MAC Wash and Dry Freshen Up High-Light Powder review

MAC Wash and Dry Freshen Up High-Light Powder review

One of the most anticipated product releases from MAC in awhile is the Wash and Dry Freshen Up High-Light Powder. We all saw glimpses of it in January on Instagram and have been craving more details ever since.

The collection drops on May 21 in North America, so get your wallets ready.


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The packaging is full-wrap gradient finish.

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This is housed in a typical MAC powder compact, no mirror.

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Soooo pretty.

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Now, the product design… this is what everyone is buzzing about. You can see under the gold overspray, there are 3 shades, a coral, a peach and a beige.

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Here’s a better view of the texture, overspray and underlying colours.

MAC Wash and Dry Freshen Up Highlight Powder animated

 

MAC Wash and Dry Freshen Up high-light powder overspray gone

Sadly, the gold overspray only lasts one use (if that). The powder underneath is a semi-matte with a slight shimmer to it. The first time I used it, I swirled all shades together to see what I got.

MAC Wash and Dry Freshen Up Highlight Powder swatch mixed

The result is a nice orangey-peach. Because it is 3 shades blended, it has quite a bit of depth and dimension. It leans a bit on the powdery side though.

MAC Wash and Dry Freshen Up Highlight Powder mixed

You can see there is a slight shimmer to it, here I’m wearing only the blush and foundation.

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The colour is very subtle and not too orange on my NW15 skin.

MAC Wash and Dry Freshen Up Highlight Powder swatch

Swatched separately, you can see that the two lighter shades are powdery and did kick up a bunch of powder when I swatched.

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Next, I tried to experiment a bit by using the powder as a way to create a gradient blush look.

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I literally took a brush, pressed and swiped the coral and peach on the brush and applied it as is under my cheekbone and on my cheek. It created a really neat coral to peach effect that I blended out a bit.

Then I took the beige by itself and applied to the top of my cheekbones, blending down. I also took the beige and put a bit on the bridge of my nose, but it is almost the same shade as my skin and didn’t really have much of a highlighting effect.

I do really love this powder, and not just for the packaging. I can play around with the different shades and create some neat looks. Although I was sad that the gold was just a light overspray.

The MAC Cosmetics Wash and Dry collection launches May 21 online and at all MAC locations in North America.

Check out my other MAC Wash and Dry reviews!

*PR sample