I've had a few questions about the new MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Collection (mostly about swatches and stockists), typically I do like to take a few days to get a feel for a product but as I'm more than familiar with MAC Cosmetics I thought it would be for the best to get my posts live as soon as possible. That way anyone who has their eye on anything can get it with ease before it sells out but I do want to stress that today's MAC reviews are mostly based on past experiences with products of the same type.
I adore MAC MSF's (Mineral Skin Finishes) and do tend to purchase any new and limited edition launches. With MAC A Fantasy of Flowers Collection two well loved and coveted MSF's were relaunched - Stereo Rose and Perfecting Topping both of which I have owned in the past. If you are not familiar with the Skin Finish formulation let me explain. Basically it comes in two versions: Natural which is a permanent line of various skin tone matching mineral based setting powders and the general Mineral Skin Finishes which tend to be tinted and can be used either as a blush, bronzer or highlighter (in some cases as all three) dependant on your skin tone and of course the shade of the product.
MAC Mineral Skin Finish in Stereo Rose is the shade I expect to sell out quickest (although as it was re-launched at the end of 2012 so it may not be the case), MAC describe this shade as a "coral with golden/bronze shimmering nuances" which this time around is entirely true. If you own either or both of the previous Stereo Rose launches you may still want to purchase this as it is not the same shade. This time around MAC Stereo Rose is a bright coral hue that is more pigmented than the shell pink hue I experienced in late 2012 , you can read my older review here -link. Also from what I have saw both in person and online the 2014 Stereo Rose contains less gold veining in general (this will of course differ per product). This time around this shade is a blush and I can't see it being a highlight option on any skin tone as it is very bright and pigmented. I can't really think of a dupe off the top of my head but I feel the re-formulated version (2013 onwards) of Sleek MakeUP Rose Gold blush would be close. The texture is what I've come to expect from the MAC MSF formulation - soft and a little dry, it is of course shimmer based with a some what metallic finish. It is a little prone to highlighting imperfections such as enlarged pores and fine lines. I have not wore test this version fully but yesterday I achieved around 7 hours of wear with a primer before it faded on my oily skin.
The other re-promoted shade is of course MAC Perfect Topping which I believe was launched way back in 2009 (gosh time flies!) and is again different from what I recall in terms of shade. MAC Perfect Topping MSF back in the day was a medley of pastel veining (which it is again) that when applied was a light almost lilac come pink coloured highlight and or/blush which was rather unusual. This time around the shades present with Perfect Topping are the same - ivory, light coral, lilac, gold and mauve but combined they form a soft coral tinged pale gold shimmering highlight. Again I don't deem this particular shade to be multi-purpose, I'd say on all skin tones this will be a highlight (it barely shows up on my skin at all) and nothing else. Just as Stereo Rose the texture is firm but well pigmented, a little dry and prone to collecting into the pores.