MAC Star Wonder Mineralize SkinfinishMAC Star Wonder Mineralize Skinfinish ($29) is a new limited edition baked highlighter, released in the Heavenly Creatures Collection that launched in-stores July 5th.
If you typically aren't favorable of shimmery face products, you might want to steer clear of MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes, as they are frosty and sometimes shimmery. The amount of shimmer differs with each shade. I can't help but drool over Mineralize Skinfinishes each time MAC launches new shades.. they're just so pretty to look at! And although I'm not too crazy about too much shimmer, I love highlighter, and I always use a bit in my daily routine!
Star Wonder is described as a plummy pink with multi-dimensional pearl. It's made up of a few different shades - there's a warm pink, plum and pale gold. When combined, a shimmery plummy pink with a golden shimmer is created.
Mineralize Skinfinishes have the typical smooth and soft texture of baked powders, and blend really well with minimal effort. Some shades are dark enough to be used as a blush, while some are light and frosty, and work best solely as a highlighter. Star Wonder could be used for either purpose, but is dark enough to use as a blush. Because it's shimmery, only a touch is needed for a natural glow. When buffed out, the shimmer isn't as noticeable, but it's still there, providing a glowing sheen to the cheeks. While it looks nice applied either way, I like wearing it across the top of my cheekbones as a highlight, paired with a pink blush.
I usually use a duo-fiber fan brush, but any duo-fiber brush would work well at laying down minimal product at once.
Bear in mind the purpose of shimmer is to draw light to those areas, putting more emphasis on them. The reason we like to add shimmer to the highest point of the cheeks is to create dimension to the cheeks, and give the illusion of higher cheekbones. You don't want to add a shimmery product to areas you don't want to be emphasized (wrinkles, acne, dryness, enlarged pores, etc.).
Left: Heavy Swatch, Right: Light Swatch
- Good pigmentation
- Can be used as a blush as well as a highlighter
- Soft, easy to blend texture
- Provides a natural glow when used sparingly
- Very shimmery - can look unnatural if too much is applied - can also emphasize pores, oily skin, etc.