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MAC Face & Body “Beaming & Deeply Dashing” Pressed Pigments: Review, Photos, Swatches
On September 13th, MAC released the “Face & Body” Collection. This collection is composed of smaller sized Face & Body foundations, limited edition pressed pigments, and pro sculpting creams.
Today’s review will focus solely on the new and limited edition Pressed Pigments. MAC describes these pressed pigments as six pearlescent shades which are creamy and highly concentrated. Apply dry for a subtle and sophisticated translucent finish or wet for high-shine, dramatic dimension. Provides eye-catching sheer-to-moderate buildable coverage and natural dimension finish. Pressed Pigment is delicate. Please handle with care. Each pressed pigment retails for $21.00 each for 0.10 oz.
Beaming Pressed Pigment is described as a high pearl powder in shade NC50. This is a medium golden brown with a matching fine and chunky glitter. I purchased this shade because it was supposed to match my foundation shade(nc50), and offer a soft yet dramatic pearl glow.
Deeply Dashing pressed pigment is described as a high pearl powder in NW55. This is a deep brown with red undertones with fine and chunky glitter. I purchased this shade to be used as a highlight/contour combo. I wanted make use of the shimmer for the highlight area and blend this product down to my contour area to make it all look seamless.
Now to be totally honest with you all.
These pressed pigments are a true glitter nightmare.
Let me explain. I’m all for new inventive ideas and products. I love and adore MAC limited edition products and would call myself a collector because I rarely, no wait I hardly EVER return a product to MAC. But my friends these little devils MAY be going back to the store.
They are the most confusing frustrating product I have ever tried to understand. They claim to be pearlescent highlighters with a skin-tone base. Huh? Just typing that made me all kinds of confused. But that for me, translate into a hot wet-looking glittery mess. When you first lay eyes on these they look so fun and you think the possibilities are endless. You know, use as a highlighter on the tops of your cheekbone or use as an eyeshadow enhancer to add a little pop to the eyes. But instead you end up looking like you are sweating glitter chunks. No Bueno!
Both of the pressed pigments that I purchased have a brown base. Think brown eye shadows with glitter. The website claims these are creamy but, I saw/felt no creaminess with these wet or dry. Now I see where MAC was going with these (pressed iridescent powder) I hope but, the delivery is all wrong. These would/will work amazingly for editorial work or fashion shows. But for the everyday person, these will not in my opinion work.
Overall I’m giving these a heck no! A for effort but, big fat F for performance! If you like that sweating glitter look (which may be cute for a late night cocktail) you will love these. I’m going to keep these and try to find a way to make these work.
The Face & Body Collection is on sell now at all MAC locations and online.
Have you tried these? If so how did you make them work?
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