MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish

Highlight with a Whisper of Gilt

MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($29.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “light soft white gold with shimmery sheen.” It’s a lightly warmed-up champagne gold with yellow undertones and a very gilded sheen. Shimmery and high-shine, it’s not quite metallic (unless used damp/wet), the finish will highlight easily. Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel is yellower. Guerlain Terracotta in the Sun is darker, yellower.

I reviewed Whisper of Gilt when it originally launched earlier this year in March. For a more in-depth review, I’d encourage you to read this post. I wanted to roll out improved photos, since I know this is a rather anticipated repromote. All of the photos and swatches are of the most recently released version (that came out with Glamour Daze), which is exactly the same as the originally released version. I also re-tested this shade for wear, and it wore for eight hours with some visible light fading along the edges.

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MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish

MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish
MAC Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish

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About the Reviewer

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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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Another potential dupe: MAC’s New Vegas MSF, but that slightly darker and a less yellow-based gold; also, the particles are larger on the skin. Since New Vegas was discontinued last in 2007, it’s more of an “if you already have New Vegas then maybe you don’t need this” thing. 😉

Totally agree! Less metallic and oh so lovely! It’s sold out on MAC’s website, but Macy’s & Nordie’s online both have them (haven’t looked on Bloomie’s). Strongly recommend this. Bobbi’s bricks are heavy metallics compared to this.

Are you looking for a highlighter or more of a highlighter-bronzer-blusher? I think both will work as highlighters, Superb will add a little more warmth.

Christine! Love your skin and make up here- purples really make your eyes pop 🙂 I got myself the Whisper of Guilt and it seems if used with a light hand it offers a beautiful sheen with a heavy hand it is metallic….

Can you dupe your glow of the Wulong Pressed Powder with the Dragon Meteorites ? Thanks x

Hi Christine! Thanks for the great review. How do these compare in terms of highlighting power to the Dior Skinshimmers (Amber Diamond especially) I’m trying to choose between this one and Dior.

Thanks!

I’ve been using Whisper of Gilt since purchasing last summer. I love it. I also have Superb and use it depending on the look I’m doing for the day — warm or cool. It is an exceptional highlighter, gives great dimension without heavy sparkle or shimmer. Very light in its application and so flattering.

Christine, I have both soft and gentle and champagne Mineralize skinfinishes. Are these similar and if no, which one would you recommend for someone like your skin tone? THX!!!

The description uses the phrase “unless worn wet/damp” how would someone do this. My indecisive self was at Mac Macy’s and the Mac store debating on whether to buy this (haven’t yet, but might today) and both makeup artists pretty emphatically told me that these are not like the mineralize powders and to be very careful not to wet them at all. Also, do you think these show up more or less on the skin than the lustre drops by Mac?

You can either pick up the product, then spritz your brush with water, or you can spritz the brush with water, then pick up the product (I do the latter). I haven’t had any problems using these wet! Estee Lauder’s Pure Gelee is pretty much the same formula (and MAC is owned by EL), and they’re wet/dry. MAC’s website is less detailed in descriptions than EL’s. They will have a stronger sheen the the Lustre Drops.

Ooh this is pretty! Christine do you think this would work on someone very fair (lightest shade in almost every foundation) with red/rosy undertones?

Hi Christine, I own MAC Whisper of Gilt already and I love it! I really want to get the Dior Amber Diamonds highlighter too after hearing all the rave reviews but I’m scared they may be too similar? Do you think it’s worth owning both? Help!

Christine I have this one, I bought it when it first came out and now it has some dark spots on it, mainly where I swipe the brush. Do you think this is normal or should I be concern? Thanks

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