A good highlighter, gold but not too gold with a pink shimmer running through it, possibly one of the best I've come across and lovely as an eyeshadow on tanned skin. It blends well and it does give your skin the 'glow'. The pot annoys me though, for such a useful product I want to be able to carry it with me on holidays and business trips.
I'm not convinced this product will be so effective in the winter on pale skin, I will update in a few months!
I had been dying to try this and thanks to a lovely MUAer, I was able to swap for a good sized amount of this--I've used it twice already and it's an amazing highlight...it looked amazing paired with Plum Dressing and Coco (yum yum on that combination). When my sample runs out, I'll be running to MAC to get me a full-size one of these. It's wonderful and easier to blend than I thought :)
I do not ordinarily favor loose powder eyeshadows because I find them difficult to control, but this one is so great that I'll overlook the messiness.
I'd been looking for a shimmery neutral ivory to use as a highlighter on brow bones and inner corner of eyes, and I've found the perfect one in "Vanilla."
It's true that this does not provide a lot of coverage, but when worn over M.A.C.'s "Bare Canvas" Paint it does fine as a highlighter for browbones and inner corners.The color name is very fitting; this pigment is a shimmery creamy ivory. It's exactly the color of vanilla ice cream. Warm-toned girls may like it best, but as a cool-toned woman I love it, too. I think it's fairly neutral.
I can't wait to try it with "Coco" pigment, which I have ordered.
I haven't extensively tested the staying power of "Vanilla," but so far it seems to be excellent. I love this shade, and will buy again if I ever run out.
UPDATE: I've had this for about a year now, and my initial enthusiasm has cooled quite a bit.
I still like "Vanilla," but its messy nature and lack of pigmentation have really begun to bother me. I very seldom reach for this, and I seriously doubt that I'll ever buy it again.
A MAC MUA suggested that I try it as a cheekbone highlighter, and I may try that, to give my "Vanilla" a "new life." continued >>
This is the best highlighter I have. It goes with most anything. Beautiful sheer vanilla color with a hint of pink shimmer. I like to dab just a small amount at the corner of my eyes to give them a little extra sparkle. I will be buying/swapping for this again.
Got a sample of this in swap and did not like it all that much. It's a French vanilla ice cream color (slightly yellowed ivory/cream), not really any shimmer. It just looked flat and odd on me (warm, FFF-MMM, yellow tones). Made my dark eyes look strangely flat. This was just not a flattering color on me so I'm swapping away the sample I got.
ETA: Wet 'n' Wild's Mega Eyes e/s in "Cream" is actually a better version of Vanilla pigment for me--it's more shimmery and not as pigmented (in this case a good thing if you don't want flat, cream-colored eyelids.)
ETA2: Okay, I take it back and bump up the rating to a 4. It is a warm almost-goldish cream on my (now fairer) skin and looks great when I'm doing a shiny red lip.
great as a highlight and i use it to help blending too sometimes as it doesnt detract from the colours of the shadows already applied. Only need a tiny bit as well, so the jar will last forever!
I recently decided to try several MAC pigments since the colors look so pretty. This is a pretty creamy highlight color with a hint of pink to it. The sheen is nice and not too shiny/frosty for me. I'm still working on a generous sample, but once that is gone I'll be buying a full size jar. Also, I wear contacts that are easily bothered, yet I haven't had any eye irritation with pigments so far.
I received a sample of this and now I don't think I can live without it! I have many white/vanilla shimmery highlighter shades, but nothing compares to the wear of Mac vanilla! I will be purchasing a full size jar of this.
This is a wonderful multi tasker! I've used it on my eyes and face as a highlighter and have mixed it into body lotion for a little "oomph" on the decollete and shoulders for special evenings out with the DH:). I have to say, I don't care for the jars the pigments come in. I am forever in fear of spilling them! They should at least put a little shaker top on them so you only lose a bit if it is dropped and not the whole kit and caboodle!
Vanilla pigment is my Holy Grail highlighter. This shows up a lovely sheen with pink and goldish shimmer. I love to dust it anywhere I want a glow. I seriously cannot part with my Vanilla pigment, I am THAT desperately in love. I love it so, so much I might use up the entire darn container because I literally use this everyday for my face, eyes, a dab on the lips, and even for an opalescent nailpolish. I have tried so many other highlighters, and nothing gives the same glowy results of Vanilla pigment (especially on the browbone). Incredibly beautiful.