Prep + Prime Highlighter
This fluid highlighter is packaged in a click pen–style component outfitted with a built-in synthetic brush. As you click the base of the component, the highlighter is fed onto the brush, ready for application.
Applying this with the brush or your finger is easy thanks to its excellent silky texture. You have to blend quickly, though, because this sets to a soft matte finish within seconds. Coverage is sheer as advertised, less than what you'd get from a regular concealer.
Used as a highlighter under the eyes, on the brow bone, or along the bridge of the nose, this comes in a number of workable shades: Bright Forecast is best for medium skin tones and is trickiest to use due to a slight peach cast; Light Boost is a soft, champagne gold that's best for light to medium skin tones; and Radiant Rose is a pale, opalescent pink that is the most "brightening" of the shades, best on fair to light skin tones.
The other shades are more flesh-toned and include options for fair to deep skin, in case you want a more natural look for highlighting (and it works beautifully in this regard).
If you've been looking to try a highlighter that looks more "lit from within" than shimmery, while this isn't an inexpensive option, this just might be the one for you!
- Silky texture is easy to blend.
- Attractive soft matte finish.
- Comes in both "highlighting" and skin tone shades.
- Natural, "lit-from-within" look without excessive shimmer.
A pen-style highlighter that efficiently brings a soft, sheer wash of colour to the skin. With its precision application, it adds radiance just where you want it. Goes on smoothly for cushion-soft wear. Use over makeup for highlights, touch-ups or under makeup to brighten and prime.
M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance
What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. Cosmetics is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.
When it comes to skincare you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!
M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.
Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.
Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.
Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.
For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.
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