MAC Cosmetics - Of Beauty Review, Swatches, Product Photos

MAC COSMETICS | Of Beauty Review

Overall, I adored the beauty powders, but how could I not? (And did you expect me NOT to?!) I adored them so much when they were released earlier at the PRO store (if you didn’t know, Dancing Light, Drizzlegold, and Natural Flare are all permanent in the PRO line, along with several others) that I picked up every single one of them, whew! I find that the texture of these is incredibly silky, they’re luxuriously fine-milled and have such a perfect amount of shimmer in them to highlight the face and body. My favorite was Soft Flame, because it was the most gorgeous deep pink-plum color. I also loved the 183 brush, but with two 182s, I managed to save my pocketbook from that one! Launching Studio Lights alongside the beauty powders is quite genius, because Studio Lights are creamy in texture, they’d be excellent to put on cheekbones to highlight and then set with a touch of one of the loose beauty powders for ultimate long-wear.

P.S. — Don’t forget that Curiositease also came out today, and you can see our full review, swatches, and product photos here.

Beauty Powders

Dancing Light is a gorgeous light white gold with soft yellow undertones.
Drizzlegold is a luxe bright gold color with peachy undertones–more orange than Dancing Light.
Natural Flare is a shade that is bound to be coveted by warmer skintones, because it’s a darling light peachy-pink shade that gives that ever-sought-after “glow.”
Sunspill is such a pigmented beauty powder in a gorgeous orange-coral–definitely fitting in with its name. Very lovely, would give a soft peachy glow for most skintones.
Tenderdusk is a delightful light pink, not cool like Micro Pink, but not too warm, either. It’d make a great highlighter on top of bolder blushes to add both shimmer as well as lighten a touch.
Soft Flame is my new favorite beauty powder (previously it was Peach Haze); it is the most divine plummy pink shade. This is definitely one of the powders you could wear as a blush, not just a highlighter, which makes it a multitasker–always good in my book. I’m just in love with the color itself and the bits of shimmer in it.

Studio Lights

Skin Lure is a peachy, fleshy color that I imagine would be quite lovely on warmer skintones, but probably wouldn’t work as well for incredibly light skintones (just might come out too dark as a highlighter).
Ideal Pink is a pinky color, very creamy, and it’ll be an awesome highlighter for very light skintones for sure; not to say that it wouldn’t be rockin’ on just about everybody. It’s such a subtle color of pink, and the texture is just lovely.
Smoothspice is the deepest warm brown color, and it is definitely not a universal shade by any means. I am positive you could find a way to use it on lighter skin tones if it was incredibly sheer, however I see it as a shade meant for deeper colors like NC45+. But hey, maybe you could use it as a contouring color, even though it’s warmer than I’d personally like in a contouring color.
Frangipan is a pale yellow, and I’d say this one is my favorite out of the bunch, because I find it flattering for most skin tones. It gives you such a lovely golden glow, and I could see it being used on cheeks, browbones, and even body.
Sand is not nearly as dark as Smoothspice, but it does seem more pigmented than the others. When you sheer it out, though, it’s actually very nice. I find it comparable to Natural Flare in Studio Light form, actually!


183 Flat Buffer Brush is a ridiculously soft-bristled flat buffer brush with a good amount of firmness to it, making it excellent to apply these beauty powders on cheeks as well as body.
188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush is great for those who want to deposit less to give more–especially if anyone is fearful of too much shimmer, this allows the user to apply and build the shimmer better.
222 Tapered Blending Brush is a brush that many use as a staple brush for crease and blending work, and it is great for those things, as well as highlighting the browbone.

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mich Avatar

I swear, anticipating this collection has nearly killed me.

I’m surprised you haven’t used Drizzlegold in a look yet, Christine. The swatch looks great on your skin. Too similar to Natural Flare?

isis Avatar

Thanks so much for posting these swatches! 🙂 I’m overseas and the collection isn’t out for a while so I cannot swatch the items myself.

In your opinion would Frangipan be suitable for NW43-45 skin?? Could you also recommend a beauty powder pretty please? I was wondering if Drizzlegold would be a good choice for a brow, cheek highlighter for darker skin.

Nora Avatar

Could you please comment on the amount of glitter/shimmer please? I really don’t want visible glitter. I actually want to use these as an eye highlighter or shadow. Thank you!

Tekoa Avatar

Mmmmm! Beauty powders! I probably would have gotten one yesterday, but the store was so busy I couldn’t ask which one/s would look best on a NC 15. Being the near albino that I am, I didn’t want to take the chance of looking like a circus escapee.

FWI The powders are very finely milled!No chuncky sparkles. They are glittery but not TOO glittery.

Rowena@ Avatar


Love your blog!

Just wondering, did Curiositease & Of Beauty come out on the same day? Neither has been released in the UK yet and I was thinking that if they come out the same time I will wait to make an order 🙂

I am tempted by all the Beauty Powders!

meme Avatar

Hi Christine,
Thanks so much for the swatches, extremely helpful!

I actually just got skin lure today and am not quite sure whether it would work on top of foundation/concealer to brighten the undereye (I’m NC35) seems really light and sheer – have you tried using it that way?

What brush are you applying the beauty powders with?
Thanks =)

Tekoa Avatar

Soft Flame is mine! Question though, how/where does one look get the squares on the top? My lid is solid and I know I have to peel something off somewhere….

victoria Avatar


I just got Dancing Light. I wanted something to boast my complexion instead of just matte powder so I brushed it all over my face and I like it but are these strictly for highlighting and is the soft flame only good as a blush. They all are so beautiful and when I checked them out, I loved them even more, sparkles are just right and it goes on so effortlessly. Just didn’t want to purchase more and not know what to do with them. Please help.

Christine Avatar

HEy Victoria! Soft Flame is going to be primarily a blush, just because it’s quite dark. You can use them as both highlighters or blushers – just depends on your skintone and how naturally pigmented they are. Sometimes you may even put a light dab of a beauty powder on top of a deeper blush to add shimmer or lighten it.

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