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.
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.
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).
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
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,