Last week, the hubs took me to Sephora and then I made a last minute pit stop at the MAC counter. I had the MAC “Antique Gold” Reflects Glitter in mind, since it’s been forever not available on their website, but they didn’t have it. The MAC artist (who was amazing, by the way) pointed me in the direction of the MAC Pressed Pigments. I told her I love anything sparkly and glitter based, and since I already own one of MAC’s Pressed Pigments, I knew I liked them. I swatched a bunch on my hand and ended up falling in love with Day Gleam, mostly because it’s so versatile. It can be worn during the daytime for some sparkle and glitz, but it never comes off as “too much.” Now I’m considering adding a few more of these to my collection because they are just the perfect amount of glitter without being over the top.
I am now wishing I would have taken a photograph of Day Gleam before I dug my brushes into it. It has a gorgeous shimmering over-spray, but even when you dip into the product and the initial over-spray is gone, it still retains glitter and shimmer. You can kind of see at the edges how the top of the product looked before I went using it every single day! Day Gleam is a gorgeous warm champagne gold that has silver shimmer in it. I love the paradox of putting silver shimmer into a warm beige shade.
The shimmer and glitter effect is actually quite noticeable, especially when you apply it with a wet brush. The swatch above was applied with my dry finger, but you can see how the silver metallic shimmer just lights up against the warmth of the base. It’s a wonderful shade for your eyelids during the day, to apply to the inner corners of your eyes for sparkle, to add to the center of your lips for fullness, or even to dab onto your cheekbones as a highlighter. I like that this shade is versatile and can be used for a variety of looks.
For this look, I applied Day Gleam over the entire eyelid wet, and then applied a matte light brown shade into the crease of my eye. I used a flesh colored eyeliner on my lower water-line to brighten up my eyes and make them look larger. This is a fantastically gorgeous look for everyday, and I’ve been wearing it every single day since last week!
The dazzle is just enough to catch the light and keep your eyes looking awake. It never comes off as being over the top or too “disco queen.” Don’t get me wrong, I love glitter makeup, but sometimes it’s just not appropriate to wear full on glitter.
I contoured my cheekbones and applied a pink blush to my cheeks. I used Urban Decay’s “Native” Lipstick on my lips.
I know a lot of people have mixed emotions about the MAC Pressed Pigments. You either love ’em or hate ’em, but I personally love them. I think when you use them correctly and pick the right shade for you, you have a great product that adds “everyday dazzle” to your makeup. Also, shades like this one can be used as a highlight for your cheekbones or even on top of your lipstick or lip gloss for added shimmer. Using these with a wet brush will definitely give you a stronger, more metallic look. You can also use them dry and get more of the “fairy dust” effect.
MAC Cosmetics Pressed Pigments are available at MAC counters nationwide, as well as online at MAC’s website. Each Pressed Pigment retails for $21.00 USD. Day Gleam is just one of many shades available. I have my eye on “Blonde Streak” and “Summer Honey” for my collection as well.
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