MAC x Aaliyah Baby Girl Bronzing Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

01/08

MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder

Baby Girl

MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder ($28.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a soft, light-medium brown with warm, orange undertones and flecks of gold sparkle over a mostly matte finish. The texture felt smooth to the touch, but it was stiffer and drier, which made it difficult to pickup product without really jabbing the surface to loosen it first. This is just a continuation in disappointment with the Bronzing Powder in general, and I wish they had gone with the Extra Dimension Bronzer formula instead. It took some extra buffing to even out the product on my cheeks, but it blended out better than I expected given the texture in the pan. It wore well for seven hours on me before fading noticeably.

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Giorgio Armani Power Fabric
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
  • MAC Baby Girl Bronzing Powder
On eyes:
  • MAC Age Ain't Nothing Eyeshadow Palette
  • Urban Decay Rockstar 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
On lips:
  • MAC Brooklyn Born 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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Help me understand – the crappy quality aside.

Why would Mac launch a LE collection, dedicated to a woman of color and make a bronzer that only pale people could use?

I feel the same way. It doesn’t make sense that the only bronzer shade would be too light for her to use.

That part perturbs me too, Nichole. Yes, I intend to buy it, but I’m not sure it will show up well even on me, and I’m presently NC40. Anyone above NC40 may have some trouble with it, I believe. This ought to have been at least as deep as UD Jawbone and in the ED formula as Christine said.

I totally agree with you Nichole! MAC did a lousy job with this highly anticipated collection. What kind of people do they have deciding on these bad color choices and inferior quality products? I was disgusted when I first saw photos of what they choose to represent Aaliyah. I had been excited and waiting for this launch until I saw the poor choices they made.

Well, since it looks very nice on your cheeks, has her signature, plus the fact that it looks identical to the bronzer I wore all through the 90’s….I am getting it. It just brings me back to a simpler, somewhat happier time.

This reminds me of the beauty powders I bought from MAC—the Troll ones—I saw your swatch yesterday and suspected it would be just like those! I wish they did a better job when it’s such a sought after collection.

Christine, I’m sure you’ve posted about this before, but where do you get your earrings, I love them!
Gorgeous look you did, as always.
Thanks. : )

Oh no, I was hoping this would score better for those that wanted to pick something up from the collection. I read the comments before posting mine and I too am puzzled by the shade depth, or lack thereof, for this collection. I can’t figure MAC out. This seems almost disrespectful to me.

It is disrespectful and I highly doubt Aaliyah would have ever approved this to begin with. I heard her brother approved the collection? I question the direction he was obviously swayed in. I have no plans to pick up anything from this collection. I am MAC nw55. This bronzer would do nothing for my complexion but have it look ashy as it disappeared into my rich skin tone. I bought MAC nw45 would even see a difference in using this. Thanks Christine for your review because the coins will stay in the pocketbook.

This whole collection feels like a joke to me. This was such a highly requested collection from MAC and Aaliyah fans, and this is all they could do? They spent so much time on the Selena collection, I was expecting the Aaliyah collection to be on par with that. This is just unfortunate all around, this collection did not do her justice.

I definitely agree. I’m shocked that MAC would produce such an incredibly uninspiring collection. It’s lazy. Aaliyah inspired so many with her music, her style and her beauty. Yet her collection pales in comparison to Padme Lakshmi’s and Caitlyn Jenner’s.
I realize that it was the 90’s and makeup was minimal, but the looks that were created for her videos and films were awesome. And that “bronzer” that not even she could wear, is just one more insult to her legacy and fans.

This is a disappointment. I was excited for this bronzer but it’s not dark enough for me. I am a NC47. M.A.C. needs to do better with these LE complexion products. They are either to stiff or the wrong color.

What is going on with MAC? All of their new releases are garbage and they keep pumping out the strangest collabs.

I also can’t see the word “baby girl” without thinking about “muh baby girl.” Those were dark days in the Star Wars leak community…

It’s so orange though. Technically fair complexions may be able to wear it, but I don’t imagine it will look good on anyone. I can’t speak to MAC or Aaliyah, but this strikes me as family looks to make money off her name and whatever attachment people still have to her.

I’m surprised the product quality is so poor and that concerns about the shade were not addressed before the collection launched.

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