MAC Gleamer Nicopanda Face Powder ($29.00 for 0.50 oz.) is a very pale pink with warm undertones and a satin sheen. The finish was subtle on the skin and more of a natural sheen than an overt shimmer finish. Per the brand, it’s supposed to be a “velvety face powder with silky sheer colour” that is “blendable” and can be a subtle “highlight” or “even out skin” when used swirled (which is really the only way to use if one is using a blush or highlighting brush).
The texture was soft, lightly powdery in the pan, but it didn’t appear chalky or dry on my skin. I had no trouble applying or blending it out, but the color itself was quite light and subtle that it may only work well for a limited number of skin tones and even then, based on preferences. I wouldn’t describe it as sheer, as it was rather pigmented, but the softness would enable one to dust and sheer out all-over if desired. On me, it would be lightening rather than brightening if I did so. I wore it as a highlighter on my cheekbones, where it was barely noticeable in person (more sheen than color), and seemed to last for eight hours on me.
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