Face and body bronzers to help your summer sizzle
As if the eye and lip selections from Temperature Rising weren’t enough to stoke our feverish desires, MAC has also brought us a swoon-inducing array of bronzers to add shimmer and glow to our summer.
How many bronzers do your cheeks and body need? MAC Temperature Rising has covered any possibility with this release, and we tested every option:
The packaging for this collection is standard MAC with a few twists. All of the MAC Temperature Rising compacts have the limited-edition glowing bronze finish that screams hot summer nights to me. While the liquids come in MAC’s standard pump bottles with a locking feature that’s great for preventing leaks. Packaging aside, let’s talk about the colors!
Ripe For Love Powder Blush ($23) – a mid-tone apricot/peach that blends into a satin dark coral on the skin. This truly “ripe” color is the kind of glowing neutral that will work on practically any skintone. The creamy powder formula has only a hint of shimmer, which adds a subtle gleam. Talk about summer lovin’… if you’re a blush addict, track this color down!
Refined Golden – finely spun bronze gold with soft pearl finish, with all the features I want in a bronzing powder: not too shimmery, easily buildable, believable. The color is on the darker side, but on my NC25 skin, just a light dusting gives me a natural-looking color (too much, and honestly, I’m a little dirty looking). The shimmer is almost invisible, but if I look closely, it’s there, adding a touch of magic to my “tan.”
Sun Dipped – this light “dirty red toned” bronzer is packaged in a limited-edition soft touch bronze compact and offers a sheer touch of sun that wears for hours. Check the comments to see what our tester thought of this limited edition must-have for the summer. Our swatcher Stef said it was noticeably silkier than the regular bronzing powder.
Golden Elixir – a lighter-weight version of MAC’s popular Strobe Cream, this light bronze liquid highlighter adds warm-toned shimmer and sparkle to the skin. The ultra-fluid formula is thin and absorbs quickly, leaving a wash of shimmering shine. Just a tiny bit mixed with moisturizer or foundation gave my skin a dewy, golden glow.
Man Rays – glowing tan with multidimensional golden shimmer. This liquid bronzer packs a lot of glitter in its finish, and it’s an oil, so beware of staining. That said, it will look amazing as a sparkling tan enhancer. I’m picturing just a touch of it to add a gorgeous finish to bare shoulders or legs. We can look as if we just stepped off the beach even if we’ve been landlocked all week.
With Temperature Rising’s hot bronze packaging and even hotter colors, MAC is sending me into a sultry swoon. I can’t wait to add a little glow to my hot summer nights.
Readers – Do you use bronzers to fake or amplify your summer tan?
photos: we heart this, swatches shown on NC 25/30 skintone
Melissa loves road trips, bargain shopping, drive-in movies, lip gloss and rock ‘n’ roll. She lives in Baltimore with her precious pup Zeus.
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