Friday, May 18th, 2012


MAC Soft Sand Bronzing Powder

MAC Hey, Sailor: Soft Sand Bronzing Powder

MAC Soft Sand Bronzing Powder ($24.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “golden bronze with fine gold pearl.” it’s a medium tan with subtle warm, golden undertones and a gold shimmer-sheen. Urban Decay Toasted is similar but more pigmented, so it appears darker. MAC Give Me Sun! is very comparable but doesn’t have shimmer.

This is very sheer–I had to scrape product out with a metal spatula in order to get a “heavy” swatch. While the texture is soft, it’s a bit stiff, which I think inhibits some of the color payoff and ease of blending. It blends decently, but a lot of it is that there just isn’t very much product you can visibly see, so there weren’t any harsh lines to blend out. This would be most suitable for very pale to pale skin tones, because I had to pack it on to make it visible enough for it to show in photos.  When I wore this shade yesterday, it managed to last for about seven hours, and after eight, there was noticeable fading along the edges.

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MAC Soft Sand Bronzing Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

C+
The stiffness of the texture was very problematic and made it harder to blend, apply, and extract color from it. Sheer products will still show up on me without having to scrape chunks of color loose, but sheer and dry products require serious effort to get any kind of color payoff.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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MAC Soft Sand Bronzing Powder


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Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC, $24.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

Urban Decay Toasted is similar but more pigmented, so it appears darker. MAC GIve Me Sun! is very comparable but doesn't have shimmer.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: MAC Crystal Avalanche, Barefoot, Feeling Fresh, Nautical Navy, and Jaunty eyeshadows, MAC Handforged Powerpoint Eye Pencil; Hourglass Film Noir Mascara; MAC Blessedly Rich Lipglass.

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12 thoughts on “MAC Soft Sand Bronzing Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. First thought: wow nice lipgloss!
    Second thought: wait, I bought that one!
    Third thought: I need to recreate that eyelook.
    Fourth thought: wasn’t this about a bronzer?
    Fifth thought: hmmwh no.

  2. animatemylife

    It looks great on you, such a shame the actual product is a dud!

  3. ButterflyMod

    I have Dior Bronze Matte Sunshine in 002 Honey Matte. I’m NC20, and I find this MAC bronze shade similar in undertones and overall color without sheen or shimmer. Like what you’ve described with MAC, the Dior one in Honey Matte takes a few applications before it shows up on my skin. One swatch is very light , as the lighter swatch of Soft Sand by MAC.Although by picture only it appears to have a bit more brown than a yellow/orangish undertone that the Dior has…But the Dior one doesn’t make my skin orange or muddy.
     
     

  4. Deb

    It’s a shame that you don’t like it – because it looks gorgeous on you! :)

  5. FlaviaSignori

    Hm I’m looking for a good bronzer and this one is out of my list… I thought it would be easier to blend this and there is something in this color I don’t like. Don’t know what it is, but makes it look like a blush and not a bronzer. Well, I don’t know much about bronzers, so maybe I’m seeing things lol
     
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       @FlaviaSignori  NARS’ Laguna is a gorgeous bronzer! It’s also great for contouring, imo.  Another great bronzer is the old standby, Guerlain’s Terracotta. Have you tried or swatched either? NARS also has some gorgeous shimmery bronze-y to shimmery nude-ish brown blushes that I’m really, really hoping Christine will get to reviewing one day as I can’t decide between any of them. Luster, Madly and Lovejoy have a lot of fuss made about them. I’ve been reading a lot of the more NARS-interested or NARS-focused blogs about them and from what I gather, Madly seems to be a bronzed pink while Luster is more of a shimmery bronzed apricot. Both seem great on the cheeks, though not eyecatching in the pan.  Perhaps you’ll find one you like amongst this list. :)
       

  6. Mich

    This collection is pure disappointment 

  7. Elizabeth St

    i am actually considering buying them since i have a lighter skintone… i don want too much on a bronzer because it will make me look like a clown…i am torn between this and the long lasting ones… 

  8. Elizabeth St

    i am actually considering buying them since i have a lighter skintone… i don want too much color on a bronzer because it will make me look like a clown…i am torn between this and the long lasting ones… 

  9. Vanessa Mae

    i have this and i love it! perfect for my nc30 skin..

  10. Amanda H

    How does this compare to two faced milk chocolate soleil or the original chocolate? How do you think this would look on NC15 with yellow undertoned skin? Thanks so much