This formula of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish is a line of highlighters. They also have 15 shades of Skinfinish Natural powders of which 13 are all over face powders and 2 are bronzers. The two are often mixed up, so I just wanted to point out that I’m featuring the highlighter formula rather than the face powders.
MAC describes this shade as a soft coral with a golden shimmer.
It is hard to see the golden shimmer in the picture but it is definitely noticeable if you look at yourself closely in the mirror. I do like the quality of this formula and I think it sits nicely on my skin despite my dryness and texture.
As with most makeup items, from a comfortable distance, it looks much like other highlighters. On me, this shade is very similar to the Patrick Starrr Holiday 2018 highlighter (Baby It’s Gold Outside). Cheeky bronze has more color to it and you can see how coral it is in a comparison swatch, but that goes away once blended out on the face. At least on my skin tone, when I wore one on each side of my face, I could barely tell the difference.
Today I’m sharing some swatches of my Laura Mercier Illuminator Palette with you. Although this particular palette is a holiday 2018 limited edition release, all three shades it contains are available in the brand’s permanent lineup.
From Left to Right:
Indiscretion is described as a warm rose gold highlight
Devotion is described as a cool pink highlight
Addiction is described as a gilded gold highlight
The permanent single shades retail for $45.00 on Laura Mercier’s website, but she traditionally releases a palette every holiday season with multiple shades if you want better value.
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While I do think Urban Decay’s newer color schemes should be released under a new name (rather than being part of the “Naked” line), from a business perspective, I can see why they stick with the Naked theme. People love the Naked series and it has a lot of hype behind the collection. So having that name attached guarantees both new and repeat customers that might otherwise overlook a new product line from the brand. Like it or not, it seems to be working for them. I enjoy Urban decay shadows and these are no different.
Lancome makes great products and these highlighters are no exception. Unfortunately they still aren’t my favorite highlighters. I have tried to make these work, but they are just too intense for my taste. No matter what brush I use to apply them, I have to go back over them with whatever foundation tool I used that day to tone them down. Once I take that step, I think they look beautiful on my skin. Unfortunately I have other highlighters that I don’t have to do this extra step with, so I use these less and less. I do have dry skin, and I suspect someone with more normal to oily skin may not have as much of an issue. Unrelated to performance, but important to me at this price point, I think the compact feels a little cheap.
Lancome 05 Dazzling Bronze
Lancome 04 Sparkling Peche
Left to right: 04 Dazzling Bronze and 05 Sparkling Peche
If you are looking for an intense highlight, I would check these out.