MAC Matte Creme Review

I am reviewing MAC Matte Cream today. This review is for Aru and Aarbee.

MAC Matte Creme Review

Product Description:

A matte-ifying cream that acts like a powder, MAC 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 MAC matte after moisturiser, but before foundation to prime the skin for makeup. Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation applies smoothly and effortlessly over top of MAC Matte.


Rs. 1080 for 25 mL.




MAC Matte comes in a sleek, transparent tube with a small screw-on cap. The tube is a flexible one, easy to carry.  Coming on to the review now.

The website claims that it is a crème, but I think it is a gel :sidefrown: , yes, it is a gel. Very small amount of the product is required for each application. Also, on blending, the transparent gel does not leave behind any color or marks.  It also has no smell.

Matte Creme

I have very very oily skin to begin with. I originally went to the MAC Store to get the MAC Oil Control Lotion, but the MUA suggested this instead. The Oil Control lotion is more like a serum and she said that this (MAC Matte) is better, because it can be worn both as a primer, and if during the day, the face becomes oily after 5-6 hours, it can be applied again, over the make-up, to control the oil, without disturbing the make-up at all, hurray :jiggy1: This is what any oily-skinned girl would ever want in her life! I have tried this product in the Delhi heat and summers these days, and it works great as a primer.

During the day, I just casually put on Sunscreen + MAC Matte + Concealer + MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, and I am ready to go. The oil control property is effective up to 4-5 hours (this has never happened to me as long as I can remember), and my makeup stays intact.  I am absolutely in love with this beauty!

Swatches: Kindly excuse the different lighting conditions. Here are the best possible pictures:

Swatch 1

Swatch 2

Pros of MAC Matte Creme:

  • Easy to carry packaging. Transparent tube makes gauging the left over quantity easy.
  • Very small quantity of the product is required, so one tube will last for a long time.
  • Here’s the best part. This one product can be used as a primer and as an oil control crème after makeup too, i.e., it can be worn both under and over the makeup.
  • When used as a primer, the foundation glides smoothly over the Matte Creme and the makeup stays for a long time.
  • Smoothens fine lines when used as a primer.
  • When applied over the makeup for oil control, makeup still won’t budge from its place, and the oil would disappear too, yay!
  • The mattifying effect lasts for a good 4-5 hours, which I absolutely love!

Cons of MAC Matte Creme:

  • Only available at MAC stores (well, this is a modern day con, considering almost every brand is available online these days. MAC should do something about this, not every city has their store). People who do not have MAC store in their city will face a problem in procuring this.
  • Price, may seem expensive to some, but being a double-use product, and considering that it is MAC, I do not mind the price!

Will I Repurchase MAC Matte Creme?

Yes, absolutely. I love it!

IMBB Rating:

4.8/5 (-0.1 for each of the cons).

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35 thoughts on “MAC Matte Creme Review

  1. Thank you soooooo much Ritu for dedicating the post to me (and Aru) :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:
    Awesome review and I think it sounds like a blessing for oily skinned gals in Delhi heat!
    I have a question though…does it make the face a bit dull and ‘un-dewy’ after application?
    this rose for u :rose:

    1. nope…it keeps the face matte for 1-1and1/2 hours…then it starts turning very mildly dewy…but nothing that’ll worry you….you’ll not need to blot!!! :dance: :dance:

  2. Wow! Thanks Ritu… :puchhi: This is gonna be my first MAC product! Gonna run and get one for my oil factory :jog: :jog: :jog: along with Studio Fix powder! O:)

  3. Thanks for the review Ritu..seems to be a great a big fan of MAC products..n have oily skin..recently picked up Inglot primer n finding it to be very good.wil giv this a try once that is over..

    1. you will love this too preetha….i’m also a big fan of MAC… :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:
      hey, plz review the inglot primer..

    1. you are welcome!
      how is the oil control lotion waise? can you please review it…im curious…thanks in advance :rose:

      1. I’ve a love hate relationship with it.loads of reviews pending including the oil control lotion. :headbang:
        Waise..I won’t recommend it :struggle:

        1. thank god the MUA recommended this to me then :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

  4. Sounds like a great product! :woot: Nice review, Ritu. :yes: I am going to recommend this to my oily-skinned friends. :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: It’ll be a boon to them. 😀 😀 😀

  5. Hi Ritu…nice review…planning to get this very soon as my skin becomes very oily during summers especially my T zone…I have one query though does it have any effect on open pores?does it hide pores?

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