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Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Glyceryl Distearate, Trisiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cholesterol, Jojoba Seed Oil, Steareth-10 Cetyl Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Vitis Vinifera Fruite Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract, Morus Bombycis Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyalauronate, Panthenol, Ceramide 2, Xanthan Gum, Sucrose, Glycerin, Cyanocobalmin, Caprylyl Glycol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metabisulfite, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Linoleic Acid, Isohexadecane, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Red 4.

Product Description: “The ultimate quick fix for the skin. Super-powered with potent botanicals; de-snoozes, de-stresses, moistens, freshens and boosts the look of dull, flat or tired-looking skin with a fully loaded vitamin zap and a mega dose of green tea.”

My Experience: This cream has been around a long time and is one of MAC’s hall of famers, and with good reason. It’s brimming with great ingredients and infuses skin with a beautiful glow. Although it’s technically a moisturizer, it’s really more of a cream highlighter with benefits. It doesn’t have quite enough hydration to be used alone, especially in the moisture-sapping chill of winter, but as a highlighter it’s quite lovely. And it isn’t sparkly or in your face, either. Dabbed across cheekbones, along the temples or down the center of the nose, it radiates fine, light-reflecting particles. Skin looks beaming and, when caught by the light, softly opalescent. And this doesn’t leave behind any sticky residue. It leaves skin feeling velvety smooth. I’ve even dotted this gently across my brow bone to give my eyes an enticing glimmer. This isn’t the product for you if you’re after a totally natural highlighter, because there’s a whisper of pearly shimmer. But, really, it’s one of the more delicately gorgeous light-infusing products out there. And for such a stellar product, it’s decidedly not extortionate. And it’s great for your skin. Go try it.

The Skinny: A cream that works wonders as a highlighter because it infuses the skin with a soft, pearly glow and it’s packed with good ingredients. There is some shimmer, but it’s very subtle. You needn’t fear the disco ball effect.

Cost:

UK: £12.50 for 30ml, £22.50 for 50ml from MAC

USA: $15 for 1 fl oz, $31 for 1.7 fl oz from MAC

Rating: 4/5

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Product Description: Re-texturizes the skin and excels at being a face primer with high everyday UVA/UVB SPF 35 defense.

My Experience: I’ve been using this a lot over the past few months and I really like it. Some people say BB creams are the same as tinted moisturizers, just marketed differently. Others say they’re better because, as well as providing good coverage, they’re heaped with ingredients that are good for your skin. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any detailed information for this product on MAC’s website so I can’t comment on its ingredients, but it’s a lovely product nonetheless. It’s meant to be a primer, but I often wear it on its own over moisturizer. It has a natural, soft finish with a whisper of a sheen. It’s meant to work on an array of complexions with its sheer beige color, but I’ve heard that some people find it too light (I’m NC20 for reference and find it a very close match for my skin tone). It calms down my redness and makes my skin look more even. I wear this when I want a my-skin-but-better look, and this ticks all the boxes. It provides just enough coverage, it’s lightweight and comfortable and it blends easily. Worn alone it stays put all day and it’s also a long-lasting base beneath makeup. The packaging is a real winner too. Tinted moisturizers and beauty balms so often come in tubes that plop out a huge amount of product through enormous, messy nozzles. This nozzle is small and allows you to squeeze out a neat, precise amount. I prefer this primer to MAC’s Prep & Prime Face Protect SPF 50, which tends to leaves my face sticky and pasty.

The Skinny: A lightly tinted beauty balm that provides good coverage, evens out skin tone and has a lovely, natural finish. Works well on its own or beneath makeup.

Cost:

UK: £22 from MAC

USA: $30 from MAC

Rating: 4/5