Review: MAC MSF in ‘Lightscapade’

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Hello there! I hope you’re enjoying some sunshine and sporting those highlighters of yours! There’s nothing prettier than a fresh radiant complexion this time of the year and that’s why I decided to review one my favourite ‘glow-givers’ today. If you’re interested in learning more about this cult MAC product, keep on reading.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in the shade ‘Lightscapade’ is a light beige baked highlighting powder with blue and pink veins running through it. It looks almost out of this world, doesn’t it? Thanks to the beige base it looks golden/warm in the pan but leans more neutral once swatched. The powder is very finely milled and contains no frost or glitter particles. Honestly, it doesn’t even look shimmery. The texture is super soft but not so buttery you would pick up too much product. As a matter of fact, I find that you can’t go overboard even if you tried. It also isn’t crazily pigmented but can be builded up slightly. It goes on very smoothly and leaves more of a satin sheen. It never looks metallic or powdery on the skin. As for the staying power, used as a highlighter on the top of the cheekbones it lasts for about 7-8 hours on me so there’s no need for touch ups.

As you can see above, the swatch looks more like your regular pale face powder than a real shimmery highlighter. That’s why I couldn’t even swatch it on my hand. I would have to keep building it up forever to actually properly show on camera. And once blended out you’re left only with a subtle luminous glow. That’s the reason why I actually use it more like a radiant finishing powder all over the face (except on the sides of my nose and the nearby parts of cheeks). You know, that kind like Hourglass ambient lighting powders or Bourjois Java Rice powder but without the price tag or the unpractical loose formula. I apply the majority of the picked up product on the top of my cheekbones with a medium sized fluffy brush and then use the rest of the product on my forehead, top of the nose and chin. My skin ends up looking glowy and beautifully radiant without a hint of glitter.

You can see it in action on the instagram picture beneath. It was taken with flash so it’s the perfect evidence that it photographs really well and you don’t have to worry about flashbacks. However if your skin is more on the oily side, you will definitely need to use a more oil-absorbing powder underneath. But chose one which is lighter in texture. I usually apply a very thin layer of Soap&Glory One Heck of a Blot under the Lightscapade when I want it to last more and it never looks cakey.

Overall, I really enjoy using Lighscapade and since I bought it a few months ago, it’ve become a strong staple in my collection. So if you’re after a very subtle highlighter which isn’t glittery in any case and can be also used as a finishing powder I would definitely encourage you to try it the next time you’re in a MAC counter.

What do you think about MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinishes? Have you tried any of them?

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