MAC is one of my favorite makeup brands and every year I get very excited to see what they have dreamt up for their holiday collection and this year they did not disappoint! This year's theme is Nutcracker Sweet which runs throughout both their colour collection and gift sets, and I for one am in love with it! I don't think that I have ever seen such beautiful and detailed packing for one of their collection and everything within it is beautiful and fills me with the urge that I "NEED" everything in it! However, I have (for the time being anyway!) managed to contain some self-restraint by only purchasing a few items from the collection, which of course I will be sharing my thoughts will you all!
One of the items I knew I had to pick up when it launched was one of their "Nutcracker Sweet Magic Dust Powder"'s as they simply looked beautiful. The powder comes in two shades "Sweet Vision" which is described as a "Pinky peach with gold pearl" and "Yum Yum Yum" - a "Soft pink with gold pearl". I ended up picking up the shade "Yum Yum Yum", however, I do have to say that "Sweet Vision" was my preferred shade of choice but it sold out so quickly on the MAC website that I missed out, but n reflection "Yum Yum Yum" is probably better suited to my snowy complexion and I was thrilled to get either shade as they both looked stunning.
The magic powders themselves are described as "A translucent ultra-fine, light-catching pearlescent powder, for face, neck and decollete" which I don't completely agree with, I think that MAC has perfectly described both the texture and the finish it gives when applied as it is both ultra-fine in texture and gives a lovely glowy, pearlescent sheen to the face, but it is the description of the pigmentation and use of the powder that I disagree with. This powder is not translucent -as you can see from the swatch it is actually pretty pigmented and is far closer to being a light blush than a powder to dust all over the face, so unless you want to look like you have done a lot of exercise and are puffed out, I'd stick to using it on the cheeks!
It looks gorgeous when applied on the cheeks, and gives a lovely natural, rosy glow and although there is gold shimmer running throughout it, it's very fine so when it is blended on the cheeks it looks more like a light glowy shimmer as opposed to a bunch a glitter on the cheeks, which looks far more flattering on the face as it doesn't emphasise any pores or uneven texture on the skin which is something that no one wants to show up! I also found that it wore pretty well on the skin and was still practically all in place when I came to remove my makeup at the end of the day which is a feat for any face product as I have quite oily skin, so product tends to move or wear off my face, especially on my cheeks!
I definitely recommend picking up one of the magic dust powders up as I think they are great value for money at £24, especially as the pans are quite a bit larger than a regular blush and are a similar size to their face powder compacts, not to mention that they are also of amazing quality! But I would recommend that if you want them to be quick as they are now sold out online, so I'd suggest popping into your local MAC store or counter or giving them a ring to see if it is still available because it really is stunning.
Is there is anything that you've got from MAC's holiday collection this year or anything that's gone onto your Christmas wishlist? Let me Know!