MAC x Star Trek Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder ($34.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “sheer wash of soft rose shimmer.” The Estee Edit 1st Light (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Oyster (P, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sunny Surprise (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Enigmatic (P, $9.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Illuminating Glow (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Molten Rose Gold (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Highlight) (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals The Five Star Treatment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Cover FX Blossom (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Halo, Goodbye (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Sydney Grace Down the Aisle (P, $9.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Colour Pop Goody Two Choux (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a new, limited edition formula for the brand’s collaboration for Star Trek. I have next to no specific information regarding the formula, so I’m assessing it as a typical highlighting powder as they seem designed to impart luminosity over strong color (all three shades are described as sheer and have shimmer/pearl). This shade had sheer to semi-sheer coverage with a fairly soft, smooth consistency that blended out easily on the skin and sat well without emphasizing pores or the skin’s texture. I believe this is the lightest of the three shades that will be available, and it gives a soft glow to my skin tone (light-medium to medium, for reference) but may add a little bit of color on very fair complexions. This wore well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.

The Star Trek collection will be available online on August 25th and in-stores September 1st (North America). There are two more shades–Strange New Worlds (sheer wash of golden coral pearl) and Highly Illogical (sheer wash of golden plum with fine pearl) also released.

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MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
  • MAC Luna Luster Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
On eyes:
  • NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows (Lunar
  • Earthshine
  • Pygar
  • Parallax)
  • Sephora Baby Blue Eyeliner
On lips:
  • MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before Lipstick
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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Pretty! I kind of want all 3… I know that’s overkill but I can’t narrow it down and the patters and swirls are sooo gorgeous ?

I want this one so bad! I definitely want to get at least one item from the Star Trek collection (I have been a Trekkie since about the age of 3) and this one is the top of my list. Hope they don’t sell out and do the crazy limited quantity thing they do sometimes…

This is a really pretty shade. Yeah I know what it’s like with the sold out in 1 hour online hunting issues…. Never again.

If you can get it in store the first day it launches. They also do pre-sales in store for products.

That’s one way to get a good rating – no overly descriptive descriptors so one can decide how best they like to use the product. Makeup the old-fashioned way! No doubt Spock will have his own take on this….

Yeah – I will be revisiting it when the product releases formally online, to see if they actually have claims! It seems designed as a highlighter, so I just held it to what I normally see from MAC highlighters!

The outer case is so boring, the only way I can tell this is Star Trek is by that black triangle on it. C’mon, MAC, is that the best you can do? I like the marbled look of the product, but the swatch itself doesn’t look too exciting, although it looks perfectly usable. Does the marbling go away after a few uses or does it stay intact?

Way back, when it was on TV, I always looked forward to the beginning of each episode, when you see a black galaxy with millions of star, then you see the USS Enterprise space ship shooting through it. Maybe an outer casing that’s shiny black, splashed with tons of 3-D looking sparkly stars (like how the Alluring Aquatics collection looks like it was splashed with drops of real water), then a flashy looking Starfleet insignia on the front. And instead of this nice but bland powder, put in an interesting duo chrome sparkly one. As you can tell, I’m a little magpie, like my stuff shiny 🙂

Awww, I’m blushing like crazy right now 🙂 Hey, if that’s what it takes to knockout better MAC collections for everybody, I’m for hire. And I will work for makeup too !

I think m.a.c. should take you up on that offer! You have the knowledge, the taste and are a beauty junkie…..what more could they want?!? 🙂

??? This would have been amazing! I agree with Christine, they should hire you. Your description made me all nostalgic and excited lol.

This and the lipstick you have on are IT!
Not so sure whether this powder will be too subtle for my darker medium complexion or not, though…?
But I WILL be getting the WNMHGB lippy!!!

This shade looks lovely. I like the swirling effect and fact that it is sheer? Interested to see the others in this collection.

I love this shade of lipstick on you, Christine!

YEEEEEEEEEEEES, GWOD!!! I’m losing it right now, just imagine how PERFECT it would have been! Ugh, you should get a freaking award! I wasn’t really hating the packaging they settled for until I read your comment. Now I can’t get my mind off of the idea of communicator replicas.

I REALLY want the WNMHGB lipstick. It looks awesome on you Christine. Really I want it all because I’m a Trekkie but I’ll settle for that lippie. 😉

Don’t think I will shell out $34 for this, but it’s very pretty and looks effortless to wear. I love your full face, you look like a Monet 🙂

There was a rather large and popular sci fi/fantasy convention in my city last weekend, and I braved the costumed crowds to snatch up a bunch of things from this collection, including this powder! I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m glad it got an A rating!

Yes, I also got Strange New Worlds. Highly Illogical was out of stock, but that one looked too dark for me, anyway (although I do like the name!). I also got three eyeshadows and a lipstick. There was a lot of demand. Things were selling out fast.

This is by far the favorite thing I was able to grab from this collection at Comic Con. I’m so tempted to get the other shades when this launches online.

In your opinion is there something special about this highlight powder to justify the purchase? I’m about n15 on mac range and didn’t see much of a luminosity or glowyness on this product (neither on your swatch or in others from google). I’m not sure…

It just depends on your preference – if you want something very obvious and metallic, definitely not. It’s a subtle highlighter!

I didn’t pay any attention to this collection because I’m not a Star Trek fan and I spent waaaaayyyyyy to much this month but I NEED that lipstick! It’s beautiful on you Christine!!!

ooh, bummer. I was excited for this, it looks so pretty in the pan, but that swatch is like, “hello? is anyone there?”

They’re on the MAC website today. Here’s the info on the item:

“FULL DESCRIPTION
Launch into orbit with this powder that transforms skin upon contact. Available in Luna Luster, Strange New Worlds or Highly Illogical. With swirls of complementing colours and luminous pearls, it provides sheer luminosity, is creamy to the touch, blends effortlessly. Special packaging features the Star Trek logo in metallic silver.

KEY CLAIMS AND BENEFITS
Features a soft and creamy texture
Features a lightweight, sheer luminous formula
Dermatologist tested
Ophthalmologist tested
Non-acnegenic
For all skin types

USAGE
Apply using a brush all over the face for a luminous glow.”

Hi Christine, Thank you for the pictures and the review!
quick question would you know how this compares to Perfect Topping mineralize skinfinish from the Sugarsweet collection (2009). They look quite similar. Thank you again!

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