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MAC Perfect Topping (2014) & Stereo Rose (2014) Mineralize Skinfinishes Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Perfect Topping (2014) Mineralize Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “pale pearlized pink.” The one I just purchased from this collection is a peach muted by beige with a frosted finish. The one I have from when it launched in 2009 is distinctly pink, almost cool-toned really. The colors of the veins did not even appear that similar in the pans, as it seems to be more than an issue of a different distribution of the types of colored veins. The texture was soft but powdery, and it will most likely be a highlighter on all but the very fairest of skin tones. It wore well for six hours before it turned patchy and slightly faded along the edges, which is the norm for me when wearing MAC’s Mineralize cheek products. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC Amber Glow (LE, $25.00) is less frosted. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Stereo Rose (2014) Mineralize Skinfinish ($30.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a “copper bronze.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned peach with a frosted, somewhat metallic, sheen. Oh, the difference between this Stereo Rose (again, just purchased from MAC’s website on Thursday AM!) and the one I have from the end of 2012 are like night and day. I used a paper towel to rub off several layers of product from the new version to see if it would get better but no luck. Still a very light peach compared to the deeper pinky-coral of previous years. The texture is soft but on the dry side, so it can be powdery, and it wore well for six hours before showing some fading. It is a couple of shades darker than Perfect Topping #2. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is lighter. MAC Amber Glow (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is a touch lighter. See comparison swatches.

Mineralize Skinfinishes can differ from pan to pan, as it is a mix of different shades and veins, so sometimes there is variance, but I think these go beyond variance. The pans of Perfect Topping don’t look alike at all; we have a mix of lilac, pink, and peachy-beige compared to beige, peach, and a murky lavender. Swatched, the original is definitely pink and on the cooler side. The differences between the two Stereo Roses in the pan seems less obvious–the newly released version appears lighter and less pinky-red, and the most obvious missing component is the coppery veining. However, when swatched, it is such a huge, huge difference.

It’s extremely frustrating that MAC re-releases sought after products, and they’re different. (As an aside, Lily White pigment is also very different from the previously released Lily White.) It is inexcusable to see Stereo Rose so drastically different from when it was released a mere year ago. If MAC can’t keep the color same, they should name it something different – that’s all there is to it. They put out an endless stream of new shades and products with minor differences from something they’ve previously released, but they have new names, so at least no one’s buying it off of older swatches or from previous hype.

MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Perfect Topping (2009) vs. Perfect Topping (2014) Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Perfect Topping (2009) vs. Perfect Topping (2014) Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Stereo Rose (2012) vs. Stereo Rose (2014) Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Stereo Rose (2012) vs. Stereo Rose (2014) Mineralize Skinfinish

Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Liquid Highlighter (mixed with foundation)
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Finishing Powder
On lips:
  • MAC Pagoda Cremesheen Glass


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breyerchic04 Avatar

I ordered Perfect Topping and I’m feeling a little let down because I liked the look of the old version so much but this will still work on me, and I like it better than any of the permanent shades.

xamyx Avatar

I think this is irrefutable proof MAC releases too many products. Either they can’t think of original names, or they simply can’t keep names/shades straight…

xamyx Avatar

ESPECIALLY when it comes to such “iconic” shades! I wouldn’t think a separate “archivist” would necessarily be needed, but whoever is designing the “new” shades has all the tools necessary to find out what the “original” look like, and should either stick as close as possible, or simply change the name.

Then again, there’s the camp that complains about the “same shades”, they already have them, “Why can’t MAC come out with something new?”, etc… Perhaps MAC feels by altering the shades, they’ll sell more? Never mind many of the LE shades are rereleased *years* apart, LOL! People will have either run out of the original, or there are those who were unable to get it, so the sales will still be there…

breyerchic04 Avatar

Yeah I’m sure it’s workable, and that’s why I’m only a little let down, I really loved what it was, though I’ll like this as well.
And I agree, they need an archivist.

amanda Avatar

good news – i just bought stereo rose from a store yesterday, and it does have the copper bronze veining. not as much as your 2012 photo but at least half of it!

Candy Avatar

I bought Stereo Rose from this collection (its the only thing I bought from this collection actually) because I missed the previous releases. I saw your tweet and saw other comments about the differences between the new one and the old one on social media. Mine isn’t arriving until Monday and I’m already ready to send it back. I bought Stereo Rose because I thought it would be WOC friendly. This new Stereo Rose does NOT look WOC friendly. That Perfect Topping swatch looks like a completely different skinfinish as well. MAC, if the skinfinishes aren’t even remotely similar to past releases then give them different names! I’ll return for a refund and get one of the Hourglass Blushes instead. MAC and their false advertising won’t be getting my money. No wonder they didn’t send any press samples before the launch!

Christine Avatar

It’s straight up peach, so it’ll probably be more highlighter than anything. Stereo Rose (2012) could look straight up sunburn on me, because it’s SO pigmented and quite dark/red.

I believe my press samples arrive today, actually, but I had already bought the collection since it went up on Thursday – they usually send pretty much as soon as the office gets them, but bloggers are considered short lead/online media, which doesn’t get them really far in advance like print.

Cecile A. Avatar

No problemo Christine! 🙂 i love your swatches. I think Perfect Topping still looks great but yeah you are right they should have named it differently. Oh! I adore the “new” Stereo Rose since its not too coppery. Can’t wait for these to be released in Asia 🙂

Hannah Avatar

Why give the same name to clearly different products, and give different names to products that look exactly the same?.. I understand selling, marketing and all but sure this is pushing it a little?

grlnxdor Avatar

It seems so shady to re-release a product that is not even similar to the original. MAC needs to be held accountable, but I doubt this will happen. My love-hate relationship with MAC continues.

zainab Avatar

I like 2009 Perfect Topping a lot more, but I prefer this year’s Stereo Rose. Might have to swatch them in person though as I’m on the fence about Mineralize products generally.
Are MSF supposed to be blush or all over type products? I was kinda confused by the recent Divine Night collection that had both.

Georgia Avatar

Shame on MAC for those formula changes, what a tease. Christine could you tell me what else you’re wearing on your skin in these pictures? Your pores are near invisible!

Tina Avatar

I ordered Stereo Rose like many others thinking I could get my hands on this highly coveted product since it sells out so quick. I’m so disappointed it’s not like the previous release. I was so excited about it. It still looks pretty and like something I would wear and use, but it’s such a let down because I was expecting that deeper color. This is why I should always wait for your swatches and review before buying.

Christine Avatar

This is exactly why I think it’s frustrating and disingenuous… how doesn’t MAC know that people are excited for these exact shades because of the original/past releases?

It is funny, but THIS right here is why I re-purchase shades that get repromoted. I’m trying to limit to coveted/highly anticipated/it’s been awhile since they last did it shades (so not one they released 6 months ago!), and I almost didn’t do it on Stereo Rose, but I’m SO glad I did.

Keri Avatar

Aw, that’s disappointing! I got so excited when I saw Stereo Rose!! Why don’t they just give it a different name if they are going to change it up so much?

Nas Avatar

This is a HUGE disappointment especially for perfect topping (for me) waited years for a crappy “dupe” they can keep it.

Thanks for making this a easy skip

Hoping better for the lipsticks

Precious Avatar

That’s what I thought too. What happened here is really disappointing, especially for those who have been wanting to own Stereo Rose but missed its previous releases.

MAC, get your act together!

fancie Avatar

You’re totally right about the new versions being completely different. Stereo Rose is a little closer to its last release but Perfect Topping is SO far off and it looks so plain in the pan. Not the swirly lavender goodness I was hoping for. I still like the new swatch. It’s pretty. Just disappointed it’s not the Perfect Topping everyone raves about. Boo you MAC!

Ryou Avatar

This is so frustrating! I understand that with marbled products there can be some discrepancy between individual products, but this is way past the acceptable margin of error! Get your act together already, MAC. >:

meganlisa Avatar

Wow! I read about Stereo Rose online and how great it was, re-release exciting, etc. I decided to skip this collection…bought too much else lately! But to read about how different the two versions of Stereo Rose are is very disappointing. Why do companies do that? Especially today, when customers can so quickly look up reviews? Amazing.
I’m so excited to read your reviews on this collection. As above, since I skipped it I’m very curious to see what I decided not to buy! The concept is so pretty!
You seen to have had a very busy week! I don’t know how you do it!!!

KT Avatar

I believe there was a 2005 release, which is actually more similar to this years release. Sabrina at the Beauty Lookbook compared them when Into the Groove was released.

Martyisblue Avatar

It’ s a shame that two skinfinishes like these, considered such as best sellers products, now are complitely different in colour, pigmentation and quality! It looks like you had swatched two different highlighters from different brands! Why is so difficult for MAC to follow the original “recipe” mantaining the same quantity of pigment and sell the original product throughout the years?

Martyisblue Avatar

You’re right! This happened with Lavender Whip l/s, Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish, and how could we forget the many times Carbon eyeshadow, looked messy in limited edition quads?MAC is one of my go-to make-up brand since few years, so i don’t own the original Stereo Rose and i would have been happy to get one!:(

Amanda S. Avatar

That is really annoying about Stereo Rose! I have the last one the released and it’s just like yours too. So now because I am addicted to MSF’s I feel like I need this one too haha wish they would give it a new name if it was different!

Julie Avatar

This is what I had feared when they re-released these. Same thing happened with Lightscapade. I have an older version that has beautiful veins and swirls, but the new ones are flat. Thanks for showing the comparison. These are a skip for me!

Brenda Avatar

Wow – Perfect Topping is now off my list of only 4 items I was considering. This one looks like way to many products I already have – the cool tone was what I was looking forward to. And Stereo Rose! :O For shame.

Veronica Avatar

Wow! The new versions and the previous ones are totally night and day different!

I’m not really into mineralized products, so I won’t get these, but I have a few MAC LE products that are in my all time favorites, and I would absolutely hate it if they were re-released in colors so different from the previous versions.

Jen Avatar

I wanted to see what the hype was about Stereo Rose and the new color is not great. I still very much prefer Laura Geller’s baked blushes to MAC MSF’s. Overall MAC has pretty colors but I have never been all that impressed with my MAC blushes…

Lily Avatar

Thank you for your honest review and showing the variation! I was thinking of trying Stereo Rose but I am going to pass. You rock Christine!

TG Avatar

Why would they even mess with two gorgeous MSFs like this? Was there a shortage of pigments or something? I’m glad my original Perfect Topping is only lightly used. Whew.

ShannonE Avatar

Ugh!!! My Perfect Topping is already on its way, and I was depending on it looking similar to the previous version. I need that cooler tone.

I absolutely hate to return makeup…

KaseyCannuck Avatar

Mine came today and it has a wide streak of lavender through it which is the only part of it that is close to pink, but it’s still super frosty. The rest of it is frosty light peach, and mixed is still pretty much peach.

KaseyCannuck Avatar

Same here. I’m pretty cheesed about it actually. I ordered based on the promo pic and the description because I wanted a cooler pink also. It’s like the Lightscapade repromote all over again

xamyx Avatar

I, too, would have liked the original version. The new one is very pretty, but not so unique. Champagne highlighters are ubiquitous, but cool/pale pinks are rare. The only one I have is NARS Luxor, but I’ve lost count of my champagnes a looong time ago!

Nikki Avatar

I’m so glad you posted this. I had skipped stereo rose because of how dark it always applied on me and i felt it wouldn’t make sense to buy two but after seeing this I need the new one, not because its stereo rose because its a totally different shade. With that being said its so wrong of Mac to release shades of the same name when they are different. Mac addicts like myself would have bought it anyway even either a different name but this tricks us and that’s not fair.

Cat Avatar

I’m not looking to get either of these products, but it’s a pet peeve of mine when companies re-release a product under a (usually highly coveted) name… and then it’s different from what was released before! I hope people complain to MAC, because they should have renamed these since they are so different. I feel bad for customers who bought these expecting something else. For shame, MAC!

Lhopewell Avatar

Wow I have heard that Mac changes LE re-promotes but this is extreme…I’m glad I got Stereo Rose in the previous collection!!! Glad I didn’t purchase some extra for the future… Thanks again for the swatches.

Laura Avatar

Thank you for the swatches!

I’m super disappointed… I bought Stereo Rose when it first came out in 2005 -2007 (not sure what year). I called beauty counters around the country and got two back ups shipped to me! I sold one (stupidly), and was on my last one when I dropped it and ruined it. Why change a great thing.. and like everyone has said, why just not rename it? I am excited for the Dreaming Dahlia lippie from this collection

Laura_Lou Avatar

Im so annoyed by this! I’ve been trying to get a replacement for mg old (much loved) Stereo Rose but I’ve missed out the last time it got re-released. I’m not gonna waste my money on it now because it so different! It’s not Stereo Rose at all. I think it’s terrible that a company would make a new batch and although it to be sent out when it is clearly nothing like the original!

Dolce Avatar

Hate to sound like a broken record, but I, too, am disappointed to see that the latest version of Stereo Rose carries the hallowed name, but not the revered formula/color. I totally agree w/you, Christine, that MAC should have made this known, even if they had named it Stereo Rose Redux or Part II or The Second Bloom… well, you get my drift. The point is, it’s deceiving. Not cool and so unnecessary.

tasleema Avatar

I scrolled down to see the images and I must confess I thought Mac must have cocked something up in the process… but it turns out Mac cocked up something in the planning stages. I was really hoping to pick up another stereo rose as… I wanted one. But they are two different shades. Why the f*** does mac do this? And perfect topping is not even what it was back in the sugersweet collection. Dont mac keep point of reference for older products in their archives? Or do they not give a crap anymore? ?

Carrie Avatar

Wow, big difference between the two Perfect Toppings. The one from this collection is really pretty, though. I may have to check it out in the store and see just how different it is from my old Perfect Topping. Stereo Rose just looks like they removed the veining. Weird. Thanks for the comparisons. Very helpful.

kari Avatar

am i the only one that actually likes the 2014 releases better than the previous ones? maybe? yes? thought so lol but only because i can’t do super red or pink tones like the previous ones were without looking… just plain horrible. since the new perfect topping is close to a champagne-y color, i think it’d look better on my skin. but i do agree it is super disappointing that they’re not the same product for other customers who wanted the previous formula/color of the msf. why name it the same if it’s not the same? that’s just absurd.

tzwiggy Avatar


These look nothing at all like the originals! Perfect Topping is one of my favorite MSFs ever, mostly because it’s pretty cool toned (mine is a lot lighter and cooler than yours, btw) and less frosted than the other MSFs. This version is just an ordinary, boring peach.

And don’t even get me started on Stereo Rose. Original a bright and nice coral, but now turned into a muted, muddy orangy color.

Good thing I didn’t order backups!

BlendItOut Avatar

What I love about your blog is how you phrase your thoughts on products. You’re so professional and very clear about everything. I see it’s a fine line you tread and you do it with such class and character. I’m so glad you are honest and don’t sugar-coat products. I like how you say how they perform and pros and cons with each one. Your unbiased commentary makes your site truly unique. I had been curious about these products because of the previous hype. I stress myself out trying to buy before they sell out. Thanks to your fantastic review, I am able to see the huge difference in the products. Thank goodness you still had the previous version to compare it to! You not only saved me from more stress but saved me from spending excessive money. Thank you!

Kelly Avatar

I wish I had seen post earlier! I ordered Stereo Rose this morning as I have missed out on getting it in the past. I have a warm skin tone so I am hoping it will still work. I think I we should all boycott and call it Stereo Peach. 😉

xamyx Avatar

For me, I try to keep away from talc in my face products, as much as possible (not because of “toxicity”, but because I find it impacts my skinsntexture), and alot of mineralized products are talc-free. With eyeshadows, if I wet/foil them, they don’t get ruined.

Shanna Avatar

I don’t understand why MAC keeps making repromotes that end up looking nothing like the originals. Just slap a new name on it and call it a day.

Michele Avatar

I wanted the “original” Stereo Rose but am glad I didn’t jump on it this time. MAC has been getting very little of my money lately as I’ve become so aggravated about things like this which seem to happen A LOT the past few years. They have some great products but they need to change their attitude about thinking they can just ride on the name and cut back on the quality. By the color difference it looks more like a knock off bought on the street.

Lisa Avatar

I wanted Stereo Rose so badly. But would’ve been totally disappointed 🙁 It does look like a knock off. I adore a lot of MAC’s products but between LE items selling out within minutes, low inventory, their attitude of quantity over quality and now this….I’m really looking into other companies that offer less drama and quality products. I will admit that for department store products MAC’s prices fit my bill.

Jenny Avatar

I’m so glad I didn’t buy anything from this collection! Thank you so much for the comparison swatches with the old versions! Scandalous!

Chelle Avatar

Just voicing the same as everyone else… it’s shocking to me how different the products are. These limited edition products always sell out anyway, were they concerned they couldn’t sell either mineralize skinfinish without naming it the same as a past product that had a lot of hype surrounding it? I just don’t get the logic.

Clio Avatar

That is NOT Stereo Rose! I hope this creates huge backlash for MAC. It’s such a lie and a trick. They KNOW everyone will jump to buy a product with the name “Stereo Rose” whether it looks the same or not. It’s a trick to get us to spend money on a so-so product. So underhanded.

Elena Avatar

Hello Christine! I just want to say that my Perfect Topping from 2009 that I got upon its release looks very close to the one you have as the new version and hardly at all like the photo of the original, which is posted beside it. It really could be the difference of batches, not just between the releases, but within them as we’ll. Also, sometimes I wonder if MAC is playing us to see if we’re after the product because we like it, or if we are collecting the names and following the hype. A solid product is a solid product, regardless of what is printed on the back. Whether or not the new release underperforms is another topic.
Thank you so much for your blog and all the work that you put into it!

Christine Avatar

Is yours really a warm peach, Elena? That’s a bummer! I think the majority seem to have a cooler pink, whereas it seems like the majority have a peach this time around 🙁 I know that the official description is “pale pearlized pink!”

Thanks for letting me know about yours!

Elena Avatar

Thank you for replying! My 2009 product is definitely a warm peach. I wanted to get more lavender veins in mine, but that’s the luck of the draw. It is still lovely and usable for me, though.
Also, I cannot believe the attention you give to your readers, in the most positive way. Thank you!

Thao Avatar

Had to sign up to comment. Thank you for posting the differences between the two releases.
Regardless if the new release is nice or not, its wrong to use the same names as the previous collections. I was so hoping perfect topping would be the same as the previous release based on swatches from the internet.

Christine thank you for doing what you do.

Kenna Avatar

This is infuriating! Last year I tried to get my hands on Stereo Rose (After seeing so many amazing swatches!) but couldn’t, so for the past few weeks I’ve been stalking my MAC Counter waiting for them to bring it out, and I find this out?! Terrible! This is SO misleading to people like myself, who wanted these products based SOLELY off swatches from previous years! They need to re-release the EXACT product, or don’t release it at all.

GK Avatar

Thank you for being so honest in your review! Some people think Mac can do no wrong. It’s an insult to our intelligence that they keep coming out with the same colors over & over & naming them something different, but then when it’s a re-release, it’s not the same!

Jaymee Avatar

I’m so happy I read this blog post! I was so close to ordering Stereo Rose because of its reputation in the blogging world and I had seen it in so many YouTube videos and lusted over it. But after seeing the huge difference, I’m not really into the colour of this new formula. Thanks for the always informative post!

Sarah Avatar

i was totally ready to go to the mac store on feb 6 to pick up stereo rose because i missed out on it last time… but this new version is just freaking wrong. NOT OKAY, MAC!!!!! NAME IT SOMETHING ELSE! thanks christine, if not for you, i would have wasted my time and money buying it.

Megan Avatar

It’s kind of pathetic that other brands are launching great stuff that you can buy anytime and MAC still has these very limited time collections. On top of it they can’t even dupe older versions of their own products. These are very disappointing. It’s almost like they released these under past names to draw people in to make money.

Megan Avatar

It does. They know what is popular based on sales and instead of relaunching a product all they did was relaunch the names. These aren’t cheap either, so I feel bad for people who really wanted the original colors.

kelly Avatar

You know, I thought it was strange when there were absolutely zilch swatches to be found anywhere for these before the online release (aka no press samples sent out). Now I know why.

This is beyond ridiculous and shameful of MAC. They may not be a high-end company, but their products are still not cheap, and to outright lie to customers about the colors of the products and to claim it is the same product as years prior is plain low and poor business practice. I was really looking forward to Perfect Topping, but I can’t wear this! Peach is not my friend.

MAC makes it easier and easier for me not to give them my money when they pull stunts like this. All they had to do was give both products different names, but no.

Sheena Avatar

christine. someone stole my perfect topping from the sugar sweet collection. And i was so excited its being released again. but im just heartbroken its just not the same. should i still buy it? im an nc 40…will it look the same as the 2009 one?

SatelliteDreamer Avatar

So sad about Perfect Topping. I have already ordered it. It’s pretty, but not what I wanted. I wanted Perfect Topping. They really should have renamed it, and then there would have been so much hype over a new MSF.

I hope I can make it work for me. Maybe as a bronzer lol, since I am THAT pale.

Kathleen Avatar

Thanks for the indepth review and comparisons. I wish I would have waited for your review before ordering them. I was looking forward to receiving the colors of the older versions, especially the cool pink of Perfect Topping. I will wait and see what I get when my order arrives, but I’m not expecting a miracle.

Raj Avatar

Wow, I’m so bummed!!!!! I was really looking forward to getting this two, since I missed them last time. I’m so glad I read your review first, because I already have MAC blushes that are peachy like this.