Tuesday, June 1, 2010

MAC To The Beach Marine Life High-Light Powder

Here's the jewel in the crown of the To The Beach Collection...the Marine Life High-Light Powder LE ($32.50 CA/26.00 US). Embossed with a golden seahorse floating in a bed of coral, it's easy to see why this is the "must have" item. The golden accent is of course (and unfortunately) an overspray applied to the underlying powder itself, which dissapears after the first few uses.

First photo taken with flash, second natural light. Swatches done in natural light on NC 35-40 skin.

In my opinion, the powder itself is much less a highlighter as it is a blush. This product is surprisingly pigmented and has a satin finish, with a very slight pearl effect. Definetly not your average frosty, low pigmented highlighter.

To The Beach Marine Life High-Light Powder (left to right):
mixed, light pink section, coral section.

When swatched seperately, the results are a deep orange coral blush and a light baby pink blush. This product is very generously sized (same size as a powder compact) and I think it would be possible to use the two colours seperately given that you were using a small brush (eg: MAC's 130 or 188) to apply the light pink shade to highlight the orange coral blush.

Mixed, the two shades become a very pretty coral pink. What's great about this product is that you can intensify the mixed shade by dabbling your brush more in the orange coral portion, or you could contour with the orange coral shade and then add a pop to the apples of your cheeks with the mixed shade.

Generally I don't go in for elaborately decorated makeup, especially those with oversprays (I always wish they could make the overspray colour penetrate the whole product). However, I find myself really liking this product, mainly because the colours offered in this product are very flattering and great for spring and summer. I am also really feeling corals and peaches this season, so this one is a natural for me.

Anyone else in with the hype?


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