Monday, May 4, 2009

The difference between Smashbox Antishine and MAC Matte

Ok I really thought these two products did the same things but unfortunately they don't

Smashbox Antishine

Rating: 3.9 out of 5
Reasoning: broke me out when used to much. It made me mad lol

What it claims it does:Inspired by the hot lights of Hollywood's most glamorous photo shoots, this remarkably cool and refreshing Anti-Shine powder-gel formula sets Smashbox apart from the rest. Perfectly designed to afford a natural-looking, long-lasting matte finish while absorbing surface shine.

My opinion: This product removes shine while mattifying the skin. It's creamy at first but once it is spread on the skin it mattifies instantly. If you spread it like you would with a lotion you will notice tugging of the skin. I suggest using small amounts and dabbing it on the skin rather than spreading it across your face. Using too much can cause me some break out, because this product seems to clog the pores. A very small amount is the trick. It says it gives your face a matte no shine face all day long but it seems to only work for 3 hours or so. I apply it after lotion and before primer. If you use it after primer your skin would be too dry for the foundation to glide on. I've used it throughout the day over makeup and it doesn't make you look splotchy at all. I make sure I use my Clean and Clear Oil control blotting sheets first then apply the antishine. It's definitely a product I keep in my purse now.

MAC Matte

Price: 18
Rating:4.0 out of 5
Reasoning: Did not mattify but did make my skin feel silky smooth before foundation application

What it claims it does:A matte-ifying cream that acts like a powder, M·A·C Matte adds a sheer, no-shine matte texture in one smooth layer. May be used on bare or made-up skin. Use a latex sponge or a 252 Large Shader Brush to apply over the entire face or in the T-zone to reduce the appearance of shine. Apply M·A·C Matte after moisturizer, but before foundation to prime the skin for makeup. Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation applies smoothly and effortlessly over top of M·A·C Matte. Apply M·A·C Matte to eyelids before applying Eye Shadow or Paints to help increase the longevity of the makeup and reduce creasing.

My Opinion: So when I read the two descriptions I thought ok so they practically do the same things. Well actually not at all. MAC Matte says it mattes the skin while reduces shine. It really does none of that. I was still shiny and I definitely did not see it matte the skin. It may have mattified a little but not anything like the Antishine. The only thing I like about this product was that it was silicone based so it acted like a primer. Well yeah it pretty much is a primer. If you have ever tried Smashbox Photofinish Primer (the normal one) they are very similar products except that the MAC Matte DOES NOT leave you hecka oily through the day. If you use too much of MAC Matte it may make your skin oily I haven't tried too much of it but i can see it happening. I would suggest this as a primer to anyone. I especially like to use it under the eyes before I do my corrector and concealer. It allows me to apply it like butttttaa. Seriously BUTTTTAA.


  1. Thanks for the review :)

    I used the Smashbox Anti Shine in a compact... I don't think it does much ... Ijust carry it around in my makeup bag as a mirror :T

  2. Oh yeah I was interested in that along time ago until I went to the store and saw it up close. It looked sooo thick I did not understand how you were suppose to apply it with out it majorly clogging up our pores

  3. I use the MAC Matte, and I have to say i quite like it. I squeeze a little and apply with my fingers! Much say though, if you put too much, it can kinda make your skin a lil oily!! xxx