Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector (Original/Liquid)
Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector (Original/Liquid)

Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector (Original/Liquid) ($41.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden bronze pearl.” It’s a muted, medium-dark coppery-brown with very fine, lighter gold shimmer. Giorgio Armani #100 (LE, $64.00) is warmer. MAC Golden Elixir (LE, $31.00) is slightly less golden. Tom Ford Beauty Bronzed Amber (LE, $58.00) is darker, redder. Becca Topaz (Poured) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. Becca Topaz (Pressed) (P, $38.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The original Shimmering Skin Perfectors come in tubes with a pump dispenser, and the formula is a “sheer cream-liquid” for “subtle luminosity” with a “water-light” feel. For how it compares to the other formulations in the family, please see this post. The texture is thin, water-like (but not quite as thin as true water) that can be used over or under foundation, on bare skin, or mixed with your favorite base products (moisturizer, primer, foundation). It takes a bit of time to dry down if patted on top of cheek bones or the like as a more targeted highlighter than all-over. It is as sheer as described: this is not going to yield a lot of color or shimmer, which is in line with how it is marketed, just that it might not be what you’re looking for. I prefer mixing this in with moisturizer or liquid foundation for an all-over luminosity that’s never too dewy or oily. I get a very subtle warmth when I mix Topaz in with my foundation, and I’d expect it might be greater for fairer skin tones but any color change will likely be lost on deeper skin tones. On the other side, it won’t lighten-up deeper foundations, so it’s a great way for darker skin tones to get an all-over glow that won’t give a lighter or off-white cast. When patted on cheek bones (and a bit lower, since it does give me some color) as a more traditional highlighter, it is more of a bronzing illuminator on my skin tone, and it lasts for eight hours on me. When mixed with foundation, it doesn’t seem to shorten or extend the wear of my foundation. The only downside is that due to the pump dispenser, it is easy to get far more product than you want if you aren’t mixing or using it all-over.

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Topaz

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Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

MAC Summer Wind Cream Colour Base
MAC Summer Wind Cream Colour Base

MAC Summer Wind Cream Colour Base ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pale sand shimmer.” It’s a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a soft sheen. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is yellower. Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is lighter, powder. bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker, powder. MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $28.00) is more sparkly, powder. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $80.00) is darker, powder. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is lighter. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is powder. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Cream Colour Base formula is described as a “multi-purpose” product that can be “applied directly to bare skin, or layered over foundation, moisturizer, or powder.” The effect ranges from a “light veil to highly dramatic, depending on method of application.” In the full range, there are sometimes shades that cannot be worn on lips or eyes, and my press sample didn’t have a warning sheet, so I’m not 100% sure on this, but given that similarly light shades like this (think Pearl, Luna, etc.) are fine all-over, it’s probably the case here. The texture of Summer Wind is lovely; it’s lightweight, thin with little slip, but enough slip that it blends and plays well with bare skin as well as over foundation. It sits on the skin exceptionally well and is less dewy than I’d expect; it’s very your-skin-but-better with a golden glow. On my skin tone, the warmth is less apparent than it might otherwise be on fairer skin tones. On me, it wore well for seven hours before sliding around.

P.S. — There is also another shade (Desert Roadtrip) in this collection, which I don’t have at this time.

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Summer Wind

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, March 21st, 2015

MAC Blush Pink High-Light Powder
MAC Blush Pink High-Light Powder

MAC Blush Pink High-Light Powder ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light pink with silver.” It’s a light, pink-peach with a semi-matte finish. The silver is an over-spray that will disappear after one use. NARS Paloma Highlight (P) is lighter. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $29.00) is slightly darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Like Nude Pink, this performed more like a setting powder than a highlighter. It took away the natural luminosity of the skin and made my skin look dull and flat, but on the upside, even the paleness of this product didn’t look chalky against my skin tone. Instead of brightening or highlighting, it helped to remove shine and gave my skin a smoother appearance where pores were minimized. I think the powderiness of the texture made it dull the skin, as you could see the powdery finish once applied. If you have oilier skin, it might not look as dry applied (I am normal on my cheeks). It was hard for me to judge how long this wore, but the mattifying effect lasted for six and a half hours before breaking down.

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Blush Pink

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Product

6/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, March 21st, 2015

MAC Nude Pink High-Light Powder
MAC Nude Pink High-Light Powder

MAC Nude Pink High-Light Powder ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “champagne base with silver.” It’s a light-medium peachy-beige witha very fine gold shimmer. The silver is merely an over-spray and disappears the first time the brush swishes across the surface (which I removed prior to swatching/using). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Perles d’Etoiles (LE, $60.00) is warmer. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is darker, more matte. MAC Amber Glow (LE, $27.00) is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Bareness (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This is one of the more confusing formulas released by MAC, as it is called a “High-Light Powder,” yet the effect of the shimmer was almost imperceptible on my skin–even in person. I’m not surprised that it barely produces color on my medium skin tone (it is too close to my natural coloring), but I thought it might work to give a luminous, natural sheen to the skin. Instead, it seemed to make the skin appear smoother but made the skin look flat, so it seemed more like a setting powder in regards to what the end result was. On fairer skin tones, this might work as a really subtle blush or brightener, and it may reduce some redness due to its generally peachy tone. The texture is really soft and finely-milled but fairly powdery, so I would recommend using a very light touch to avoid a lot of excess powder kicked up in the pan. What little color I could see seemed to last for eight hours on me.

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Nude Pink

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Product

6.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 20th, 2015

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder
MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder

MAC Alpha Girl Beauty Powder ($26.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “soft peachy pink with gold.” It’s a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a delicate golden sheen. Colour Pop Trickery (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cream. NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is lighter. MAC Fun Ending (LE, $21.00) is slightly more muted. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is brighter, less shimmery. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is darker. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is darker. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is warmer. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

On light-medium and fairer skin tones, this could easily be used as a blusher. It’s very subtle on my medium skin tone, so I would expect it will be more and more subtle on deeper skin tones. The texture is thin but smooth with a firmer press where a denser blush brush is key to getting color to transfer onto the brush. More feathery brushes don’t seem to pick up much product when I was playing with it. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage and a satiny sheen that didn’t emphasize pores. It was easily blended on the skin so it looked even and diffused. On me, it wore well for seven and a half hours before fading.

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Alpha Girl

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Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 20th, 2015

MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder
MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder

MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder ($26.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light pink with silver pearl.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a silvery, frosted sheen. NARS Adoration (Left) (P) is more sparkly. MAC Just a Wisp (P, $27.00) is brighter. MAC Azalea in the Afternoon (LE, $27.00) is warmer, darker. MAC Veronica’s Blush (LE, $30.00) is darker. MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is cooler-toned. Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is similar. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Long-time MAC fans might already have this in their stash (I remember it from Barbie Loves MAC in ’07), and I myself remember using this heavily years ago (along with Pearl Sunshine). The color and finish are the same between this newest release and mine from 2007, though the texture is a bit different–my older one has a denser feel to it, more pliable. The texture is smooth but thin in the pan; there’s a firmer press going on these days when it comes to a lot of MAC’s Beauty Powders, I think. It’s not stiff to me, but it is thinner and smooth yet not really silky (usually smooth and silky are characteristics that go together). On my medium skin tone, I get both color, shimmer, and luminosity, though it could be applied with a less dense brush (I used a blush brush) for a more delicate sheen with less color. It had buildable coverage from semi-sheer to more opaque. It wore well without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture and lasted eight hours on me before starting to breakdown.

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Pearl Blossom

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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