I am very fair (NC15 at Mac) and I was looking for a highlighter that would be very healthy, and I wanted to steer away from "white-ish" highlighters such as Benefit's nightmare of a product called "High Beam". Some of my favourite Youtube beauty guru's such as Gh0stparties, Essiebutton and Kate's Beauty Blog use this MSF and they are all fair like me, so I decided to give it a go! It's worth every penny, you get an insane amount of product. I use this over top of my cream blush and use the Real Techniques Contour Brush to highlight my cheek bones and down the bridge of my nose. This stuff looks natural, but not SO natural that you don't even know it's there, it's the perfect, healthy glow, and it totally minimizes the look of pores. I adore this product, and I wear it pretty much every single day! It works well when applied with the Real Techniques contour blush or a stippling brush! If you're on the fence about purchasing this product, just do it...You won't regret it, I currently couldn't live without it!
I overlooked Soft and Gentle for so long because it looked too dark for my light NC15-20 skin, I had imagined it would be a shimmery bronzer. I had purchased Lightscapade and was disappointed. It was beautiful in the compact but BARELY showed up on my skin. When I went to return Lightscapade, the sales associate applied Soft and Gentle to my cheekbones and it was beautiful! Its a mixture of pink, pearl, and maybe silver. You do need to use a light hand with this, you can look a little crazy if you apply too much. Soft and Gentle last throughout most of the day, giving a pretty glow to my skin. I apply it to my cheekbones, forehead, nose, and inner corner of my eyes. I love this highlighter.
Soft & Gentle is a permanent shade in MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish line. The current retail price is $30.
About Me: Fair with warm yellow undertones (about an NC18 right now, only quite a bit more yellow toned). Hazel eyes that look blue in daylight. Natural brunette currently dyed aubergine purple with a lot of deep red highlights.
Color: The main color is a light nude with subtle pink tones. About the same lightness as my skin tone, only cooler/pinker. Great color for highlighting fair to medium skin... or any skin tone really. There are also golden glitter veins running through the surface. When the pinky nude base color and the gold glitter veins are mixed together, they create a color that is fairly neutral... maybe slightly golden when on cheeks.
Finish: GOLD SPARKLES!!!! When I read that some felt Soft & Gentle was too sparkly, I figured "pssshhh, I own lots of MSFs and none of them are too sparkly for me. I'm sure S&G will be just like the rest". Well, I was wrong. This is far more sparkly than any other MSF I own (mind you... I don't own any other MSF in the regular line, but I do own a lot of LEs). The pinky nude base color is very shimmery, reflective, and fairly sparkly/glittery. The golden veins are mostly glitter and sparkle with very little pigmentation. When the base and the veins are mixed together, it creates an INTENSELY glittery look. If applying with a blush sized brush, there's really no way of getting the base color without the glitter veins. Definitely not to be worn anywhere except the cheekbones. I would only feel comfortable wearing this at a club or perhaps at Christmastime if I want something a little over the top.
Texture: Similar to any other MSF: Soft, but not too soft. Easy to apply, but needs a fairly light hand to avoid overdoing.
Wear Length: My only problem with MSFs in general.... 2 hours maximum with my regular application (on top of foundation and setting powder). However, if I mist my face with water or finishing spray after applying, I can get it to last up to 5 hours.
Bottom Line: SPARKLES!!! GLITTER!!! I love MSFs despite their comparatively poor wear time, but this one is just far too glittery for me. Wouldn't dream of repurchasing.
The color is (as the name suggests) soft and gentle. The issue for me is in the wearability. It seems to lose its luster/disappear after a few hours. That said, it's versatile. I use it on cheekbones and on eyes as highlighter.
Like any powder based highlighter or shimmery product, if you apply too liberally, it can actually age you (it sits in fine lines). I have found using a smaller brush works better and offers more control --but again -- steer clear of the underage area...especially of you're over 35! :)
Ugh! Finally got this after so many people raving about it but I hate this evil stuff. I wanted a light sheen over my 30 something skin but this highlights every imperfection and the huge chunks of glitter travel down my face leaving me a overly shiny mess. I wanted to do my forehead and Cupid's bow too but this makes me look like I'm child about to go on stage for a dancing competition. Will sell it online when I can be bothered and search for something more sophisticated.
I love this highlight it looks good on my ski tone but I think I'll just use the hard candy tiki bronzer after I finish this since they are pretty much the same but 1/4 of the price. But great product!!
This product is not worth the hype in my opinion. There are plenty of better highlights out there. I had a hard time getting this to show up on my skin. It has almost a muddy pink/silver sheen to it when I was able to swatch it and build it up on my hand. I also tried using it under my brow bone and in the inner corners of my eyes, but it was useless. I do not recommend.
This is a great product. I wear it on my cheeks and also on my brow bones and it gives me a lovely sun-kissed glow. You can wear it over your full face of make-up, or in the summer you could easily just wear it on it's own! Very shimmery and pretty, love this product xxxx
I really like the glow this product gives me! But the thing with this product is that I don't always like it that much. Sometimes the shimmers are just too much and in some lighting you look like a discoball. But it the summer this looks great on most people and overall I really like this product. I think I will repurchase if I will ever run out of this.
I looooove this.. ive been using it on a daily basis and love the results. I like to add a little bit of creme base pearl on the top of my cheekbones and then slightly dusting this on top with elf blush brush from their studio line and it just looks amazing together. Will definitely purchase again if i ever hit the pan which wont be in a while.