For the Money:
We love, love, love to use MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish powders as a highlight - the powders are 'luxurious,
velvet-soft, with high-frost metallic finish...add as highlights to cheeks, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the
face.' The domed compacts of pressed, baked-esque powder can be
purchased for $30 each, and some of our favorite colors include:
Limited Edition "Adored" - a 'coral with light beige pearl.'
"Lightscapade" is a 'soft, candlelit beige with multidimensional shimmer.'
"Soft and Gentle" offers a gorgeous 'gilded peach bronze' shine.
of the Mineralize Skinfinishes may be used as a highlighter, and stay
put all day. The only two drawbacks that we've noticed with this
product are the price, and the soft texture of the pressed powder; when
swirling a brush through the product, there is much fallout, because the
mineral powder is quite soft. This just means things can get a bit
messy, but for us, the beautiful color payoff is worth a bit of fairy
dust on the vanity.
For...HOW much (?!):
(Trumpet blast!) Enter NYX Loose Pearl Shadow, or Ultra Pearl Mania. These 'ultra-shimmering,
loose shadow powders can be used on eyes and cheeks...finely-milled
mineral eye shadows are high-impact, long-lasting—and a little
addictive.' We agree!!!! (insert excited little-girl screams!!!!!) These little beauties are $3 each (Ulta), are
amazingly pigmented, and have incredible staying-power. Their
shine-payoff is more extreme than the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, so this
powder is definitely for those who like their highlight to really stand
out. The only drawback to this product that we've noticed is, similar
to the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, the mess - the Loose Pearl Shadows
come in a small plastic bottle with a black screw-top, so the product
must be dumped out in order to be used. But again, the effectiveness,
price, and colors offered (30 shades) require us to be more than lenient
in our critique of the packaging.