MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter
MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter

MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter

MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter ($29.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “copper with golden shimmer.” It’s a coppery bronze with a golden-copper shimmer and sheen. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon is very similar, but it’s just ever-so-slightly darker–with a lighter/heavier hand, you could get nearly the same color, though. theBalm Betty Lou-Manizer is slightly browner with less orange tones. Urban Decay Gilded is more orange and a bit lighter.

If you’re familiar with Estee Lauder’s Powder Gelees, you’ll know what these feel like. They’re virtually the same. I really couldn’t distinguish any differences beyond the pattern that has been emblazoned onto the product itself. It has that same complex texture that’s dry yet soft and smooth. I tried applying Glorify with MAC’s 128 brush, which is being repromoted in this collection, but I didn’t care for it–just didn’t seem to yield the right finish for me. I ended up using the 168, which worked out better for me. This particular shade has plenty of pigmentation.  To apply as a highlight, I would recommend a fan brush so you can get a soft, precise look.

I did think it was interesting that while Estee Lauder refers to it as a tribrid (three-in-one) powder, MAC only lists it as a hybrid, but then it tacks on “almost liquid” as an afterthought–so they end up being similar in description.  Given that Estee Lauder owns MAC, these are probably even closer than they seem.  Though, MAC’s seems to wear a little longer on me.

MAC actually claims that the new Extra Dimension Skinfinishes (also, confusing, that they are listed as Extra Dimension Highlighters, but the boxes say Skinfinish) last for ten–yes, ten!–hours on the skin. I didn’t even realize they had made such a huge claim until I sat down to write the full review, but thankfully I wore my testing face-of-the-day for eleven hours yesterday! The shade I tested yesterday was Whisper of Gilt, which wore surprisingly well. When I checked the highlighter after eight hours, it was still mostly intact, with just a bit of fading along the edges of the apples of the cheeks. After ten hours, there was a little more fading along the edges but a fair amount of it was still there, looking reflective and glowy. I’m testing Glorify today, and I’m only in about eight hours, and there’s the same subtle fading along the edges but overall, it still looks good.

This would be a beautiful highlighter/light blusher on someone with red undertones. Used with an incredibly light hand, it can be used as a glowy, warmed-up highlighter with a hint of bronze, but it’s more easily used as a bronzy blusher. It has a fair amount of shimmer and sheen in the finish, though, so it may not be the most practical application if you want to highlight/contour.

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MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter
MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter

MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter
MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter

MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter
MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter

MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter
MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter

MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter
MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter

MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter
MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter (right)

MAC Glorify Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter
Estee Lauder Topaz Chamaleon vs. MAC Glorify

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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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How exactly did you apply this with the 168 brush? The reason I ask is because you said this is similar to theBalm’s Betty Loumanizer, which I have, and I sometimes have a hard time blending it out. I use MAC’s 116 brush to apply it, and haven’t been having great results 🙁

I just pressed it against the powder, brushed it back and forth a little bit, and then applied it by patting it on.

OMG, I loooooooooooove it. MAC is killing my pocket with so many collections at the same time. 5 blushes from tres cheek, 1 blush and 2 lipsticks from reel sexy collection, I don’t think I will be able to spend more than that, I went to nordstrom and pre order those, I didn’t even want to swacht anything from this collection, I don’t to love those products and not be able to buy them. But thanks again Christine, so many swatches in your cheeks in one day, you deserve a medal.

I think this will look stunning with my new Givenchy bronzer! I think the sheen is absolutely gorgeous! And you look amazing Christine :]

This is absolutely stunning! Do you think this would work on an NC15 skintone? I already commented earlier, but I forgot to add this. I definitely want it though!

It just looks like one of those glowy, “I just got back from the beach” kind of look that is gorgeous. I think I’d use it as a bronzer or maybe just use it to go over my own if I find it to be too much. Thank you so much!

Hi, Christine This looks amazing on you!! It makes your eyes glow like precious gems, very pretty 🙂

I was wondering which of the 3 would look the most flattering for a cooler skin tone? I’m NW20? Thank you for all you hard work! You really are the best, and I truly trust your opinion. I appreciate all that you do!

Looks great on you! I am an NC50 and I already have Gold Deposit MSF. Is Glorify very similar or do you think the finish of each one is different enough to warrant getting this?

 @Christine (Temptalia) thank you so much i know this has nothing to do with this post but do you know a contour powder that would work with a nw 50 ?

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