Sunday, April 24th, 2011

MAC Honey Rose Magically Cool Liquid Powder
MAC Honey Rose Magically Cool Liquid Powder

MAC Magically Cool Liquid Powders

Relaunching on May 5th, Magically Cool Liquid Powders (each $29.50 for 0.84 oz.) will join MAC’s permanent range with three shade offerings: Honey Rose (sheer rosy beige with multidimensional shimmer), Cajun (sheer bronze shimmer with reflects gold), and Truth & Light (sheer shimmer that reflects silver and pink). Honey Rose is new, while Cajun and Truth & Light are repromotes from Venomous Villains.

  • Honey Rose is a pink-tinged champagne with a metallic-frost finish. It has very subtle cool undertones but should work well on warmer skin tones. On extremely pale skin tones, it might work as a blush, but overall, it is much more likely to be a highlighter.
  • Cajun is a medium tan with soft golden sheen and warm undertones. It gives my cheeks a tanned look.
  • Truth & Light is a soft, beige nude with a peach sheen. Like Honey Rose, this is best as a highlighter or possibly all-over powder. It’s more sheen than color.

Magically Cool Liquid Powder is a cool product–it does feel like liquid when you initially apply it, and it quickly transitions to a powder finish within mere seconds. It’s certainly a fun product to play around with and swatch. Personally, I find it more difficult to apply and blend out, because once it dries, it doesn’t like to move or diffuse. It’s less concerning with lighter shades like Honey Rose and Truth & Light, but with a more color-loaded shade like Cajun, yields a blotchy look.

I found the best application method was with a stippling brush and using a very feathery touch, because it gives you more room for error. Since they do not like to blend out once dried, they do wear well (eight hours).

When these are brand new, there is a black sticker that covers the entire inside portion of the jar, which keeps all of the product locked in. For photography purposes, I removed the entire label, but I would recommend only lifting it to reveal a few holes (perhaps 5 or so), and cutting the lifted area, but keeping the majority of the lid still sealed. The sifter just allows far too much powder to come through, and a lot of it will puff and disperse in the area each time you go to open it (my jeans were covered in micro-shimmer after opening Cajun, which I’ve had since September).

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MAC Magically Cool Liquid Powders Swatches, Photos, Reviews

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These are permanent, so there is no need to rush on these! You can try them at your leisure. All three are rather versatile shades, so they should suit many skin tones. Honey Rose and Truth & Light are best used as highlighters or setting powders (if used lightly), while Cajun is more of a bronzer.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3/5

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MAC Honey Rose Magically Cool Liquid Powder
MAC Honey Rose Magically Cool Liquid Powder

MAC Honey Rose Magically Cool Liquid Powder
MAC Honey Rose Magically Cool Liquid Powder

MAC Honey Rose Magically Cool Liquid Powder
MAC Honey Rose Magically Cool Liquid Powder

MAC Honey Rose Magically Cool Liquid Powder
MAC Honey Rose Magically Cool Liquid Powder

MAC Honey Rose Magically Cool Liquid Powder
MAC Honey Rose Magically Cool Liquid Powder

MAC Cajun Magically Cool Liquid Powder
MAC Cajun Magically Cool Liquid Powder

MAC Cajun Magically Cool Liquid Powder
MAC Cajun Magically Cool Liquid Powder

MAC Cajun Magically Cool Liquid Powder
MAC Cajun Magically Cool Liquid Powder

MAC Cajun Magically Cool Liquid Powder
MAC Cajun Magically Cool Liquid Powder

MAC Cajun Magically Cool Liquid Powder
MAC Cajun Magically Cool Liquid Powder

MAC Truth & Light Magically Cool Liquid Powder
MAC Truth & Light Magically Cool Liquid Powder

MAC Truth & Light Magically Cool Liquid Powder
MAC Truth & Light Magically Cool Liquid Powder

MAC Truth & Light Magically Cool Liquid Powder
MAC Truth & Light Magically Cool Liquid Powder

MAC Truth & Light Magically Cool Liquid Powder
MAC Truth & Light Magically Cool Liquid Powder

MAC Truth & Light Magically Cool Liquid Powder
MAC Truth & Light Magically Cool Liquid Powder

Product & Review FAQ

What makeup are you wearing?

MAC Spread the Wealth Big Bounce Eyeshadow, MAC Lucky Green Eyeshadow, MAC Groundcover Eyeshadow, MAC Bows & Curtseys Eyeshadow, MAC Fresh Daisy Eyeshadow, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, MAC Tealo Eyeliner, MAC Green is Green Mascara, MAC Ever Hip Lipstick, Cle de Peau #2 Lipgloss, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, Burberry Pressed Powder.

Where can I purchase the powder? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics on May 5th, $29.50 each.

Is it limited edition?

No, they are joining the permanent range.

Any dupes?

See individual shade review.

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49 thoughts on “MAC Magically Cool Liquid Powders Swatches, Photos, Reviews

  1. Avatar of Grace Grace Chin

    Honey Rose looks really nice!

  2. Isa

    I just got myself Truth and Light from the Venomous Villains Collection, now I’m really happy I didn’t get Cajun it would have been too dark for me. Too bad it only got a B- , Honey Rose is a lovely shade though.

  3. Mina

    Honey Rose looks beautiful on you! While Truth and Light makes you look pale and lovely! T&L would be good if you go for dark eye makeup and maybe H.R would look good as everyday :)

  4. Polly

    Beautiful lip-colour. Do you mind me asking what it is?
    And the powders look NICE :)

  5. Pretty! Your photos managed to capture even the tiniest particles of shimmer, very cool.

  6. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    I very much like Truth and Light and Honey Rose. I’m glad they’re permanent so I have time to get them because I really want to use my “disposable makeup income” for those new eye shadows before THEY are gone!

  7. Avatar of LH LH

    I tried these when the came out with VV and got had an almost immediate allergic reaction to them. Im still trying to figure out which ingredient it could have been. Thank god the MA only tested it on my hand. So I don’t think I will be getting these

  8. Luna

    Aside from the “cooling” factor of this product, how is this compared to a typical pressed highlighter or bronzer?

  9. Katie

    What are you wearing on your lips in this picture? It’s sooo pretty.

  10. Vvn

    Honey Rose looks beautiful on you!

  11. Penny

    Ew! Cajun Magically is so orange! I like the other two though :)

  12. Kayleigh

    Do these do anything to control oil? And thanks for the review! :)

  13. I’m looking forward to these!

  14. I’m curious about this product! Are these make-up setting powders like MAC’s blotting powder, or more like a finishing powder (kinda like Guerlain Meteorites)? Because it sets so quickly, is it better on bare skin?

    • It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s on bare skin or over foundation to be honest!

      MAC says it’s, essentially, both a finishing and setting powder. Since they all have some shimmer in it, though, you’d have to go lightly!

  15. I’ve had Truth and Light from the Venemous Villains collection… It’s so fun to watch the way the powder moves in the jar, it really is kind of like a cross between liquid and powder. Anyway, I love the idea of these, but they always look “cakey” on me if I apply as a finishing powder. I’m going to try your tip for applying them with a stippling brush…

    • Cris

      You need to use a stippling brush and clean the brush on a towel between applications so it won’t go on blotchy. The magically cool powders are like 75% water so you have to use a dry clean brush with every application.

  16. Daphnee

    Cajun looks nice. I’ll really have to try it. Poking holes over the tape should work nicely.

  17. FC

    Definitely getting Truth & Light! I’ve been wanting to try these forever!!

  18. These are nice, but I own too many bronzers, so there is no excuse to buy Cajun!

  19. Abbey

    I have been looking for a blush that will give me a glow, honey rose looks perfect

  20. Becca

    honey rose is goegous, but cajun looks orange!!!!

  21. Maggie

    Definitely picking up Truth & Light as an all over powder, it would be lovely in the summer!

  22. I really loved truth and light!!! I have the Venomous Villains version and I’m really considering to save the packaging and use this release as a refil!!! (may make a mess…)

  23. kinella

    would this product work on dry skins?
    i love how you always brightly smile in your pictures ^_^

  24. Vincent

    I’m confused on one thing with this product, is it suppose to be like a beauty powder where its sheer but you can use it as a blush or what, sorry just confused.

  25. Hi Christine,

    Would you know if the Honey Gold shade is at all similar to the Prescriptives Rose Gold cooling powder? I got that from the CCO the other day and I wonder if I need Honey Gold as well. Thanks!

  26. brooke

    I didn’t buy these when venomous villians came out because my mac lady told me they were going to become permanent so I’m glad I didn’t go crazy on the collection but I’m excited to try em now :)

  27. Nav - BeautyBloggingAway.blogspot.com

    I like the honey one and the last one, not cajun, I think it’s far too dark and I don’t use bronzer! Thanks for an awesome review :)

  28. Mari

    How does the Honey Rose powder compare to MAC’s By Candlelight MSF? :D

  29. Sophie

    i’m torn between honey rose and truth and light – maybe honey rose, as it has some colour, and i’m a colour fiend…

  30. Emme

    I bought Truth and Light from VV, I like it very much and I’m glad to see it become permanent! Honey Rose looks great too, I will try it out at the counter. Too bad they got a B-, though.

  31. Sam

    Are the magically cool liquid powders oil-free?

  32. Katie

    Argh, I’m caught between getting Truth and Light and the Iridescent Powder in Silver Dusk. I’ve always liked these kind of products for highlighting. I do have a question though: I’ve heard many people mention that in the ones from the venomous villains collection, the liquid feeling disappears after a couple months. Can they still be used after that?

  33. sarah

    i have cajun and i like it, but i dont wear it often. it can look a bit too bronze. honey rose looks awesome on you!!

  34. Sydney

    Truth and Light looks really good on you, even though it’s very light.

  35. I like how Revlon and Almay came out with something similar now that is more expensive per ounce than the MAC Magically Cool Liquid Powders…I’m happy I looked into that before purchasing the drugstore product.

  36. elliot james

    as a makeup junkie i wanted to check it out. i thought it was going to be like a typical highlighting powder, but found you had to work with it differently…and very quickly. i found it to be quite vexing, if i applied too much it would gather and cake on itself. the cooling effect was a bit of gimmick, and unnecessary. i just wanted a highlighting powder i could build and simply dust off if there were too much. It also made me look incredibly old and i’m only 22. it also made my skin look red and burnt. (honey rose). so i didnt find the color to be as natural as everyone says…(on me anyway). oh well..i thought it was cool product none the less.. just not for me.