MAC x Star Trek Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder ($34.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a medium, orange-copper with warm undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. MAC A Latte Sheen (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Seven Wonders (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunlit Nude (LE, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze Glow (LE, $48.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Suntan Bronze (Right) (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Crown of my Canopy (LE, $4.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Baby It's Rose-gold Outside (LE, $4.99) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Honey (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (DC, $38.00) is warmer (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Nova (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Trace Gold (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Highlight the Truth (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Margin (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Lancome Rosegold Lights (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Smashbox Blow a Fuse Gold (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Pose (LE, $7.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Shaft of Gold (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). 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.” It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage that was easy to work with on the skin, as the powder was very blendable and sat well on my skin without emphasizing my pores or my skin’s natural texture. I noticed the powder, while smooth, had a slightly drier, chalkier texture in the pan, which was not apparent on the skin at all, but it’s one of those products that is more impressive applied as intended than merely felt with a fingertip. It had noticeable color on my complexion, so it may work as a highlighting blush or bronzer on similarly-hued skin tones as well as being a highlighter for deeper skin tones. This shade wore well for just under eight hours before fading on me.

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MAC Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

MAC Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder
MAC Strange New Worlds Trip the Light Fantastic Powder

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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

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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Hey Christine- I think you had a glitch? Looks like your title and the little pic next to your alpha rating are for Strange New Worlds, but the review and close-ups/ swatches are for Highly Illogical.

I agree that it is quite dry in the pan! MAC is calling it creamy, yeah right. That said, it’s just beautiful to look at in the pan and it doesn’t apply powdery, so no regrets here! I found that it was very pigmented on my skin tone as well- a fun, shimmery bronzing blush. I thought it would be a little plummy-er, though (I think their original description was “golden plum” but it seems that the gold swirl takes any plummyness into the bronze range)

No, I’m just beyond stupid and didn’t change the file names. Thank you for letting me know – it is updated now!

Ouch, no one is harder on you than you! ? you’re doing a great job!!

I was silly and talked about the wrong color then (Highly Illogical), but I bought this one, too! Same dryness issues in the pan, but the color is fun and bright! It really packs a punch. I get a very warm orange/red hue from it. Your swirl pattern is neat, btw- kind of looks like a fingerprint!

I agree Christine. When I swatched Strange Worlds with my finger, it was hella dry and loud. Lol. But OMG, it applyed on the face beautifully.

Julia, I have Highly Illogical and it’s not dry at all! In fact, it’s an absolutely stunning warm plum on me. It has a similar satin finish as the amazing Marc Jacobs blushes too. It sounds like you and Christine got bad mixes/swirls.

That’s weird! Mine is quite dry and firm- I used my scratchy ABH highlight brush on it- but fortunately it applies just fine. Both my Highly Illogical and Strange New Worlds seem to be the same texture.

Sorry, Beth, I’m a moron and did not change the file names to this shade. The review, description, rating, etc. are correct, just the photos (which are obviously very important) were wrong. I’m so sorry again for not catching it sooner and causing unnecessary problems for you!

It’s very pretty, much more wearable than I thought, but I can only use as blush, will check my stash for dupes. Is that UD Vintage lipstick in Pallor on your lips?? I don’t see it listed on the Looks info – I need that lippie, OMG love that bluish violet sheen

Christine, you are spot on! I’m an NW50 and this highlighter is perfect for me! It’s weird, because this highlighter swatches horribly and ashy on my skin, but when I apply this to my face with a fan brush…*insert praise hands* #GlowRay It makes me look like a glowing peachy goddess. Do not let this highlighter slip by you. Get it now!

Not *bad*, but I do have Shaft Of Gold (amazing!) . However, I am waiting in some major anticipation for the Taraji P. Henson MSF’s to launch. I’ve seen swatches and LOVE Taraji Glow!

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