Mac Mineralized Skinfinish Highlighter in Cheeky Bronze: A Review

Ah, Summer. There is nothing like the sweltering hot sun to give you the glow of a glazed donut. Now that summer is here, it’s safe to say we all want that bronzed, sun-kissed look and highlighters are the perfect product to achieve that!

I love the light natural glow a highlighter gives you. It accentuates features of your face that make you beautiful naturally. I started using highlighters 2 years ago and I have not looked back since. I have searched low and high for the perfect highlighter and I  have finally found one that fits me like a glove: Mac’s Mineralized Skin Finish in Cheeky Bronze.

This highlighter is part of Mac’s mineralized Skin Finish collection it comes in 6 shades ranging from pastel pink to khaki coloured shades. It is currently £24.50 on the Mac Website and stores!

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Formula

This powder is described as a luxurious, slow-baked, velvelty soft, domed faced powder with a radiant finish. It is super pigmented you can either wear it as a sheer glow or build it up to a strong intensity. It also has a very smooth feel when you glide it between your fingers. The formula is definitely one of the best compared to the other highlighters I know. It also doesn’t drag on dry patches on your skin and glides smoothly when you apply it!

Swatches

Cheeky Bronze in particular is a soft coral with golden shimmer. This is a very versatile colour that does not clash with any makeup look you’re wearing because it matches your skin tone so closely and complements it!

Here is a swatch of the highlighter on my arm…

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How Long Does it Last?

This highlighter lasts ridiculously long. I bought this highlighter a year ago and I am yet to hit the pan. For the price, it is a very good investment. It is also long-lasting when applied on your face and gives you a lovely glow throughout the day.

I have also been stopped multiple times in public and asked where I got my highlighter from. I think it is the only time I am usually asked about a makeup product I’m wearing. So that must mean something!

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How To Use

I apply this product on 3-5 places on my face; cheeks, chin, nose and cupid’s bow. I also apply it on my brow bone occasionally for the extra highlight there.

Using my contour brush, I swipe it over the highlighter in three strokes and apply it to the area in light, sweeping motions. I then repeat until the intensity of the shine has built up to where I want it to be! It is pretty easy to use so this highlighter is definitely idiot proof.

Some Tips…

  • This highlighter is really pigmented so always start with a light strokes and build up from there!
  • Make sure you blend properly to avoid streaky, obvious, highlighter lines.
  • Cheeky Bronze is a coral colour, which may not be the perfect shade for very fair or dark skin tones. Because it is the middle shade in the collection, the pinker shades may be better suited for fairer women and the golden shade for the dark woman!

I will definitely be purchasing this again. I’m the kind of person that once I find a makeup product that actually works, I do not shift to any other brand again. I only own two highlighters now!

Thank you for reading my review! What do you think of this highlighter? 

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My Guide To The Perfect Nude Lipstick

There are two lipstick colors I love the most; red and nude. They are versatile, timeless and can go with almost any look you have. It has taken a number of years and a lot of trial and error but I believe I now have a great collection of nude lipsticks which are affordable and very unique!

Choosing A Nude Lipstick

When embarking on a journey on finding the perfect nude lipstick, it’s good to have an idea on what sort of nude look you are going for. I get inspiration for my nude lipstick styles from makeup artists on Instagram and television.

No nude lipstick is the same.  There are lipsticks with brown undertones and pinkish undertones, creamy and matte finishes and a variety of prices. I love all types of nudes so I try to incorporate all styles into my makeup collection!

Getting Practical

I would personally say that “finding my skin undertone” with regards to lipstick colour has never worked for me. I don’t have a set undertone in my skin, it’s just brown. This was very evident when I used MAC’s different foundation colours. “NW” foundations, which was meant for warm skin tones, was too red on my skin and “NC” which is mean for cooler skin tones, was too yellow!

What I would suggest is to go to a makeup counter or drugstore like MAC or Boots, try on the first nude lipstick on your arm or lips, and take note of what is off.

“Is it too light?” “Is it not brown or pink enough?” “Not Matte enough?” “Too Sheer?”

Taking notes will allow you to know what nude colour and shade works best on your skin tone so when ever you switch a brand you will have an idea of what nude colour or shade to turn to every time. This is because you will know what shade complements your skin color and what doesnt. Keep in mind that most nude lipsticks do not look finished when applied straight on! They usually need a lip liner to make it look better. So don’t run away from that light lipstick, just find a great lip liner for it!

I also love to have a wide array of different types of nude lipsticks, my 3 favourite nude lipsticks are a combination of matte and glossy finishes to brown and pinkish undertones. It just makes it fun so I never get bored of my lipstick!

MAC Cosmetics – Taupe

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This is one of my best nude lipsticks. It is described as a muted, reddish taupe brown. It applies smoothly and has a creamy matte finish. It appears like a pinkish-brown nude on my lips and it is very long wearing! I always pair it with my favourite MAC lip liner, Bittersweet. Although MAC lipsticks are a high end, they are high quality so it is definitely worth buying!

MILANI Colour Statement Lipstick – Teddy Bare

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This nude lipstick is comparable to MAC. It is one of the best and affordable drug store lipsticks! It is super creamy. It’s not a completely matte formula but it is not too shimmery or glossy. It appears light pink on my lips and it is also so affordable at less than £6 compared to £23 for MAC!

NYX Lip Lingerie – Beauty Mark

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I already did a detailed review of this liquid lipstick here! This lipstick is a muted matte brown that reminds me of Kylie Jenner’s True Brown liquid lipstick. It gives me that 90’s vibe feel whenever I wear it and I think it is such a beautiful shade! It is also very affordable at just £6.30 so I think it is definitely worth a buy.

What is your favourite nude on this list? 

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My Everyday Makeup Routine

My everyday makeup is full faced with maximum coverage but very natural! I love wearing makeup everyday but since I am prone to foundation-induced pimples I now wear makeup 2-3 times a week.

Face:

  • Maybelline Fit Me Foundation – 355
  • Mac Mineralize Skin Finish Powder – Dark
  • Mac Mineralize Skin Finish Highlighter – Cheeky Bronze
  • L.A. Girl PRO Concealer – Chestnut and Toffee

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To begin, I apply the Maybelline Fit Me foundation all over my face to give me an even skin tone. I previously used Mac’s Studio Fix foundation but since I travelled to Florida, then moved back to Nigeria, I do not use it anymore because I started to break out. I suspect that the hot weather and this foundation do not agree with my skin.

Maybelline is the perfect foundation for hotter weathers because it is light, full coverage and doesn’t sink into your pores. The only down side is that it may not last as long as Mac’s studio fix throughout the day so you may need a touch up here and there. However, my skin has been popping so I’m not complaining!

I then apply the L.A Girl PRO Concealer under my eyes and I also apply this on my brows to sharpen them. I then set the foundation with my Mac Mineralize Skin Finish powder. This powder mattifies my face and gives a finished look. Finally, I apply the Mineralize Skin Finish Highlighter on my cheeks to give my cheeks a glowy, bronzy look.

Eyes:

  • Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Redemption Eyeshadow Palette
  • Jordana FabuBrow – Dark Brown
  • Kiss Ever EZ Lashes- 01
  • Adventure Makeup Eye Tech Bold Liquid Eyeliner

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Next is my Eyes! I fill in my brows with the Jordana FabuBrow pencil and use Makeup Revolution Iconic palette on my eyelids. I usually go for bronzy, sultry eyeshadow looks so I use a lot of shimmery pinks and gold on most days because it’s cute and it goes with everything. I finish with the Adventure Makeup eyeliner and I usually go for a little wing.


Lips:

  • Mac’s Taupe Lipstick
  • Mac’s Bittersweet Lip Liner

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I finish off my makeup look with one of my favourite nude lipsticks. It is Mac’s Taupe lined with Mac’s Bittersweet lip liner. It is my favourite nude lipstick combo and it can be dressed up or down depending on your mood.

That is it for my everyday makeup look. Here is the finished look!

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My Mac Makeup Essentials 

In the past I had a love-hate relationship with Mac products because they looked really good on me but I always broke out . After switching to a different type of Mac foundation I fell in love with thier products again.

My Mac makeup essentials are the timeless kits that I constantly buy in the store when they run out. I cannot live without them….or maybe I can and I’m just being dramatic.

  • Studio Fix Fluid foundation ( NC50). Life without my foundation would be bleak. I don’t even need a concealer to cover my dark spots because it’s full coverage. It  lasts throughout the day and doesn’t run out too quickly. I wear makeup 4-5 times a week and it lasts an average of 4 monthsfoundation
  • Studio fix powder plus foundation (NC50): I use this powder to blot any shiny areas on my face after applying foundation. It is a life saver.
  • Mineralize Skin Finish in Cheeky Bronze is literally the best bronzer/highlighter  I have ever tried. You should try it! It was literally made for my skin tone. I always get complements whenever I wear it because it gives a really nice glow.
  • Retro Matte Ruby Woo is my go to red lipstick. It’s not too drying even though it’s matte. It’s also one of the only red’s that fit every skin tone I know.

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And thats it! What is your essential or favourite mac product that you can’t live without? Have you tried any of these products?