Release Date: September 29, 2011
Availability: MAC online & MAC stores
This review covers the “Optical” bronzer palette from MAC’s Art of Powder collection.
- Optical: Bronze with gold pearl and neon pink with gold pearl
This palette comes in the same packaging as MAC’s eye shadow quads. They have flip-up lids that close magnetically.
Although this palette has a unique design, the quality of the bronzer is disappointing.
First, the pigmentation is weak. Even with several swipes and layers, the color still comes off muted and dull.
Second, the color you get isn’t appropriate for use as a bronzer, blush, or…anything else. The color is muddy and unattractive and separating the bronze from the pink is impractical because the individual strips of color are so thin.
Third, the pan has small shimmers in it. While the shimmers are subtle, their presence makes this color inappropriate to use for contouring.
Ease of Use: 6.5/10
You can’t separate the bronze and pink because the strips of color are so thin. After mixing the colors together, you get a muddy effect that’s difficult to use in a flattering manner on the face. On top of this, you’ll have to use 3-4 layers to get any decent pigmentation.
The palette costs $38.00 and contains 9 grams of powder. Regular Bronzing Powders are $23.00 and contain 10 grams. This palette isn’t worth the price.