Price: $28 (regular) / $16.80 (pro)
Release date: Dec. 24th on maccosmetics.com; Dec. 26th in stores; Jan. 2010 internationally
Size: 10g / 0.35 US oz.
Reflecting the lighthearted luxury of this Champagne-shaded post-holiday collection, a silky, pigment-rich, creamy powder that imparts a natural, fully dimensional glow all over the face. The style note: the powder’s crinkled paper emboss design. Consider it vintage M∙A∙C.
Rosé Olé is one of two highlighting powders released with MAC’s Cham Pale collection. It is a pale, neutral/slightly cool-toned pink color with small gold shimmers. The powder has been pressed so that the surface looks like crumpled paper.
This product comes in standard MAC packaging—the same used for Mineralize Skinfinishes (MSF). So while the packaging is not particularly unique, it is high-quality. This is something you could throw in your purse or travel with and not have to worry about it breaking.
This is a good powder for highlighting the cheekbones, under the brow, down the nose, or anywhere else on the face you want to highlight. The effect is quite subtle, so it’s a good choice if you are looking for a highlighter for the day. If you want something more noticeable or for nighttime, you will have to use 4-5 layers of this product. The sparkles are pretty finely milled—certainly more fine than the shimmers in, say, MAC’s Soft & Gentle MSF. But if you look closely, the sparkles are noticeable. So if sparkles or glitters bother you, I would suggest using a liquid or cream highlighter instead of Rosé Olé.
Ease of Use: 8/10
The first 1-2 layers of Rosé Olé don’t produce a lot of color, but if you continue layering, you’ll get a light rosy color. A word of caution when layering, though. The more layers you add, the grainier this product becomes on the skin. So if you are going for more color or a more noticeable highlight effect, you will have to find a happy medium to avoid getting that grainy texture on the skin.
In comparison to other “high-end” brands, MAC is very reasonably priced. Given that there is nothing particularly unique about this highlighting powder, though, you don’t need to spend all $28 for Rosé Olé. If you don’t care about brand name, you could easily find a drugstore product that gives you the same effect.
Try if: you want a highlighter that gives you the option of layering to get some color
Buy if: you are looking for a good, standard highlighting powder
Comparable product: Revlon’s ColorStay Mineral Finishing Powder in “010 Brighten”