Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Release Date: July 5, 2012
This review covers the 4 new, limited-edition MSFs releasing with MAC’s upcoming Heavenly Creature Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:
- Earthshine: Tarnished bronze with gold pearlized pigments and pink reflects
- Light Year: Peachy pink with gold shimmer
- Star Wonder: Plumy pink with multi-dimensional pearlized pigments
- Center of the Universe: Coral with gold shimmer
These MSFs come in standard MAC packaging. The compacts are plastic with flip-up, see-through, snap-shut lids.
Earthshine shows up as a deep, brownish plum color with light purple shimmers. This color requires a light hand. It’s unusual for a Mineralize Skinfinish to be so intensely pigmented, but this one definitely is. If you apply it too heavily, it looks very unflattering, at least on light skin. The heavier the application, the more the brown tone dominates over the purple, which makes the skin look dirty. With a lighter hand, the “dirty” quality doesn’t show through as much and you get the plum tone more.
Light Year shows up as a golden peach with light gold shimmers. This color can work as either a highlighter or blush. Used lightly, it gives a refined highlighting effect for the cheekbones. If you layer the color, you can emphasize the peachy color for a light blush.
Star Wonder shows up as a dusty pink with a silvery sheen. Even though the pan has rosy-plum veining, this color doesn’t have a noticeable presence of purple in it. This shade will probably be easier to use as a blush than a highlighter–it’s on the slightly more pigmented side. But I can definitely see it working as a beautiful highlighter on deeper skin tones.
Center of the Universe shows up as an orange-toned gold with gold shimmers. When initially looking at this color in the pan, I was afraid it would appear too orange. But the orange tone, once the powder is blended out, isn’t overwhelming and balances the gold color well.
All of the powders have a soft, buttery formula that glides beautifully over the skin. I’m very glad that the shimmer particles are very small for all the shades. The first Mineralize Skinfinish I ever bought was Soft & Gentle and I never liked the way it made my skin look because the shimmer particles were too chunky. None of these colors suffer from that unflattering effect.
Ease of Use: 9.5/10
The powder glides on smoothly and gives good color without an overly glittery finish.
Earthshine is the only color that tripped me up, but using it with a fan brush should keep it from looking dirty.
MSFs are $29.00 and give you a whopping 10 grams of product. This product will last you a very, very long time.