MAC Baiana Bronze Bronzing Powder ($28.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer coverage even after I jabbed, pushed, and scraped off layers of product and pressed the product firmly against my skin–it didn’t matter whether I used fingertips or a brush (fingertips were worse as the texture was chalky and all the powder stuck to my finger and did not translate well onto my skin). It would have, effectively, had visibly no color payoff in just one layer (and per MAC’s most recent description of the powder, it is supposed to be sheer). The pigmentation problem seemed to be more the result of the texture as the product just didn’t adhere well to my skin.
I don’t know what happened to the texture of the powder; it was like clumpy, loose chalk that was a struggle to pickup, apply, and even to blend out. It looked splotch on my cheeks despite trying to fuss with and buff it out for minutes. It might be one of the worst powders I have tried. What little translated onto my skin seemed to wear for six and a half hours, but it was just hard to tell since it looked so awful from the start that any breakdown (like fading) was hard for me to determine.
The worst part is that the last time this released, it was gorgeous and smooth with great pigmentation.
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