MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter review and photos.

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter.

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter.

Often times when I look in the mirror, the reflection that stares back appears very tired and drained.  Lack of sleep is usually the culprit, however simply getting more sleep just seems, I don’t know, too easy.  Why waste precious time sleeping when I could go to the store and buy MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter ($25 US) and fake a more relaxed, awakened and refreshed look.  See most problems can be solved at the MAC counter 🙂

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter.

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter.

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter.

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter.

The Pros:

  1. Seemingly matte pink brightening formula.  Super fine micro-shimmers are undetectable in natural lighting.
  2. Radiant rose in particular is suitable for light to medium skin tones.
  3. Lightweight consistency is very pigmented.
  4. Applies smoothly and blends out seamlessly.
  5. Amazing lasting power (10 hours +).
  6. Convenient click pen applicator dispenses the right amount every time..no wasted product (looking at you Ellis Faas).
  7. Very little product is needed.
  8. Covers amazingly well, in some cases concealer is not needed.
  9. Can be used under the eyes, on the cheekbones, under the brow bone, etc..
  10. Gives a soft focused effect where product is placed.
  11. Blending can be achieved with fingers or a synthetic brush.
  12. Photographs beautifully if applied in moderation.
  13. Offered in 4 colors to suit the palest to the darkest skinned beauties.
  14. Formulated without parabens.
  15. Permanent and easily obtainable at any MAC counter.

The Cons:

  1. The black packaging makes it very difficult to tell when the product requires replacement.
  2. Product dries fairly quickly once on the skin, diligent bending must be done after each application.
  3. Can be too drying for people with excessively dry skin (try before you buy..get a sample).
  4. Can crease, look caky, and flash-back in photos if a heavy hand is used during application (hint: silica is an ingredient, hence the radiant claim).
  5. An overzealous clicker (we’ve all done it) will result in excess product discharge.
MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter ingredient list.

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter ingredient list.

On me, Radiant Rose’s pinky hue works as a corrector and concealer all in one.  As a highlighter it performs equally as well.  When placed under the eye and brow bone, the brightening effect lasts all day and the emollient-free formula does not cause mascara to smudge or flake off.

Comparison Swatches L-R: MAC Radiant Rose blended out, MAC Radiant Rose applied heavily, Edward Bess Concealer in Soft Beige, Eve pearl Salmon Concealer light shade in medium duo, EP Salmon Concealer darker shade in medium duo, Sunday Riley Concealer 125W.

Comparison Swatches L-R:
MAC Radiant Rose blended out, MAC Radiant Rose applied heavily, Edward Bess Concealer in Soft Beige, Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer light shade in medium duo, EP Salmon Concealer darker shade in medium duo, Sunday Riley Concealer 125W.

Application:

Application of this little wonder is fairly easy and straight forward.  Twist the base of the pen and product is dispensed through the brush.  Place the highlighter in the intended area, a section at a time; the product dries quickly once placed on the skin.  The brush on the pen is brilliant for product placement in hard to reach areas of the face, such as, the corners under the eye, in the  hollow of the eye socket next to the nose, the brow bone and the center of the face.

Use a clean ring finger or synthetic brush to blend out the product.  As a final step, I also like to go over each RR area with my foundation brush, (which still has some foundation embedded in the bristles) to ensure a seamless finish.  Voila…you are now radiant!

Under eye without MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter.

Under eye without MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter.

Application of MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter.

Application of MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter.

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter blended out.

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter blended out.

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter applied under the eye, down the center of the face and on the brow bone.

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter applied under the eye, down the center of the face and on the brow bone.

MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter can be found at maccosmetics.com, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Saks, etc.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you are a woman who has kids, has a hectic job, works long hours, are running around all day, are lacking sleep, a student, a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker, then MAC Radiant Rose Prep+Prime Highlighter (or any of the other colors) is for you.  As you can tell I’m not into heavy concealers, but a good brightener will always have a place in my heart…I mean my under eyes 🙂  Next up, MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Red Necessity….Yeah, I’ve been loving MAC lately.  Be well and stay safe.

– Maria

**In all honesty, getting more sleep would be the best thing for your complexion.

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About Maria Pia

A blog about beauty (what else), what makes me smile and life with two boys and a dog. This blog is about positivity and inspiration sewn in with a little humor. Makeup is not serious, but how we feel after we apply it, is no joking matter!!! I'm here to share my tips and tricks I have learned on my own for the past %&^$% years :) Enjoy my lovelies.

Comments

  1. Hilarious, you are too funny! Would you suggest this product to help restore my youthful appearance? Thank you!

    • Hello Blanche,
      First off, love the name…one of my favorite characters on Golden Girls was Blanche (oh how I wish I had her spunk). Honey, this is as close as you will get to a more youthful glow….the rest is up to you. Thank you for putting a smile on my face.
      -Maria

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