I have to preface this post by saying HI!!! I’m back from vacation! I fully intended my first post back to be vacation related, but since these MAC collections are coming out in a hot minute I thought I would do these first, and then get you all up to speed on what I saw, ate and did while I was away. Enjoy!
MAC is coming out with three new collections next week, two of which *really* tempted me. The first of which is In Extra Dimension which features metallic eyeshadows and skinfinishes in a new formula.
The skinfinishes aren’t quite as buttery as others in their same category–like Laura Mercier’s Rose Rendezvous or Estée Lauder’s Gelee powders–but they are very similar.
Superb Skinfinish- I would describe it as rose gold in color, highly metallic and shimmery.
Whisper of Gilt Skinfinish- A cooler gold highlighter. I don’t have anything similar to this, which is why it drew me in. It’s gold, but it leans more white gold than yellow gold.
T-B, L-R: MAC Superb, EL Modern Mercury, Guerlain Cruel Gardenia, EL Shimmering Sands, LM Rose Rendezvous
I know a BIG question would be, “How does Superb compare to all the other highlighters like it that have been released in recent months?” Well…here you go!
Swatches L-R (natural light): Cruel Gardenia, Shimmering Sands, Superb, Modern Mercury, Rose Rendezvous
Swatches L-R: (flash) Cruel Gardenia, Shimmering Sands, Superb, Modern Mercury, Rose Rendezvous
Superb is darker and more peach than Cruel Gardenia, and Shimmering Sands is much more brown and deeper in tone. Superb is *very* close to Modern Mercury and Rose Rendezvous. It’s slightly less sparkly than both but to some that’s probably a good thing since both Modern Mercury and Rose Rendezvous are highly metallic and very shimmery. In tone/color they are essentially the same, but Superb is slightly lighter than Laura Mercier and Estée Lauder. The texture of Superb is drier than both as well. It’s still very smooth and creamy, but not quite as much as the other two.
Clockwise from left: MAC Lightscapade, MAC By Candlelight, Estée Lauder Topaz Chameleon, MAC Whisper of Gilt
I already said that I don’t really have anything like Whisper of Gilt, but I did search my stash and wanted to compare a few things.
Swatches L-R (natural light): By Candlelight, Whisper of Gilt, Lightscapade, Topaz Chameleon
Swatches L-R (flash): By Candlelight, Whisper of Gilt, Lightscapade, Topaz Chameleon
As you can see none are particularly similar. The texture is more buttery than regular mineralize skinfinishes, but slightly less “melty” than the Estée Lauder formula.
I haven’t had time to test these out yet but I did want to get swatches up ASAP to help those who are trying to decide what to get. I have more things coming up, but I working fast to get lots of comparisons done too!
Are you eying anything up from the new collections?