MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder (Wash & Dry) Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder
MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder

MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder ($35.50 for TBA oz.) is described as a “color wave ranging from coral to neutral.” Mixed together, it’s a lightly brightened, peachy tangerine with warm, reddish-orange tones and a very, very fine shimmer-sheen finish. (Keep in mind, most of the gold sheen on the surface is an over-spray, which I removed prior to swatching!) Urban Decay Kinky (P, $26.00) is darker. Urban Decay Indecent (P, $26.00) is peachier. Laura Mercier Rosegold Shimmer (LE) is more shimmery, darker. Too Faced Luminous Peach (LE) is more shimmery. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is less orange. YSL Rebelle (7) (P, $47.00) is darker. MAC Style Cast (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery. Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is lighter, less shimmery. Surratt Beauty Cantaloup (P, $32.00) is brighter, yellower. Guerlain Orange Blush (LE) is darker, less shimmery. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is lighter. MAC Fresh Honey (LE, $27.00) is darker. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. MAC Ripe Peach (LE, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It’s a tri-colored powder that consists of a deeper, medium-dark coral with warm orange-red tones, yellowed tangerine, and a light yellow beige. As you might expect, it can vary in how light or dark, how yellow or red it is based on where you concentrate your brush. It tends to lean lighter than darker, as the lighter sections make up a greater amount in the compact. I don’t know how much is in the compact, but it is the same size as MAC’s face powders (Beauty Powders, High-Light Powders, Bronzing Powders, etc.) and those typically hold 0.35 oz. or so. The texture is soft, fairly smooth, and doesn’t have the thinner, firmer texture that some of the more recent limited edition cheek/face powders have had. That being said, the texture of the lightest shade seemed a bit firmer compared to the other two shades. I dug through the sections, and the three colors appeared to go all the way through.

On my medium complexion, it is subtle, and the finish is satiny, so there is only a smidgen of sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was easily used semi-sheer to semi-opaque depending on application methods/tools. For reference, on my medium skin tone, the color itself is subtle with a low level sheen that didn’t emphasize pores. It lasted for eight hours on me before fading. Though labeled a “High-Light Powder,” this is a product type that rarely seems to act like a traditional highlighting powder, and for fair to medium skin tones, this is more of a blush than a true highlighter, while darker skin tones may need to concentrate their brush towards the darker coral shade to get more of a blush out of it.

The Wash & Dry Collection will launch online on May 14th and be available in-stores on May 21st.

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MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder
MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder

MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder
MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder

MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder
MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder

MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder
MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder

MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder
MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder

MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder
MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder

MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder
MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder

MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder
MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder

MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder
MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder

MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder
MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder

MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder
MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
  • MAC Freshen Up High-Light Powder
On eyes:
  • MAC Permanent Press & Warm Wash Eyeshadow Trios
  • MAC Colour Matters
  • Practice Makes Perfect
  • Sudsy Eyeliners
On lips:
  • MAC Girl On Board Lipglass

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

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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MAC has been raising prices a bit faster than the average brand, so they’re not as mid-end as they used to be on many products, especially if they put them in LE packaging.

Well, the packaging and the look of the colors in the pain is so pretty that it’s tempting even though not 100% that this would be flattering. Is the texture better than Ripe Peach? Because even though the color is pretty, did not like the powder consistency on that one.

Why call a product a highlighter but make the shimmer an overspray? 🙁
I think I would have liked it better as a shimmery powder.

I swear, the “High-Light Powder” is practically a catch-all for “a limited edition cheek/face product we want to release.” A lot of them do tend to lean less shimmery (at least lately), though.

I really wish the top shade was a bit bigger. It’s the prettiest one of the bunch! And definitely the only shade that’ll even show up on me lol. I was excited for this a while back but it looks like a skip for me

This is the only piece on my must get list! I have a stupid question, sometimes when u review mac products you have TBA for the size. When u receive things from the company are they not packaged/labeled the same as the ones that we buy from the store? Thanks for answering my weird question. 🙂

Sometimes, they have sample labeling on them, so it’s not a consumer label, and the box that comes with it may not be final.

Not as sure as I was about it before the review. It looks really beautiful on you, but I’m a bit darker of a medium at MAC C4.5 (liquid, not that greenish powder), and in the summertime it goes to C5 even with sunscreen. So I just don’t know?

I LOVE your blog…you put so much detail in all your swatches and reviews….and I really appreciate that.
I had high hopes for “freshen up” and now that I’ve seen it Im passing..Its not what i was expecting.
Not trying to say you help me prevent purchases ..lol
Your blog has definitely helped me make many…and I mean “many” purchases.
Basiclly want you to know I appreciate all your hard work. 🙂

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