Wearing MAC Extra Dimension Mineralize Skinfinish in Superb
The new MAC Extra Dimension Mineralize Skinfinishes ($28 each) start with an almost blinding shine! — almost like looking directly at the sun (which I know you’re not supposed to do but…).
These three shimmery highlighters have more in common with the new Extra Dimension eyeshadows than mere quantum mechanics. They also have that same easy-to-blend cream, liquid and powder hybrid formula, and offer a glazed, shiny finish similar to the finish I get when I apply MAC’s regular powder Mineralize Skinfinishes with a wet brush.
With the Extra Dimension Skinfishes, I can get that same super intense, glazed shine in fewer steps. Instead of trying to find my brush, spraying the brush with MAC Fix+, swiping it across the pan, and then blending on my skin, all I have to do is open a pan of Extra Dimension, pat a small amount on my upper cheekbones, my temples and down the bridge of my nose, and … that’s it. All done. Blending out the edges is a snap, and because they’re so pigmented, a little goes a long way.
Of the three Extra Dimensional shades in the launch, Superb, the soft peachy nude, is my pick for Best in Show. I think it’ll look great on most skin tones.
The lightest shade, white gold Whisper of Gilt, may look a little chalky on darker damsels, while lighter lasses may feel like the darkest shade, coppery gold Glorify, appears a little too bold/dark.
Oh! Random lipgloss moment… I think all three of these look fantastic with bronzy Oh Baby Lipglass.
Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Superb ($28 US; $33.50 CDN)
Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Glorify ($28 US; $33.50 CDN)
Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Whisper of Gilt ($28 US; $33.50 CDN)
Extra Dimension Skinfinishes
Extra Dimension Skinfinish swatches from the left: Superb, Glorify and Whisper of Gilt
Be prepared to tote these pans around with you when you leave the house. Paired with primer and foundation, I get about six hours of wear time out of them; without primer and foundation, only four.
PRICE: $28 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at MAC counters, stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (I love the colors, finish and texture; just wish they lasted longer)
NARS Summer 2012!
This one’s not MAC-related, but I got whiff of the NARS Summer 2012 collection, and my! It looks like a beaut.
The collection, which arrives on NARS counters and narscosmetics.com on April 15, features nine earth tone-inspired pieces for eyes, cheeks, lips and nails that, coincidentally, could look pretty fab paired with any of the Extra Dimension Skinfinishes…
I’m just sayin’.
The entire collection includes the Ramatuelle Trio Eyeshadow (Limited Edition; $45), Marie-Galante Duo Eyeshadow ($34), Calabria Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24), Liberté Blush ($28), Moscow Pure Matte Lipstick ($25), Vendanges Lipstick ($24), Buenos Aires Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil ($24), Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24) and Trouville Nail Polish ($18).
Q&A WITH FRANÇOIS NARS
What inspired the NARS 2012 Summer Collection?
I was interested in exploring the interplay of earth tones and shimmers. That relationship between divergent colors and textures is summed up in our Ramatuelle Trio Eyeshadow, which combines a silver shade with an apricot and icy peach.
Besides illustrating a fresh take on nudes, the Trio is also just a really chic and versatile summer palette.
What’s unexpected about the collection?
I think at first glance, the combination of orchid, blue, strawberry red and seashell pink can sound and appear quite delicate and innocent, but our version of these colors and the way we combine them results in a look that’s more fun and edgy.
What are the must-have products of the season?
Besides the Ramatuelle Trio Eyeshadow, I’d say our Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. The lilac rose color looks great with tanned skin, and the matte finish is the perfect complement to a shimmery lid or glowing complexion. I also love our Trouville Nail Polish because a seashell pink nail is a really fun summer accessory.
As the face of the Summer Color Collection, how does Ginta represent the summer mood?
When made up in the collection’s colors, Ginta transforms from fresh and girlish into a strong and sophisticated woman, but with an irreverent playful edge.
Um … am I the only person wondering if that Justin Bieber song had anything to do with the Never Say Never Lip Pencil?
Yes, I probably am.
Thakoon for NARS Nail Collection
And that’s not all we have to look forward to over the next few weeks. On May 1 NARS will also release a line of six limited edition nail polishes developed with fashion designer Thankoon Panichgul. The Thankoon for NARS Nail Collection will feature opaque, vibrant shades inspired by the colors found in Indian spice markets. Products priced at $18 each.
The shades include Anardana (an azalea pink), Ratin Jot (an orchid purple), Amchoor (a bright yellow), Kutki (a powder blue), Koliary (a cyan blue), Lal Mirchi (a Mandarin red; only available at NARS 413 Bleecker Street Boutique).
See anything you like? I’m diggin’ that yellow up there, BIG time.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,