|These pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago before I emptied the compact|
|MAC Blot Powder is $23|
|Neutrogena Shine Control is roughly $13 (prices vary)|
It's part of their new Shine Control range, which includes a foundation and primer, both of which I'm playing with at the moment. But I swear from the first time my brush hit the product, I knew it was extremely similar to MAC Blot Powder. I know that sounds ridiculous, but MBP took on the imprint of the brush bristles in a way that none of my other powders ever have, with the exception of Shine Control. It goes on the same way, and leaves my makeup underneath the exact same. The colors of the powders are also a near-perfect match, which is strange because MAC claims their Blot Powder is invisible, but offers it in different colors. I had mine in Beige, and that's what I would say Shine Control is, though Neutrogena only offers it in Translucent. I'm assuming it's meant to be a "one shade fits all" type thing, but in this case, I think darker skin tones might see a whiteish cast or a bit of paleness.
What really makes Shine Control a winner for me, though, apart from how near identical it is to Blot, is the packaging. I actually think it's better than the MAC in that department--a far cry from the typical flimsy plastic drugstore compacts. Shine Control is extremely sturdy, feels more expensive than it is, and doesn't have that annoying swivel compartment with a little puff (though some of you might dislike that).
Frankly, I can't see a reason to ever buy Blot Powder again (unless you have dark skin in which case MAC does the powder in Dark and Deep Dark), and this is probably one of the most impressive makeup products available at the drugstore. You do get an extra .05 ounces of product with the MAC, but that is such a minimal difference and the Shine Control saves you $10, so there's really no question here.
You nailed this one, Neutrogena!