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I bought this product as with the sun finally making an appearance, i like to give my face that extra glow after the cold winter months, and i have to say this works perfectly.
The bronzing powder comes in a black hinged pot, with MAC written on the top in white. The powder inside is fairly lose so when sweeping over your brush, be aware you do not need to do it too hard other wise you end up with far too much on your brush, and then you feel forced to apply that amount to your face and it just ends up looking very dirty.
When i apply it i like to take my 134 Large powder brush and very gently apply a small amount to my brush, i then tap off the excess and lightly apply it too my cheeks. The powder is very pigmented so for a very natural glow you really do only need a small amount. For a day time look i like to apply it only under my cheek bone to highlight it and bring more shape to my face. The powder has a very light shimmer to powder so it looks gorgeous in the sun, bringing lots of light to your face. For a night look i like to apply slightly more, to my chin, forehead and nose bringing a lot more structure to my face. The powder comes in four colours, with my favorite being Golden to Shop as i find it gives the most natural look. The colour lasts quite a long time, it does begin to fade through out the day but never to the extent where you feel you need to reapply it.
Overall i would definitely recommend this mac bronzing powder as it gives your face more structure whilst giving you the benefit of looking like you have been in the sun but naturally rather than turning you orange. It is not too bad of a price for Mac products, being sold at £19.00, so i think it is pretty good value for money.
The thing that I love about MAC cosmetics is that they focus on professional products that work - minus the quirky selling points; and in an age full of unfulfilled promises I think that is something that really stands out.
I am often changing my skin tone; be it thanks to holidays, sun beds or fake tan. I can range from golden brown to pale white and to fund foundation to match it just seems unjustifiable. Therefore I prefer instead to have a trust bronzer which I can wear more or less of - dependant upon how much I need. Mac advertise their bronzing powder as "A lightly frosted, tinted powder that gives skin sheer, natural colour effects and highlights. Ideal for enhancing a skin tone or to accent or strengthen a tan. Skin-conditioning - and formulated to provide a smooth, even application on all skin types." Bold claims, so can they deliver?
MAC is an acronym for Make-Up Art Cosmetics - which describes their products brilliantly as they are designed for use in the professional make-up industry. MAC was founded in Toronto by Frank Toskan and Frank Angelo. Despite this being in 1984. The first American M·A·C store only opened in 2003 in New York. Having visited it in 2009 I can say it truly is the dream I had always imagined it to be! MAC cosmetics were originally designed only to be used in the proffessional cosmetic industry but having now been acquired by the Estée Lauder Companies acquired in 1998 they are widely available to everyday consumers. MAC are dedicated to being seen as a socially responsible and at current they have 5 schemes in place:
~ MAC Cruelty-Free Beauty: this prohibits animal testing and this is extends to the suppliers of their ingredients as well as their end-products.
~ Back 2 MAC Recycling: this offers consumers a free lipglass, eyeshadow, or lipstick at any MAC location (only lipsticks at MAC counters in department stores) with the return of six empty MAC products.
~ MAC Kids Helping Kids: this was created in 1994 and it allows kids living with HIV/AIDS create images which are then made into greeting cards. 100% of the cards selling price goes back to participating organisations.
~ The MAC AIDS Fund: this supports communities organisations providing direct services to people who are living with AIDS.
~ MAC Viva Glam: this specifies that 100% of the purchase price of any Viva Glam product (lipsticks, lipglasses and holiday sets) goes to the MAC Aids Fund.
MAC often collaborate with different celebrities and icons to create unique products - some of these include Lady Gaga, Barbie, Fafi, Hello Kitty, Disney and also Wonderwoman. They have a mailing list attached to their website (www.maccosmetics.co.uk) which is worth subscribing too as they always let you know of up and coming products.
*What attracted me?
I have always been a MAC fan, as long as I can remember. I first began using their foundation as it was a nice light foundation which still gave a good coverage: however I stopped using it after a while as I found that it wasn't the best foundation on the high-end market as it was quite prone to rubbing off easily. I borrowed this specific bronzer from a friend and as I really loved it I decided to go get fitted myself and 6 years later (and with plenty of competition) it is still my product of choice!
I would say that MAC bronzer is mid-high range in terms of bronzer. Though some may feel that charging £17.50 for a 10g compact is steep; in comparison to my second favourite bronzer by Chanel which will demand you part with £32.50 for 11g, MAC provide a cheap alternative. MAC is much more widely available than before - they now have their own website which offers free standard delivery on orders over £30 - and they can be found in most department stores such as House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols and Debenhams however you won't find them in Boots or Superdrug. They always have their own large corners where I have always found staff to be especially pleasant and helpful. I am aware that there are lots of websites (and Ebay) offering MAC at discounted prices however I would advise that these are companies producing cheap products and simply copying the MAC logo and packaging. If you choose to buy from these outlets then you may save money but you won't be receiving the same standard of product and really you may as well just opt for a better quality high street alternative!
*MAC loves customers
What I love about MAC is that they really do appreciate their clients and they always treat them well. When you purchase a product you can have it added to your personal profile on their datebase. Initially I was slightly unsure about adding my details to this as I thought it could just be another way to force products upon unwilling customers, pass your details to third parties and bombard you with junk mail; however this has never been the case and instead my details have never reciprocated in anything other than positive features. I have often visited the MAC counter on a whim and therefore not had my products with me - which would otherwise mean having to go back home, remind myself of the products I need and then return on a separate occasion - but because they have a list of all the product I like this hasn't been the case. It also means that should anyone wish to make a purchase for you/treat you to a gift, then they can simply visit MAC with your name and address and they can purchase the products that suit you without even asking you (I really wish that happened more often... Maybe this review will result in that!) So by favouring your custom, MAC have really managed to do themselves a favour too! If you buy a MAC make-up voucher it also entitles the bearer to a free make-up appointment where they will use their products to do your make-up, for example for an event, and also teach you more about the optimum way to use their products.
As with most high-end bronzers, MAC's product comes in a handy compact which provides you with a mirror and a sturdy little case. The compact is made from black plastic and has MAC emblazed on the outer top-half in gorgeous gold letters. When you open the compact there is a mirror spanning the whole inner top-side and the golden powder faces it. The bronzer is held on a silver palette which is contained inside by the compact and glued down to the bottom. This means that the powder is less likely to shatter - although it has to be said that (much to my dismay) I have broken my powder before by dropping it. That is not to say that the design of the compact is poor - it is simply due to the fact that I am particularly clumsy sometimes and my make is prone to taking a bit of a battering! I love that the bronzer is curved as it means that it comfortably sits in the palm of your hand - allowing for an all round better make-up application. I also love that the bronzer fits in with the rest of the MAC collection - as it is black and simple - meaning that it gives it a professional looking finish. You can also find from time-to-time MAC will release limited edition products which featured more flamboyant casing (such as their range designed by Lady Gaga, as I am sure you can imagine!)
MAC provides its consumers with the optimum bronzing experience by giving them a wide colour spectrum to choose from. Their pressed powder bronzer comes in 4 colours, and though that may not sound like a lot, as it is only a bronzer in comparison to a powder this is a rather large variety. The shades which they offer are named and described on their website:
~ Golden - Muted golden tan-beige with shimmer.
~ Refined Golden - Finely spun golden with soft pearl
~ Matte Bronze - Bare shouldered bronze
~ Bronze - Muted bronze-brown with gold shimmer
Personally I like to use Bronze as it means I can vary the colour that I get by either reducing or increasing the amount that I use and I can still use it along with my fake tan. I would recommend (as with most facial products) that you make use of a free fitting at a MAC counter which allows them to provide you with the best product in terms of colour and also the best product for your skin type. Their bronzer contains small flecks of glimmering gold and though this may sound daunting to some, instead of giving a tacky over-done image, instead it provides its wearer with light reflecting pigments which work as a highlighter and leave a sheer and natural finish that you would not usually expect. My best advice is to pay MAC a visit, where you can test their products for free and decide whether or not they will suit you. The thing that is great about MAC is that they provide their consumers with a healthy looking brown powder as opposed to a tacky orange or yellow looking shade.
The great thing about MAC bronzer is that it gives a natural looking bronze without causing powder to sit on the skin and age its wearer considerably. Instead Mac blends with your skin and you will find that it gives a sheer look which is vital in brightening the skin for a healthy looking complexion. I do advise that you invest in a good brush as I believe that this makes all the difference to the appearance of your bronzer. (I also hate when the fibres from cheap make-up brushes end up on your face!!) MAC suggests that you use their "168 Large Angled Contour Brush" (£26.00) however I personally use that for my blusher and use their "182 Buffer Brush" (£32.50) for my bronzer as I tend to use it all over my face. I know that it is expensive for brushes however they have a long life-span and they are a worthwhile investment. I tend to find that MAC bronzer lasts around 6 hours without needing a touch up - and for a bronzer I think that this is great as I have bought products before which become shiny and make you look worn after only an hour. I use my bronzer over either foundation or tinted moisturiser and sometimes I will even put it onto a fresh face in order to give my skin a bit of a chance to breathe. No matter how you wear it, MAC always gives you a naturally sun kissed glow.
What I love about the MAC bronzer is that it is heavily compacted which means that although it is only 10g it does last a long time. This also means that each time you swipe a brush across it, the dust doesn't fall from the compact and end up everywhere except your face! I have purchased the bronzer numerous times over the years however this is mainly due to me breaking or losing them as opposed to it running out. There have been times when I have had the bronzer up to a year and it has not began to go hard at the top (which I have had problems with when using other bronzers and is one of my pet hates) I look upon purchasing MAC bronzer more as an investment than a purchase.
I thoroughly recommend this product for anyone who likes their face to have a healthy glow without it looking an undesirable shade of orange. It may be slightly more than some are willing to pay, however I do find that if you invest a bit more money, MAC products mean that you use less and therefore you do not pay as much as it first seems. This bronzer is long-wearing and light reflecting meaning that it gives its user a flawless finish and a healthy looking complexion. It is definitely worth letting the MAC artists work their magic and give you an insight into all that they can offer you. Their website (www.maccosmetics.co.uk) also provides a helpful insight into their products and allows you to have a close look at shades and product information. In my experience paying that little bit extra can provide you with a new love for cosmetic shopping!
I apply this with a big brush to my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin.
When applying this it is best to have a very light touch as it is easy to apply too much which results in a dirty, muddy look.
I find this bronzer too orange for my pale skin and it can give an unnatural look. It also doesn't blend in that well and can look streaky and blotchy, which is why a light hand is needed.
This is a matte powder which means it has no shimmer or sparkle. I think this product would be better if it wasn't so matte because that might mean it looks less orange and harsh.
I think this would work better with darker skin tones but is a no-no for pale skin like mine.
However, i have also used this for contouring. After applying my blusher i applied it right underneath my blush line with a contour brush. It worked really well and made my cheekbones look higher and more defined.
This is a review for the MAC Bronzing powder in Golden.
I'm naturally pale and often use spray tans, just to get a more olivey skin colour. Although i have used various bronzers in the past, even the lightest I could possibly find were still a tad too dark for my complexion. I'm always complaining about how pale i am and my friend recently reccomended me to try the MAC Bronzing Powder in Golden. Having heard that MAC is pretty expensive, at first i decided against it, but upon reading a few reviews, i decided to give it a go and got a 10 gram palet of it for £16 from eBay.
It came in a circular compact container in a little black box with 'MAC' written on it in golden letters and it has a mirror that's a decent size inside, with the powder. I applied with a thick makeup brush, focusing on my cheeks, nose and browbone, and a tiny bit on the forehead. It definetly gives the 'golden' complexion as soon as it's applied, giving a not too over the top sunkissed image, while looking natural. It gives a soft glow, blending in with the skin wonderfully. The bronzer can't really be faulted in the slightest. It doesn't blotch or gather up on the browline like various others do. It brings the cheekbones out well and highlights the eyes, aswell as (in my case), giving the impression my nose was thinner. It lasted well and although i wore it throughout a busy day at Uni, didn't fade or smudge.
All in all, it's a great product and is in my opinion well worth the price, it's great for a treat and having a change from your usual bronzer and you can see the difference. It also seems to last well, as long as it's applied in sensible amounts.
Being fair skinned I am often in need some bronzer to add some colour to my often pasty white skin. I have used various bronzing powders in the past, but they were often too dark and blotchy and didn't blend in well with my fair skin at all. After doing some research online I heard about the MAC Bronzing Powder in Golden, which sounded perfect for fair skinned people like me. I've used MAC cosmetics in the past, they're extremely popular due to the excellent quality of the range, often used by make-up artists. The range is quite expensive but I was desperate for a decent bronzing powder so decided to invest in this powder.
I bought the powder online last year and at the time it was packaged in limited edition packaging when they did a 'To The Beach' range last year. It makes a nice change from the normal black packaging most MAC products come in, as it came in an orange box and the compact itself is also orange with a pattern of seaweed on the top. The powder comes in a compact with one of those mirrors which I never seem to use. The first time I opened it I was quite alarmed by the colour of the powder as it looked darker than I thought it would be and I was concerned it would be too dark once I applied it, but this didn't turn out to be the case.
MAC state that the bronzing powder is a lightly frosted, tinted powder that gives skin sheer and natural looking colour. It's ideal to enhance your skin tone or it will strengthen your tan if you're the opposite to me and my pale skin tone. The bronzing powder is formulated to provide a smooth and even finish on all skin types, important for me as I have oily skin and I'm often concerned how powders will end up appearing on my skin. There are various shades however the one I bought is called Golden and described by MAC as a 'muted golden tan-beige with golden shimmer.'
To apply the bronzing powder I use my Clinique blusher brush, and I do think a decent brush makes all the difference when applying make-up. I apply this power to my cheek bones mainly, and then dab some elsewhere such as the brow bone, nose and chin to give the image of sun kissed skin. I love the shade of this bronzing powder, which I do highly recommend for fair skin. It gives a lovely subtle glow, and blends in perfectly so it doesn't look obvious that you have applied bronzer, exactly the end result I want as it gives a natural colour to my normally milk-bottle white skin. If you are looking for a bronzer that is really noticeable, or your skin isn't very fair, then I do highly suggest going for the shade Refined Golden which is darker but I do much prefer the more subtle finish that Golden gives me. I can notice a nice subtle shimmer too, and it doesn't make me look blotchy or patchy but more healthy which a nice glow to my face.
I've had this bronzing powder since last summer and there is still plenty left in my compact. I have used it rather regularly especially in the summer months so I'm really pleased at how long this has lasted, and I can't see the bottom of the pan yet so there's still plenty of bronzing left for me! The bronzing powder costs £17.50 and it's been a great vital addition to my make-up bag. If you are wondering whether Golden or the darker Refined Golden would be best for you, then I do recommend going to a MAC counter and testing both shades to see which finish is best for you, but I do recommend Golden for the paler people out there!
I'm not that keen on make-up as I believe too much irritates and damages your skin. The bare minimum I have used is blusher, eye shadow and eye liner. I came across MAC bronzer by mistake as I wanted an extra glow to my cheeks and had borrowed my friends bronzer when on a night out. I was surprised at how light it looked on my cheeks and complimented my skin tone well. It gave my cheeks the glow I was looking for and didn't make me feel like I had too much make-up on. My friend had bought this from Debenhams store who had just recently launched MAC in a corner in their store. Taking my friend with me I was a little surprised and comprehensive at the price of their products, however, I can understand as the quality is great. They have a great range of products and great variation of colours. I brought the same colour as my friends and actually ended up buying eye shadows as well. The best thing about this bronzer is that I don't have to apply too much and it lasts pretty much all day - for me the shimmering effect on my cheeks makes it a little extra and a bit more worth it for the price. Have recommended this bronzer to a few people and will be buying again.
MAC bronzer is by far the best bronzer I have EVER used. I think the main reason for this is that it comes in 5 different shades, so you can get one that matches your skin tone. As I have a deep tan, I have found that other bronzers are just not dark enough, yet at the same time I know many of my friends complain that their bronzers are too dark and therefore give them a hideous orange hue. Having a choice of shade in a bronzing powder is pretty rare in my experience and it is the main benefit of the MAC one.
It costs £14.50 (less the VAT reduction) and you can purchase MAC products from House of Fraser and Fenwick as well as the MAC website.
It comes in a powder compact with a mirror on the inside of the lid. It does not come with an applicator, but let's be honest - who would spend £15 on a bronzer then apply it with a cheap thin applicator pad anyway? It is best applied with a fat bronzer or kabuki brush.
It has a slight shimmer to it, but it does appear matt enough for daywear. It gives a lovely glow and never looks streaky. All of the shades are golden rather than orange, and I have found it gives a lovely natural bronzed look.
Mine always lasts for months, and I find it far better than the bronzing balls as it is just easier to apply.
This is probably one of the cheapest MAC products, at £14 and it is also one of its best products. You only need a small amount for maximum results and it gives you a very healthy glowing look without making you look orange or fake. I'd have to say that this make up is probably best for people that already have really good skin and a nice skin tone but want a little enhancement to give them that perfect flawless look. And it does a good job, its easy to apply, goes on lovely, and lasts all day so reapplication isn't necessary. It also lasts a suprisingly long time so you don't have to keep re buying it. It's very good at enhancing cheekbones to give you a girly look without making you look cheap and tacky. It's a very good item of make up that i can't really fault, MAC always deliver quality products, and this one is one of their finest.
Love MAC make-up products, and this is no exception, I bought this in a rush at the airport, I was going abroad and had realised I'd left my usual one on the kitchen table.
A very fine powder, it leaves a definite glow on my cheeks with a subtle hint of shimmer and has great staying power, but best of all it doesn't give that awful orange tint which so many bronzing powders do.
Would be suitable to a bronzing powder amateur as it's very easy to apply and not too full on. Also I find that it lasts all day so no need to re-apply which is always a bonus. I use MAC's 116 blush brush but any decent quality blush brush would do.
My shade is Golden but in true MAC style there is a shade to suit every skin tone these include:
Refined Deeper Bronze - Very Blatant hot bronze with low-shine pearl finish
Golden - Muted golden tan-beige with golden shimmer
Refined Golden - Finely spun golden with soft pearl finish
Bronze - Muted bronzed-brown with golden shimmer
Matte Bronze - Shade description: Bare shouldered bronze
I gathered this information from MAC's website and comparing the colour on the screen to the one in my hand it's a very close match but I would still strongly recommend you visit a store to check which colour would be best for you.
Have owned this for about 4 months and it's still going strong even though it has been used almost everyday - so it also goes a long way, making it excellent value for money.
Comes with a decent sized mirror in a black plastic compact case, with the MAC logo printed in gold letters on the top of it, and a decent sized mirror - I'm a big fan of MAC's no fuss - although still stylish packaging as it makes me feel that I am paying for the actual product rather than for it's packaging.
Priced at £14 there are 5 shades to choose from and you get 10g for your money.
It can be purchased in MAC shops and selected department stores, but MAC's downfall for me is there are not enough places to buy it, I know its easily available online, but what use is that if you need to check the colour?
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After ranting and raving about the MAC product line, my mum bought me this as a present. If I can't have my make up bag, it's the one item that comes with me. I've never been a fan of bronzers as against my pale skin they always made me look 'over makeuped' but this one was so different.
It is expensive compared to other products available on the high street, but this is well worth the cost. You only need the smallest amount on your brush for a fantastic effect. It's easily applied and blended leaving you with a healthy, NATURAL looking glow. In the mornings if I don't have time to apply foundation, I simply dust on a bit of the bronzer and out the door I go.
There are five shades available catering for all skin tones as the colours can be built up. I have the Golden and it is absolutely stunning, so much so that the wedding make up artist I use swears by it after borrowing mine.
My skin is very sensitive and although I was extremely wary of trying this product all my fears were quickly calmed, meaning I can dust a healthy looking glow onto my face and not worry about the horrible red patches that I have associated with makeup in the past.
MAC is a make up company that I have only recently discovered but is now one of my firm favourites.
I actually purchased this product from an outlet store so was cheaper than the normal price of around 14 pounds. I have since this purchased the product at the full price, demonstrating its worthiness.
I have used cheaper bronzers before and they usually leave you with a orangey glow to your face which is not the look I go for. This Mac bronzing powder though provides a good and even colour.
I used the product over the top of mac foundation, which it worked well with. The foundation covered any imperfections on the skin and the bronzer gave my face a glow and colour to it. I applied it using a large bronzer brush which allows for even coverage. The product is easy to use, is in a circular case which allws you to swish the brush around to get a good amount to put on the face.
I find this product can be used all year. In winter as previously mentioned I use this on top of foundation to add a bit of glow in this pale time. In summer i use it on its own to highlight my tan.
Overall it is good value for money and is a product that can be used everyday and for every occassion.
MAC bronzing powder is available in 5 different shades and currently retails at £13.50. I bought the 'Golden' shade a little while ago.
These bronzers come in a matte black compact with the MAC logo written on the top. There's a mirror inside and my bronzer is a pretty tan colour with tiny gold glitter mixed into the powder. Some people may not like the glitter, but I find that it gives a pretty sheen and glow to my face and compliments my tan.
I think the powder is of excellent quality and goes on smoothly and streak-free. It just gives my skin a pretty, healthy, sun-kissed glow and I find that a little goes a long way. I sometimes apply more when I want a deeper bronze colour but I find that only a tiny bit is required for a nice daytime look.
The other shades come in different colours (deep, dark) and also matte and less glittery finishes. The best way of finding what suits you best is by going to the shop and trying some.
In my opinion, these are comparable to the Urban Decay baked bronzers, so if you like them, I recommend you give these a go.
I am a firm believer in bronzer and if I am rushing out the door and have not got time to apply my make up I make sure that I brush a little bronzer over my face to highlight my face and give it that extra glow and give you the healthy look that you get from a tan.
Bronzing from Mac is a tinted powder that gives your skin a natural colour effect. It glides on evenly and with a great make up brush this product is applied quickly and easily with minimal fuss.
It retails at around £14.00 but I think that this is a great product and a little goes a long way as I use a foundation and a powder and when I am almost complete a brush a little bronzer to get that natural glow to make me look healthier.
If you go on holiday bronzing is great as I find there is no need for a foundation or a powder so I just apply my bronzer to even out and take away the red from the suntan that I have and give me the great look
It comes it five shades so they have a colour to suit every skin tone from Bronze, Matt bronze, Golden, Refined golden and Refined deeper bronze. Mac has once again created a great product to go in their range and this is worth a try and is a product that I believe everyone should use to give their skin a natural glow.
Ideal for enhancing a skin tone /