MAC Art of Powder: Optical Bronzer Review, Photos, Swatches


MAC Optical Bronzer

MAC Art of Powder: Optical Bronzer

MAC Optical Bronzer ($38.00 for 0.31 oz.) is one of three limited edition specially designed compacts from the Art of Powder Collection, which launches on September 29th, 2011 (North America) and October 2011 (International, at select locations). It contains a good amount of product, and it will take quite some time to get through it.

If you’re not feeling the neon pink, you’re in luck: it doesn’t go all the way through. It’s thicker than your typical overspray, but it definitely does not go all the way through (video is forthcoming with much excavation!). The product is the golden tan you see protruding from the compact. I gouged a chunk out of the corner, and you can see how the pink is only on the surface I also used a small shadow brush to brush back-and-forth against a line of pink and eventually it disappeared and revealed pure golden tan underneath.

The color this bronzer is a warmed-up, medium tan with a very subtle golden sheen. The sheen is almost too faint, actually! It doesn’t impart much of a glowy sheen applied, because the sheen is so subtle–which may be a good or bad thing, depending on your preference. The pigmentation is decent, but the color is on the lighter side. On my medium skin tone, it’s subtle and soft. I expect this is better suited for lighter skin tones. It does have an orangeness to it that may not work well with pinker or naturally red complexions, because it may turn ruddy.

It has a really finely-milled, soft texture, which makes it extremely easy to blend on the skin but there is some powdery dust because of the overall softness. The subtle sheen means it doesn’t emphasize pores or imperfections on the skin. The texture is almost as soft as the Studio Careblend Pressed Powder Bronzers but I find those to be softer overall (but more pigmented, and if you want something foolproof, Optical Bronzer is that).

I wore it on one cheek (had the highlighter on the other–that’s called multi-tasking!), and it wore well for about six hours before starting to fade, which is shy of good (eight hours). It’s decent but not better than MAC’s regular bronzing line-up or various limited edition releases they’ve done every couple of months. The mix of pink and tan could have made for an interesting mix or take on bronzer in general (think Chanel’s Soleil Bronzers) but was not the case here.

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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It looks pretty, but I just don’t think these powders are worth $38. Aside from the designs, there’s nothing that unique about them. You can get a great bronzer or highlighter for a lot less money. I’ll be skipping this collection completely. As always, thanks for the reviews! Whatever you have on your lips in that picture is really pretty.

At first, I thought the gouge happened from normal use and then I read the details of your research! You are such a great help to the rest of us. Unless it’s your lighting, this doesn’t look very flattering even on you (and just about everything looks good on you, Christine) – it looks sort of muddy and seems to drain the brightness from your face. Honestly, instead of releasing all this nutty new gimmicky stuff, a lot of us would be happy to see them repromote some of the good stuff from past collections.

I am really beginning to feel somewhat cheated by MAC as of late. All I feel I am seeing from them is collection after collection and the quality is not what it used to be. I think they lure us in with trendy and cool looks but the payoff just isn’t what it used to be.

I feel that if you want to keep you loyal customer base as well as lure new customers in then yes, a new product here and there will help but keep the quality worth wanting to spend $38 on a small palette. I certainly do not like feeling cheated by any company and when the “pretty” part of the makeup is just a small over-spray of gold or silver, that just turns me off on future purchases because now I feel like I am being lied to. Anyone else feel like this?

I feel like it’s almost false advertising when MAC releases these products and then the pink or gold is gone after a few uses, I wish they’d go higher quality and run the colors all the way through

is it similar to “gold-go-lightly” (or something like that)from the collection “surf baby”?? because i have it, and to me they look almost the same colour..
(i hope you can understan my bad english ;] )

I agree that Mac is not the best quality, the products look great usually but they are generally very disappointing as far as quality goes, perhaps I am just not a fan, I wanted to be and tried several products but from mascaras that would totally run off and bad powders and foundations I was not real impressed to say the least. The quality really does not compare to the best in my humble opinion.

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