Thursday, April 7, 2011

MAC MSF Natural- Making it Work- Or Breakout Trying

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.

Result:
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!

Problem 1-Acne

AM:
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"

PM:
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.


16 comments:

  1. Oh my, i think i tried to make the same product work and swear it broke me out too... i think it's a lost cause so it's in my draws collecting dust. id rather have clearer skin because it takes much more effort to get it clearer again..

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  2. oh wow, you went through a process to make this work! I would have given up. I've had a bad reaction to skincare products before but not makeup. But then again the only thing I apply all over my face is bronzer. I've stayed away from the MAC face products because I've had so many friends breakout from it.

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  3. Interesting post! I think I can't share any story similar to yours as I think it never happened to me or I can't think of anything now.

    <3
    www.kasiabelhadri.blogspot.com

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  4. My skin hasn't had any reaction to a makeup product, save for the time I tried to use a MAC lipstick as a blush (heard soo many people say use your lipstick as a blush) wrong move. I broke out on my cheeks horribly. Maybe it was just the MAC lipstick, but I have been scared to try it again!
    Also, my MSFN doesn't get too much love from me. I like the consistency, but it doesn't do a thing for oil control for me! I have all but stopped using it completely.

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  5. Props to you for not giving up. MAC's base makeup has traditionally broken me out but this for some reason has been okay for me. Good luck!

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  6. I've never tried this hard to use something! Dedication ;D

    Although, I really hated Benefit's Erase Paste, but now with the addition of an Illamasqua blending brush I've started to like it! I use it as a peachy corrector though. The shade limitations from Benefit really bug me.

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  7. Interesting. I was thinking about trying this out one day... not really sure how it works though. Can it completely replace your foundation?

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  8. I tried this once at a mac store and really didnt like it.. I dont understand the hype.. I think there are much better powders out there

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  9. I've never tried this hard to use something! Dedication ;D

    Although, I really hated Benefit's Erase Paste, but now with the addition of an Illamasqua blending brush I've started to like it! I use it as a peachy corrector though. The shade limitations from Benefit really bug me.

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  10. Interesting post! I think I can't share any story similar to yours as I think it never happened to me or I can't think of anything now.

    <3
    www.kasiabelhadri.blogspot.com

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  11. If a product isn't 100% perfect for me, back it goes! God bless you! You either have a lot of patients or too much time on your hands. I just don't see how anyone can be bothered with something so trivial when they have a million other things to tend to. There's just so many great cosmetics on the market to choose from, that I don't believe anyone has to go through with that type of hassle.

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  12. I don't know when you posted this but is there a possibility the brush you used to apply the powder has to be completely clean and bacteria free? I am sensitive so even though I want to buy this, I can't quite commit.

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  13. I think MSF broke me out too. I love love love the finish it give, not too cakey but not so dewy that I look really oily. I can only put my recent breakouts down to the MAC MSF......I don't clean my brushes everyday but they're not filthy either. I'll try using brush cleaner everyday and see if that makes a difference. I too would love for this to work out for me too.

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