MAC x Star Trek Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder ($34.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a subdued, medium-dark copper-brown with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Dark (03) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Lancome Rosegold Lights (P, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay O.N.S. (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sydney Grace Morning Glory (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). ColourPop Might Be (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior Rosewood Glow (05) (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier RosΓ© (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Suntan (P, $36.00) is lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Smashbox Rosemantic (LE, $39.00) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Courchevel (Highlighter) (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Oyster Pearl (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $34.00) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Becca Rose Gold (DC, $38.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Golden Apricot (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to add “sheer luminosity” to the skin with a “creamy” texture that “blends easily.” The powder felt very flat and smooth, but there was a dryness that made it feel a little chalky to the touch–the curiosity was that it didn’t look dry or chalky when applied to the skin, but it was a noisy powder if I rubbed my finger against the surface (that’s unusual). It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that yielded a soft sheen that didn’t emphasize pores or my skin’s natural texture. This particular shade added noticeable color to my skin, so those fairer or slightly darker may find this works as a highlighting blush/bronzer as well. On my normal-to-dry skin, the powder highlighter wore well for eight hours before fading.

MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Highly Illogical Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • MAC The Naked Time Pressed Pigment
  • MAC Bird of Prey Pressed Pigment
  • MAC Join My League Eyeshadow
  • Sephora Go For a Ride Eyeliner
On lips:
  • Urban Decay Pallor Vice Lipstick

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Katherine T. Avatar

Oooh, it’s pretty on you! I could stare at that swirl design all day long -it looks like a fiery planet. I might have dupes though, will swatch in store. And is that UD Vintage Pallor on your lips?

Cherie Avatar

I love this. I’ve been wearing it for the past three days. The color pulls a bronzy plum on my skintone (NC30/35 with gold/green undertones). This just makes my skin glow….and I LOVED the name.

Lys Avatar

Looks stunning on you, Christine! The unusual formula seems a bit strange, but I’m still tempted to go have a look in-store because it’s just so pretty!

Kat Avatar

Lol it’s ok, I figured when I saw the review and all the swatches I was early for the comments and stuff. Thank you!! That lipstick is def high on my holliday wishlist now. Its so different! Even if the formula is meh/so-so, the color is worth it imo.

Kira Avatar

I bought this powder during a Black Friday sale and WOW. My mom wore this on her wedding, so I wanted to snag one for myself. It works perfectly with my complexion. It’s very confusing that they would describe the texture as creamy as it is definitely just a powder, and I agree that it looks lustrous and natural on the skin. The reddish tone in this really sets it apart and gives me a sunkissed-yet-vampy glow. Plus it’s Star Trek and is called Highly Illogical, *nerd swoon.*

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