Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Soft and Gentle

I got MAC'd! I'm so excited to have this product in my possession! It's my first MAC product, and I'm very happy that it's one of their Mineralize Skinfinishes! Not only are MSFs unique to MAC, but this one in particular is so hyped up! Now, I didn't buy from MAC itself, I bought it from a blog sale for a fraction of the Australian RRP ($47, if you're wondering). I swatched it instore a few weeks ago and I remember thinking it wasn't as amazing as the hype said it would be. I've been wanting a powder highlighter for a while, and was debating whether I should get one of the Models Prefer ones, but when I saw Soft and Gentle on Jen's blog sale I scrambled to email her because I wanted to snag it before anybody else could. :)





The Mineralize Skinfinishes, these famous little domed pressed powders, are something unique to MAC, and they're described to be 'a luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish', so they're best used as highlighters or sometimes blushes, depending on the shade. Soft and Gentle is part of the permanent collection, but the limited edition MSFs are always eagerly snapped up by MAC addicts. Particularly popular ones I've heard of include Smooth Merge, Petticoat, Light Year and Stereo Rose. 
Soft and Gentle isn't a swirl of different pigments like some MSFs, rather a marble design of the one peachy champagne shade. MAC describes this as a 'gilded peach bronze'. I never took much notice of the 'bronze' element in the description but now that I own it and have had a good look at it, Soft and Gentle's a lot more bronze and less yellow than I previously perceived. I've read some people say that this has awful chunks of shimmer but I haven't seen anything like that yet- it's very finely milled and smooth, though I do agree that shimmer particles are visible. The pigmentation is incredible, which means that this is going to last me a long time. :D
The packaging is neat and basic, not glamorous or pretty. The matte black plastic casing is sturdy and the clear domed plastic window is a nice touch, as the product is easily identifiable. The closure makes a satisfying click when shut and closes securely. There's a small button to press to open the lid of the compact.



This receives high praise from a few of my favourite Youtubers and bloggers, so I'm glad I've got it for my own. I'm definitely more impressed than I was when swatching at MAC, probably because the atmosphere at MAC isn't exactly warm and excitable. I don't find MAC a thrilling place to shop, as the SAs aren't welcoming and bubbly like other brands' SAs and the displays are difficult to browse as the products are set up in a way that the names of shades are hidden. But now that I own this MAC product, I can see why people will go to MAC despite the iciness of the SAs and the inconvenient product displays, because out of the sea of products there, some are worth the hype. 
On a side note, MAC in Australia is ridiculously overpriced. I hear UK and US Youtubers complaining about the rise in prices but MAC in Australia just isn't worth paying for. The eyeshadows in particular, are overrated, especially when other brands are comparable for much less. The only thing I'm watching out for at MAC are the Viva Glam lipsticks, ie Viva Glam V, as the proceeds from the Viva Glam range go to the MAC Aids fund. 
Are you new to MAC like I am? Is there anything else I should be looking into that's worth the hype?

Take care and God bless! xx

18 comments:

  1. That is such a lovely colour

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  2. It looks gorgeous!

    What a coincidence, just today, I got my first MAC product too! :D

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    1. That's so exciting! Can't wait to see a post about it! :)

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  3. I'm waiting for good time to take my time and stroll through sephora here (unfortunately all items in singapore sephora are a third or double the price!) I want a MSF too! For setting or for highlighting there are so many to choose from!! grr!

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    1. I noticed! I wasn't surprised to hear the Urban Decay palettes were $30+ more in Sephora Singapore! Cosmetics in Australia cost a lot more than the US despite the products being similar, or even identical at times. And the MSFNs are tempting, but I think there are better powders for SO much cheaper. :)

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  4. I have a few MAC items and they're all good quality, so I can see why it's such a hyped up brand. :) I was contemplating purchasing Soft n Gentle but I bought the NARS Joie De Vivre cheek palette from a blog sale which has the Albatross highlighter in it so I will refrain...

    MAC is definitely over priced in Australia. I think the only product I've purchased from an Australian MAC counter is their Fix+. I'm going on holiday in Malaysia in the Summer though so I hope to pick up a few MAC things there while I can, hehe! xx

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    1. NARS JOIE DE VIVRE?! Incredible! I can't wait til you post about that! The DREAM NARS palette- you're so lucky to have found it in a blog sale, especially since it's so hard to get hold of even if you've got the money. Yay Malaysia! Hope you have a great time with family and food and shopping! I'm not eyeing too many MAC things, mostly just Melba blush and Viva Glam V lipstick. I'm developing a strong dislike for online shopping as the postal service isn't very reliable in my area, so I wouldn't mind buying those from the MAC counters? Oh wow I still can't get over the fact that you're getting NARS Joie De Vivre. :) xx

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  5. wow this seems really nice!! I ought to check this out in the counter ^_~ I'm currently eyeing the Luna highlighter but still on debate whether to get it or not. Have you tried that one?

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    1. No, I've never heard of that one! Definitely stop by MAC and have a look at this! x :)

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  6. I think "visible shimmer particles" doesn't necessarily have to be the worst thing ever when it comes to highlighting products. For example, NARS Orgasm definitely has super visible shimmer, but people seem to love it and it's such a popular blush anyway. I like that you say it's finely milled, which is more important. And I prefer peachy colours to more yellow/gold anyway :) It must be exciting to have nabbed this at a blog sale - I think I need to seriously pay more attention to those things :p

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    1. I adore the peachy-ness of Soft and Gentle, and from the times I've worn it, I haven't seen any crazy metallic frost like what shows up with finger swatches. ViviannaDoesMakeup put me off NARS Orgasm completely, but your review is so different! She emphasised the red tones and the gold shimmer but when you spoke of it as a pink blush, it sounded like you were talking about something else entirely! Blog sales are so much fun to browse! :)

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    2. Oh really? I have always heard people review Orgasm as more pink leaning. It's also quite sheer which helps it look not so red. Temptalia and roseannetangrs come to mind. Red tones + gold shimmer screams Sleek Rose Gold to me! On me, it definitely pulls pink, which is super pleasing because I really dislike red-toned blushes (which is pretty much all peachy/coral/dark pink blushes I own, sadly). I want to get more NARS blushes...Deep Throat, Sin, maybe even Douceur. I'm really impressed by how long they last. I never go on blog sales mainly because I am so hopeless at Internet shopping I don't even have a Paypal account :p Yay for the peachiness of Soft & Gentle. I find peach/bronze is more flattering on me compared to yellow/gold (which is why I like my Jemma Kidd over my Mary Lou, which I almost never use...)

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    3. I'm liking the look of Luster and Sin, but I need to use up, give away or throw out some blushes to friends before I can let myself buy any more! I'm really wanting the Illamasqua Lover/Hussy blush duo too but I can't just hoard blushes when realistically, you only use a small amount of product! I prefer to use Paypal over card numbers because I'm usually too lazy to go get my card lol. I'm really kicking myself for not getting the Jemma Kidd, but now that I got this I'll make do. And that's so funny that you say that- your opinion's almost the complete opposite to what you said when you first got the Mary Lou!

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  7. I hear a lot of good things about the MAC mineralized Skinfinishes and I can definitely see why, the colour is so pretty for highlighting! I usually don't highlight but I think that's because I haven't found a nice powder that would do the job on me nicely without making me look too shiny. I think this just made it's way on my next "to-buy" list haha

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    1. I don't usually highlight either! But I've been noticing how dull skin can look when it's just been powdered so I thought a highlighter might be a good idea! I've heard lots of good things about MSFs, and thankfully I'm really happy with this one!

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  8. Great review!!! Would you like to follow each other on bloglovin and gfc?

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  9. I kind of agree, although MAC is probably one of my favorite "American" cosmetic brands, i would also say their SA's aren't the most friendliest (not upbeat enough). I've heard so much good things about soft and gentle but i have too many highlighters from asian brands that i still finish using up first :P Have you tried their powders? I like mac's skinfinish natural! they're so amazing!

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