Friday, May 18th, 2012

MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder

MAC Hey, Sailor: Refined Golden Bronzing Powder

MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder ($24.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “finely spun golden with soft pearl finish.” It’s a medium-dark tan brown with warm undertones–a little red, a little yellow–and gold sparkle. This is the darkest/deepest bronzer of the launch, so for more than just a warm tint on deeper complexions, this would be your best bet (though you might consider other shades within the permanent range). This is like a darker version of MAC Soft Sand. Urban Decay Toasted is more red-toned.

The texture is soft, but a little dry, but it applies smoothly and evenly on the skin. I didn’t have any trouble blending it out (not like Soft Sand), and it’s very buildable, so you can go for softer, lighter coverage or intensify it, depending on your preferences and needs. I didn’t test this specific version of Refined Golden, but I tested one I already had (as it gets repromoted often) a couple of weeks ago in anticipation of the launch, and it wore for about seven hours.

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MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

This shade is the most suitable for deeper complexions from the four available in this collection. It can still be used on lighter skin tones, because it is a buildable and blendable product.











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MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder

MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder

MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder

MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder

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MAC, $24.00.

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What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: MAC Feeling Fresh, Barefoot, and Jaunty eyeshadows; MAC Blue Stripe Powerpoint Eye Pencil; Hourglass Film Noir Mascara; Cheeks: MAC Refined Golden. Lips: MAC Throw Me a Line Pro Longwear Lip Pencil.

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7 thoughts on “MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I’m a NC45, is this worth picking up?

    •  @Neshie It’s not a must-have, but if you wanted a bronzer, you could check it out. The texture doesn’t sell me on it – like I’d probably try NARS for something softer.

  2. bella

    wow, you look super tanned and gorgeous! :)

  3. naohms

    is this good for NC40 skin tone?

  4. Pamela

    Im sorry but what lipstick do you have here? I ‘ve been comparing  it to Mac se la vie and Mac red racer but i dont think this are it cause the one from this pic is matt . Please let me know….=] thank u