Beauty, Reviews

MAC Wash and Dry Highlight Powder in Freshen Up


I haven’t been following beauty trends closely like I used to because I’ve been busy with other things but I’ve been seeing/hearing about MAC’s Wash and Dry collection here and there. I chanced upon the actual products two weeks after their official release here in the Philippines and I instantly fell in love. At first I was hesitant because I recently had 3 separate makeup hauls. But the packaging was just so mesmerising. I had to grab the best product that wasn’t already sold out.


At first glance, I thought that MAC Wash and Dry Highlight Powder in Freshen Up was a blush until I read the label which indicates that it’s a high-light powder. I actually didn’t find it pretty in the display counter since all the gold shimmer was already gone. It was only until I saw an unused box that I fell in love instantly because of the beautiful gold shimmer. I knew that it didn’t run all the way though the to the pan since the testers didn’t have any shimmer. I was about to walk away…..but heck I walked back anyway as if the compact was a magnet pulling me to it. 


Shades, Texture, Opacity

This is my first MAC high-lighter (but really, it’s a blush!!!) containing 3 shades. The top most shade is a red-tangerine shade. The middle shade is a peachy-orange shade. Finally, the lower most shade is a yellow beige shade. Like I said, the gold shimmer doesn’t run deep at all. It already disappeared the first time I used the product with a blush brush. The product contains the least of the darkest shade and equal amounts of the two other shades.

The powders are smooth and silky. The first layer with the gold shimmer might emphasize pores. But once the gold runs out, the powders have a satin finish leaving only a hint of shimmer. I like to run my brush through the 3 shades once to apply on each cheek. I find that these are quite opaque so I make sure to apply it with a light hand and a not-so-dense blush brush.


 The powder translates into my skin as a girly peach/coral glow with hints of gold shimmer.


Staying Power

It lasted all day on me but of course, with some fading because I live in a very humid country.




Overall Thoughts

I’m so happy with this impulse buy because it’s such a unique product to have based on my own collection. I don’t have anything like it yet. Based on experience with my MAC highlighters shaped like this, they also run out very slowly. And like I said, it’s quite pigmented so you don’t really need to pack on the product for it to show.

Although I still would use it as a blush and not a highlighter.

I’m so glad to have purchased it and I’d recommend you guys to buy it if you find a chance to. :)

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  • Reply Juvy

    I don’t really plan on getting anything from this line because of low reviews from temptalia, but this highlighter though is pretty! Glad that it doesn’t shimmer all the way! Look great on you! I miss your beauty posts! You’re so pretty! :D

    06/24/2015 at 11:05 PM
    • Reply Maxine Marcelino

      Hi Juvy! I missed writing too! :”) I had to stop for a while because of school but now I’m back! I really like this highlighter/blush, though! You should at least check it out in a MAC counter. <3

      06/26/2015 at 6:56 PM
  • Reply Meg

    Ang glowy sayo nung blush! I really love the packaging of this collection. It makes me want to get the Powder brush, but it’s so expensive. HUHU.

    06/29/2015 at 2:38 PM
    • Reply Maxine Marcelino

      Thanks so much!! :))) SUPER NICE TLAGAAAA, ang daya minsan ng packaging. Nakakaloko bumili! Hahahaha! If you wanna get, try getting! HAHAHA I watched Hollyannerae of YT talking about it. It was a limited eiditon shade daw from another collection tapos di niya nakuha so she made sure na kumuha siya nito from Wash and dry. <3

      06/29/2015 at 2:41 PM

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