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This Contour Kit from Anastasia Beverly Hills seems to be popping up everywhere lately so I had to try it! It comes with three colors to highlight and three to use for contouring, all in one small, easy to travel with palette. It’s great for both personal and professional use so I can see why this appeals to so many people. The colors in this palette are great for almost everyone, though as someone with fair, neutral/cool skin, I had a hard time with most of these colors. I’m not sure this would work well on deeper skin either because it’s very matte and the contour colors are mostly warm. Anyone who is in between should find this palette easy to use, though. Later on in this review, I’ll go more in depth about which colors are best for certain skin tones, so keep reading!

Contour Kit Product

There are two highlight colors in this palette (Vanilla and Banana) that are perfect for under the eyes and for areas like the chin, top of the cheekbones, down the center of the nose, etc. Sand is a shimmery color that’s more for a highlight on the top of the cheekbones. The three contour colors are pretty basic shades for contouring and are usable for many skin tones, but may not make much difference if you’re pale/fair, and may be far too light if you have dark to deep skin. You’ll have to play around with these a bit to see which you like and what works best for you.

The texture for all of these is smooth and finely milled, so they’re easy to blend out. That’s a good thing too, since they’re all highly pigmented! Some of these do seem excessively powdery, though, which makes it feel like you’re wasting product. All of these colors but Sand are matte and wear well… For the contour colors, I got an average of 8-10 hours of wear before I noticed any fading. Same for the highlight colors, too. Sand only gave me 7-8 hours of wear before it began to fade but that’s understandable since it’s a shimmery color.

The packaging is alright but I feel it could be a little more sturdy. It’s the thick type of cardboard packaging (like what the Urban Decay original Naked palette was made of, minus the fuzzy coating) but has no mirror. I think that if this were in a plastic palette, it would not only look better, but would also hold up better over time, especially for professionals that are tossing this into a kit a lot. Eventually there will be refill pans available so you won’t have to buy the entire palette all over again once you run out of a certain color but I’m not sure when those will be for sale. This kit also comes with a how-to insert that’s helpful for beginners, so that’s a plus if you’re just getting into contouring/highlighting, or if you just need some tips and reminders.

This palette is available now on www.anastasia.net for $40 (pro discount unfortunately does not apply). Each color contains 3.0g / 0.11oz of product.

If you compare these to MAC Sculpt and Shape Powder Refills Pans that are twice the size at 6.0g / 0.21oz of product and cost $16.50 each full price or $9.90 if you have the 40% PRO Discount. With the PRO discount, the MAC ones come out to be a better deal and you can pick the colors individually depending on what you prefer for yourself or for your kit. If you don’t have a MAC PRO card or are just getting into contouring or highlighting either for personal or professional use, the Anastasia Contour Kit is a great value and does contain high quality product for that price. As you know, these reviews are my personal opinion, so if you want the Anastasia Contour Kit, go for it! I’m just trying to give you all some options 😉

For application of the contour colors, I suggest using something like a MAC 109 brush, which is slightly domed, but still small and dense enough to apply the contour color heavily enough to show up well, then blend it out flawlessly. Another good option for a softer application of color is the MAC 168 angled brush. It fits perfectly under the cheekbone and around the jawline, hairline, and temples. For smaller contour areas like the side of the nose, I like using a MAC 224 brush. It’s domed, but fluffy enough not to apply the product too heavily.

To apply the highlight colors, you will want a flatter type of brush… I like using a MAC 116 for the area under the eyes, on top of the cheekbones, and on the forehead area. You can also use a smaller brush like a MAC 227 Large Flush Brush for the under eye area and down the center of the nose.

TIP:   When applying powder contour products, it’s best to apply these after you do your liquid foundation, concealer, then setting powder. You always want to apply a powder over a powder so it doesn’t stick too heavily to the liquid or cream foundation. My personal preference for application is 1) primer, 2) foundation, 3) concealer, 4) setting powder, 5) contour, 6) highlight, and 7) blush. After that I take what’s left on my powder brush and blend everything out, softening the colors around the edges and such. You may also want to buff the area around your contour with whatever is left on your powder brush after applying the contour powder. That will soften the lines and assure that it doesn’t look too drastic!

Contour Kit Packaging

Contour Kit Label

Contour Kit Color Label

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Highlighters swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Highlighters swatched on NC15 skin.

Vanilla

Vanilla

Vanilla:   Vanilla is a light, slightly warm toned highlight with barely there pinky-peach undertones. It has a matte finish and is nicely pigmented, showing up only slightly lighter on the skin than it is in the pan. It’s not completely opaque coverage but as a highlighter, it’s not really supposed to be. Vanilla works well on fair to medium or even medium dark skin if you want a more drastic highlight.

This color is ideal for facial highlights as well as under the eyes to brighten. It’s very finely milled, but not to the point where it’s super dry and powdery… However, if you have dry skin or deeper lines under the eyes, you may want to just stick to using this on the face as it can emphasize dry or textured areas. I got over 8 hours of wear before I noticed this fading.

Dupes:   Vanilla is very similar to Ben Nye’s Luxury Powder in Cameo. It’s also close, but warmer toned than MAC’s Shape Powder in Emphasize.

Overall Rating:   3.8 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   3

Banana

Banana

Banana:   Banana is a light-medium, neutral toned highlighter with distinct yellow undertones. The finish is completely matte. Like Vanilla, it does show up lighter on the skin than it does in the pan. The coverage isn’t opaque, but it doesn’t need to be as a highlighter or it would be overpowering. Banana is perfect for medium to dark skin tones… You know that whole “Kim Kardashian highlight” look? Yeah, well, this is the type of color that her makeup artists use on her to achieve that type of highlight.

I like this color under the eyes and for general facial highlights. Like Vanilla, it’s finely milled and slightly powdery, so be careful is your under eye area is dry or has many/deeper lines, as drier types of powder can emphasize them. Also like Vanilla, my client that wore this said she has no fading issues until about 8 hours of wear, and that was after being outdoors for photos all afternoon!

Dupes:   Ben Nye’s Banana Luxury Powder is SUPER similar to this as far as color goes, it’s just in a loose form instead. It’s also nearly identical to Bobbi Brown’s Sheer Finish Loose Powder in Pale Yellow. There aren’t really any comparable MAC powders, as Soft Focus Shape Powder is darker and more peachy.

Overall Rating:   3.8 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   3

Sand

Sand

Sand:   This highlight powder is a light, slightly warm toned champagne sort of color with a very shimmery finish. The color payoff is nearly exactly how it looks in the pan, while coverage with Sand is more opaque and heavier than it is with Vanilla and Banana. Since this is the shimmery highlight of the bunch, it’s suitable for nearly all skin tones.

The texture feels like silk and is slightly powdery but still very soft and blendable. Because this is so shimmery, it’s definitely not something you want to put under you eyes! I recommend this for use on the area above the cheekbones, above the lip, and below the brow. You can also lightly dab this down the center of the nose, a spot on the chin, and a little bit on the area of the forehead between the arches of your brow if you like that type of glow, but be sure to use it sparingly in those areas! Sand gave me about 6-7 hours of wear before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:   There are really so may highlighters that look like this… The first that come to mind are Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish from MAC or MAC’s now discontinued Truth & Light highlighting powder. Many of the MAC Beauty Powders and Extra Dimension Skinfinishes also give off the same neutral/warm color and glow.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   3

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Contour colors swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Contour colors swatched on NC15 skin.

Java

Java

Java:   Java is a medium, warm toned brown with some peachy / soft terracotta undertones. It has a matte finish that gives good color payoff and looks very similar on the skin as it does in the pan. It’s highly pigmented but not 100% opaque… I would say that the coverage yields more like 80% opacity. To me, that’s a good thing, though! These are so pigmented that it’s easy to apply it too heavily, making it more difficult to blend out. I suggest this color for light-medium to medium-dark skin, especially if you have more golden tones to your skin (think NC25-42 in MAC terms). On lighter skin tones, especially if you have cooler undertones, this can look a little red.

The contour colors seem silkier and less powdery/dry than the highlighters in this palette do so they apply more easily and heavily (which is, of course, what you want in a contour color). Application was best with the MAC 109 brush, making an intense line, then buffing it out. The client I used this color on didn’t have any fading issues until after about 8-9 hours of wear.

Dupes:   Java is very similar to MAC’s Sculpt Powder in Sculpt, though slightly warmer. It seems like it’s close to Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium Deep as well. Even Matte Bronze Bronzing Powder from MAC is similar to Java, since this contour color runs so reddish.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   3

Fawn

Fawn

Fawn:   Fawn is the lightest of the three contour shades in this palette and is a medium, cool toned taupey beige sort of brown with a matte finish. Color payoff is good, being nearly the same color on the skin as it is in the pan. It’s about 80% opaque, like Java, so you can easily tell where you’re applying it before you blend it out. In my opinion, this is the only suitable contour color for anyone NC30 and lighter who doesn’t want a reddish looking contour. I’m NC15 and this color works well on me.

Like Java, Fawn felt smooth and blended out well. It gave me roughly 8 hours of wear before I noticed it fading at all.

Dupes:   Fawn is very similar to Shadowy Sculpt Powder from MAC PRO but Shadowy is a bit darker. If you apply Shadowy lightly, it looks the same.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   3

Havana

Havana

Havana:   First off, this looks a lot darker in person. I don’t know what’s up with this photo… Anyway, Havana is a medium-dark, very warm toned reddish, terracotta brown with a matte finish. To me, this almost looks like bronzer more than a contour color. That said, this is a gorgeous contour color on medium to darker skin, so long as you have some golden or golden/olive undertones (I used this on an NC30 Persian friend of mine and it looked somewhat drastic, but the color worked). I can see this working on anyone that’s NC or NW 30 to maybe 50 in MAC terms. It also works well as a bronzer when applied lightly to the cheek area more than to an area you want to contour.

The texture was the same as the other contour colors… Smooth, slightly powdery, but still easy to blend. I also know this gets the typical wear time of 8-9 hours.

Dupes:   Dark Mineralize Skinfinish Natural is pretty much the same color, only it has a more natural, satiny finish and is easier to build up and blend out. Blunt Blush from MAC is also close, though slightly cooler toned. MAC’s Shadester Sculpt Powder is also similar but even more red.

Overall Rating:   4.2 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   3

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MAC’s Magnetic Nude collection is full of Extra Dimension products, so of course there are new Skinfinishes too! I am only reviewing Fairly Precious, since I have something similar to Magnetic Appeal and I already own Superb from a previous release (review can be read here). This particular formula has been released a few times already, but they’re always limited, so get your paws on them while you can! They’re so gorgeous!

Fairly Precious

Fairly Precious

MAC describes Extra Dimension Skinfinishes as “a liquid-powder highlighter with prismatic reflections that sculpts, highlights, and models the face. The cool, creamy near-fluid formula creates a luminous, well-defined finish. Lasts for 10 hours”. Extra Dimension Skinfinish is a really unique type of highlighter… It’s a very creamy, cool feeling formula that’s truly a powder, though it has the liquid-powder feel. The great part about that is that they apply smoothly and blend out easily and can be applied lightly to achieve a softer glow for daytime or more heavily if you’d like a more metallic sort of highlight that’s great for a going out/nighttime type of look. Another wonderful thing about this formula is that even though it has the blendability of a cream or liquid, the super finely milled powder formula gives is a very long wear time, averaging at 8-12 hours of wear before any fading occurs. The only downside to these Skinfinishes is that because they’re pretty shimmery, they can emphasize large pores or textured skin, so if you have any acne scarring or areas with pores, this product may not be for you. I do suggest you try it, though… Perhaps just use it sparingly and don’t apply much to the more problematic areas of your face.

Depending on what kind of coverage and intensity you want, there are different brushes you can use… For a lighter application, try a Duo-Fibre brush like a MAC 159, 188, or 187 brush. If you want some extra color payoff or more shimmer, but still a somewhat soft look, try a MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush and use a light hand. For the most color payoff and intensity, you can use a MAC 116 or 129 brush, or the 128 Split Fiber Cheek Brush that was also released with the Magnetic Nude collection. You can even lightly dampen your brush with something like MAC’s Fix + Spray for the most metallic appearance and heaviest type of application.

Fairly Precious ED Skinfinish Label

The Magnetic Nude collection was released on Thursday, December 26th both online at www.maccosmetics.com as well as at counters and stores. All of the Extra Dimension Skinfinishes are limited edition but seem to still be in stock at plenty of locations and on the website (with the exception of Superb, which is at this moment, sold out online). Extra Dimension Skinfinishes contain  9 g / 0.31 US oz of product and sell for $30.

Fairly Precious

Fairly Precious

Fairly Precious

Fairly Precious

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Fairly Precious swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Fairly Precious swatched on NC15 skin.

Fairly Precious:   This Extra Dimension Skinfinish is described as a “peach with dimensional pearly sheen”… It’s a light, warm toned peach with a somewhat pinkish undertone and a golden-champagne sheen. Color payoff is true to pan and you can achieve either sheer to nearly full coverage, depending on how much you apply and what you apply it with. On lighter skin, this serves as a soft, frosted blush when applied more heavily or as a subtle, warm highlight when applied lightly. On medium to medium dark skin tones, this works best as a highlighter rather than a blush, or can be worn over a blush to add sheen and warm up the color. The texture is a silky, almost creamy feeling, very finely milled powder that’s easy to apply and blend. With Fairly Precious, I got a solid 8 hours of wear before I noticed mild fading, and only noticed moderate fading by about the 10 hour mark.

Dupes:   I can’t really think of any permanent dupes for this… MAC or otherwise. The closest, most recent product I’ve found for a dupe is MAC’s Perfectly Poised Mineralize Skinfinish from the Divine Night collection… If you mix both the inner and outer colors, it comes out to be pretty similar to Fairly Precious, though slightly less pinkish.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  4

Packaging:   5

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 www.maccosmetics.com 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

 

 

The Divine Night collection is full of golden tones and shimmer, so of course Mineralize Skinfinishes are one of the products featured in MAC’s holiday collection! Similar to the Mineralize Eye Shadows in this collection, all of these are duo-toned, with one large and one smaller section containing different colors that compliment each other. All of these are suitable for any skin tone and can be used for multiple things… I like using Mineralize Skinfinishes to highlight the face, as a blush (for some colors), or even as eye shadows.

Centre of Attention, Perfectly Poised, and Scene to be Seen

Centre of Attention, Perfectly Poised, and Scene to be Seen

Mineralize Skinfinishes are “A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face. Pairs two rich, contrasting shades with the graphic impact of a luxe powder design”… As I mentioned, these are multi-use, but most people use these on the cheeks as a blush, or on different areas of the face as a highlighter. You can use these colors individually or swirl your brush over both to blend them together. Mineralize Skinfinishes can also be used as eye shadows. Whatever you use them for, they create a beautiful glow and make the skin look absolutely gorgeous!

To use as a highlight, I prefer a MAC 187 or 188 duo fibre brush… This is going to make it very easy for you to control just how much you apply and let you build up the product gradually. That way, you can apply this as a subtle highlight or more heavily as a blush. For a heavier application as either a highlight or blush, you can use a MAC 116, 109, 129, or 167 brush. These brushes are much more dense and will pick up and apply more product than the duo fibre brushes will.

For the eyes, I like to use a 239 brush to apply this on the lid… You want to pat and pack on the color with a flat brush. You can also dampen your brush with Fix+ Spray to get more color payoff and shimmer… I especially recommend doing this with any of the colors with larger shimmer particles to prevent fallout. To blend these into the crease, I like to use a 217 brush or 286 duo fibre brush.

These Mineralize Skinfinishes are all limited edition and are available now at MAC stores, counters, and online at www.maccosmetics.com. They sell for $33 and contain 7.5 g / 0.26 US oz of product. That’s $3 more and 2.5g less product than the permanent MSF’s, but with the special packaging and unique colors, these are worth it!

Divine Night Mineralize Skinfinishes

Divine Night Mineralize Skinfinishes Labels

Centre of Attention

Centre of Attention

Centre of Attention

Centre of Attention

Centre of Attention Left: Separate colors applied heavily   Right: Both colors blended together Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. MSF swatched on NC15 skin.

Centre of Attention
Left: Separate colors applied heavily                                 Right: Both colors blended together
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. MSF swatched on NC15 skin.

Centre of Attention:   This MSF is described as a “pastel peachy pink with fine pink shimmer / 24 carat gold shimmer”. Blended together this is a light, warm, champagne-gold with a gorgeous golden shimmer. The color payoff is good and coverage is semi-sheer, as it should be with Mineralize Skinfinishes. I got about 6 hours of wear before this started to fade. Blended together, Centre of Attention works well as a highlighter on fair to medium-dark skin.

The larger outer area is a light, somewhat peachy-pink, champagne type of color with a soft, warm peachy-pink sheen. Although it’s light, it gives good color payoff and semi-opaque coverage. This color is soft, finely milled, and easy to blend out and apply. This wore well for over 8 hours. I love this color as a highlighter on fair to medium skin, or as an eye shadow.

The smaller inner area is a true 24 carat gold with larger shimmer particles. Color payoff is nice, but it’s not quite opaque. It doesn’t apply as smoothly as the lighter color, due to the bigger shimmery bits. That said, it’s still quite beautiful and I really like using this color applied damp on the eyelid. On the cheeks I only got about 4-5 hours of wear before this faded or moved around. As a highlighter, this is flattering on medium to deep skin.

Dupes:

– Blended Together:   Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Highlighter is very similar, though it was limited edition. Soft and Gentle is permanent but is less golden and lighter.

– Outer Area (Champagne):   Lightscapade is close, but slightly lighter and has more yellow tones. It’s permanent and always available, though!

– Inner Area (Gold):   I honestly can’t think of anything that’s similar to this… Perhaps one of the golden colors in a Mineralize Eye Shadow that I can’t seem to remember the name of (oops).

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Perfectly Poised

Perfectly Poised

Perfectly Poised

Perfectly Poised

Perfectly Poised
Left: Separate colors applied heavily                             Right: Both colors blended together
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. MSF swatched on NC15 skin.

Perfectly Poised:   This is a “bronzy coral with golden tones / creamy beige with pinkish purple sheen”… Blended together this is a light to medium (depending on how much you apply), warm toned,  peachy bronze with a soft, neutral, champagne-pink sheen. It’s really pretty on fair to medium skin if you want a glow and a bit of color that’s somewhere between a blush and bronzer. Both colors in this Mineralize Skinfinish are very finely milled and silky, so they apply easily, give great coverage, and blend together well without any large, blotchy shimmer. Blended together, it’s not super metallic or anything so this MSF doesn’t emphasize pores too much. I got roughly 8 hours of wear before I noticed any fading.

The larger outer area is a warm, medium to medium-dark, orange/coral-bronze with a golden sheen. The color payoff is amazing with very little product applied. It’s a nice bronzer for light to medium-dark skin… The lighter you are, the less you want to apply. I recommend a MAC 188 duo-fibre brush. This color also makes a beautiful highlighter on dark to deep skin. Be careful applying too much on the cheeks if you have larger pores since this color is quite intense and frosty. You can also use this as an eyeshadow! If you want to use it like that, you can use it either dry or damp… Damp will give you more coverage and a more metallic finish. Used on the face, this color gave me slightly less than 6 hours of wear before it began to fade.

The smaller inner area is a pale, almost neutral but slightly cool toned cream color with a cool, pinkish, pearly sheen. This doesn’t have as much coverage as the larger area of this MSF but it does have good color payoff. I love this as a highlighter on fair to light or light-medium skin. It’s very soft and gives a beautiful glow. You can also use this one as an eyeshadow applied either dry or damp. As a highlighter, I didn’t notice any fading until I had this on for over 8 hours.

Dupes:

– Blended Together:   I can’t really think of a great dupe for this… Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish (which is permanent) is pinker, much less bronze, and has larger shimmer particles.

– Outer Area (Golden Bronze):   Center of the Universe Mineralize Skinfinish from the Heavenly Creatures collection of Summer 2012 is very similar, though perhaps a little more orange. Trace Gold Blush (part of the permanent line) is lighter and more golden, not as bronze.

– Inner Area (Pale Cream):   Snowglobe Beauty Powder from the Glitter and Ice Holiday collection of 2011 is very similar, though slightly darker and warmer. Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish (permanent) is similar as well but is a bit darker and more intense.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Scene to be Seen

Scene to be Seen

Scene to be Seen

Scene to be Seen

Scene to be Seen
Left: Separate colors applied heavily                               Right: Both colors blended together
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. MSF swatched on NC15 skin.

Scene to be Seen:   This MSF is a “mauve with pink sheen / brick rose with gold reflects”… Blended together this is a medium to medium-dark, rosy plum with a warm, rose-gold frosty sheen. The color payoff and coverage are both great. I did notice that due to the more frosted finish, it can emphasize pores a bit. The texture is very smooth so it blends out and applies easily. I like this as a blush on fair to medium-dark skin… It also works well as a highlight on dark to deep skin. I got about 8 hours of wear with this wearing it either way.

The larger outer area is the one described as a “mauve with pink sheen” and is a medium to medium-dark, plum with a warm, rosy undertone and a frosted finish. The coverage is fantastic, as is the color payoff. It applies smoothly and fortunately it blends out easily since it’s so highly pigmented. I like this as a blush and it works well on fair to dark skin, though on lighter skin you want to apply this sparingly! I suggest a MAC 188 duo fibre brush. It wore well for me for about 8 hours before fading.

The smaller inner area is described as a “brick rose with gold reflects” and is a medium, slightly plummy color with some coppery rose undertones. This part of the MSF contains the “gold reflects” which are fine, golden shimmery bits. It also has a frosty finish, but not as frosted as the other area of this blush. It’s not as pigmented and opaque as the larger outer area either, but still gives really good color payoff and decent coverage. As with the larger area, I like this as a blush on fair to dark skin, making sure it’s applied more lightly on lighter skin tones. I got 6-7 hours of wear with this before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:

– Blended Together:   Small Vanity Powder Blush from the Glamour Daze Holiday collection of 2012 is similar, but has little to no shimmer or frost. For permanent dupes, I would suggest Love Joy or Warm Soul Mineralize Blushes… Love Joy is slightly darker and more coppery, and Warm Soul is a bit lighter and less plum, but those are about as close as you’re going to get!

– Outer Area (mauve with pink sheen):   Lavish Living Mineralize Blush (also from this collection) is similar, though more of a cool toned plum… You could also do Plum Foolery Powder Blush, which is a permeant color. It’s very close but may slightly less shimmery.

– Inner Area (brick rose with gold reflects):   Ambering Rose Powder Blush (permanent) is close, but slightly more coppery and has less plum to it at all. Warm Soul Mineralize Blush (also permanent) is similar as well, though it’s not as dark and is not so rosy.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Part of MAC’s Divine Night collection includes some Mineralize products… The only ones I purchased and will be reviewing are the blushes, although there are also three Skinfinishes and six Eye Shadows. I like how MAC typically releases some new shimmery Mineralize products around fall/winter… It’s the perfect time of year to wear a soft, glowing look!

Between these three colors, two are quite shimmery, but still have decent color payoff, while the other is more of the soft, glowing Mineralize Blush formula. Even though there are only three, you’ll most likely find one that works for you skintone. If not, I suggest looking into the Mineralize Skinfinishes, as there’s some more color variation with those and they each include two colors. Mineralize Skinfinishes, however, have a lot more shine and shimmer than these blushes do, so that may not be your thing.

Divine Night Mineralize Blushes 1

MAC Mineralize Blushes are one of my favorite blush formulas of all time. They give off a radiant glow without being frosty. They have shimmer, but it’s subtle and they don’t contain the kind of shimmer particles that appear chunky or heavy (though some have larger shimmer particles than others). Mineralize Blushes have a soft, fine texture so they blend and layer beautifully. You can apply these as a light wash of color or more heavily for more color and coverage, depending on how much pigmentation and sheen you desire.

If you want to apply these lightly, a MAC 188 brush is best and gives you the most control. To apply slightly more heavily, you can use a MAC 187 brush (the larger version of the 188). For the most intense application (which still doesn’t look too heavy), you can use something like a MAC 168, 116, or 129 brush. Mineralize Blushes offer about 6-8 hours of wear before fading. On oilier skin, they may not last quite so long. On extremely oily skin or on skin with large pores, these may emphasize shine and pore size. However, using a mattifying and/or pore minimizing primer, like MAC’s Prep + Prime Skin Smoother, should eliminate or at least help out with that issue!

Divine Night Mineralize Blush Labels

Divine Night Mineralize Blushes 2

All three of these Mineralize Blushes are limited edition and are available now online at www.maccosmetics.com as well as at counters and stores. These sell for $27.50 (due to the special matte black and gold packaging for holiday) and contain 3.2 g / 0.10 US oz of product. Sadly, the permanent lineup of Mineralize Blushes are actually cheaper and contain more product… They sell for $25 and contain 3.5 g / 0.11 US oz. These colors are fairly unique, though, so if you’re into them, they’re definitely worth buying!

Lavish Living

Lavish Living

Lavish Living Left:   Applied Heavily     Right:   Blended Out Photo taken in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Lavish Living
Left: Applied Heavily                           Right: Blended Out
Photo taken in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Lavish Living:   Lavish Living is a “violet with silver pearl base with gold pearl”… That’s a mouthful! It’s a medium to medium-dark, slightly cool toned plum with warmer berry undertones. The finish is very shimmery/frosted due to the high amount of pearlescent particles, but I like that because there’s no need for a highlighter with this blush. Although it looks pretty dark in the packaging, Mineralize blushes can be applied lightly for a softer finish and less color payoff and coverage, or applied heavily if you want more color, opacity, and shimmer. To me, this is suitable for nearly any skin tone.

If you have oily skin, this blush may not wear as long. I have normal/combination skin and got around 7 hours of wear with Lavish Living. Also, if you have a lot of texture or large pores, this blush may emphasize that unless you use a good primer, foundation, and powder underneath this blush.

Dupes:  As far as permanent dupes go, Love Joy Mineralize Blush is going to be the closest as you can get to Lavish Living. It’s slightly warmer, perhaps, and less frosted, but is similar once applied.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Lured to Love

Lured to Love

Lured to Love
Left: Applied Heavily                          Right: Blended Out
Photo taken in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Lured to Love:   This blush is a “coral pink base with pink frost”… It’s a light, warm toned, peachy-coral pink with a very soft pearly pink sheen. The finish for this blush is the least shimmery and most natural of the three in this collection. Color payoff was good, and best with some layering. I prefer a 116 brush with this blush to get the best color payoff and coverage, otherwise coverage is quite sheer and soft. That said, this blush is best for fair to medium and maybe medium-dark skintones. Since this isn’t so shimmery, it won’t show pores or texture and will wear just fine on oily skin, unlike Lavish Living. I got 8 hours of wear with Lured to Love.

Dupes:   There are actually quite a few blushes that are similar to Lured to Love, but none that I can think of are permanent… You may already have them in your collection, though… Legendary Blush from the Marilyn Monroe collection is a bit more pink but otherwise very close. Immortal Flower Blush, most recently released with the All About Orange collection is also similar, though peachier.

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Talk of the Town

Talk of the Town

Talk of the Town
Left: Applied Heavily                         Right: Blended Out
Photo taken in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Talk of the Town:   Talk of the Town is described as being a “warm brown base with yellow bronze”… Huh?! To me, this is a light, warm yellow-peachy pink with a very frosted finish. Applied heavily it looks nearly metallic, while applied lightly, it’s more of a soft wash of color and a lot of golden pearl. Since I’m an NC15, this does show up on me but anyone with medium skin or darker would be better off using this as a highlighter rather than a blush. It looks much more pigmented in the packaging than it does once applied. The coverage is alright… Certainly not opaque but the shimmer payoff is fantastic.

Because this is so frosty, I don’t recommend this for oily or textured skin, as it will get shiny and not wear long, as well as emphasize pores and texture.

Dupes:   I can’t think of many dupes that are similar to this… Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish is really the only permanent product that I can think of that will give you the same kind of sheen and soft wash of color, but it is a highlighter and not a blush.

Overall Rating:   3.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   2

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

 

The most anticipated part of MAC’s 2013 In Extra Dimension collection are definitely these… The Skinfinishes!! MAC has previously released this formula last with the Glamour Daze collection for holiday 2012 and before that as part of the In Extra Dimension collection in April of 2012. The difference this time is that these three Extra DImension Skinfinishes are duos, so they have two colors in each compact. I really like this because it makes them more versatile and it’s kind of like a two for one deal!

Extra Dimension Skinfinishes 2013

MAC describes Extra Dimension Skinfinishes as “A liquid-powder highlighter with prismatic reflections that sculpts, highlights and models the face. The cool, creamy near-fluid formula creates a luminous, well-defined finish”… That sums them up pretty well! These feel like a cream or liquid but are actually a super fine powder that glides onto the skin and gives a beautiful sheen. They’re buildable, so you can get a slightly glowy or frosted look all the way up to a totally metallic sheen. MAC also claims that they wear for 10 hours, which seems about right. On oily skin they may begin to fade sooner… More like after 8 hours. For me, I get around 10-12 hours of wear, though.

If you have very large pores, these may emphasize them because they’re so shimmery but you can fix that by first priming with MAC’s Prep + Prime Skin Smoother, or just avoiding areas (like your cheeks close to your nose) that may have larger pores. That isn’t an issue on most people, though. Also, since these are such a fine texture, they work well on all ages and skin types!

Since these are duos, you can use the lighter color as a highlight, then use the darker color as a bronzer or blush… OR you can swirl the two together and use them as a blush, or highlighter, or eye shadow, or whatever else you can come up with. To be honest, the possibilities with this product are endless, so don’t be afraid to get creative with them!

All three of these Extra Dimension Skinfinishes are limited edition and available now for $30. These can be purchased online at www.maccosmetics.com or at your local MAC store or counter. Each Extra Dimension Skinfinish contains 9 g / 0.31 US oz of product. These are selling VERY fast at the store where I work and are sold out online for now, although the website says coming soon, so they should be replenishing supplies shorty! If you don’t see them on there now, make sure to check back!

Extra Dimension Skinfinish Labels 2013

Extra Dimension Skinfinishes swatches heavily on NC15 skin Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight

Extra Dimension Skinfinishes swatched heavily on NC15 skin
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight

Extra Dimension Skinfinished blended out on NC15 skin Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight

Extra Dimension Skinfinished blended out on NC15 skin
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight

Definitely Defined

Definitely Defined

Definitely Defined swatch

Left: Colors swatched separately               Right: Colors blended together
Definitely Defined Extra Dimension Skinfinish swatched on NC15 skin

Definitely Defined:   This Extra Dimension Skinfinish is a “silvery pink/soft rose with shimmer. The lighter, silvery pink color is a pale, soft, silvery champagne with a noticeably frosted finished. The darker, soft rose color is a light, peachy rose with a more subtle type of frosty sheen. Blended together these turn into a light, warm champagne-peach color with a warm, silvery, frosted sheen.

You can use these colors separately with the lighter color as a highlight and the darker as a blush, or blend the two together as either a highlight or a blush. The texture is the typically super-fine, creamy feeling powder that is very lightweight but easy to build up and blend out. I got about 12 hours of wear with Definitely Defined before any fading occurred.

I recommend Definitely Defined for fair/pale to medium skin, as it may not show or or may look chalky on darker skintones unless blended together and just used as a highlight.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Double Definition

Double Definition

Left: Colors swatched separately               Right: Colors blended together Double Definition Extra Dimension Skinfinish swatched on NC15 skin

Left: Colors swatched separately              Right: Colors blended together
Double Definition Extra Dimension Skinfinish swatched on NC15 skin

Double Definition:   Double Definition is a “soft shimmery gold/patina bronze”. The lighter soft shimmery gold color is a warm, soft, light gold with yellow-peachy undertones and a very warm, frosty sheen. The darker patina bronze color is a warm, medium-dark, peachy-brown bronze with a softer, more pearly type of sheen. When blended together, these create a wonderfully warm, medium peachy-golden bronze that has a subtle frosted glow.

As with the other Extra Dimension Skinfinishes, you can use the lighter color as a highlight and the darker as a bronzer or blush. You can also apply these blended together all over the cheek as either a bronzer as a blush. As with Definitely Defined, I got 11 to 12 hours of wear before I noticed any fading.

I think this looks most flattering on medium to deep dark skin. However, this can be used on lighter faces too! I’m a MAC NC15 and I wore this blended together as a bronzer with the lighter shade as my highlight, I just applied it with a light hand and a duo-fibre brush!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Shape the Future

Shape the Future

Left: Colors swatched separately                 Right: Colors blended together
Shape the Future Extra Dimension Skinfinish swatched on NC15 skin

Shape the Future:   Shape the Future is a “pastel pink with iridescence/soft brick with light shimmer”. The lighter pastel pink with iridescence is a light, warm pink with a champagne-like iridescent sheen. The darker, soft brick color is a warm medium-dark, reddish-peachy bronze with a pinkish sheen. When blended together, these two colors create a medium peachy-pink bronze that’s SO pretty!

I like blending these together as a blush, then using the lighter color as a highlight on my fair skin (using a light hand, of course). I got about 11 hours of wear with Shape the Future before I noticed any fading.

Since this is a warmer, bolder Extra Dimenision Skinfinish, I recommend this for medium to dark skintones. That said, this can be used by anyone with the right brush and with a light hand, so if you’re fair skinned, don’t be afraid to try this out! It can really warm up and brighten even the lightest faces!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

You may recognize these highlighters from their previous release back in March of 2012 with the In Extra Dimension collection… They were SO popular that they sold out nearly instantly last Spring, and the same thing happened this time around too! Hopefully you are all lucky enough to have purchased these… If not, keep looking around. They’re definitely worth hunting for!

Extra Dimension Skinfinish is a really unique type of highlighter… It’s a liquid-powder formula that feels cool and creamy, yet has the final finish and staying power of a powder. They have the smoothest, most luxurious texture I have ever felt with a highlighter and blend beautifully. I get around 10-12 hours of wear with these, which is better than any other powder or cream highlighter I’ve tried. I personally like to apply these with a duo-fiber brush like a MAC 188 so it’s easily blended without putting on too much product at once. Extra Dimension Skinfinish has a soft glow when applied lightly, and a more truly metallic finish when applied more heavily or with a damp brush (which will make these appear super shimmery, pigmented, and metallic… which is probably not for a day to day look).

These are limited edition so sadly, they won’t be around for long. Extra Dimension Skinfinishes contain 9g / 0.31oz of product and sell for $29. I know that www.maccosmetics.com is currently sold out but call around and check at your local MAC stores and counters! Also, I am not certain if they will restock the supply on MAC’s website, but there’s always a little chance that may happen with products like this, so you may want to keep checking on there. Also, these have the glossy Glamour Daze packaging… But the ones that I own and photographed are from the March release so they have the typical MAC black packaging.

TIP:   If you cannot find these, the Extra Dimension Eye Shadow called A Natural Flirt, which was also released with the Glamour Daze collection is VERY close to Whisper of Gilt! That would be a close dupe and a good highlighter as well. I’ve even used it for that purpose on clients and it looks nearly the same, if not better on light skin!

Superb

Left:   Applied Heavily               Right:   Blended Out
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight on NC20 skin

Superb:   Superb is a “soft peachy nude with multidimensional shimmer”. It’s a light-medium peachy pink highlighter with warm, peachy golden tones of very fine shimmer to it. When applied heavily, it definitely looks more of a tan sort of peachy pink, but when blended out you notice more of the pink tones. Either way, it’s a warm, pretty highlighter that’s perfect for light-medium to dark skin. On pale skin, it appears more like a frosty blush, while on deep skintones, it can look slightly ashy.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Whisper of Gilt

Left:   Applied Heavily          Right:   Blended Out
Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight on NC20 skin

Whisper of Gilt:   Whisper of Gilt is a “light soft white gold with shimmery sheen”. This is the lighter of the two Extra Dimension Skinfinishes, making it best for pale to medium skin. It’s a very light, soft yellow toned gold with a warm, white golden sheen. As a pale to light skinned girl, this is my absolute favorite highlighter of all time! It gives such a gentle, natural type of glow to the skin so it’s perfect for whatever kind of look you’re creating.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5