Mac released 3 different collections this spring, Tres Chic, Reel Sexy and In Extra Dimension. I'm still on a project pan, and I'm also still in sort of a makeup rut so I didn't find anything else of interest out of all three of those collections.
Tres Chic was an all blush collection. Reel Sexy was a full collection of face, lip and eye products, and In Extra Dimension was to me, the most interesting, including eyeshadows and cheek products. What made In Extra Dimension so interesting though was that the products were basically the Mac version of the Estée Lauder Modern Mercury and Cyber Eyes collections. The Lauder collections were very hyped because of the unusually incredible formula of the powders.
I actually did pick up two of the Cyber Eyes shadows and found them intriguingly awesome - moist, dry, and very shiny all at once. Gorgeous, luxurious and very different from anything I own.
When Mac released the promo info and photos for this collection, from the way they powder looks in the pan on the skin I immediately connected it to the Lauder products and knew I had to purchase something from the collection.
There were a ton of eyeshadows and these 3 skinfinishes, and I actually only bought the skinfinishes. I figured since summer is coming, I'm not really going to wear the darker shadows that were released, and the skinfinishes were not only beautiful but also very wearable as eyeshadows. I also LOVE highlighters, as you know, so it was really a no-brainer for me to purchase.
Since Estée Lauder owns Mac, it was no surprise that the formula was not only just similar but basically the exact same thing. I was very happy about that, especially because Mac is so much less expensive than Lauder.
The three skinfinishes that were released were Glorify, Superb, and Whisper of Gilt. As a sidenote, Glorify is a dupe for Lauder's St. Tropez, and Superb is a dupe for the original Modern Mercury highlighting powder.
The Skinfinishes were $28 each and were limited edition at Mac, but you may be able to still find them locally.
Swatches are after the jump!
GlorifyGlorify is a very warm coppery bronze. This is really the one that I plan on most wearing on my eyes instead of my cheeks. It's a little too pigmented and light bronze for me to use as a bronzer. It's also very light so in the deep summer, I might consider lightly dusting it on the very top of my cheek bones and shoulders but really not something I'd do right now. It is very pigmented though and will look very nice as a lid color, especially for those with blue eyes.
SuperbSuperb is a pinky champagne color. It goes onto the skin very prettily like By Candelight or Rose Ole by Mac. It doesn't give off a pink color really at all. I'd also use this on the lid. I've used this as a highlighter already (but plan to put it away until my Project Pan is over) and it's very shimmery and strong but gorgeous nonetheless.
Whisper of GiltWhisper of Gilt is a very pretty warm light gold. Also very shimmery and wearable as a highlight as well as lid color. This is very similar to a lot of lighter Mac shadows though so if you missed this and want a similar color go check those out. As for formula, you'll miss out on it but there's nothing I can really suggest for that :( This one ends up looking the most shimmery on the skin for me. But blended out it's really not that bad.
Glorify, Superb, Whisper of Gilt
Glorify blended out