MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder Is Absolutely Gorgeous For Warm Skin Undertones


Too Chic is one of 2 Beauty Powders from the MAC Stylishly Yours Collection 2011. The other Beauty Powder is Play It Proper.

Like the MAC Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder, I didn’t buy Too Chic for the collection, but for the need of a contouring powder and highlighter, respectively.

If there is one product I use without fail everyday, it’d be the MAC Beauty Powder Too Chic. Sometimes I feel lazy or am in a rush and would force myself to skip the cheekbone highlighting step. But I fail. Every. Single. Time. Lol.

I always find myself going back to the mirror, armed with my trusty MAC 188 Small Duo Fibre Brush and MAC Beauty Powder Too Chic, and with a light brush of the gorgeous peachy gold on my cheekbones, I feel like I look more stunning already. You know, like I’ve got more dimension on my face.

Perfect Color For Warm Undertones

I don’t have Play It Proper to compare Too Chic to, but from swatches online and having swatched them myself at the MAC store, I’d think Too Chic suits Asian or yellow-based undertones better because of its golden-beige color. Play It Proper has a cooler, pinkier hue to it.

Too Chic glows gorgeously on yellow-based skin undertones.

Too Chic has a warm, more golden undertone when applied, and instantly brightens up otherwise undefined cheekbones like mine.

I have pale and dull skin (SAD LIFE!) and feel absolutely blessed to have found in Too Chic Beauty Powder a way to fake some glow on my face.

That’s what makeup is for, isn’t it? Cover whatever you want, reveal what you desire, and enhance what you already have and more!

Gorgeously Subtle

What I adore about Too Chic is its beautiful soft yellow-golden sheen. Some highlighters I’ve tried are just plain offensive, like the glitter bits are too big and loud and threaten to turn you into a spinning disco ball.

It looks like a pale gold to me, some say champagne, MAC calls it ‘soft peachy cream’.

As mentioned, a light brush of Too Chic gives my face a nice, subtle glow and settles naturally into the skin. No chalkiness, no chunks of glitter, no bits of powder.

Finely Milled

The reason the MAC Beauty Powders look so natural and well-blended into the skin is due to the very finely milled grains. The powder is just so fine and discrete it just glides smoothly and effortlessly on the skin.

The incredibly fine shimmer looks so natural atop blush and catches light to bring glow to the face. Me likey!

There is so much product in there, and since I only need a light swipe of the MAC 188 brush to get sufficient product, I’ve hardly created a dent even though I use it religiously every single time I have makeup on.

Where To Apply MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder

Cheekbones – I use Too Chic primarily on the cheekbones and then blend it out towards the temples. You can see it quite clearly in this post.

T-Zone – After I’m done with the cheekbones, I use what is left on the brush to sweep down my nose and across above the eyebrows.

Brow Bone –This is a highlighter that can also be used to highlight the brow bone. (Where is my brow bone?)

All over the face – To achieve an overall dewy look, lightly dust Too Chic all over the face.

Top and bottom lips – To make your pout more obvious, concentrate a small amount of product above the top lip and below the bottom lip using a small brush, like the Loew-Cornell Maxine’s mop ¼”.

Regular (Boring) Packaging

I just had to point out one thing I don’t hate, but think I’d love it more than I already do if done in another way. The packaging is just so blah. Black, and boring, and homogeneous.

Even though I only have 5 of such packaging in my makeup drawer I find it a waste of time to have to pause and read the names of each.

The MAC Surf Baby Studio Careblend Pressed Powders Gold-Go-Lightly stands out in its hawaii-inspired white casing. I wish Too Chic came in something more chic. Okie, black is chic, but maybe it could look slightly different? The Beauty Powder is slightly thinner than the MAC Studio Fix Foundation though. Maybe I should just paste stickers on them.

Haha, but this is MAC’s trademark powder casing and I don’t think anyone will complain about it. I just wonder how those artists who definitely have more of such products find their stuff.

MAC Beauty Powder in Too Chic is absolutely appropriate and gorgeous for every occasion. You have to try it to know it. Trust me.

So sorry, this is a total bummer, but Too Chic is limited edition. You can find it at ACW though.


Bun Bun rates the MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder:


Any Too Chic lovers out there? And does anyone label their black MAC powder casings?


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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

  • Sunnu

    Hey Bun Bun,

    Thanks for sharing! This looks like a very nice highlighting powder. I’m warm-toned myself so I can see how the soft golden sheen impresses you! Good news for people who have read this post and want one: MAC is re-promoting Too Chic in the MAC and Iris Apfel Collection for Winter 2011, which will come out next January. Guess I’ll hold out buying a highlighter before I get to see this in person!

    • Bun Bun

      Awesome! Thanks for the heads up, Sunny! (I read your other post about the typo. lol) Collection launches are always at least a few weeks late here in Singapore. It’s got a positive side to it though, I’d have read reviews and seen pictures and swatches on other blogs first to have an idea of what’s to come!

      I hope you’ll like Too Chic! (I secretly bet you will. hoho!)

  • Sunny

    Oh gawd, I just realized I typed my own name wrong. It’s Sunny, not Sunnu… hahaha.

    Anyways, since I’m leaving another comment I might as well tell you I really love the your series on Asian eyes. I’m Asian myself and I used to be utterly confused why something that looks GREAT on Caucasian chicks makes me look like a drag queen. I think your series will help a lot of girls in distress :) Please keep up the good job!

    • Bun Bun

      Awww, thanks so much Sunny!

      You know what, I had my fair share of being a drag queen wannabe too. HAHAHA! Yes yes, I really do hope the series will benefit many Asian girls. My own friends love it, not only because they are my friends haha, but because they finally understand how I do my makeup and other techniques, and also share this post with their other circles of friends too. =D

      Hope to see you around Sunny! I feel so bright and happy already just typing your name. ^_^

  • Shellz

    I agree with the boring packaging part… but I live with it. haha.

    • Bun Bun

      Yea, if you can’t fight them, join them. Lol.

  • BooBooNinja

    For those limited by a tight budget, could you get a similar highlight effect by lightly stippling a mix of ricepaper eyeshadow with a pale blush?

    • BooBooNinja

      (ignore this comment… I’m subscribing to followup comments)

    • Bun Bun

      Definitely! I do use MAC Shroom as a highlighter for the cheekbones. Mixing in a pale blush is a great idea, by the way! 😀

  • jamiema

    Do you have any other suggestions for (cheap) highlighters for Asian skin? This one seems to be discontinued. :(

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      @jamiema Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that. MAC does repeat their LE stuff sometimes. I saw Too Chic in another collection, with different packaging. As for a recommendation, would you prefer cream? Powder?

      • jamiema

        @BunBunMakeupTips  I think powder, but I’m open to anything. :) It’s just that my skin’s yellow-y and kinda tan, so most makeup looks ashy on me. 😛 Btw, you don’t know how useful your site is to me. 😀

        • BunBunMakeupTips

          @jamiema Thanks so much for telling me that! I’m feeling the love. =D
          My fav highlighters are MAC Too Chic, Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma and Lioele Blooming Shimmer Pearl Base.
          Would you like to try the Lioele Blooming Shimmer Pearl Base? It gives me glowy looking skin without making me look like a glittery mess like some other skin enhancers. Best if you read online reviews and decide if you’d like to give it a shot. =)
          If you’re interested, you can get it at Doll To Doll Cosmetics.

  • BooBooNinja

    Ahh… This is my favourite powder highlighter. I don’t need any others!