Hi, Refined Golden! Can I Get a Lift From the Flecks of Golden Glitter in Your Gorgeous Golden Bronzer? Yes, Yes I Can

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MAC Refined Golden

Here I’m wearing MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder just below my cheekbones…

Like Tabs the Cat, star of screen, stage and glossy magazines, MAC’s $25 Refined Golden Bronzing Powder does it all, deepening tans, thereby allowing me to live out my bronzed beach surfer babe dreams (irrespective of the fact that I spend most of my time with my butt in front of a computer), and sculpting cheekbones like Michelangelo sculpted marble and clay. We’re talkin’ real-deal contouring here.

To my eye, it’s the darkest and most intense of the Temperature Rising collection’s four powder bronzers, making it ideal for skin tones NC42-ish and darker.

MAC Refined Golden

So refined…

Flecks of golden glitter spice up this pan of deep golden tan, which I probably would have liked even without the glitter for the color itself, which never looks muddy, ruddy or dirty on my skin, perhaps due to the golden undertones.


Did you say, “hrmpf!” when I said, “glitter?” Not to worry. MAC didn’t go overboard with this glitter (not that there’s anything inherently wrong with going overboard on glitter). This isn’t Bollywood-caliber shimmer, which I also like.

MAC Refined Golden Swatch

MAC Refined Golden on NC42 Skin

No, the flecks in Refined Golden are microscopic. I only really notice them when I’m looking closely at a swatch, but they’re there, still working their magic, adding dimension and enchanting the skin to make it look more fresh, vibrant and alive.

I’m in lurve with this bronzer. I think it’s flat-out gorgeous, and I can totally see why MAC chose to give it an encore in Temperature Rising (it’s a re-promote from their permanent line).

PRICE: $25
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition (although you can also find it in MAC’s permanent line, ironically for $1 less), available now online and coming to MAC counters May 23

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  1. Agata says:

    Ohhh bronzers. I kind of want Nude on Board bronzer but at the same time I also want the New Clarins bronzer because it’s so pretty…

  2. Teri says:

    I’m really getting into bronzer this year! I kinda like this one, the shimmer is very refined idd, it’s a great balance between the matte bronzers and the overly frosty once if you ask me. You look so nicely tanned Karen, really like the effect of it! ^^
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  3. Danielle says:

    Love this bronzer, but it looks a touch dark for me.
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  4. You look like a bronzed goddess, Karen, just lovely!
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  5. Really pretty! I like that the glitter doesn’t show up. I prefer my bronzers mostly matte
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  6. Liz says:

    That looks amazing on you. It looks similar to Bobbi Brown’s Bali Brown bronzer to me.

  7. Charisma says:

    I love a semi-matte bronzer especially if they show on nc45 skin which doesn’t look orange or muddy. Darn it, I just bought a new 4 Seasons bronzer from Maybelline.
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  8. Jessica says:

    I owned a very similar Clinique bronzer..the ”True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer” in Sunswept..
    I felt it was on the drier side and hard to get enough product to apply… so i guess this belong to the same family..:D

  9. Emily says:

    Hi Karen

    This bronzer look very pretty on you. I have some skin color as you.. NC 42 and Nars Syracuse. I’m new to bronzer.. and summer is just around the corner..
    I have my eyes on NARS Casino at the moment
    Do you think this bronzer darker then NARS Casino?? Which one do you perfer/like more for everyday natural looking in summer??
    Thank you

  10. Rosy says:

    You look really gorgeous! I’m nc30/35 and normally use Sun Dipped, but it”s a little too light…do you think I can try with this one?

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