MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder
MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder ($70.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “bare shouldered bronze.” It was a medium-dark, tan brown with a subtle gray-tinge and warm undertones. It had a matte finish. MAC Scone (LE, $25.00) is rosier. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is similar. MAC Aphroditeโ€™s Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is similar. NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is more satin. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It is housed in a large, hefty metal compact (there’s no lack of weight with this compact). The product inside is part of the permanent range, which can be add for a mere $25.00 (and is also 0.35 oz. in size), so with this you are truly paying $45 just for packaging. It had decent to good color payoff, but the texture wasn’t impressive. It feels almost soft, yet dry, where the powder clumps and sticks together but doesn’t blend out easily. It’s hard to explain, but it lacks silkiness and blendability. On me, it lasted for eight hours before fading. I wish MAC had chosen to create a new, limited edition highlighter, probably with a design on the actual powder, with a really lovely texture; something that would rival luxury, seasonal highlighters that brands like Dior and Chanel release.

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MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder
MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder
MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder
MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder
MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder
MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder
MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder
MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder
MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder

MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder
MAC Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder

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Product Availability

MAC Matte Bronze $70.00/0.35 OZ.
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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder
On lips:
  • MAC Light English Red 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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It’s definitely more expensive packaging than their regular compact, but I think when confronted with the actual price difference, it can be hard to justify the extra just for packaging.

hmmm now I’m really contemplating if I should get it. At first it was definitely on my list. Now that you said the product is a little lacking, hmmmโ€ฆ I don’t know.

So true what you say about the fact that mac should release a good highlighter, something like the Kevin aucoin celestial powder, or like pearly pink color, or gold, silver… Any of these i would buy for sure, but 70 dls for this? No.

I’m not even really much of a highlighter fan and even I agree with you. I’ve just come to associate highlighters with the holiday season. If they had released this in the fall a bronzer (especially matte) would have felt much more at home; I like when brands release non-traditional colors during seasonal releases, but this just seems pretty misplaced. I know MAC likes to think outside the box but this whole collection so far just seems a little “off” to me.
To justify such a high-end price from a mid-range line you really need to make everything flawless. I love the packaging and actually collect MAC compacts, but I don’t see myself getting anything from this release unless the lipsticks or shadow duos are stellar.

Uh, no. The packaging is absolutely gorgeous, I prefer something that’s not heavy, unless I have a personal assistant to help me carry my makeup around (which I don’t). And if you’re going to pay $70 for a bronzer, it better get an A rating. Maybe they should’ve spent more money on the formula and less on the packaging, and kept it around $50, which is still expensive, but within reach.

I totally agree that MAC should have made this highlight instead. A highlight powder would have been more universal and a pretty imprint would have justified the price a little more

Uh, well, I’m not really the market for bronzers anyway, but (if I switch my brain to MAC US pricing), it seems like MAC are leaning outside their usual price market with this? There isn’t technically anything wrong with doing that occasionally I guess, but come on, at least make the contents awesome! For this money I could get that drool-worthy Chanel highlighter! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I was going to buy this (just because of the packaging because I’ma sucker for gold packaging).. but since this is lacking in quality I might skip this and buy myself the long wanted Kevyn Aucoin celestial powder..

Wow, I have this bronzer in the normal packaging. The quality is much better than what you described. Honestly this entire collection is a huge joke and turning me off of the MAC brand. MAC has honestly been on a downward spiral in terms of price and quality lately, with several uninspired and lacking collections lately. Shame.

I have to say something good here. But the bad first: The price point here is just stupid for MAC. Yo MAC, you are not a ‘luxury’ brand, ‘kay, not even when you copy another luxury brands’ packaging (cough.. YSL) Anyhow, on to the good: I do have to compliment the bronzer shade here since I always feel MAC gravitates to rather hideously weird yellow and orange based bronzer colours which do nothing for my skintones. Yes, this shade looks workable, but I will NOT pay $70 dollars for it. Won’t.

The packaging has to do really do it for the buyer, since if it’s just the product you’re after, it can be had for $25 any day of the year!

…they could’ve put a couple of Swaravskis in the dots of their logo or something to make the packaging a bit more luxe, pressed the powder with a pretty imprint, and it’d still be a bit pricy for what it is. But at least it’d be a more attractive upsell.

I personally love packaging and I like the color and would want it even though I have 2 of the dupes. However, $70 and I can see the chunky texture on the swatch, no way!!!!!

Thanks for saving me $70, I already have this bronzer in the regular packaging so I’ll definitely skip this guy. Why didn’t they make this an extra dimension skin finish highlighter?! Waaaaaahhhhhh!

Maybe if this was my tried and true HG bronzer I would splurge for the cool packaging just for fun. I actually like the color but I definitely need a bronzer that blends easily, so no way could I do $70 for this.

I bought a bronzed I really like this year. I’m fair so they can be found challenge. I bought Edward Bess bronzed in a simple oblong compact with a mirror and brush. The color is neutral, not dark and is matte with no organs or pink undertones. Don’t recall price but is the best I’ve purchased for my complexion. I know it was well under $70.00

70 dollars!? the packaging is absolutely stunning, but spending 45 dollars extra for the same product thats permanent, AND its not even A+ quality…. I will pass.

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