Friday, June 15, 2012

MAC Nude on Board Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder Review, Swatches and Comparisons!

MAC Nude on Board Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder

MAC Hey, Sailor! Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder ($28) was released in MAC's latest Hey, Sailor! Collection. It's a new formula bronzer that claims to provide a sheer, natural coverage that is long-wearing and remains comfortable on the skin throughout the day. 

There are two shades to choose from: Nude on Board (Bronzy, yellow-tone) and Sun Dipped (Dirty, red-tone). 

Nude on Board is a light, golden-yellow tan with a hint of golden shimmer. I thought it'd be a better match for my skintone, as golden bronzers tend to work better on my skin without making my complexion look ruddy or muddy. 

In comparison to MAC's standard Bronzing Powder, the texture is much softer. The standard bronzing powders are a little dry, but these powders are very smooth and are easier to blend. The texture is comparable to MAC Beauty Powder

Swatches of Nude on Board

The color is sheer, but buildable. It's a light shade of bronzer overall though, and doesn't get very dark when layered. It will work best on light to light-medium, medium skin to provide a soft, natural warmth to the skin. 

If you like bronzers that you can be very free with, without having to worry about going overboard, this is a great bronzer.

Most bronzers I use stay put all-day on my skin, so no real complaints in that dept. I've been wearing this bronzer all week, and the lasting power seems to be pretty average. 

Here are a few comparisons to other bronzers: 

From left to right: MAC Nude on Board Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder, MAC Refined Golden Bronzing Powder, MAC Golden Bronzing Powder and Benefit Hoola Bronzer. 

As you can see from the swatches, all of the other bronzers compared are traditionally more bronze-toned. Nude on Board has no red tones what-so-ever, so it's not going to give that coppery-bronze appearance. 

Overall, I really like the bronzer and hope that sometime in the future MAC decides to make the Pro Longwear Bronzers a part of their permanent line. I really like the texture, blendability and finish of these powders, and wish they had more shades! 

The Round-Up

  • Soft, smooth texture
  • Blends very easily - never looks patchy or dirty, even when layered
  • Sheer (but buildable), so you can use it freely without worrying about overdoing it
  • Might come off a little orange on certain skintones
  • Won't show up very well on medium-deep to deep skintones
Price: $28, MAC.

Did you try either of the Pro Longwear Bronzers? What'd you think?


  1. Great review! The shade of this bronzer looks lovely!

  2. The shade is gorgeous, I find so many bronzers look ruddy on my fair complexion so I think this would work well! also love the cute!
    Rachel from x

  3. I love the packaging, but I may skip out on this one as I already have similar MAC bronzers! xxx

  4. I love the packeging is so cool! and the product looks good too! thanks for sharing! take care

  5. I have this and i agree its very get through this very easily which i dont really like about it, but on the plus side its buildable...mmm

  6. I might have to try it out :)

  7. Am I the only one who thinks the packaging is adorable and is not too interested in the actual product line? lol

  8. I'll just go with the MAC Bronzer i already have...This doesn't really amaze me - and the Heavenly creatures is still coming up, i am so exited for this.

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  9. The bronzer really enhances your skin.