Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Lou's Reviews :: MAC MSF Soft and Gentle

Aloha Sprinklerinos,
For the past few months, I have had one question in particular popping up over and over again on YouTube and I decided it might be a good idea to make the answer into a blog post.

The question I have been asked is what have I been wearing on my cheeks to make them look so glowy? I must say, I have been pleased as punch with all the lovely comments telling me I look radiant or healthy or even gorgeous! I can assure you it's all cosmetic and isn't that 'pregnancy glow'. There's no bun in this oven!


 MAC Soft and Gentle is part of the Mineralised Skin Finish (MSF) family and since buying it in September 2011, has been reached for almost every day.

With swirling marbleised colours of gold, bronze and tan, it gives my skin the most beautiful luminous finish without it depositing little flecks of glitter. Obviously, I have no issue with glitter, in fact I embrace it, but there are times when a soft shimmer is preferential to sparkletown.

I apply it quickly and easily with a domed kabuki brush and find it blends really well into foundation, powder and bronzer. It really does tickle my pickle.

(I can't tell you how annoying that teeny smudge under my eye is to me. I nearly didn't put this photo in but it demonstrates how dewy brilliant the Soft and Gentle is dans la skin)

The slightly unhinged addict in me is a little sad that I have used so much that there is no longer the domed effect in the pan, but if you check out the website photo, you can see one in all it's newy glory. In hindsight, I probably should have snapped this when I first bought it last year, but I have been loving it so much that it's not left my makeup bag.

This lovely product retails for £21.50. To me, it's a luxury purchase, but one that I'll repeat because the quality is fantastic, it lasts an age (6 months in and yet to hit pan) and it's lead to a flurry of kind compliments- and you can't put a price on that!

Have you tried this highlighter? What are your thoughts on it?

Toodlepip!

xx


49 comments:

  1. I've had my Soft & Gentle since December 2009 and STILL haven't hit pan despite using it nearly every day. I've got a few other MSFs but I still reach for this beauty (my first and love of life) frequently. Hands down the best highlighter out there! x

    http://boscy.blogspot.com

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  2. i have msf the natural colour but was really interested in this one for a highlighter...i may have to invest...thanks for the review! xx

    ltlyl-fashionandbeauty.blogspot.com

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  3. Oo that is lovely. I love shimmer bronzers!! :D esp as i looks quite natural.

    www.allylae.com

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  4. I remember walking into a mac store over and over and browsing but never buying, when I finally plucked up the courage and the cash to splurge soft and gentle was the first thing I picked up! and there's not been day that I've regretted it! In fact I love it so much I hardly ever use it just so I can keep that oh so beautiful dome! *sigh* but seeing your lovely pics and how much love you've shown yours I kind of feel a bit cruel not showing mine as much love as it deserves....I'll be using it much more now :D

    xoxox

    www.es-jaymakeup.blogspot.com - for beauty reviews, hauls and health posts! x x x

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  5. This is such a gorgeous colour, you look lovely!

    Natalie x
    Trying To Make Fetch Happen

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  6. Another one to add to my mac list. I love the colours! I love how your put your personality into the post too! You look gorgeous, stop putting yourself down!


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  7. This looks gorgeous on you, *adds to wishlist*

    www.misslv.com

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  8. Made a note of this to add onto my 'Make-Up Items I need, but cannot yet purchase' lol. May I say Louise, you look absolutely bloomin' beautiful in that photo! xx

    jade-elaine.blogspot.com

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  9. I love the look of this - it definitely makes you look lovely and glowing! x

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  10. deffinatly thinking of purchasing this!

    thebeautiful-days.blogspot.com

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  11. It looks so lovely on you louise, I've never tried the mac MSF's but they are most definitely on my wish list! xxx

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  12. I too feel that I look glowy when wearing this especially in the summer when I can get away with a bit of shimmer ;)

    http://nickysbeautyquest.com
    Xo

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  13. I got this a few weeks ago and its already my must have. Dont know how I ever done my makeup without it.
    xo

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  14. This looks so pretty on you! xx

    http://beautyandablogger.blogspot.com/

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  15. Great blog post Louise, how long would you say this stays on the face for on a day to day basis? Thanks x

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  16. This really looks lovely on your cheeks! :)

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  17. really want to try a MSF out!
    please check out my blog xo

    http://charlmorgan.blogspot.com/

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  18. The finish is gorgeous! Normally I prefer matte to dewy but this looks amazing! x

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  19. I love this highlighter too, it's so pretty :) x

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  20. I've heard amazing this about Mac's msfs but to be honest I haven't really found the need to purchase it but after seeing how wonderful it looks on you, i'm quite interested in trying it out! Thanks so much. :)

    x

    beauxdivine.blogspot.com

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  21. It looks lovely on you :) I would be worried about trying such a product as I have pale skin, but actually it doesn't seem so dark on the skin, just 'glowy', which is always a good thing.

    I have the same sadness when I use a product and 'disfigure' it in some way, so much so that sometimes I don't use it at all, which is, er, a waste. This still looks pretty without the dome though, cos it's all marbley and lovely.

    I'll stop waffling now xx

    PS Love your blog, I'm following you now (no way of making that sound less weird).

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  22. It looks gorgeous on your skin :) I think I need to 'pop' my MAC cherry soon!

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  24. It looks gorgeous and I wouldn't of no9ticed the smudge if you hadn't of said anything :)

    B xxx

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  25. It makes you look so glowly and lovely, i've been thinking about purchasing one of the minserlaised skin finishes and now you've just made me confirm it in my mind im deffinately getting one. :)

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  26. I definitely understand why you get so many compliments ! It looks lovely on you ! xx

    clayandbeauty.blogspot.com

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  27. Your Stunning Louise!!x

    cloxox.blogspot.com

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  28. i think i'll be needing to purchase this ;)

    http://munchmecat.blogspot.com/

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  29. It looks like a brownie in a compact!

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  30. I've had my Soft and Gentle for over a year, and after using it the majority of days it actually still has the domed shape! It's like an everlasting gobstopper! xx

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  31. Looks great Louise...I have been using Kitten by Stila but think I may have to go and check Mac's goodies out soon. xx

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  32. I just found you on youtube and blogpost, I also found zoella on youtube aswell, you've both inspired me to start my blog. Love your blog! xx

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  33. Louise you are so gorgeous, you always look fantabulous!! Loved the review xoxo

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  34. Hi Louise, could you read my blog please and let me know what you think, I want to start vlogging but will not let myself invest in a camcorder until I have successfully set up a blog and has some feedback that it is worthwhile!! I am working on a NARS haul at the moment too to upload, as I have been on a search for a new foundation since the Chanel Pro-Lumiere is no longer and I think NARS sheer glow has filled my void....please read :o) thank you xxxx http://jessica-jjc.blogspot.com/

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  35. Wow, you've managed to use so much of it already! It looks so lovely on the skin though, doesn't it?

    I dedicated a blog post on how to get more use out of this gorgeous product!

    http://athingforbeauty.blogspot.com/2011/09/thinking-outside-of-box-giant.html

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  36. Wow, you have such beautiful eyes! I adore MAC make up, it's just fantastic! Keep going, your blog is so inspiring and really helpful ;) Check out mine and follow me if you like, maybe you also get inspired ;) xo from NYC
    http://hollylovespaul.blogspot.com/

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  37. Wah! £20?? Thats veerrry steep for me! However I've been on a mission for dewy-not-greasy skin, and this looks like a must have.

    I've only tried liquid highlighters and i struggle to blend them right. I may try and find a dupe somewhere! x

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  38. Looks beautiful on you! May need to purchase one like this soon, thanks for your review really helped <3
    http://renycerosalia.blogspot.com/
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    xo.xo

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  39. Ha! I better add this to my shopping list now. I am new to your blog and I love your reviews :) Have you tried Benefit high beam? If yes, what do you think?

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  40. hmmm, benefit high beam has always been my favourite... but this certainly is a fab review! oh louise, guess i'll have to buy it then! only you to blame! xxxx

    blackeyebeauty.blogspot.com

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  41. Oh wow, this look gorgeous on!! The colour in the pot does it no justice. x

    check out and follow my blog
    nobeastjustbeauty.blogspot.com

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  42. wish my skin looked like yours does xx

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  43. I am dying to get this product, and your review has just made me want to purchase it even more!

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  44. I never really took to the MSFs but this one looks amazing and really compliments your skin colour! I am quite pale and find colours like this work well on me too! Lovely! Xxx

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  45. I have the MAC MSF Soft and Gentle too and I love it! I must have bought mine about last April. I bought it with the intention to put it in my kit to use on clients as I was still at college at the time but it kept finding it's way into my own make-up bag. Oops lol. After 10 months of being used almost everyday I still have loads of product left and haven't hit pan. I only use a little everyday so I think that helps it last but it means that I don't mind paying £21.50 because it's once in a blue moon you have to repurchase. There's also a Collection 2000 highlighter that I love. I can't remember the name of it but I think I paid about £2 and had it for ages. I was always complimented and asked what I was wearing. Good old Collection 2000 :)

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  46. HELLO !!! I am a huge fan and you have inspired me to start my own blog and youtube channel. I saw how much fun you had and thought I wouldnt mind that :D. I bought this product after hearing you rave about it and look so lovley in it. In fact it is the first MAC product I have ever bought and I love it. I reviewed it on my blog: http://stylishsas.blogspot.co.uk/ please have a look, it was all inspired by you and Zoe. I am new to it but would mean a lot for you to take a peek. xxx

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  47. you use highlighter really well. I'm only really starting to work it into my daily routine. I would love for you to do a blog about all of your highlighters you own, including the best and the worst.

    xx
    http://kitschsnitch.blogspot.com.au/

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Sprinkleofglitter xxx