Yesterday I bought these little goodies for myself - not for my kit for a change!
MAC's mineralize skinfinish pressed (blusher/highlighter) in shade RIO.
It's a lovely pinky/peachy colour with a frosty finish.
I did a heavy swatch for the purpose of the photo's - as you can see it looks slightly lighter than it does in the pan. Its quite creamy to touch, so be careful when applying it with a brush as its rather pigmented.
I applied this to my cheeks with a MAC 129 brush.
On the MAC website RIO is described as 'Bronze with a bright pink pearl' I personally don't see the bronze in the swatches or on my cheeks just the pink/peach. Maybe on someone who was a lighter skin tone the bronze may come through but as I'm fairly dark (MAC NC42, MUFE 170) I personally don't see it on me.
Also on the MAC website they say the Mineralize skin finish is 'A luxurious velvet soft
powder with high frost metallic finish. Smooths on adds buffed up highlights to cheeks or an overall ultra-delux polish to the face'
I personally wouldn't use this all over my face unless I wanted to look like a big shiny disco ball. But I would use it was as a blush or lightly over another blush for a little highlight.
I do really like the Mineralize skin finish powders - Soft and Gentle being a staple in our kit at the studio! We also use the skin finish natural's as a bronzer.
I also do like this shade, but I can see it making it's way from my own personal kit into the studio kit as I think it would look gorgeous on lighter tones. I got this from MAC for £22
On the photo's below I also have Sleek's contour kit in MEDIUM on too.
I've wanted to try this for ages, after seeing some amazing makeup artists create super fierce cheekbones with it! I was expecting good things. Here's the Sleek swatches.
I was a bit put off by the overly talcy smell of the Sleek contour kit - it smells a bit like cheap
powder products. I know, I know it is cheap at only £6.49 but the smell just made me think of 50 year old compact powders that old ladies use.
It did glide on lovely though and does what it says on the tin! It doesn't have any warm tones in and mimics the natural 'cool' tones that shadows natural give off - so perfect for cheating cheekbones or a slimmer nose.
I only used this on my cheekbones and temples. All in all for the price you can't really complain about this contour kit. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality - just not by the iffy smell!
Below I have used a heavy amount of product for the purpose of the photo's.
*All products bought by my fair hands and with my own money*