If there’s a cure for my addiction to MAC Mineralize Skinfinish powders, I don’t want it! Whenever MAC releases these limited edition shimmery powders for face and cheeks (so fab for highlighting!), I always fall for at least one of the new pans.
My latest MSF obsession? By Candlelight, from the upcoming MAC In The Groove collection (arrives Thursday, July 8).
It may not look like much in the pan (just another blah brown, right?), but don’t be fooled. Introduce it to cheeks, and By Candlelight comes to life!
One of four limited edition Mineralize Skinfinishes released with In The Groove ($28 each), this shimmery cheek and face powder adds a gentle flush of rosy pink and warm golden glow — fresh, breezy and casual.
On laid-back, minimal makeup days of the kind I’d like to have quite often this summer , where I limit my looks to tinted moisturizer, concealer, mascara, brow powder and lip balm, By Candlelight works wonders, and those are the times I like to use it as a shimmery blush.
The look is relaxed, yet still kinda sexy, like familiar jeans, or that old grey tank that fits you *just* right.
And because I think it’s a little more pigmented than some of the other MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes, it stands up well on its own and doesn’t take me a lot of building to bring out the color.
Are you feeling any déjà vu? If you are, pat yourself on the back, eagle-eyed MAC addict! This isn’t By Candlelight’s first trip to the rodeo. The color was also released with last winter’s MAC Warm & Cozy collection.
By Candlelight on NW20 skin
By Candlelight on NC35 skin
By Candlelight on my cheeks…
Whenever I feel like I can do more than one thing with a product, wear it in more than one way, I feel like it’s delivering good value, and I can think of at least a few different ways I might wear By Candlelight.
One, for a glowy, glazed look like in the pic above, you could wear it on the apples of your cheeks (like what I attempted in the pic above), applied wet with something like MAC 187 skunk brush.
Or two, you could do something softer and more diffused by buffing it onto your cheeks with a dry blush brush like the MAC 129.
Three, you could even try using it as a highlighter, sweeping it along your upper cheekbones with a tapered blush brush like the MAC 116.
Or four, apply a fine dusting over your entire face with a fluffy powder brush like the MAC 150 for an all-over glow.
NOTE: I noticed a few angles at which By Candlelight’s shimmery finish seemed to emphasize imperfections on my skin. If you’re concerned about fine lines or large pores, consider starting with a layer of primer beneath your makeup. It should help keep the effect under control.
If you’re interested, swing by your local MAC counter on Thursday to peep this shade and more from MAC In The Groove. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
You might like MAC By Candlelight Mineralize Skinfinish if…
- You like how you look in warm gold and pink
- You’re rocking a summertime tan (By Candlelight loves tanned skin!)
- You want a shimmery blush you can wear on casual days
- You like it when your skin glows
- You appreciate flexible beauty products you can use in different ways
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,