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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

MAC: MSF in Refined

The Breakdown


Color-Mineralized Skin Finish in Refined

Thoughts-So I picked this up on my first CCO trip, it was actually a "Congrats for surviving an 8am MCAT" reward that I bought for myself. I went in knowing I wanted a not-so-shimmery MAC MSF if I could get my hands on it...and I did. I turns out that this is one of the least glitter filled of the non-Natural MSFs.

The powder is a marbled combination of pale pink, warm brown, glittery gold and rosy pink powders. The overall effect is more of a glow/subtle highlight rather than as a blush. It gives a really nice golden sheen when it is applied. I'm not a fan of the glittery face so I use this as a highlight around the outside of my eye and on the tops of my cheeks. If I'm going out then I will layer it UNDER a matte blush to obtain that 'all over glow.'

The quality of the powder is really nice, but it is a little on the soft side so I would not go anywhere near it with a brush that wasn't from Ecotools (blush brush=win) or the e.l.f. Studio Line Complexion Brush (massive and supper fluffy). Anything stiffer/denser will both destroy the powder and apply enough of the product on your face to make you look like TinkerBell's cousin.

I also like that the veining isn't a set pattern, so it's easy to pick and choose which portions to swipe your brush across depending on the look you are going for. I think if I ever come across another MSF that I like that that will be one of the criteria. It's like having multiple products in one.

Overall-I like it. The color is not as bold as I would have hoped, I really wanted to use it as a straight blush, but that is what I get for not doing enough research beforehand. I feel like if you have lighter skin (around NC30 or below) the pinky-ness of this MSF will show up more. But if you have skin like me and you are looking for that all over glow without the two tons of glitter, I say go for it.

Star Rating- 4/5, A little more pigmentation would make it perfect.

The Packaging

Label, label, label

The MSF, comes with a plastic protecting cover

Swatches (They are a little backward): Multi-swatch on above, Single below

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