Fair Lovelies, M.A.C. has a Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish to be “THE” Perfect Topping for Ya’ Face!

This Spring, M.A.C. released two mineralize Skinfinish for the “A Fantasy of Flowers” collection, and I went home with one of them, which is Perfect Topping, as I personally felt the other (Stereo Rose) might be too obvious for my skin as a highlighter for its copper bronze shade, and I do not intend to use the mineralize skinfinish as a blusher for its frosted finish. Perfect Topping is my very first mineralize Skinfinish from M.A.C., so I could not make any comparison about its formula from any collection in the past.

My current favourite Perfect Topping for my face

My current favourite Perfect Topping for my face

Being described as “pale pearlised pink”, it was difficult to capture the colour upon initial swatches. I saw light beige-champagne on my arm; however, once applied on the cheekbones, Perfect Topping was more pale-peachy-pink on me that turned my pink blush a little peachier, too.

Swatched: Do you see pale-pearly-pink? I don't, unfortunately.

Swatched: Do you see pale-pearly-pink? I don’t, unfortunately.

Each baked formula does not have the same veins of colour in each pan. Mine has lesser purple.

Each baked formula does not have the same veins of colour in each pan. Mine has lesser purple.

Some highlighters are very shimmery, but this one here is frosted with fine shimmers, which is rather common for M.A.C.’s Mineralize Skinfinish. Since highlighters are meant to create a soft glow for the skin, Perfect Topping does it perfect as in it does not make the makeup look one-dimensional. A Mineralize Skinfinish stated to be is a luxuriously domed face powder with minerals, slowly baked to provide dimensional yet natural-matte finish. I am happy to share that Perfect Topping makes the skin look natural while controlling oil at my T-Zone area while does not leave my skin  matte or flat either.

All I do to make this work as a highlighter is to swirl my powder brush in the product before applying it on my cheekbones, forehead, nose bridge, and cupid bow.

Without lip colour, eye liner and mascara to complete my look.

Damn the white cast from my sunblock!  The Mineralize Skinfinish looks very natural in every photos I take.

The only downside to this Mineralize Skinfinish is that it may accentuate pores if you apply TOO MUCH. Since the colour is quite light on my NC15-20 skin, once I feel that I have applied as much as how I do on other highlighters, I would have to stop reaching that product again or I risk looking a little patchy. Still, Perfect Topping is neither too glittery nor powdery for a highlighter, and I had 8 solid hours of it on my face before it slowly began to turn a little patchy. I am so blaming the weather these days, you know.

If the ingredients matter to you ^^

If the ingredients matter to you ^^

Price: RM120

Size: 9 grams

Availability: Limited Edition

If you have yet to visit M.A.C. cosmetics for its “Fantasy of Flowers” collection, I would say you better do. Everything else isn’t all about being rosy and pink; in fact, this collection also has a coral mineralize blush, and some green, brown, and purple mineralize eye shadows! I have always loved its mineralize eye shadows as the staying power is great once used wet, but I have not bought any yet! Limited Edition items from M.A.C. run out real fast! (Time to visit M.A.C. again soon)

With love,

LY

M.A.C. Natural Radiant Illuminating Makeup Base – Natural Pink

Around a month ago, a new shade for this well-known Prep + Prime illuminating makeup base has been released. The long standing shade that was introduced two years ago was a light golden shade for medium-darker skin tones, and for 2014, M.A.C. brought in a light pink shade (called Radiant Pink) that is suitable for lighter skin tones. This silky gel primer (makeup base) has the texture of a lotion, and it has NO scent – much to the relief to some who detest any fragrance on their face.

Even the bottle itself has got tiny little glitters!

Even the bottle itself has got tiny little glitters!

This illuminating makeup base is to be applied before the foundation, with the purpose of blurring fine lines, pores and any imperfection. Also, this oil-controlling primer is to help the foundation/powder last longer, giving an even and a nice glow, without making the skin oily. I don’t know why I never thought of trying M.A.C.’s popular makeup base, the Strobe Cream, which is more suitable for dehydrated-dry skin types, but when I tried the Prep + Prime Natural Radiance primer at the store, I just took out my wallet to pay for this.

Comes with a handy pump!

Comes with a handy pump!

Perhaps it was the very tiny little shimmer that will somehow disappear on the skin after few minutes. Although it left me looking a little whiter in the beginning, it then adhered to my natural skin tone, and I look glowing without looking oily. I like the fact that it did NOT appear tacky or drying on my dehydrated skin, when I first tried it out. I have been testing it for more than 2 weeks now, and I find it very comfortable to wear. Why?

1-2 pump(s) for the entire face

1-2 pump(s) for the entire face

It blurs my pores without feeling too tight, cakey or silicony. I tried using this makeup base on my whole face, and I like that my face remained flawless for 7 hours before I need to touch up again. That, my lovelies, was on days where I was out and about. If I were to stay in the office for the entire 9-10 hours, I believe I would not need to touch up at all.

See the lovely glitters?

See the lovely glitters?

I have tried some primers that are way too tacky or silicony for a smooth, even foundation application. This one, however, provides a smooth base where I paired it with my favourite lightweight foundation (reviewed here) and with a medium coverage Chanel Vitalumiere Hydra Teint Moist Radiance Emulsion Compact.

I currently like this illuminating makeup base, and I know the word “illuminating” would scare some people with oily skin types, but this is not greasy and seem to control oil pretty well. If you have used Laura Mercier’s reputable makeup primer – either in hydrating, oil-free, or illuminating, you can consider this as a replacement since this makeup base does not have that weird scent Laura Mercier has. In terms of turning the skin into a smooth canvas, however, I must admit that Laura Mercier has a slight advantage to M.A.C.

I purchased this Natural Radiance Illuminating Base in Radiant Pink for RM160 (50ml – YAY! Not 30ml) at M.A.C. store, and I have been reaching this every day for the comfort that it provides. I don’t feel my pores are being covered or blocked by the crazy silicones that lead to my skin not being able to breathe at all.

Have you tried this makeup base or what is your current go-to makeup primer?

With love,

LY