When it comes to present buying my boyfriend has found a trip into M.A.C is the ultimate fail-safe pit stop for panic buying.
It was recently my birthday which meant the birthday fairy bestowed me with two pieces from the M.A.C Vibe Tribe collection, and of course in true beauty blogging style I had to share my thoughts.
Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder in 'Golden Rinse' £26.50
Golden Rinse is described as a 'reddish bronze with fine shimmer' and is the lighter shade of the two in the collection.
From reading the description I thought this bronzer might be too harsh for my pale skin, particularly as bronzer tends to give me a fake 'orange' look rather than a sun kissed glow. The colour payoff however is very sheer, leaving only a faint flush across the skin. Instead I would describe it is a finely milled shimmer that leaves a luminous, healthy glow to the skin.
If you use a synthetic brush and don't mind sparing the time to pack it on the colour is buildable to the bronze colour it advertises, but even then it remains quite subtle.
For a darker skin tone it is definitely too sheer to have any real impact. I am however very happy to have this in my collection as it gives me that natural sunkissed look I've tried to replicate for years. If you're pale toned like me then this bronzer is well worth a try, warming up the complexion and leaving a pretty glow to the skin.
127 Split Fibre Face Brush, £30
This is the recommended counterpart to the bronzing powder, featuring a brush head which is one half natural hair, one half synthetic fibre..
The idea is that you can get the best of both worlds in one brush; the natural side providing a 'soft diffused look' and the synthetic side giving a 'polished, luminous complexion'.
The brush itself is very soft and I haven't noticed any shedding which is a definite bonus. I much preferred the synthetic side of the brush as it picked up colour really well, although the natural side will come in handy when I want a very soft flush of colour.
Picking this brush up simply to use with this powder (as recommended on their site) feels slightly indulgent, and any good quality synthetic brush would work just as well. That being said, I really enjoyed the quality of this brush and I would probably purchase this one first out of my bronzing brushes if I were to start a collection from scratch.