MAC Matte Fix Plus And Pore Refiner Stick Review

MAC have recently built upon their Prep & Prime collection and added a couple of variations to Fix+, including Pinklite, Goldlite, scented versions and more recently a Matte Fix+. This, in addition to a brand new Pore Refiner Stick, has got oily girls like me, a little excited.

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MAC’s Fix Plus has got to be one of those items that almost everyone has in their collection, or at least used at some stage.  It has a multitude of uses and certainly is a fixture in my collection. MAC have recently built upon their Prep & Prime collection and added a couple of variations to Fix Plus, including Pinklite, Goldlite, scented versions and more recently a Matte Fix+. This, in addition to a brand new Pore Refiner Stick, has got oily girls like me, a little excited. I’ve put them to the test and come back with my thoughts.

 

Matte Fix+

A light, oil-free emulsion that helps conceal visible pores while controlling oil. Applies “wet” for a gentle micro-exfoliation; dries instantly to create an invisible, long-lasting natural matte finish. Ideal for the T-zone.

At first glance, the formula looks clear, but much like its sparkly counterparts, give it a shake and a powder-like substance mixes in and turns the liquid a milky colour. MAC claims that this bad boy can be used both before and after makeup application for a mattifying effect.

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the two middle swatches have been used with Matte Fix+

 

There is no scent and the mist is exactly the same as the regular Fix+. As soon as I spray this over my face, I can immediately see a difference. I’ve used this on both matte and dewy foundations and the result stays the same – a suuuper matte finish. There isn’t any flashback, nor any residue of any kind on the face. The longevity of my makeup is dramatically increased and my oily t-zone is basically non-existent. Say whaaat? I am so impressed.

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Overall, I’m sold.  I think especially in Summer when sweat and oil are an even bigger issues, this bottle is going to be my matte saviour. If you love a matte finish and struggle with being an oil slick, I would highly recommend getting your mitts on this.

 

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Matte Fix+ used as a setting spray over a dewy foundation

 

Pore Refiner Stick

A magic stick that blurs the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles for a smooth matte finish.

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I know I am not alone in the struggle of giant pores. They almost always come hand-in-hand with oily skin – aren’t we lucky! I am constantly trying products to disguise and diminish the look of these gaping holes all over my face, so I think I did a happy dance when this little stick arrived at Beauty Bender HQ. The stick appears to be quite small but only a small swipe is needed on the skin. Once applied, it feels weightless and so smooth on the face.

I did note an instant reduction in the appearance of my pores and also a mattifying effect. I also noticed that fine lines were hidden and my skin, in general, look much smoother. Foundation applied perfectly over the top – no balling or slipping at all.  My pores are disguised, not totally erased because let’s face it, you’d need putty to fill in those bad boys, but there is definitely a difference.

 

This is another winner in my opinion. Due to how light the formula is, it also works brilliantly over the top of your regular primer or works well on its own. I was never a fan of products like the Benefit Porefessional as it left a bit of a residue behind and made my makeup slip, but the MAC Pore Refiner Stick doesn’t do this at all, in fact, it adds to the longevity of my makeup. Winner.

 

What do you think? Do you need help with your oil situation?

 

Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

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Current Favourites

Favourites – it has certainly been a while, but it;s about damn time I updated my readers with a few noteworthy prodz. Favourites include MooGoo, Tarte, Total Face Group, MAC and Becca Cosmetics.

Hello my little beauty babes,

Favourites – it has certainly been a while, but it;s about damn time I updated my readers with a few noteworthy prodz. While I’ve been off birthing a small child and thus needing to care for the wee child, I haven’t had a great deal of time to trial and discover new products, and my needs have changed slightly, but there definitely has been some standouts.

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picture of said child, Louie

 

I have had quite a few people ask what I have been using lately on my skin. Now, not to blow my own trumpet (toot toot), but my skin is probably looking the best it ever has; I don’t know whether pregnancy/ post-partum hormones are to thank, or whether somehow the combination of sleep deprivation and constant lactation is making my skin fresh AF (the latter is incredibly doubtful) but damn, it is looking good. Surprisingly enough, I really haven’t been using much at all. If the wee child allows me time to actually give my skin some loving, I will give my skin a treat with some Kiehls Creamy Avocado Under Eye Cream, and a splash of The Aurae Beauty Boost Serum. Otherwise, shamefully enough, I smear on my face whatever Moo Goo Skin Milk Udder Cream is left on my hands after giving Louie an after bath massage #mumlife.  I have used this moisturiser on my body and hands for almost 10 years, always having a tube in my handbag. But never have I consistently used it on my face. With the high quality and beautiful ingredients in Skin Milk it isn’t surprising that it works so well.  Moo Goo lover for life.

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Also, for the mums out there – if you’ve never used Moo Goo before, I would HIGHLY recommend their products for your little person. I could go on and on about the products, but if you head over to their website, you’ll see for yourself why I have had a decade long love-affair with Moo Goo, and why it is the only skincare brand that I would dare use on my little Louie. (Not sponsored in the slightest – while I have received PR gifts from Moo Goo before, I have also spent a small fortune on their milky goodness).

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Current skin situation, thanks to Moo Goo and an Ultraceuticals Mandalic Peel. Tired eyes courtesy of Louie.

On the subject of skincare, I also want to mention a favourite experience of the last month, an amazing peel that I received a few weeks ago. I was kindly gifted an Ultraceuticals Mandalic Peel* by Total Face Group in Chatswood. As a relative newbie to the Ultraceuticals range, it was an absolute pleasure to be able to experience a peel first hand. Marguerite, my lovely therapist, talked me through the process, products and active ingredients – which I found ridiculously helpful (I now have a new obsession with Niacinamide) Ultraceuticals is definitely a brand I want to explore a little bit more and I really want to take some time out for myself more regularly and get frequent facials.

 

I never thought that I’d see the day where I would be reaching for a powder over a liquid foundation, but between rocking a baby to sleep, guzzling your 784th (cold) coffee of the day, cleaning baby vomit off your dress and trying to ignore that nagging voice of anxiety that comes with taking a newborn child out in the world, there isn’t a whole lot of time to doll yourself up in the morning.  So something quick, easy and one-hand friendly is at the top of my list. Enter Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation. This stuff is no joke.  With a quick swirl of this on a big fluffy brush, my imperfections are covered, skin tone is evened and I’m looking less and less like a corpse by the minute. The finish is beautiful and natural, it doesn’t transfer when I rub my face all over my delicious smelling baby and it last ALL DAMN DAY.

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If you bear with me, I’m going to have a detailed review of these brand-new products published shortly, but I have to mention these bad boys in my current favourites. Becca have recently launched the Bright Eyes Collection consisting of an Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer*, their best-selling and my all time favourite Under Eye Brightening Corrector,and the Under-Eye Brightening Setting Powder*. This three step range works fabulously at smoothing, hydrating, blurring and colour correcting the under-eye area. Pre-baby I had no issues with dark circles, but now I need to spend a little more time concealing and brightening the area. Although the 3 steps may seem time consuming, I promise it is worth it. The end result certainly brightens and covers, and the area doesn’t crease nor does it look cakey or powdery, giving me the most natural finish I’ve seen from a corrector yet. Stay tuned for a product break down and a more in-depth chat about these products soon.

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The last thing I want to mention is another product that helps to make me look less corpse like, I see a theme here… MAC recently released the Bold & Bad Lash Mascara* and man, is it good one. I never though I’d be raving about a $42 mascara – especially if you saw my Instagram post about the new Benefit mascara. I honestly believe that drug-store mascaras do the job well for a fraction of the price. Buttttt, I love this and have been reaching for this over all my other mascaras for a month or so now. The formula is on the drier side (which I prefer), but it coats the lashes so damn well. My lashes are lengthened, thickened and even hold a curl like you wouldn’t believe. I find that this formula is easily built up, too. Plus, this clever little number is dual-wanded, so the mini wand is great for lower lashes, getting in tight to the water-line and also combing through the lengths. I promise I wouldn’t tell you about an exy mascara if it wasn’t worth the money.

 

That’s it, kids.

 

Until next time,

Camille

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.