Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

MAC Diamonds Cream Colour Base
MAC Diamonds Cream Colour Base

MAC Diamonds Cream Colour Base ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “golden shimmer cream [with a Frost finish].” It’s a warm-toned champagne-beige with champagne shimmer and a lightly frosted, metallic finish. Urban Decay Glint is more frosted, powder, and a touch pinker. bareMinerals The Love Affair is a powder but similar. See comparison swatches.

It has a creamy, emollient consistency that applies easily to the skin and can be blended beautifully. The finish is more metallic than it is a barely-there glow, so take your preferences into consideration. The nature of the Cream Colour Base is that they tend to look wet and never fully set without a powder to help, so it definitely gives a sheen, shine, and glow–with some shimmer. The effect is a glimmering sheen that doesn’t add a lot of color, but on very pale skin, I could see it adding subtle warmth in addition to the sheen. It seemed to just barely emphasize pores when I patted it on my cheek bones. It can also be used to highlight the brow bone, inner corner of the eye, bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow, collarbones, and so on.  Pigmentation on the Cream Colour Base just seems to depend on the shade, as the paler, more pearly shades are generally touted as highlighters, which would lend themselves to sheerer coverage, which is more in line with Diamonds‘ color payoff (semi-sheer but sheers out readily as it is so emollient).

It wears well for about six hours on me, and then it starts to make everything in the area look oily rather than dewy or glow-y.  I can see a lot of people really enjoying this product, but it doesn’t dry down, so based on my experience, it’s a product that is better for special occasions or shorter trips out rather than a go-to, everyday product–unless, of course, you set it with a powder, which should make it last longer.  Also, this is a bit larger than the standard CCB (0.17 oz. vs. 0.12 oz.).

The RiRi Hearts MAC (Fall Edition) launches in MAC stores on September 26th, online September 30th, and everywhere else October 3rd (including international).

The Glossover

LE
product

Diamonds

B-

It wears well for about six hours on me, and then it starts to make everything in the area look oily rather than dewy or glow-y. I can see a lot of people really enjoying this product, but it doesn't dry down, so based on my experience, it's a product that is better for special occasions or shorter trips out rather than a go-to, everyday product--unless, of course, you set it with a powder, which should make it last longer.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

5/5

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MAC Diamonds Cream Colour Base
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30 thoughts on “MAC Diamonds Cream Colour Base Review, Photos, Swatches (RiRi Hearts MAC)

  1. Too wet and shimmery for my tastes, but wow, I can see medium and darker complexions really rocking this out.

  2. Undoubtedly, my favorite product from the entire collection. It works as an amazing highlighter. Infact, the best highlighter at MAC..

  3. faerieevenstar

    Oooh I adore that! I hope the wear ends up working out ok! I’m not big on Rihanna, so I wouldn’t be buying it for that, but that is so pretty! As I’m NC15 I can imagine it would add the nice warmth you mentioned too, and I’d probably use it on my brow bone and cupid’s bow sometimes too, if you think it would work for that? I’ve actually never bought a CCB though I keep meaning to!

  4. Okay – l love this! I was trying to resist this collection, but so far I have seen a few cute things!

  5. Brian McD aka Roulette

    Its looks pretty good…wonder how close it is to Hush CCB? I might have to pick this up…

  6. This is seriously the only item that I truly want and need from this collection. I can skip everything else and I’ll be fine, but THIS, THIS I need!

  7. Tabitha

    Do you think this would be too much for someone who is around NW20 (maybe a little lighter)? Or could it look alright if applied lightly enough?

  8. Miriam

    How would this look on an nc 40 c6 skin tone

  9. Avatar of Rad Rad

    This looks like a great flawless highlighter. I’m actually quite impressed with the whole collection. The colours and textures are spot on and a little more adventurous too.

  10. Christine, what do you have on your lips? I’m adoring it.

  11. abigailod

    I’ve never owned or tried these Cream Color Bases yet. Are they as shimmer/metallic as the Extra Dimension skinfinishes, just in cream form? TIA! :-)

  12. Really gorgeous in the pan but too shimmery for my personal tastes!

  13. Amanda Fairholt

    Hi Christine,

    Thank you for these reviews. I was very excited about some of these products, but after seeing some of these reviews, I can cross some of these off my list.
    I was wondering, I have oily skin so do you think this is going to make me look like I have Crisco on my face after several hours? I am an NC40/42 by the way.
    The color looks pretty, but I don’t want to end up looking like a disco ball.

    Thanks again!

    • Hi Amanda!

      Probably not as far as Crisco, but if you lightly set it with some powder (just to take it down a notch), you should be okay. It leaves me a little more oily than dewy/glowy, and I have normal skin right now, after several hours of wear.

  14. dayna

    i feel like i’m the only one who doesn’t care for this product! lol

  15. Tarah

    I love your earrings !

  16. Elizabeth

    Ive noticed that this collection is great on darker complexion.I thought i was going to want to buy evrrything.I get to M.A.C n buy Nothing.Its just the name .Ive bought cheaper things that were better quality

  17. Brian McD aka Roulette

    I gotta say….anyone on the fence about picking this up, DO IT!! It is similar in color to Hush CCB, but the texture is so much better…..not as frosty, more wet looking, more natural. I love it!

  18. despoina

    what about compared to shell by mac? arent they similar??

    ps: i love your blog so so much!!xoxo

  19. do you think the look of this is similar to Nars Miss Liberty?