Friday, December 30th, 2011

MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder
MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder

MAC for Iris Apfel: Too Chic Beauty Powder

MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder ($23.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a limited edition (but it is a repromote) shade for Iris Apfel. It’s described as a “soft peachy cream with fine shimmer.” It’s a pale, creamy ivory-beige with a golden shimmer-sheen. MAC Snowglobe is less golden. MAC Lightscapade is whiter. theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer is more golden.

While beauty powders are multi-tasking products, this particular shade will work as a highlighter on most complexions, though it may turn ashy on deeper complexions because of how light it is. I find it lightens my natural skin color, so it almost looks rather unnatural on my light-medium skin (NC25). The texture is extremely soft and finely-milled, so it feels lovely to the touch. There is a lot of shimmer in Too Chic, so it may be too much if you prefer a subtler finish. It does accentuate pores slightly, but it wears for around eight hours without looking faded.

The Glossover


Too Chic

For lighter complexions, this will work nicely as a highlighter without being too golden. With the right brush, it can definitely work on more medium skin tones, but I worry it may turn ashy on deeper complexions.











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MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder
MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder

MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder
MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder

MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder
MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder

MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder
MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder

MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder
MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder

MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder
MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder

MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder
MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder on cheeks; MAC Early Bird,
Robin’s Egg, Silver Gull on eyes; MAC Scarlet Ibis on lips

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC for Iris Apfel releases in-stores on January 5th, 2012 and will be available at all MAC locations and counters; $23.00.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

MAC Snowglobe is less golden. MAC Lightscapade is whiter. theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer is more golden.

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28 thoughts on “MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Meagan

    The beauty powder looks great on you- and it looks more natural on you than some highlighters that are color-less with only a highly reflective sheen. I am definitely going to have to pick this up as I have some texture issues on my cheeks and this seems like it would accentuate those less than my Lightscapade does.
    Also, I have to say— Fabulous look!! I would have never imagined pairing a bright eye with a bright lip in a different tone, but this is wonderful Christine! I love it. Your eyes POP!

  2. Does the theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer apply smoother then this one Christine?

    I’m tore between this and the gold of Mary-Lou Manizer as the gold it pretty rich I’m afraid it would look like a bronzer on my fair yellow/olive skin. lol

  3. Tracey

    Pretty! How does the amount/level of shimmer compare to Snowglobe?

  4. Alejandra

    Ooh!Love the look.Very funky.
    You really sell these products to me Christine.What liner are you wearing?
    I was solely interested in the lipsticks, but I might have to pick up some shadows.

  5. shontay

    I’m around NC43 so I have a deeper skintone. I own this powder and I like it. It gives a subtle highlight. It’s not a must have, though. I prefer the highlighters by thebalm, but this isn’t ashy on me, thankfully.

  6. Ana G.

    I wished it was a touch darker…I’m a NC40 so this might be to light!

  7. Laura

    I own this already and it’s one of my favourite highlighters (I’m NW15). I won’t be picking up a back-up because I own too many highlighters to justify doing so, but I’d definitely recommend this to others!

  8. Sabrina

    That looks very similar in colour to my skintone so makes me tempted to get it as a luminous powder – is it okay to use these powders almost all over your face?

    • You totally could, though I think this particular product is rather shimmery, so it may not work so well there! It depends on the brush – possibly if you use a very light hand with a 187 or something like that it could work.

  9. Ashley

    Wow, I absolutely LOVE your look here! Bright colors and it all works so well! Very nice! :)

  10. Varsha C.

    This is one of my favourite highlighters too! Very glowy as opposed to being shimmery. I’m about an NC37-40 and it works great on me.

  11. Iman

    How does this compare to MSFs? are they more metallic or more pigmented?

  12. Kristy

    i loveee the last picture! you look gorgeous.

  13. Philana Chiu

    How does this compare to NARS Albatross?

  14. rowan

    the makeup you’re wearing is really pretty!

  15. Lynnie

    If anyone wants it at discount price, just saw this yesterday (12/30) at the Cosmetics Company Store in the outlet mall near me. Also available was Porcelain Pink beauty powder. I’d bought both there a while back but it was in good supply.

  16. BooBooNinja

    I just got this and I love it! My daily routine is to fill in my brows and and use Ricepaper as my browbone highlight. After hearing about Too Chic on a few blogs and seeing it in person, I’ve fallen in love with the subtle, complex, glow. As for Ricepaper? Well… let’s say I’m considering putting it up for swap after falling experiencing the wonder that is Too Chic. Keep in mind that I’m a matte-lover, but Too Chic has stolen my (makeup) heart. :)

    The only thing is — I wouldn’t use this as an overall beauty powder. At the store I hemmed and hawed over the purchase as it felt like a lot of money to spend on just a brow or cheekbone highlight. However, I haven’t felt an iota of buyer’s remorse.

    Thanks for your honest reviews, Christine. I went into the store knowing full well the limitations of this beauty powder. And I am a satisfied customer for that. :)

  17. Marty

    You look stunning as always, I love the bold look on you!
    I’m between this one and the Guerlain parure de nuit (both as a highlighter), my skin tone is basically identical to yours. How do they compare? Which one adds more of a lit-from-within glow?

  18. Mairyn

    Hey Christine – how did you apply the Beauty Powder in your face photo? Which brush did you use? Something like the MAC 187?