MAC In the Spotlight Extra Dimension Skinfinish: Review & Swatches

I haven’t been excited about a MAC collection for a while. Everything had been done so many times before and it’s been new collection overload for me. I love things that shift colors so MAC’s new In the Spotlight collection got me all excited.

Per MAC: “Radiant skin in a flash, no matter what the lighting is. M·A·C introduces new shades of our iconic Strobe Cream in peach, silver, red and gold in addition to our original pink shade. The ultimate quick-fix super-powered with potent botanicals, antioxidants and iridescent pearl particles, Strobe Cream de-stresses, de-snoozes, hydrates, freshens and boosts the look of dull, tired-looking skin instantly. Then, add to the beaming effects with Extra Dimension Skinfinish, also in four new shades. Take your place…in the spotlight.”

The “MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinishiconadds the perfect glow to skin. The liquid-powder highlighter, with prismatic reflections, is designed to sculpt and highlight your face, leaving a luminous, well-defined finish. The creamy powder formula lasts up to ten hours.” The retail is $33.

Soft Frost is described as a white that breaks violet. That’s accurate. It’s subtle shimmer and gives a lovely purple glow. Like a purple that lights up. It’s best suited for light or cool skin tones. It was a bit odd on my skin being warmer and more towards medium. It’s pigmented, soft enough and easy to apply. It’s lightweight. I used both my Hakuhodo goat hair brush and Wayne Goss Air-Brush, both were just as good at applying the highlighter. This was true of all the shades. I had no issues with application at all. The longevity was good. I found the powder was easy to layer and build up for more intensity, no powdery look. Soft Frost is subtle and not frosty at all.

Double Gleam is described as a beige that breaks silver. That’s accurate, but it’s got a fair amount of silver micro glitter in it as well. This one is a pale frosty cool beige with micro glitter. It’s very frosty and the most opaque of all four. You can easily overdo this one, go easy with it.

Beaming Blush is described as a pink that breaks gold. That’s accurate. I thought this one was the peach that breaks gold shade and I meant not to buy the pink that breaks gold one, or Beaming Blush. I had the names mixed up. Oddly, this one is my favorite of all of them. It’s a subtle shimmer, no glitter. The gold adds a warm shimmery finish and the pink base is nice makes it natural. It’s pigmented but not too frosty like Double Gleam.

Show Gold is described as a peach that breaks pink. That’s kind of accurate. It’s a unique shade that the peach almost looks grey/beige in some lights versus peach. The pink shift is very prominent in this one. Sadly, it’s a glitter bomb. Tons of glitter that take over the unique pretty shift otherwise. This one was the biggest disappointment to me, as the shade was my favorite of the bunch from the description. The shade is sheerer and more natural, it adds a pink glow, with tons of glitter. The glitter is just way too much and ruins it. Why MAC, why the glitter? Without the glitter this one would be amazing.

Top to Bottom: Soft Frost, Double Gleam, Beaming Blush, Show Gold:

Same order, blended out:

Video I moved to Instagram, it didn’t look right posted onto this template.

Comparison Top to Bottom: Chanel Dentelle Precieuse, MAC Beaming Blush, Estee Lauder Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury, MAC Double Gleam, Natasha Denona All Over Face Glow Light, Urban Decay Fireball, MAC Show Gold:


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