MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose Review & Swatches

01/09

MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose
MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose

Golden Bronze

MAC Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose ($29.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a soft, peachy brown with warm undertones and a fine, golden pearl that yielded a moderate glow. It was glowing without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture, and it did had color to my skin tone–it looked a bit like a highlighting bronzer on my skin tone and would be more my-skin-but-better on medium-tan and deeper complexions.

The consistency was silky, smooth, and easy to blend, and it had enough weight to the mix that it didn’t fly everywhere when I initially picked it up, though you’ll want to tap off excess into the pot or cap if you tend to be heavy handed. It had good pigmentation, but a lighter hand or picking up less product made it more buildable if one preferred. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

Formula Overview

$29.00/0.42 oz. - $69.05 Per Ounce

The formula is described as a "finely milled mixture of mica and pigments" that have a "subtle glaze of colour" but have an "intense pearl" finish; they even recommend to apply it "sparingly at first" because it can be quite concentrated. It can be used on "bare skin," "mixed into" foundation or moisturizer, or applied "over foundation." The consistency was finely-milled, silky, and very soft to the touch. As it is a loose powder, it can be quite pigmented or sheer depending on how much is picked up on a brush; I felt like a moderate pickup of color (coating the edges of a tapered highlighting brush) yielded good color coverage in a single layer that diffused easily on my skin. There was a moderate sheen on my skin once the product was blended out, and there was subtle to moderate color visible depending on the shade. The formula lasted eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

It applied well over bare skin or over foundation, and if one wanted to mix it into foundation or moisturizer, that was certainly doable, but you'll want to shake out a good bit of product and mix in the palm of your hand or on the back of your hand to thoroughly disperse the product.

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Ingredients

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Product Availability

MAC Golden Bronze $29.00/0.42 OZ.
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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
On eyes:
  • MAC Every Day is Sunshine Dazzleshadow Liquid
  • MAC Love Yourself Dazzleshadow Liquid
  • MAC Beam Time Dazzleshadow Liquid
  • MAC Panthertized Dazzleshadow Liquid
  • MAC Cool Neutral Eyeshadow Palette
  • Sephora Waterfall Contour Eye Pencil
On lips:
  • MAC Sugar Poppy Grand Illusion Lipcolour

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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This looks to be the most *perfect* bronzing blush on your complexion! On me, it would likely give me some color to my cheeks, but mostly, a natural glow with a touch of a “flush”. I am going to try it on in-store, though, just to see.

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