MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact Review & Swatches

01/08

MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact
MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact

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MAC Light Star-Dipped Face Compact ($42.50 for 0.48 oz.) is a new, limited edition quad that features two blushes and two highlighters, all of which are in the Extra Dimension formula. All four shades had semi-opaque (or greater) pigmentation, had smooth, denser consistencies, and applied and blended out beautifully on my skin.

The key to working with this formula is understanding that they tend to be a bit denser, firmer, so they work better with a moderate hand and moderately dense brushes to pick up product evenly. The result is a powder that melts into the skin and never looks powdery or caked on.

The Extra Dimension formula is marketed as having 10-hour wear, and while these had good wear–eight to nine hours–they weren’t quite full 10-hour wear, but there was certainly some product left at the 10-hour mark.

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01/04

MAC Dipped in Stars Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Dipped in Stars Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Dipped in Stars Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Dipped in Stars Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Dipped in Stars Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Dipped in Stars Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Dipped in Stars Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Dipped in Stars Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Dipped in Stars Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Dipped in Stars Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Dipped in Stars Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Dipped in Stars Extra Dimension Blush

Dipped in Stars

Dipped in Stars is a brighter, medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had opaque pigmentation with a smooth, moderately dense consistency. This type of formula pairs better with a moderately dense blush (a typical blush brush with a moderate hand should work fine) over anything really feathery as it has a firmer press.

The trade-off with the firmness is that the powder itself applies almost effortlessly and blends the color as it is applied; it wasn’t stiff or difficult to pick up or to blend out, though. The powder looks “melted” on for a seamless, luminous finish. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably on me.

Formula Overview

$27.00/0.22 oz. - $122.73 Per Ounce

The Extra Dimension Blush formula is supposed to have “long-wearing colour with prismatic reflections” that wears for “10 hours.” The formula is typically very pigmented with a soft, smooth texture that’s firmer in the pan but not difficult to use–I had no issues grabbing color with even my softest brushes–and has no dustiness or powderiness in the pan. The blushes are usually blendable with a luminous glow on the cheeks that did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. With MAC’s newly-added permanent shades, the wear time has ranged from eight to ten hours.

Browse all of our MAC Extra Dimension Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, C12-20 Acid Peg-8 Ester, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Squalane, Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dicalcium Phosphate, Silica, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polysorbate 80, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, [+/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)]

01/04

MAC Sippin' on Stars Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Sippin' on Stars Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Sippin' on Stars Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Sippin' on Stars Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Sippin' on Stars Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Sippin' on Stars Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Sippin' on Stars Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Sippin' on Stars Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Sippin' on Stars Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Sippin' on Stars Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Sippin' on Stars Extra Dimension Blush
MAC Sippin' on Stars Extra Dimension Blush

Sippin' on Stars

Sippin’ on Stars is a soft, medium coral with warm, orange undertones and a luminous finish. It had excellent color payoff paired with a smooth, dense consistency that wasn’t too firmly pressed that it became difficult to pick up with a brush but it didn’t have any powderiness to contend with.

The blush applied evenly to bare skin and blended out seamlessly along the edges without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. It stayed on well for nine hours before fading a bit on my skin.

Formula Overview

$27.00/0.22 oz. - $122.73 Per Ounce

The Extra Dimension Blush formula is supposed to have “long-wearing colour with prismatic reflections” that wears for “10 hours.” The formula is typically very pigmented with a soft, smooth texture that’s firmer in the pan but not difficult to use–I had no issues grabbing color with even my softest brushes–and has no dustiness or powderiness in the pan. The blushes are usually blendable with a luminous glow on the cheeks that did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. With MAC’s newly-added permanent shades, the wear time has ranged from eight to ten hours.

Browse all of our MAC Extra Dimension Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, C12-20 Acid Peg-8 Ester, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Squalane, Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dicalcium Phosphate, Silica, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polysorbate 80, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, [+/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)]

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01/05

MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Show Gold Extra Dimension Skinfinish

Show Gold

Show Gold has an almost translucent, yellowy-peach base with flecks of gold-to-pink shifting sparkle. It has a more sparkling finish, so you’ll want to be someone who likes some sparkle and glitter in their highlights to enjoy the finish to its fullest.

There wa a subtle shift that’s noticeable in person, and it became more noticeable when layered with slightly deeper blush hues. The texture felt smooth to the touch, firm without being stiff in the pan, and blended out with ease on my skin. It lasted well for nine hours on me with slight sparkle migration over time.

Formula Overview

$33.00/0.31 oz. - $106.45 Per Ounce

The Extra Dimension Skinfinish formula is supposed to give “the perfect glow to the skin” with a “creamy powder formula” that wears for “10 hours.” It’s a powder highlighter that I’d describe as a moderate to intense highlighter, and they come in varying hues with some that might work as highlighting blushes/bronzers are on some skin tones and true highlighters on other skin tones. In general, the formula is very pigmented, blendable, and wears around eight to nine hours on me.

Browse all of our MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, C12-20 Acid Peg-8 Ester, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Squalane, Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dicalcium Phosphate, Polysorbate 80, 1,2-Hexanediol, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Caprylyl Glycol, [+/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)]

01/05

MAC Hi-Sequincy Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Hi-Sequincy Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Hi-Sequincy Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Hi-Sequincy Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Hi-Sequincy Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Hi-Sequincy Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Hi-Sequincy Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Hi-Sequincy Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Hi-Sequincy Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Hi-Sequincy Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Hi-Sequincy Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Hi-Sequincy Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Hi-Sequincy Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Hi-Sequincy Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Hi-Sequincy Extra Dimension Skinfinish

Hi-Sequincy

Hi-Sequincy is a bright, white gold with subtle, peachy-gold shimmer and a luminous sheen. The highlighter had opaque color coverage in a single layer, which was easy to dial down a the firmer texture made it easier to just use a lighter hand to pick up less product if desired.

The consistency felt smooth to the touch, more firmly-pressed in the pan so there was no powderiness, but it picked up well dry brushes and applied evenly to bare skin. The highlighter blended out beautifully along the edges and didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It wore nicely for eight and a half hours on me before fading a bit.

Formula Overview

$33.00/0.31 oz. - $106.45 Per Ounce

The Extra Dimension Skinfinish formula is supposed to give “the perfect glow to the skin” with a “creamy powder formula” that wears for “10 hours.” It’s a powder highlighter that I’d describe as a moderate to intense highlighter, and they come in varying hues with some that might work as highlighting blushes/bronzers are on some skin tones and true highlighters on other skin tones. In general, the formula is very pigmented, blendable, and wears around eight to nine hours on me.

Browse all of our MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, C12-20 Acid Peg-8 Ester, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Squalane, Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dicalcium Phosphate, Polysorbate 80, 1,2-Hexanediol, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Caprylyl Glycol, [+/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)]

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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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Love this…the surface treatment and that formula. This is a great gift..good score, variation, perfect for light skintones. I had forgotten how exquisite Show Gold is.

It’s nice to see something from the MAC holiday collection get such a good rating. This is very pretty and very tempting and I would use every shade, but I already have more cheek products than I need. (But that has never stopped me before…)

This is a very pretty palette and if I weren’t leaning towards the Hourglass palettes I would definitely be snapping this up. I don’t think the shades are anything special but the Extra Dimension formula is one that works beautifully and which I find personally very pretty on the skin. It is one of only a few “stars” left in the MAC line up.

Such a beautiful blush and highlighter combination! If I can get Hi-Sequincy to apply as sheer as Ofra Glazed Donut, then I could use every single shade in this quad. I do know that I have similar blush shades, but both highlighters are very unique looking.

Yes I am waffling on this one, hum…….can’t decide, waiting for the review on the other quad then decide…..lol, I always want Christine’s review first…….🤔

It’s a very pretty palette that I picked up a few days after the collection launched. Thinking of getting one for my niece. I noticed that MAC Holiday continues to repromote shades previously released in their holiday kits, like Show Gold, Oh Darling, Whisper of Gilt.

I bought this and the deeper version but don’t want to use them because the design is so pretty….so I bought a backup of both😂😂😂😂😂😂

Nice to see a good review come out of this collection. I think the palette is beautiful and show gold is marvellous. I’m not a coral kinda gal myself so passing.

Got this one and I love it. I’m fair with yellow undertones. I have many MAC blushes, but none of the extra dimension except I think Dainty is. So these are colors I don’t have and I think they look great on. Nicely pigmented, complimentary colors, and they go on nicely and not sparkly. I’m not 20 so I don’t do sparkly. The highlights are flattering, too. I love a face palette, like the Becca Malika I really enjoy, and this is another one that’s fairly priced. These look great on, Christine.

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