Product Type: MAC makeup
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Bronzed and Beautiful
MAC Powder Bronzing
Member Name: colleen_uk
MAC Powder Bronzing
Advantages: Natural shades, long lasting, great coverage
Disadvantages: A bit more pricey
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!
Summary: Not only does "Barbie Love Mac" - I do too!