With MAC Surf Baby riding onto counters soon and already hanging ten online, I thought this might be a good time to wax our surfboards philosophic about two superstars from the limited edition collection, the Studio Careblend Pressed Powders in Lush-Light Bronze and Gold-Go-Lightly ($28 each).
I love the Careblends. Like really, really love them. MAC added the line of sheer-to-medium coverage face powders, arguably some of the company’s best face products to date, to their permanent line earlier this year.
Where some tinted face powders can look chalky and/or develop cracks and creases, the Careblends, with a finish just shy of a matte, look like flawless, real skin to me. Lightweight and smooth, they’re also a joy to blend, never irritating the combination dry/oily/acne-prone skin on my face.
Studio Careblend/Pressed Powders in Lush-Light Bronze (left) and Gold-Go-Lightly (right)
And the limited edition Careblends MAC included with the Surf Baby release are just as fab as the eight shades already living in the permanent line. I’ve been wearing golden tan Gold-Go Lightly (reminds me of a matte version of NARS Laguna) and pinkish brown Lush-Light Bronze (goes great with a tan!) this week to contour, and also to give my face a warmer look, much like I would with a bronzing powder.
My routine has gone a little something like this…
- Forehead — Sometimes a single foundation and powder color all over my face can make my skin appear flat. Dusting a Careblend across my forehead, one of the places where the sun would normally fall, with a big, fluffy powder brush gives the entire face more realistic dimension through subtle variations in color.
- Cheeks — Next, to emphasize my cheekbones, I load a small blush brush with one of the Careblends and follow the curves along the bottom of the apples of my cheeks, up toward my ears.
- Jawline — Then, to further sculpt the face, I sweep a Careblend along my jawline with the same small blush brush I used for my cheeks.
- Eyes — Finally, to really open up my eyes (because you know my @ss looks hella tired all the time, LOL!), I sweep a Careblend into my creases and along my lower lash lines with a domed fluffy crease brush.
Surf Baby does also feature two Bronzing Powders, Solar Riche and Refined Golden ($24 each); I’ve tried them and think they’re solid products, but if I had to choose one or the other, a Bronzing Powder or Careblend, I’d grab one of the Careblends in a heartbeat. I just think they’re a little easier to use, useful in a wider range of situations and look more realistic. I’ve worn them atop bare skin, foundation and even tinted moisturizer, and in every case they’ve done well.
Studio Careblend/Pressed Powders swatches in Lush-Light Bronze (left) and Gold-Go-Lightly (right)
Wearing Gold-Go Lightly
Oh, if you struggle with super oily skin, you might try a 50/50 blend with a Careblend and MAC Blot. While the Careblends seem to handle shine pretty well, the addition of MAC Blot should really help keep oil under control. When I don’t blend with Blot, I find I have to retouch my combination skin about every six hours (which isn’t bad at all).
PRICE: $28 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now online; coming soon to MAC stores and counters (officially, Thursday, May 26, but there have been rumors of an early launch tomorrow, so you might want to call your local MAC store/counter to confirm)
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Welcome to my world!
Last night I learned that the roads in my neighborhood are being repaved today and tomorrow. I was supposed to move my car to one of the designated safe zones ahead of time, but being the lame-o that I am, I didn’t do it last night and waited instead until this morning. I figured I would just be parking the car around the corner, so I didn’t even bother to change out of my pajamas when I left the house.
Um, bad idea!
By the time I got out there, all of the safe parking places were filled, so I ended up having to park three blocks away and then walk about 10 minutes along of the main streets in town wearing my jammies and lookin’ like a crazy person. LOL! Seriously…welcome to my world.
If you happened to be driving through Novato early this morning and noticed a really short girl in hot pink sweats with ratty, uncombed hair — yes, that was me.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,