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Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

MAC Solar Field: Review, Swatches, Product Images

MAC Cosmetics Solar Field Display 

Overall, the Solar Field Collection was very, hmm.... interesting!  Solar bits, was a little (alot) tricky to start off with.  The good ole saying "practice makes perfect" certainly applies to MAC's solar bits.  As I was swatching these little bits, I was overtaken by the beauty of the pigmentation and shimmer.  But, good looks are always deceiving as they say.  I had the pigments all over the place (shirt, face, hands, floor, everywhere) at my MAC store.  Just swatching these four colors took time.  The bits are fully pigmented and very chunky in a ball like form.  But, delivers quite the knock-out when the application is perfected.  I haven't had a chance to mess with them personally, but, I highly recommend using mixing medium or they'll be everywhere.

MAC Cosmetics Solar Field Powder Photo Swatches

 Bronzing Powder

  • Refined Golden - is a light golden peach color.  This color was fairly sheer, and didn't have "as much" color pay-off.  This shade would be ideal for fair skin complexions.
  • Solar Riche -  a mid-tone deep bronze orange color.  Solar Riche has much more pigmentation compared to Refined Golden.  This color is more ideal for darker skin tones, or can be used as a blush.

MAC Cosmetics Solar Field Powder Photo Swatches

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MAC Cosmetics Solar Field Solar Bits Photo Swatch

Solar Bits 

  • Black Ore - is described as a rich black with gold pearl.  Initially, I was completely pulled in and dramatized by this color.  But, after dealing with the mess, I wanted a color that I could get some good use out of.  So, I passed on it for now, but, just for now.  The gold pigmentation is so rich that gives almost an dark olive green appearance. 
  • Sunpower - is a light metallic tan with gold shimmer. 
  • Bronzescape - is yellow brown with gold pearl.  It's a rich copper brown that has excellent color pay-off.
  • Scatterrays - decribed as a soft metallic peach with gold pearl.

Bronzescape was the only color I purchased today.  Because, I knew that these highly condensed clusters of pigments wasn't going to be so user-friendly.  I highly recommend purchasing a neutral color that you can multi-task or until you can perfect the application.  Scatterrays and Sunpower were very similar in color due to the gold pigmentation.  Sunpower is more gold and Scatterrays has more of a white color pay-off. 

MAC Cosmetics Solar Field Solar Bits Photo Swatch

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Posted by Steph at 06:12:am
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Amina said on May 28th, 2008 8:43 am
Thank you for the swatches! The solar bits are really pretty but i am so clumsy, I know I'll just do a big mess with them!

Steph said on May 28th, 2008 8:45 am
Hi Amina, Your welcome! Yeah, I'm not really sure how I feel about them yet. But, they are gorgeous to look at. :)

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