Review & Swatches: MAC Art of Powder “Optical” Bronzer Palette

“Optical” Bronzer Palette

Limited Edition
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

Packaging: 9/10

This palette comes in the same packaging as MAC’s eye shadow quads. They have flip-up lids that close magnetically.

Quality: 6.75/10

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.

Price: 6/10

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.

Final Grade


“Optical” Bronzer Palette

“Optical” Bronzer Palette

“Optical” Bronzer Swatched on Right
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3 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Art of Powder “Optical” Bronzer Palette

  1. Latisha says:

    Oh wow, the pink tones don’t really show through at all. Although, I’m not really a fan of really shimmery bronzers, so I don’t really mind that it’s sort of dull.

  2. Citrine says:

    Hmmm, I was expecting more pink from it…

  3. Lisa B. says:

    Blech! That’s REALLY disappointing that the color can’t be used for much of anything.

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