continuous use to find a face full of unhappy and angry cystic spots!
I was so disappointed! I had applied such a sheer layer and it had a terrible effect on my skin.
This went into my box of rejects, but I always thought about it.
I have tried many powders, and though I am pretty dedicated to Lancome Dual Finish
(which is highly under rated)
I couldn't stop missing the glow MSFN provided.
Dual Finished is pretty matte, which is anti ME! I love the glow...regardless of combo/oily skin.
I recently picked up yet again a MSFN but this time in Medium, which I think is a better match for me
R-L: Medium-Medium Plus
The difference is subtle in these photos, but in real life Medium Plus has a stronger yellow undertone
( The bulb from my lamp is currently dying)
This time I needed a STRATEGY, sheer application was just not enough
Now this might sound crazy to some people to go through so much to make something work- but I refuse to give up!
Post toner apply an anti acne gel/lotion all over the T zone, or wherever you normally break out often - Currently using "Off with their Heads"
I pretty much prayed the acne gel would be enough, and at night get all that crap out of my pores with my Clarasonic
Problem 2 - Oil control
SIGH unfortunately this powder did a pretty crappy job of keeping my oils at bay.
Still loving the effect enough, came strategy number 2.
Apply a sheer layer of MSFN with a big 150 brush, then on my T zone apply with a fluffy brush - Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
Like MAC, I had some kind of reaction towards bare minerals, but the veil seems fine for me.
It is mattifying but throughout the day the glow starts to appear around 12.
Since I cant stand matte, I spray a bit of Fix + at the end after mineral veil for the natural look.
Since I am still experimenting I only use this powder 3-4x a week and have been attempting to keep adding in days, so my skin can adjust
So far this has been a complete success, and I have been using this combo under various foundations and BB creams, yielding glowing results.
But I wanted to ask you
Have you guys ever went a bit above and beyond what was necessary to make a product work for you?
Also, if you love MAC MSFN and broke you out, but you can't part with it like I couldn't, maybe the tips above can help another dedicated beauty addict.