Wednesday, September 2, 2015
MAC Soft and Gentle Review
Today I've decided to review the latest addition to my collection; Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish by MAC.
To me Soft & Gentle is a bit of an apple pie; Everyone knows it and most people love it. So I'm really feeling a bit late to the party on this one. It works well on most fair to medium skintones as a basic highlight, although darker tones may prefer a more bronze toned highlight. I think MAC's claims of a "gilded peach bronze" may be a tad ambitious. I have (untanned) sallow skin, and swatched I could see champagne and white gold tones, with a light peach frosted sheen. Again, it's definitely at the lighter end of the spectrum.
Now I had originally believed that application would be the easiest thing ever (it's a powder, not rocket science. I can handle it), however I honestly was pretty frustrated during the process. I used my Paul & Joe all over face powder brush (natural tapered bristles), and I don't know if it's the brush or the skinfinish, but I found it really difficult to judge the amount of product I was picking up. I know that sometimes on first use MAC products can seem to have a film over them that needs to be removed before the full effect comes through (Wash & Dry collection I'm looking at you) so I did give it a rub over with a tissue. Even still, I found that until you begin to apply it you can't tell how much you're working with. So in my opinion this something that needs to be built up in light layers. I suppose the plus side to this is being able to create a slight glow and also a very strong highlight.
At the end of the day I'm not surprised to see so many people absolutely loving Soft and Gentle. It works on most skintones, it's not over the top and yet can be brought up to a more intense finish, and it's a product that gives a natural glow as opposed to something totally artificial. On the other hand it is a very generic highlighter, and didn't blow me away at all. I'd recommend it as a reliable part of any kit, but it's not something I'd reach for first.
Have you tried Soft and Gentle? I'd absolutely love to hear your thoughts!