MAC Silver Dusk Iridescent Powder/Loose ($29.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a soft beige with subtle, warm undertones and flecks of sparkle and finer pearl strewn throughout. I found that it had larger sparkle in it than Golden Bronze, though the effect was similar on the skin: glowing, luminous, but not metallic or in pore-emphasizing territory. There were a few bits of sparkle on my skin, which I know some love and some loathe.
The powder had a soft, silky consistency but didn’t disperse too readily into the air (sometimes those loose powders can be too airy in a way), so it was easy to apply more or less depending on how intense I wanted the finish to be. I didn’t feel like it was a product where I had to apply a lot of layers to get to intense shine but I was just as easily able to achieve a subtle glow if preferred. As it was beige, it didn’t really add “color” to my skin, though I could see the lighter base brightening the area I applied it to. It went on evenly, blended out almost on its own, and lasted well for eight hours.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).
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$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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