MAC – RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday 2013 – Bronzing Powder: Photos, Swatches and Review

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As we all know, Rihanna always has flawless, bronzed skin, so of course MAC released a brand new Bronzing Powder with the RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday collection! I’m pretty impressed with the “Love, Rihanna” bronzer because it’s versatile… It’s buildable and not so warm that fair skinned people can’t pull it off, yet it’s pigmented and just warm enough that it also works on dark skin tones.

Love, Rihanna
Love, Rihanna
Love, Rihanna
Love, Rihanna

This Bronzing Powder comes in the beautiful special white pearl packaging with rose gold accents, like the rest of this collection. It also features the signature “RiRi” and “R” on both the packaging and product itself. MAC Bronzing Powders are silky smooth and buildable, so they work well on nearly all skin tones (this one is particularly nice)! While I don’t love contouring with these, as it’s just TOO bronze for a contour shade, they make perfect bronzers to brush on the cheeks for some sun-kissed color.

You can use these alone or with a blush… If using with a blush as well, I like to apply this bronzing powder more towards the back of the cheek and blend the blush from the apples of the cheeks back into the bronzer. For a heavier application of Love, Rihanna, I suggest a more dense brush such as a MAC 129, 116, or 168 angled brush. If you’d like a softer wash of bronzer or are fair-skinned, try a MAC Duo-Fibre brush like a 188, 187, or 159.

This Bronzing Powder is limited edition and was released at MAC stores and counters on Thursday, December 12th and online at a few days before. It sells for $30 and contains 9.5g / 0.335 US oz of product, so it’s a bit more than other MAC Bronzing Powders that contain 10 g / 0.35 US oz of product and sell for $25… Still, I think that Love, Rihanna is worth it because it’s just so pretty!

Love, Rihanna
Love, Rihanna
Left:   Applied Heavily      Right: Blended Out
Left: Applied Heavily                                     Right: Blended Out
This swatch is WITH the rose gold overspray.
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Bronzing Powder swatched on NC15 skin.

I will update this post with an additional swatch photo without the shimmery overspray tomorrow… It’s just too cloudy today to get a good one!

Love, Rihanna is described as a “soft, golden brown powder with overspray of gold pearl”… It’s a medium, soft, slightly warm toned tan-brown with subtle warm, golden-bronze undertones. With the overspray, this is much more shimmery and has a lot more of a warm, copper color to it. Without the overspray, it’s a much more subdued bronzer, which I like. Even with no overspray there is a soft, satiny sheen that contains no shimmer particles.  As I mentioned, this is buildable so the color payoff and opacity really depend on how much product you want to apply. It’s definitely pretty true to the color it is in the pan and gives great, even coverage.

I typically get around 8 hours of wear with MAC’s Bronzing Powders, with Love, Rihanna being no different. Sometimes if you have larger pores or oily skin, shimmery bronzers (or shimmery anything, for that matter) can emphasize shiny areas and pores… However, the shimmery, rose gold “R” on this bronzer is only an overspray and does not go all the way through the product, so it will only show up during the first few applications. Though some of you may be bummed about that, I’m glad! I feel like the “R” contains so much shimmer that it nearly overpowers the gorgeous color of the bronzer itself. If you’re really into the shimmery area and miss that glow once the overspray wears off, try layering Gold Deposit Mineralize Skinfinish over Love, Rihanna!

Dupes:   Soft Sand Bronzing Powder, which was limited edition and released last summer with the Temperature Rising collection, is VERY similar. Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer/Blush duo, which was released with the RiRi Hearts MAC Summer 2013 collection is also similar, but contained a pinkish color as well.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  4

Packaging:   5




  1. I wish the overspray went all the way through!! I’m actually quite disappointed with both bronzers from her collections. Being a WOC you’d think this would have came out more brown girl friendly but without the overspray it’s for pale girls only. I don’t even see this working on Rihanna herself lol. MAC releases a pale powder with every collection. When will they realize ladies darker than NC30 like pretty compacts and face powders too??

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