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.
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 Cosmetics on January 5th, $23
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MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder ($22.00 for 0.35 oz.) is an ultra pale white gold with a subtle white shimmer-sheen. MAC describes this shade as a “soft peachy cream with fine shimmer.” Just like Play It Proper, this is a very pale shade. It is a lighter, less yellow version of NARS Albatross. It is also a paler version of Chez Chez Lame (close enough that you could just pick one of the two, rather than both).
Beauty powders have a very finely milled, silken texture that tends to settle well on the skin without looking powdery. I did find that the Stylishly Yours beauty powders were frostier than previous beauty powders, so I noticed it more on skin–partially due to my medium skin tone, though. You get an amazing amount of product for just $22–way better value than the Special Reserve Highlighting Powders, actually ($28 for the same amount).
P.S. — In the full face photo, I’m wearing Too Chic on cheeks, Neon Orange on lips, and on eyes, Chilled on Ice as a base, Retrospeck and Caviar Dreams on top with Dark Diversion to line (upper lash line) and I Get No Kick (lower lash line), and then New Hue on lashes.
MAC Stylishly Yours Collection is a limited edition launch (official information and photos here) that is set to launch in-stores on December 26th in North America, January 2011 for international MAC locations. The approximate launch date for online is December 24th.
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Ease of Use: 4/5
RECOMMENDATION: I still have concerns about this working on medium-dark to dark skin tones without looking ashy. It will be a lovely highlighter for paler skin tones, though.
AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics on December 26th (U.S. stores), January 2011 (International)