MAC Wash & Dry: Freshen Up High-Light Powder

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tomorrow, MAC will release their first major summer colour collection, Wash & Dry, in stores. It is inspired by retro laundromats and old-school detergent packaging: "The suds are rising and the gossip is flowing with this breezy bronzing collection inspired by bright, fresh hues perfect for a full spin or just a quick tumble." The collection includes a total of 44 products, of which 20 are new and limited edition, three are re-promotes, 15 are existing permanent, and six are new and will be added to the permanent range. Wash & Dry will see the launch of one new and limited edition High-Light Powder, which "features a unique gradation of three shades in one pan" to provide a "well polished [look] with a sheer veil of colour that blends effortlessly into the skin." Each High-Light Powder comes in a special edition round clear-lidded compact featuring a "gradated colour wave that shifts from crisp turquoise through vivid orange to lemon yellow," as well as matching secondary cardstock packaging. It contains 9 grams of product, and retails for $41.

Freshen Up

Freshen Up

Freshen Up is made up of a gradation of three shades: a light soft butter yellow to a medium Creamsicle peach to a medium-dark vibrant persimmon in a satin finish with a soft shimmer-sheen. It has a golden overspray that will fade with use. When blended together, it creates a medium soft peachy tangerine with a soft golden sheen. This is a new and limited edition product. It has a lightweight, silky texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is brighter than Peaches, more orange than Style, brighter and more orange than Tenderling, darker and brighter than Stay By Me Pro Longwear Blush, and darker and more orange than New Romance Mineralize Blush.

Freshen Up will undoubtedly be the star of this collection. It has a beautiful soft, silky, finely-milled texture and great pigmentation. It's not on the same epic status level as the Marine Life High-Light Powder (a.k.a. the seahorse powder) from 2010's To The Beach collection, but it has the same idea. On fair to medium skintones, it will add a glowy wash of soft peach to the cheeks that can be built up to blush status or blended out to be a highlight or skin finisher, but it will be used more as a soft highlight on dark to deep dark skintones. Sadly, as with Marine Life, the gold on top is just an overspray so it will fade with a few uses, but the powder itself still leaves a soft shimmer-sheen that leaves the skin looking softly illuminated (versus high-metallic shine). If there's one must-have item from this collection, it is this. So if you had your eyes on it, you better be stalking counters first thing in the morning because it will be sold out fast.
6 comments on "MAC Wash & Dry: Freshen Up High-Light Powder"
  1. Thank god I don't collect highlighters anymore. I feel way too busy between Huggables and ED shadows to pay attention to this collection, lol.

    1. LOL! Honestly, the only things to pay attention to from this collection are this powder and the blushes. Everything else is a pass for me. :P

  2. ...and since I'm on a roll, I DID stalk this first thing this AM and bought only this from the collection. It actually showed up on my skin fairly well, which I was pleased about. But seriously, I HAVE to stop buying makeup that I hardly have a chance to wear. This is getting ridiculous.

    1. WOOHOO! So glad you got your hands on this! It sold out so flipping fast, if you weren't at a counter first thing in the morning, you didn't have a chance.

      You can wear this with everything. ;)

  3. Whoa, that is gorgeous! What a beautiful combination!

    1. I know, right?! It's totally one of those products you hesitate to use because it just LOOKS so pretty.


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