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MAC Springsheen Powder Blush

01/06

MAC Springsheen Powder Blush
MAC Springsheen Powder Blush
MAC Springsheen Powder Blush
MAC Springsheen Powder Blush
MAC Springsheen Powder Blush
MAC Springsheen Powder Blush
MAC Springsheen Powder Blush
MAC Springsheen Powder Blush
MAC Springsheen Powder Blush
MAC Springsheen Powder Blush
MAC Springsheen Powder Blush
MAC Springsheen Powder Blush
MAC Springsheen Powder Blush
MAC Springsheen Powder Blush
MAC Springsheen Powder Blush
MAC Springsheen Powder Blush
MAC Springsheen Powder Blush
MAC Springsheen Powder Blush

Springsheen

MAC Springsheen Powder Blush ($24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium, pink-coral with golden shimmer. It had medium, buildable pigmentation–and it was listed as “Sheertone Shimmer” for its official finish–but it was easy to apply two to three layers and get near-opaque coverage. The texture was smooth to the touch, dense and a little on the firmer side, though I didn’t have any issues picking up product with a standard blush brush and moderate hand. The finish was noticeably shimmery but did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before it started to fade noticeably.

Formula Overview

$24.00/0.21 oz. - $114.29 Per Ounce

Per the brand, the formula is supposed to "provide fantastic colour with ease and consistency" that "applies evenly, adheres lightly to skin." There are five distinct finishes within the range: Frost ("iridescent, lightly shimmering color"), Matte ("flat, matte finish... builds well"), Satin ("adds subtle highlights to the skin"), Sheertone ("sheer-on micro-refined powder ... that goes on faint"), and Sheertone Shimmer ("just enough shimmer to make light dance on your cheeks"). Their permanent blushes are available in compact form as well as pan-only (the latter will be cheaper).

The following overview has been updated to reflect the most current iteration of the brand's permanent range (whether or not there's been any official change) as I repurchased the majority of the permanent shades as of June 2018. I make a point to say that because I felt that the textures of several shades, particularly the frost finish shades, was noticeably different; they were much smoother and had more slip but were less shimmery/frosted (on average) and seemed to be a bit weaker in pigmentation (but still buildable). Some of the mattes felt like I've encountered in the past (a little drier, pigmented, and fairly blendable), while some felt more velvety and finely-milled.

MAC has a solid blush range but some shades are harder than others to blend out or diffuse, and as it does for most formulas (from any brand), it really comes down to some shades falling shy of expectations. The matte finish had a tendency to darken on my skin within five minutes of application; for most shades, I would recommend applying over a powdered face and/or avoiding applying on still-drying complexion products to make blending the easiest. The matte shades seemed to be semi-opaque to opaque, buildable, and long-wearing (about eight hours).

Only a few of the shades in the permanent range seemed to be particularly frosted/metallic on the skin; most shades that had shimmer appeared more softly luminous or pearlescent on the skin to the point where there was little sheen/reflection captured by my camera (I did a double take for a few and re-did swatches only to find the same finish captured yet again!). The Sheertone Shimmer performed most consistently with this: very subtle sheen, more "my skin but better" with having a slightly more noticeable sheen than matte. There were a few shades that had a strong sheen on the skin (like Peachykeen), though. The Frost finish just seemed to have stronger, larger shimmer in it, but the effect on the skin ranged being subtle to moderate. The same was true with Satin--some were more satin-like and some seemed more like a Frost (like Modern Mandarin).

Most shades were blendable, while pigmentation varied from sheer to opaque depending on the shade, but most had decent, builable coverage. The textures were firmer than the average powder blush of current times, but they don't have excess product kicked up in the pan at all. The wear ranged between seven and nine hours with deeper, intense mattes (like Fever or Film Noir) lasted longer.

Browse all of our MAC Powder Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Silica, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).

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MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter

01/07

MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter

Dazzlegold

MAC Dazzlegold Dazzle Highlighter ($34.00 for 0.34 oz.) is a bright, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a glittery finish. It had a transparent base, which was as described, and lots of gold pearl, sparkle, and larger flecks of glitter. It had “coverage” with respect to the shimmer/glitter that adhered and stayed on my cheekbones. The texture was dense and smooth to the touch (almost felt like a firm cream), and despite being quite glittery, it picked up well with my brush and actually blended out (without disappearing). It stayed on well for eight hours with minimal migration over time.

Formula Overview

$34.00/0.34 oz. - $100.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to "reflect light with a shock of sparkle over translucent colour" with a "cream-powder" base that has "minimal fallout" and can be layered over "blush and eye shadow." It is supposed to wear for "8 hours." They had a dense, but smooth, consistency with lots of fleck-like sparkle and glitter--flatter but very reflective particles that adhered better to the skin and did, in fact, have "minimal fallout" and some travel/migration of sparkles over time but a lot of stayed in place over the eight hours it lasted for. The pigmentation was as described: lots of glitter and a transparent base, so it had "coverage" but in the form of sparkle and glitter. For all the reflective qualities of the finish, it didn't emphasize my skin's texture. They were easy to apply and blend out without losing the "coverage" or initial placement of the product.

Browse all of our MAC Dazzle Highlighter swatches.

MAC Sunbasque Powder Blush

01/06

MAC Sunbasque Powder Blush
MAC Sunbasque Powder Blush
MAC Sunbasque Powder Blush
MAC Sunbasque Powder Blush
MAC Sunbasque Powder Blush
MAC Sunbasque Powder Blush
MAC Sunbasque Powder Blush
MAC Sunbasque Powder Blush
MAC Sunbasque Powder Blush
MAC Sunbasque Powder Blush
MAC Sunbasque Powder Blush
MAC Sunbasque Powder Blush
MAC Sunbasque Powder Blush
MAC Sunbasque Powder Blush
MAC Sunbasque Powder Blush
MAC Sunbasque Powder Blush
MAC Sunbasque Powder Blush
MAC Sunbasque Powder Blush

Sunbasque

MAC Sunbasque Powder Blush ($24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium copper with warm, rusty undertones and fine, gold and copper pearl. It had semi-sheer (as expected, based on the “Sheertone Shimmer” finish), buildable pigmentation–up to semi-opaque in three layers–with a drier, dustier texture that didn’t feel particularly promising by touch, but it applied better than anticipated! I remember it being smoother years ago, but memories get fuzzy when a decade passes (I think Sunbasque might have been my second blush purchase, pre-blog era!). The blush applied evenly to bare skin, blended out effortlessly, and sat well on my skin without emphasizing my skin’s texture but still producing a noticeable sheen–more shine than overt shimmer. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading slightly.

Formula Overview

$24.00/0.21 oz. - $114.29 Per Ounce

Per the brand, the formula is supposed to "provide fantastic colour with ease and consistency" that "applies evenly, adheres lightly to skin." There are five distinct finishes within the range: Frost ("iridescent, lightly shimmering color"), Matte ("flat, matte finish... builds well"), Satin ("adds subtle highlights to the skin"), Sheertone ("sheer-on micro-refined powder ... that goes on faint"), and Sheertone Shimmer ("just enough shimmer to make light dance on your cheeks"). Their permanent blushes are available in compact form as well as pan-only (the latter will be cheaper).

The following overview has been updated to reflect the most current iteration of the brand's permanent range (whether or not there's been any official change) as I repurchased the majority of the permanent shades as of June 2018. I make a point to say that because I felt that the textures of several shades, particularly the frost finish shades, was noticeably different; they were much smoother and had more slip but were less shimmery/frosted (on average) and seemed to be a bit weaker in pigmentation (but still buildable). Some of the mattes felt like I've encountered in the past (a little drier, pigmented, and fairly blendable), while some felt more velvety and finely-milled.

MAC has a solid blush range but some shades are harder than others to blend out or diffuse, and as it does for most formulas (from any brand), it really comes down to some shades falling shy of expectations. The matte finish had a tendency to darken on my skin within five minutes of application; for most shades, I would recommend applying over a powdered face and/or avoiding applying on still-drying complexion products to make blending the easiest. The matte shades seemed to be semi-opaque to opaque, buildable, and long-wearing (about eight hours).

Only a few of the shades in the permanent range seemed to be particularly frosted/metallic on the skin; most shades that had shimmer appeared more softly luminous or pearlescent on the skin to the point where there was little sheen/reflection captured by my camera (I did a double take for a few and re-did swatches only to find the same finish captured yet again!). The Sheertone Shimmer performed most consistently with this: very subtle sheen, more "my skin but better" with having a slightly more noticeable sheen than matte. There were a few shades that had a strong sheen on the skin (like Peachykeen), though. The Frost finish just seemed to have stronger, larger shimmer in it, but the effect on the skin ranged being subtle to moderate. The same was true with Satin--some were more satin-like and some seemed more like a Frost (like Modern Mandarin).

Most shades were blendable, while pigmentation varied from sheer to opaque depending on the shade, but most had decent, builable coverage. The textures were firmer than the average powder blush of current times, but they don't have excess product kicked up in the pan at all. The wear ranged between seven and nine hours with deeper, intense mattes (like Fever or Film Noir) lasted longer.

Browse all of our MAC Powder Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Silica, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).

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MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter

01/07

MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter
MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter

Dazzlepink

MAC Dazzlepink Dazzle Highlighter ($34.00 for 0.34 oz.) is a light-medium peach with pink-to-peach shifting glitter. As described, the base was transparent, but there was plenty of “coverage” in the form of sparkle and flecks of flatter glitter particles. This translated into a noticeably glittery, highly reflective finish that was sparkly but not dirt-like at some angles (an issue with some glitters) due to the flat shape. The powder felt smooth, dense and more cream-like, but it picked up well with a tapered, highlighting brush and adhered evenly to bare skin. It wore well for eight hours with minimal migration/movement of the glitter over time.

Formula Overview

$34.00/0.34 oz. - $100.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to "reflect light with a shock of sparkle over translucent colour" with a "cream-powder" base that has "minimal fallout" and can be layered over "blush and eye shadow." It is supposed to wear for "8 hours." They had a dense, but smooth, consistency with lots of fleck-like sparkle and glitter--flatter but very reflective particles that adhered better to the skin and did, in fact, have "minimal fallout" and some travel/migration of sparkles over time but a lot of stayed in place over the eight hours it lasted for. The pigmentation was as described: lots of glitter and a transparent base, so it had "coverage" but in the form of sparkle and glitter. For all the reflective qualities of the finish, it didn't emphasize my skin's texture. They were easy to apply and blend out without losing the "coverage" or initial placement of the product.

Browse all of our MAC Dazzle Highlighter swatches.

Best & Worst of MAC Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolours (Fall 2018)

01/03

MAC Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour  
MAC Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour  
MAC Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour  
MAC Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour  
MAC Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour  
MAC Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour  
MAC Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour  
MAC Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour  
MAC Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour  

This past month, MAC Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour ($21.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) saw the release of 10 more shades, which I’ve just wrapped up reviewing and can share with you the winners and losers… The formula is described as “packed with iridescent pearls” and have a “refreshing cooling sensation that makes lips feel instantly fuller.” They’re pretty glosses, as long as opaque coverage and non-sticky aren’t requirements; they’re more medium to semi-opaque, have some tackiness, but go on smoothly and are comfortable to wear. They have a minty taste and subtle tingle (for about 15-20 minutes), which isn’t the typical scent for MAC (vanilla is). They wore between four and five hours typically.

MAC Gold FX Hyper Real Foundation

01/06

MAC Gold FX Hyper Real Foundation
MAC Gold FX Hyper Real Foundation
MAC Gold FX Hyper Real Foundation
MAC Gold FX Hyper Real Foundation
MAC Gold FX Hyper Real Foundation
MAC Gold FX Hyper Real Foundation
MAC Gold FX Hyper Real Foundation
MAC Gold FX Hyper Real Foundation
MAC Gold FX Hyper Real Foundation
MAC Gold FX Hyper Real Foundation
MAC Gold FX Hyper Real Foundation
MAC Gold FX Hyper Real Foundation
MAC Gold FX Hyper Real Foundation
MAC Gold FX Hyper Real Foundation
MAC Gold FX Hyper Real Foundation
MAC Gold FX Hyper Real Foundation
MAC Gold FX Hyper Real Foundation
MAC Gold FX Hyper Real Foundation

Gold FX

MAC Gold FX Hyper Real Foundation ($31.00 for 1.00 oz.) is a pale, white gold with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. On lighter skin tones, this could be easily worn on its own, though on my complexion (light to light-medium), it would work best paired with a blush or bronzer as I could see the white base coming through on my cheeks (lightening them). It had sheer, buildable pigmentation, as described, and could be layered easily and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture or pick up my complexion products when I tried it on top. The liquid highlighter had a thin, watery consistency that spread and mixed easily but wasn’t too runny that it became difficult to get precision application. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

Formula Overview

$31.00/1.00 oz. - $31.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a "weightless liquid highlighter" that has a "refined high-pearl finish" that wears for "eight hours." It can be "layer[ed] under foundation" or applied "over foundation as a highlighter." The consistency was smooth, thin, and had a touch of slip to keep it from feeling like water but was still easily mixed into foundation and moisturizer, applied on its own all-over the skin (like a primer), or dabbed on top of high points of the face to highlight. The latter I liked using fingertips or putting a touch on the back of my hand and swirling a synthetic brush in, then tapping onto the high points and using the edge of the bristles to diffuse the highlighter onto my skin.

It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage, depending on how much was used and how it was applied. It added noticeable luminosity when layered under foundation or mixed with foundation (assuming one did not layer a full coverage, matte formula on top!). They had a very skin-like luminosity--natural, glowing, but not overtly shimmery and definitely didn't emphasize my skin's natural texture. The formula dried down in 10-15 seconds and stayed on well for eight to nine hours on me (when worn as a standalone highlighter).

Browse all of our MAC Hyper Real Foundation swatches.

Ingredients