MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter Review, Photos and Swatches!

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter ($29) is described on the MAC website as a soft peachy nude with multi-dimensional shimmer. It has a hint of warm pink to it and mixed with the glistening champagne-peach, it gives off a rose gold appearance. It’s a limited edition highlighter originally released in the MAC In Extra Dimension Collection this past Spring, but was re-released in the newest MAC Glamour Daze Collection.

The power itself is very finely milled, silky smooth and almost feels like a pressed pigment. It’s highly pigmented with a high shine finish. I found that when I apply too much, it looks very metallic. This is easily the most intense highlighter I own. The great thing is that if you over-do it, it’s easy to fix. If I screw up, I’ll lightly run my foundation brush over it (with foundation residue), and it lightens up perfectly.

To apply, I usually use a small stippling brush or my fingers. Either work fine, but I like using my fingers to diffuse the edges. It works really well. Due to the texture, a synthetic and/or dense brush picks up product better than a natural bristle brush.

I really like the way it wears over time. Some highlighters tend to sit on top of the skin, sometimes looking a bit ashy/powdery and unnatural. Superb becomes one with my skin and catches light without looking like an obvious highlighter. I prefer this formula over the MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes which can look a little powdery.

It stays put all day, which is a huge bonus. Since I’m not one to touch-up my makeup throughout the day, anything long lasting is good news for me. One of my favorite highlighters is The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer, but it disappears too quickly on my skin. By the end of the day, Superb hasn’t gone anywhere.

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter
MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter

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MAC Superb swatch

MAC Superb Swatch

In this photo I’ve applied Suberb to the back of my hand with a fan brush. You can see that it’s not very shimmery or frosty, but it has a very rich sheen making it appear very natural.

MAC Superb Swatch
Here’s a close-up of Superb appied to the heights of my cheekbones and blended out with my finger.

mac superb swatches comparisons

From left to right: MAC Superb, MAC Honey Rose Magically Cool Liquid Powder (didn’t swatch well) and Dior Amber Diamond. You can see how much more metallic Superb is compared to the much sought-after Amber Diamond.

MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter

Overall, I’m really happy with Superb, and I can’t say for sure yet because I haven’t had it for too long, but I can see it becoming my favorite highlighter. I already purchased a back-up, and I’m not one to ever purchase back-ups. Once I finish a product (which is also very rare) I usually can’t wait to discover something new, but because Super is so unique, I had to have an extra on hand!

Did you purchase any of the Extra Dimension highlighters? What’s your favorite highlighter?

The Round-Up

Pros:

  • Gorgeous color
  • Silky smooth texture 
  • Blends really well on the skin – doesn’t sit on the skin looking ashy or powdery
  • Captures light better than any of my other highlighters
  • Will work on a variety of skin tones (especially nice on warm skin)

Cons:

  • Natural bristle brushes don’t seem to pick up product as well as synthetic brushes – with a natural bristle brush, it causes a bit of dust, and produces fall-out on the cheeks.
  • Can look too metallic if too much is applied (but don’t worry, it’s quick fix)

Price: $29, MAC, Nordstrom, Dillard’s.

23 thoughts on “MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish/Highlighter Review, Photos and Swatches!

  1. Wow! The Superb actually looks way more natural than I expected it to. Especially when you look at how metallic the swatch is on your finger! I'm in desperate need of a go-to highlighter so I'll have to try this on my skin!

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