Sunday, October 28th, 2012

MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit
MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit

Golden, What Happened to You?

MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit ($49.50) contains seven products: Golden (Bronzing Powder, muted golden tan-beige with shimmer), Hearts-a-flutter (eyeshadow, warm pink with silver pearl), Romance Me (eyeshadow, warm plum with gold pearl), Shadowy Lady (eyeshadow, blackened plum), Barely Lit (lipstick, neutral pink withgold pearls), Headturner (lipstick, mid-tone cool cream plum), and a dual-ended 275SE/316SE brush.

Each Eyeshadow is approximately 0.033 oz. (total weight is 0.10 oz.), while the Bronzing Powder is 0.10 oz., and each Lipstick is 0.03 oz. There is a dual-ended brush that has the 275SE on one end and the 316SE on the other end. The kit contains $30.00 worth of eyeshadow, $6.86 worth of Bronzing Powder, and $9.00 worth of lipstick, for a total value of $45.86. You do get the dual-ended brush, but it really feels like a typical applicator that gets thrown into a lot of high-end palettes; the quality felt less than the usual SE brushes. The kit itself is packaged in a peach satin, but it’s smaller than the Divine Desire kits ($70.00), and it isn’t reusable from what I can tell–it’s more like the packaging used for the eyeshadow palettes.

Golden is a golden peach-brown with a peach shimmer-sheen. The texture was of this was very, very dry. It was so stiff, I had to jab layers of product off of it with a metal spatula. It was hard as a rock–I almost thought it was fake (this happened once, I received a MAC product that had a *plastic* replica of the powder in the compact). I’m not sure what happened, but the last time I swatched and reviewed Golden Bronzing Powder, I did not have the payoff and texture problems that I had with this one. This shade is part of the permanent range, so if you like how it looks in the pan, you might want to check out the full-sized version. MAC Nude on Board is a bit darker.

Barely Lit is a rosy beige with a little gold micro-shimmer to give it that “lit” effect. It has semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage. It has a lustre finish. In the pan, it almost felt and looked more like a gloss–it was very squishy. It wore for two hours. Laura Mercier Sandcastle is more subdued. MAC Viva Glam V is pinker. MAC Martha is similar, less shimmery.

Headturner is a berry red with a purple-tinge. It is mostly opaque on lips, and it has a Cremesheen finish. It lasted for four hours on my lips. NARS Afghan Red is redder. MAC Rebel is richer, brighter. Guerlain Guet-Apens is redder. MAC Red Dwarf is a bit darker and more subdued. MAC Positively Dashing is similar, less shimmery.

Hearts-a-flutter is a pale pink-tinged white with a satin finish, so there is a noticeable sheen but nothing too frosted. It had so-so color payoff. It looks quite a bit like MAC Radial Pink from the eye kit! Chanel Harmonie du Soir is pinker. Tarina Tarantino Delightful is similar, slightly cooler-toned. Bare Escentuals Muse is less frosty. MAC Defiance is more iridescent.

Romance Me is a gray-tinged medium-dark brown with sallow brown undertones. It has a lustre finish, but it didn’t look or feel like one–seemed more like a frost, really. It didn’t have the loose sparkle that is a telltale sign of a lustre. It had decent color payoff, but the texture was a bit dry. MAC Earthly is lighter. Bare Escentuals Vow is darker. theBalm Celebrational is a smidgen grayer.

Shadowy Lady is a blackened purple with a matte finish. It’s dry, stubborn in texture, and the color is a bit uneven. When I applied it to the lid, it wasn’t as blendable as a really good matte eyeshadow is. This shade is part of the permanent range, and it’s an often-included shade in holiday palettes. MAC Spellcaster is more purple. MAC Indian Ink is more purple, richer.

It is interesting that the pink shade has such a strong resemblance to Radial Pink, which is in the duo alongside Shadowy Lady! I’m also surprised to see Shadowy Lady repromoted twice in two different products, since it’s already a permanent shade as well. Golden was a complete miss here, unfortunately. It’s one of the more wearable bronzers across complexions, though I think MAC would have made this palette more appealing by including a blush rather than bronzer (maybe something pinky-plum).

I know there is a split on Lustres and Cremesheens–some find them drying (this is where I am) and others love them. Barely Lit was somewhat drying, and Headturner was just a wee bit drying over time. I didn’t have any fall out with Romance Me, in spite of its lustre finish, which was great news. The eyeshadows did have to be applied over a primer, because they were not pigmented enough to be used alone.

P.S. — This is the last of the MAC reviews until Guilty Pleasures launches (which is next week), so for the non-MAC fans, there is a reprieve on the horizon. :)

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MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

C+
The two lipsticks help to keep the pigmentation score from falling totally flat, but they were slightly drying on me, which tended to neutralize their effect on the total palette. The bronzer was a huge let-down, and Shadowy Lady wasn't easy to work with.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

3.5/5

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MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit
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MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit

MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit
MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit

MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit
MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit

MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit
MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit

MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit
MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit

MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit
MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit

MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit
MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit

MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit
MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit

MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit
MAC Golden Bronzing Powder

MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit
MAC Golden Bronzing Powder

MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit
MAC Golden Bronzing Powder

MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit
MAC Barely Lit Lipstick

MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit
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MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit
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MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit
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MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit
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What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: MAC Warm Eyes Palette, shu uemura Karl Lagerfeld Painting Liner, Dior DiorShow Mascara. On face: Guerlain Parure de Lumiere (02 and 03), Guerlain Wulong Pressed Powder, MAC Born to Love. On lips: MAC Heart to Heart Lipstick.

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23 thoughts on “MAC All for Glamour Gorgeous Bronze Face Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Carla Souza

    Thanks for the review, Chris! This year Im saving a lot not buying this collection from MAC. It has cute packaging but it is a shame the products themselves are not ranking higher.
    Anyways, Chris which lipstick are you wearing in the picture?

  2. Ahhh–could Romance Me be ANY prettier?!? It’s such a shame that it’s sandwiched between the really sheer Hearts-A-Flutter and the REALLY patchy Shadowy Lady. Add that to the “stiff” and barely visible Golden bronzer and this kit is not a winner for me :/

  3. Amanda

    What is on your lips?? It’s gorgeous!

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

    This entire palette (quality aside) seems as if absolutely no thought or effort was put into selecting the shades. The shadows look like a nice trio, but they don’t really work with the lip & face products. Then there’s the fact that the light pink & Shadowy lady resemble the other duo.

    I’m actually looking forward to the Guilty Pleasures collection, particularly the pigments (which I *hope* are either “duds” or near dupes of what I have already, LOL).

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rosie Andrea

    MAC really, really needs to work on their quality control.

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of rebecca blueraccoon

    I’m thinking MAC needs fewer collections and better quality in the ones they do put out…

  7. Oooooohhh a whole week! LOL Christine

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jade Jade

    I’m not even going to say anything LOL.

    Christine, what lipstick are you wearing in the full face picture? It’s gorgeous!! It doesn’t seem to be listed in the FAQ.

  9. Jasmine

    The color combination is beautiful, it’s unfortunate that the color payoff isn’t good :(

  10. If MAC (Estee Lauder) had its way, it would manufacture the entire item from China like Tarte to keep their costs down and increase the profits….We are really paying for its marketing costs……MAC needs to stop these collaborations…and think of improving the quality…

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

      Alot of cosmetics are made in China, and the quality is not any worse for it.

      FYI, not all tarte products are made in China. Some are made in the US, others in Italy, based on what my many tarte products say. Regardless of where tarte manufactures their goods, they run circles around MAC lately. Yes, tarte has put out some less than stellar items, but not to the extent MAC has.

      • I’m referring to Tarte’s holiday packaging….not the rest.

      • VickyM

        Lol then just buy Chanel, Dior, Guerlain, Burberry, Ysl or Givenchy makeup…most of it made in France or in the USA. If being made in other parts of the world is a problem buying this brands could solve it…then again one would have to open the wallet…and leave it empty lol.

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Denise S. Denise

    The lipstick is stealing the show! Very pretty!

  12. stacey

    YEAH NO. Who tests this crap and signs off on it? And why would anyone in his or her right mind spend money on this? SMH

  13. VickyM

    I love the packaging, though it´s a shame that the quality is not great though…then again I probably have a long time to ponder and think if I really need anything from this collection, since right now the Mac collection that we have is the Marilyn Monroe one. No I´m not joking…and I´m still deciding if I really want one of the Marilyn blushes or not lol…we still have everything except for the lipsticks, we have the compact, blushes, eyeshadows, gloss, nail polish…so we have a long way to go until the all for glamour collection arrives :P .

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Celia Celia

    I agree with you on the bronzer. Also, Romance Me e/s was just terribly patchy when I used it. The 2 together actually made this set a fail to me despite my being ok w/the lip colors & formula. The Fabulous neutral eye palette actually worked much better for me (none of them were as horribly patchy as Romance Me). This’ll get returned while I’ll keep the neutral eye palette. Go figure!

  15. Kimberly

    Shadowy Lady looks terrible here! It’s so light in the package and the pigmentation is horrible on the swatch. I bought the full-sized Shadowy Lady in a custom palette, and I love it. These palettes and face kits do not represent the permanent line well at all. What’s the deal, MAC?

  16. oksana

    cristine you look very beautiful