Bronzing Powder
Last Updated:12.31.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Bronzing Powder is a talc-based, pressed-powder bronzer with an extremely smooth texture and dry finish. It comes in five believable tan shades, three of which have a very shiny finish. Matte Bronze is truly matte and Bronze is almost matte.

Brand Overview

M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance

What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. Cosmetics is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.

When it comes to skincare you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!

M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.

Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.

Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.

Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.

For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

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Love it!

This is the first bronzer I ever used and it is great. I am blond and very pale, so I use the lightest shade. It applies evenly and I get very natural results from it. It has a little bit of shine, which I could do without, but it's not very noticeable unless you use a lot of product. I apply it with a big powder brush and the only complaint I have is that the powder is pressed quite hard and I need to swirl the brush several times to get the product out.

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Beautiful bronzer

Purchased Matte Bronze. Looked dark in the package so I was worried because my skin is light. Goes on natural, adding the shadows to contour my face without being orangy or shiny.

Reviewed by
Erika S.
my favorite bronzer

I been using the MAC bronzing powder for about 4 years now . What I lik the most about this product is that it gives my skin a nice tan glow without looking to thick , unlike any other bronzing powder this one I find that has a long wear. I normally opt from buying the mate one because it dulls out my skin . The one I have is the Refined Golden which goes awesome during summer or when is winter and my skin turns into a ligth olive shade . Is a bit too over priced but is definitely worth the buy

Reviewed by
Claudia V
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