In less time than it takes to throw a load of delicates in the wash (read: very little time; i.e. super fast), you can “freshen up” your cheekbones with MAC Freshen Up, the brand’s newest highlighting powder, coming soon as part of the Wash and Dry collection.
So, what’s the 411 on Freshen Up?
It’s a limited edition warm-toned highlighter housing three satiny shades in one pan — a deep pinkish coral, a peachy coral and a yellow gold. Bust it out to add shimmer and shine to your skin. Interestingly, the shimmery golden overspray that coats the entire pan sticks around for a surprisingly long time — this, compared to other oversprays that seem to vanish into thin air after a couple swipes. The shimmer dust here settles into the little holes and crevices in the pan’s design, so even after it looks like it’s all gone, my brush continues to pick up some of the shimmer.
How do you use it?
I sweep the powder on the high points of my face — my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, on my Cupid’s bow and just above my brow bone — where I want to catch the light. Wear the shades individually, like by loading a small tapered eye brush (like the MAC 266), and then applying, or use a fluffier blush or a highlighting brush to swirl all three colors together. In this pic, I’m wearing all of them swirled together.
(Note: if you’re a lighter lovely, you’ll probably also be able to use Freshen Up as a blush, too.)
How well does it work?
Here’s the deal: with more of a satiny sheen than the high-shine finish that many traditional highlighters have, these powders remind me of the Hourglass Ambients. It takes a second to realize, “Oh! Homegirl is wearing highlighter,” so they don’t reach out and slap ya silly, in other words.
It’s more like a gentle tap. LOL!
That said, if you like that kind of high-shine highlight, Freshen Up’s muted shimmer probably won’t do it for you. I happen to really like this level of shimmer, because I think it’s easier for me to wear than highlighters with a high beam, metallic-type finish. Those can make my combo skin look extra dry, and make my fine lines come out to play (which is not good).
As for wear time and blending, neither are bad. No problems buffing out the edges, and the formula stays put for at least 6-7 hours.
Who’d probably like it?
A lover of nuanced sheens and subtlety. 🙂 If you adore the Hourglass Ambients, and/or prefer highlighters that aren’t strikingly shiny, you’ll probably like Freshen Up. If, on the other hand, you live for bold highlights, you may be left wanting more.
Look for Freshen Up to freshen up MAC stores and counters when it arrives with the rest of the MAC Wash and Dry collection May 21 (May 14 online).
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition, part of the MAC Wash and Dry collection; coming May 14 to the MAC website, and May 21 to MAC counters and stores
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,