High definition, high definition. HD, HD, HD. It’s all the buzz nowadays, as beauty goes on the same speed as technology does – going hand in hand with HDTV cameras, and televisions, makeup evolves into a higher level – much, much finer, and much, much more deceiving. Faking an au naturelle, perfect look is definitely harder than just plain applying makeup for art!
MAC Cosmetics is not going to be left behind with their product picks included in their Hi-Def line. The foundations and powders are certainly not new, as MAC claims boldly that they can dupe even airbrush application by just choosing the right MAC products, and tools!
For MAC Cosmetics‘ pick for their Hi-Def liquid foundation, it’s the MAC Face and Body Foundation. They have shades from N1, C1, til C7 and N9. N, I suppose, are neutral shades, while C is is for that added yellowish or olive-y undertone. I was able to mix N2 and C4, but it was too dark on me – but adding more N2 makes it lighter and less dark. The consistency is about 1/2 lighter than the very heavy Studio Fix Fluid, and it’s sheeny, when applied on the skin, yet looking natural. The initial coverage is medium, but it can definitely be built up by adding an additional layer. It’s sticky, when applied, so it needs to be set with loose powder or as MAC Cosmetics suggests, their Mineralized Skinfinish.
MAC Mineralized Skinfinish is the new favorite of MAC pressed powder lovers out there. It’s way lighter, and less pore-clogging than the MAC Studiofix Powder, with its lighter coverage, and lighter feel. My only issue is that they have talc as the main ingredient, but then, it’s the individual’s choice if they’re okay with that. Nonetheless, if you ask me about the finish, it’s good paired with the MAC Face & Body Foundation, as both have medium, sheer coverage, and as they add up, it equals to a not so heavy-looking made up look, though you can still see and notice that there is foundation applied on the skin.
The best bet for Hi-Def tools are definitely MAC Cosmetics’ pride, their dual fibre brushes, MAC 187 – the big brush, and MAC 188 ( the small one ). Dual fibre brushes are absolutely heaven-sent as they are so darn multi-purpose! First, liquid foundation application is a breeze as it looks very much airbrushed as liquid foundation is applied using this, second, the Mineralized Skinfinish is applied not so thickly, and naturally and sheerly using this, and third, even powder blushes, and cream blushes are applied rather perfectly, as dual fibre brushes pick up very light pigments, and as applied very much sheerly, you’ll definitely get that natural flush! ( Whew, that was such a long rave! )
What’s new in MAC’s Hi-Def line are their lipsticks. Some are lustre in texture ( which means they’re a little bit glossy ) while one is in amplified creme form ( okay, you’ll get to see my bias. ) Shades are below :
Close To Real tries to mimic pale lips. But applying it on my chapped lips magnified my lip problems because it is not creamy enough to form an opaque layer. I think I need a YLBB shade.
Resolutely Red is not creamy as it the texture is marked as “lustre,” and it is that semi-glossy natural red, that needs to be built up for that coverage. It looks like a low-profile red lipstick that doesn’t scream “reeeeddd!!” but is a very casual red shade.
In Sharp Focus is au naturelle , semi-glossy brown. I wasn’t able to try this, but I’m really not into deep browns myself.
My favorite amongst the lipsticks would have to be In High-Def. It’s a bit darker than Cosmo and Twig and belongs to the pink-brown lipcolor family, and it’s in Amplified Creme – so it covers my lips really well, that makes it well-covered ( how I love creamy lipsticks that just give me a whole new layer of lip color! ) but still looking low-key and natural.
The key to beautiful Hi-Def is simple. Keep it as natural-looking as possible while covering flaws, temporarily erasing fine lines, and make it look as if minimal makeup is applied. Details are everything – you can’t present a cakey look in front of TV. One thing that MAC Cosmetics failed to include in their Hi-Def Collection might be their face primers – foundation application would definitely be way, way different when primers are applied as silicone-based ones fill in pores ( sunk, or just enlarged ) , fine lines, and even pitted scars. But then, there is a wide range of primers from MAC Cosmetics to choose from.
I must admit that MAC Cosmetics’ MAC in Hi-Def Collection is a smart move by MAC as they assign the makeup they have that are fit to be used for HDTV. MAC Cosmetics are very much impressive in terms of performance, coverage, and finish, when used for photo-shoots, fashion shows, weddings, and television.