Thursday, May 17th, 2012


MAC Crew Highlight Powder

MAC Crew Highlight Powder

MAC Crew Highlight Powder ($29.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a multi-colored highlighting powder that has three primary shades: soft peach-orange with an almost matte finish, subtly yellow-toned light-medium pink with a satin-like finish, and a cool-toned pink-lilac with a satin finish. There’s also creamy beige hue, but this is an overlay of color and does not go all the way through. I made two gouges in the product to see how the colors went through, and it seemed like each main color is really what’s underneath a 1-2mm layer of the creamy beige. The composition of this reminded me of Benefit Sugarbomb and Benefit Hervana.

When the product is swirled together, the end result is a coral-tinted pink with yellow undertones. It looked a bit chalky against my skin tone when I swatched it, but it was less chalky applied to my cheeks. I think the lighter color paired with a slightly matte finish gives it a drier look, which translates into chalky on my medium skin tone. There is a very faint satin sheen, but it’s incredibly subtle. For those who love more shimmery, metallic highlighters, this is on the opposite end. MAC Flower Fantasy is lighter and shimmery. Chanel Brompton Road is lighter. Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel is darker, yellower. Benefit Hervana is similar but more coral, lighter. Chanel Pink Cloud is lighter, less pink. MAC Stunner is darker, warmer. Burberry Peony is a smidgen darker and warmer.

The texture is soft, smooth, and finely-milled.  If you want to use it as a blusher, it’s certainly do-able, even on medium skin tones.  I don’t know if this genuinely highlights as it does brightens and adds some natural color to the cheeks that’s not too warm, so it’s instantly brightening and should be flattering on both cool and warm undertones.  It wore around eight hours on my cheeks before staring to fade around the edges.

The Glossover

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product

Crew

A-
If you want to use it as a blusher, it's certainly do-able, even on medium skin tones.  I don't know if this genuinely highlights as it does brightens and adds some natural color to the cheeks that's not too warm, so it's instantly brightening and should be flattering on both cool and warm undertones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
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MAC Crew Highlight Powder


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MAC Crew Highlight Powder


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Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC, $29.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

MAC Flower Fantasy is lighter and shimmery. Chanel Brompton Road is lighter. Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel is darker, yellower. Benefit Hervana is similar but more coral, lighter. Chanel Pink Cloud is lighter, less pink. MAC Stunner is darker, warmer. Burberry Peony is a smidgen darker and warmer.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: MAC Feeling Fresh, Barefoot, and Jaunty eyeshadows; MAC Blue Stripe Powerpoint Eye Pencil; Hourglass Film Noir Mascara. On cheeks: MAC Crew Highlight Powder. On lips: stained lips from MAC Send Me Sailing, MAC Au Rose Suntint.

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52 thoughts on “MAC Crew Highlight Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Avatar of Agata Agata

    I was waiting for your review, now I can safely add it to my shopping cart :) Thank you!

  2. eyeheartit

    I’m not sure how I feel about this powder, but that green on your eyes is stunning, Christine!

  3. bNiiontweet

    wow, this looks fab :) I’lll check this out :)
    what’s the green liner on ur eyes? it looks grt :)

    •  @bNiiontweet On eyes: MAC Feeling Fresh, Barefoot, and Jaunty eyeshadows; MAC Blue Stripe Powerpoint Eye Pencil; Hourglass Film Noir Mascara. On cheeks: MAC Crew Highlight Powder. On lips: stained lips from MAC Send Me Sailing, MAC Au Rose Suntint.

  4. That does seem like it could be a nice shade for me, although I hate buying something where the colour is going to change after a few uses. 

  5. Avatar of Michelle Michelle

    looks pretty.
     
    love the makeup look!!!  i can’t wait to see what your review are for the rest of the items.  :)

  6. I got this yesterday, and I love love love it. I am wearing the peach part as a highlighter for Nars Orgasm, and it looks so pretty together. I wish the colored parts were not just an overlay, cause the colors are really gorgeous and I love the texture. I am NW15 in Mac’s foundations, and for the paler ladies, this is a wonderful product.

  7. Avatar of Sarah Sarah

    Hmm I’m undecided on this. I have Flower Fantasy and want Hervana but do I really need this as well? :/

  8. Amy

    I think matte highlighters are the new thing—perhaps we’ve gone as shimmery as we can with Nars Illuninators and the Estee Lauder/MAC gelees? Always something new!

  9. Avatar of Amanda venerated

    I was really excited for this, but now that I see swatches, I don’t think I’ll be buying it. :(

  10. by

    I just planning on just getting blush or bronzer but this certainly looks tempting

  11. Stephanietps

    It looks a lot nicer than I expected! The color is very pretty!

  12. naohms

    so the colors arent overspray?

  13. Avatar of fabiola fabiola

    Christine I am a little confuse, the colors won’t disappear after many use? The pink and peach? I preorder mine at nordstrom, but I wonder if it is worth to pay almost $30 for it if I am getting launch away blush too. Thank you so much for your help. You look so pretty with the makeup you are wearing.

    •  @fabiola The only color that will disappear is the beige color – I gouged it in two places (between the purple/pink and between the pink/orange) and saw the purple, pink, and orange underneath but no beige.

      • Avatar of fabiola fabiola

        thank you christine, that is why i was waiting for your review, you always make it so clear for all your readers.@Christine (Temptalia)

  14. K B

    Came in to check out the swatches, stayed for your eye look – it’s GORGEOUS!  I ordered the Feeling Fresh and Jaunty shadows, talked myself out of Barefoot, and now am thinking about going back to MAC’s website and picking up Barefoot and Blue Stripe. I look forward to reading your review on the eye pencils.

  15. How large is the lavender portion? Could you fit a small blush brush in the area?

    • It’ll probably depend on the individual compact – it may be as large as what you see in the pan or smaller, because once the beige overlay is gone, the colors aren’t so perfectly distributed. I couldn’t really tell you without completing removing the beige overlay on my particular compact.  Even if it were as large as it looks in the pan right now, you could fit an eyeshadow brush in it at best!

  16. Avatar of AS AS1929

    That green eyeshadow looks SO pretty on you!  What a great color for your skin tone!

  17. ButterflyMod

    Christine you are the Queen of Beauty Blogging!I’m glad to see the color goes all the way down. I wonder if the “beige” color once gone, that the color you get from it will be slightly stronger , without the beige to lighten it… Or did you notice the beige was there more for design purposes and won’t change the color you get once it is gone?

  18. FlaviaSignori

    Well I think it works best as a blush! I relly like the pink tone when blended ^_^

  19. Avatar of Laura ToxicAngel

    So dissaointed in this :( I really wantedit to be a highlighter not a blush. Its really nice as a blush but I wanted a highlighter! Oh well. Thanks for the swatches x

  20. Araceli Urquidi

    make a video for this collection please

  21. Temptalia

    Araceli Urquidi I’m still waiting for 1/2 the products to arrive! Can’t do a video until I do! So sorry!

  22. Milchy Pe

    Excited for the lipstick review! :) By any chance, won’t you be doing a review for the Beth Ditto x MAC collection too? Thanks Christine :)

  23. Milchy Pe

    Excited for the lipstick review! :) By any chance, won’t you be doing a review for the Beth Ditto x MAC collection too? Thanks Christine :)

  24. arachnophobia

    Swatched this at my local Nordstrom… definitely more pink than I really like so this is a definite skip.

  25. sabrinajaine

    I don’t really need another highlighter but it looks like it would be a lovely blush..tempted! By the way the look you achieved using all the Hey Sailor collection products is really nice!

  26. *Scrutinizes* 
     
    Yeah, I don’t really see how this is a “hilighter.” It’s quite pretty all the same, though! And I’m glad you’ve excavated your pan so the rest of us don’t have to wonder :P 

  27. triniannie82

    Hi Christine, great review as usual. I was wondering if you think this would show up on a C7 skintone, or if it should be a pass. Thanks.

  28. Amanda H

    Hi Christine, I am NC 15 and was looking at this for a blush. I’m torn between this and Benefits Hervana. Which do you think would look better with my yellow undertoned NC15 skin? Or am I looking at the complete wrong range of colors? Thanks so much

  29. GeenaNguyen

    Hey Christine, I’ve been debating on whether to get this highlighter to use as a blush or buying fleet fast, which should I go for? (I’m superrr pale) and are there any dupes from mac of these colours because I’ve got springsheen, immortal flower and lovecloud, are any of them too similar? Thanks!! :) xxx

  30. by

    Hi, Christine. Could you help me out? I tried to compare the peach color to illamasqua lover in pictures but couldn’t quite tell. Would you say they are similar?

  31. First, I love how you call the one swatch “excavated”. 
     
    Second, this bums me out- I was actually hoping the colored stripes were the overspray! Definitely not a highlighter for my fairer than MAC skin :(

  32. kissapentuvm

    I have fair skin and I really like this highlighter, but as a blush per say. So it’s a two in one for me :)

  33. Eleonora clara

    Hi christine, I’m nc 37, I always want hervana blush from benefit and I tempted to have this too, which one do you think good for me? Thanks:)

  34. AnnaHinojosa

    Hey! what shade are you in MAC foundation? I think i might have the same skintone as you, so i would love to know if this powder would look as flattering on me! thanks xx

  35. Avatar of SandraJT Sandra JT

    I picked this up at my local launch party & already loved it. Love it even more after hearing the colors are not oversprays! Just now double checked mine & found the same! WOOT! This definitely is not a highlighter on my medium toned skin, even with the cream overspray still intact. It’s a blush, and a gorgeous one at that…..can’t wait til I can get at more of the peach shade once the cream color wears down.

    I also love the blush in this collection, Fleet Fast. Absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been getting a lot of use out of these two products since I bought them.