Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Review: MAC Skinfinish in Whisper of Gilt

Next up in my series on highlighters is the MAC Skinfinish in Whisper of Gilt.  It is Limited Edition (sorry, but keep an eye out for my next giveaway).  It came out in MAC's Extra Dimension collection that launched at the beginning of April 2012.  It's sold out at MAC online, but as of this blog post, you can still get it at Nordstrom online and I'm sure some MAC counters still have it.

The entire Extra Dimension collection is a new formula from MAC.  The Official blurb from MAC about the collection and the Skinfinishes in particular:

A liquid-powder highlighter with prismatic reflections that sculpts, highlights and models the face. The cool, creamy near-fluid formula creates a luminous, well-defined finish. Wears 10 hours.


Whisper of Gilt is described by MAC as "a light soft white with shimmery sheen".  It definitely has a shimmery sheen, but I don't think I'd categorize it as a soft white.  It's gold.  A lovely gold.  But gold.

I took 2 swatch photos below.  Again, I'm having a hard time trying to figure out how to photograph highlighters.  There is a heavy swatch on the right and a sheered out swatch on the left.  I think the heavy swatch in the second photo is truer to color, but the sheered out swatch on the first swatch is truer.



The product goes on smooth.  I was a little afraid that the first time I swatched it, that the pattern would be demolished, but it's surprisingly firm.  I'm not buying the marketing bit about "cool, creamy near-fluid formula".  It felt like a powder.  A nice powder, but a powder nonetheless.

The internet tells me that this formula is probably if not an exact copy of the Estee Lauder powder gelee formula, then at the very least a really close copy.  The MAC Extra Dimension skinfinishes have the bonus of being much larger and cheaper than the Estee Lauder powder gelees.

I think this is a beautiful highlighter.  It is a lot more of a true gold than many of the highlighters I own, so I am happy to add it to my collection.  The pan contains a TON of product and I seriously have no idea how I could even hit pan on this, much less use the entire thing.  I am curious to see how the new formula holds up over time since I will definitely have this for a while.

The pan contains 9 grams of product and retails for $29.

Overall:  7/10





7 comments:

  1. Great review, Indie! I ordered mine from Nordroms.com two days ago. Can't wait to get it! :+)

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    1. Yay! Nordstrom is supposed to be delivering some items from Tres Cheek today for me!

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  2. Beautiful products! Here in NL it isn't available yet, but I'm dying to get it!

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    1. Did you enter my giveaway? You could win it ;)

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  3. Why only 7/10? I already have Superb and I want to pick this up but have so many highlighters like this already.

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    1. I have a blog post explaining my ratings here: http://girliereview.blogspot.com/2012/04/boring-but-necessary-blog-post.html

      I do really like it, but $30 for a highlighter is pricey enough for me to ding it. It is a great addition to my collection, but I wouldn't die without it.

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  4. I've been seeing these on other blogs and they look soooo pretty. :D

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