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MAC Cream Colour Base

A creamy formula that imparts colour and a sheer, dewy finish with various effects.
Average Customer Rating:
4.547 out of 5
4.5
 out of 
5
(64 Reviews) 64
5 out of 5(100%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Cream Colour Base
Review 1 for Cream Colour Base
Date:04 09 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Cream Colour Base Pearl
Tags +Highly pigmented, Blendable, face and body
As I have oily skin and love matte foundations, I was looking for a product to add dimension to my face without being dewy/greasy. I have a few other big brand highlighters, which are wonderful, but contain too much shimmer for daytime wear. I purchased Pearl based on lovely online photos and Youtube videos. When I received the product, I was surprised by how small the product actually is, and was beginning to regret my purchase -- especially after I swatched it and noticed obvious shimmer. However, when I tapped some (okay, maybe a lot) on the top of my cheeks and down my nose bridge, and blended it out with a damp Beauty Blender sponge, it imparted such a beautiful natural glow and sheen without shimmer, that I was completely sold.
The best part is that it does not make my skin look dewy or oily -- it adds a bit of dimension to the face to keep matte foundations from looking too flat. I have medium-tan skin that tans very easily (NC40-NC43), and the color looks extremely natural on my skin tone, despite seeming like an icy white/golden color in the pan. I have seen it used on the eyelids and body, but for now I simply relegate it to my cheeks and nose; though I may try other methods during the summer.
My advice, though, is that if you are seeking a noticeable, yet subtle glow, build up coverage and blend it out vigorously with a blending sponge.
+12points
13of 14found this review helpful.
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 2 for Cream Colour Base
Date:01 29 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Pearl Cream Color Base
Tags +Highly pigmented, Blendable, Crease resistant, Highlighting
I have the cream color base in Pearl and it is amazing. I really debated between Luna and Pearl. I ended up going with Pearl because it was more beige where Luna was more white. I use this for Highlighting on the cheeks, cupid's bow and underneath the eyebrows. This is so versatile you can use it sheer or build it up and its never cakey. I love using this for conturing you can also use a powder on top of it as well. The finish is truly pearlescent and not glittery/sparkly like a lot of highlighters out there. Its a must have for me.
+16points
16of 16found this review helpful.
 / Los Angeles, CA
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 3 for Cream Colour Base
Date:07 15 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Love this creme base
Tags +Highly pigmented, Blendable, Crease resistant, everyday
Just received this. Wanted Shell, but read about Hush. Very glad I got this. It is a bit hard at first but your fingers warm it up. It's very light and sheer on the skin, and as I had read, blending is everything. It's real dewy alone, and it really helps hold blush and it seems like you don't need as much blush, and you still retain the glow with blush on top. I will be using this alone and with blush. Ii's a very light peachy/gold and not overdone. You don't need a whole lot. It really does a great job as a highlighter and glow. I am over 55 and wanted something soft, which this is. I do need at least a sheer foundation on first, but it works great for a light not over done look. You can also build it to make more pronounced. I love it and will still order Shell when it's back in stock. Just the perfect glow! This will also be great in the winter when dry skin comes back for a perfect glow. It is NOT sticky either, which I have a few creme blushes that your hair sticks to. This is also a perfect multi purpose. Great on lips! This is a 5 star!
+37points
40of 43found this review helpful.
 / Denver
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 4 for Cream Colour Base
Date:01 22 2013
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
IMPROPER COPPER IS PROPER!!
Tags +Highly pigmented, Blendable, Highlighting
For women of color and anyone else! I stress women of color because I am and I like to be of whatever help I can be. Often when I read reviews, I like to know what complexion the reviewer is because all make-up colors do not look good on all complexions. I am NW45. Anyhoo, Improper Copper is a GREAT product!! You really can not see the goldish undertones of this on the picture online or the swatch. It is absolutely gorgeous and it can be worn as a highlighter on the cheeks, bridge of nose, and forehead to give an all over, natural glow to your face! I use the #188 brush for this. I HIGHLY recommend it! I have found another product that MAC makes that I can not live without! LOL Now, I am going to order more colors!
+112points
114of 116found this review helpful.
 / Fayetteville, GA
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 5 for Cream Colour Base
Date:06 11 2011
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Pearl
Tags +Bold Color, Highly pigmented, Blendable, Crease resistant, cheek highlight
Pearl is a great color to use as both an eye-shadow base as well as a cheek highlight. I use my MAC 130 to buff it in to my clients cheekbones, and it has a spectacular glow. I recommend this product highly if you have acne, or any sort of bumpy skin, as opposed to MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, only because that has more of a glittery sheen, whereas Pearl has a smooth sheer finish while still adding that luminescent glow.
+45points
47of 49found this review helpful.
 / San Francisco
Review 6 for Cream Colour Base
Date:03 04 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Luma Cream Colour Base
Tags +Blendable
The Luma colour base is very smooth. I use it to highlight when contouring. It comes off very smooth and really ties things together. I use brush 168 with this product for an airbrushed effect. I was searching for a product that wasn't too pigmented and wasn't too obvious. for me, this product is exactly that. Hope this helps ;)
+21points
22of 23found this review helpful.
 / New London
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 7 for Cream Colour Base
Date:02 10 2012
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Best highlighter EVER.
Tags +Blendable, Crease resistant, Highlighting
Recently, I discovered the magic of highlighting---it really is a great way to play up your features and add depth to your face. I've been on the hunt for that perfect highlighting product to claim a spot in my everchanging makeup bag.... and guess what?! I found it. Pearl is the perfect natural highlight. It really adds a little glow where you need it! I also love Shell as a kind of blush. It's just wonderful! If you're debating on whether or not to buy these, buy one RIGHT NOW. Just do it. No regrets :) The only reason I gave this product four stars, not five, is because I wish they came just a wee bit bigger. But no real complaints. The product's amazing, the longevity of it is amazing. Just buy the dang thing!
+22points
23of 24found this review helpful.
Review 8 for Cream Colour Base
Date:04 24 2011
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fabulousity to the T!!!
Tags +Bold Color, Highly pigmented, Blendable, Crease resistant, cheeks lips eyes
I recently ordered the cream colour base in Rich Coral and Dusk. I must say, the Rich Coral is absolutely GORGEOUS! What a beautiful shade! I use a brush to apply it to the cheekbones after my foundation and powder, and I've never seen my cheeks glow the way they do when I use this ccb! I also love the dewey, fresh faced, summery look it gives me! I've also used a little bit under my foundation just to kind of give it a, "glow from below" I like to call it :)" feel. It really is a stunning shade on a medium or olive complexion! It also looks fantastic and someone with cooler tones in their skin, as I tried it on one of my Bridal Trials this past week. She's got a lighter complexion with cool undertones, but she's also some gold in her eyes so she's got the best of both worlds, and after I airbrushed her I applied a touch of this to her cheeks with my brush. All I can say is WOW! Her hazel eyes were SPARKLING and her skin was just RADIATING! I've also used a touch of this on my lips, before some Creme D' Nude, and then topped it off with Like Venus and HOLY SPRING-EY nectar lips!
I also purchased the dusk to use as a contouring shade, and I have to say I wasn't too crazy about it :/ First I used it over my foundation and before my powder, and I feel like my skin looked "dirty". Then I tried foundation, powder, then ccb and again I got that not so pretty look! LoL Maybe I'm not using it correctly, or perhaps I need a different shade to contour, so if anyone has any suggestions, shoot them right over :)
+9points
12of 15found this review helpful.
 / NORTH JERSEY
Review 9 for Cream Colour Base
Date:02 09 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
LOVE LUNA!
Tags +Blendable, highlight
For that "Kim K or Nikki M" highlight use "Luna Cream Colour Base" Apply when you are adding your blush and/or bronzer. Once I apply this product Under my eyes/ high cheek bone area and under the jaw line where you would like highlight with bronzer. Then I spray FIX + on my brush and blend blend blend, it gives you this glow that is so amazing. Keep in mind I use all cream products when i apply this.
+6points
6of 6found this review helpful.
 / San Diego, CA
Review 10 for Cream Colour Base
Date:08 25 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
What an AMAZING product!
SHADE NAME: Pearl
Tags +Creamy, Color true, Long wearing, #lovemacmakeup
I bought this online, on a wing and a prayer that it would be great for highlighting .... well, after using it just once (I just got it in the mail yesterday) I am in HEAVEN! Such an easy product to apply with your fingertips, and gives the perfect glimmer to highlight too; compliments the Strobe Cream perfect too! I also used it as a base for my eyeshadow and WOW! I am so in LOVE!
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / Saskatchewan
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 11 for Cream Colour Base
Date:03 07 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Beautiful
Tags +Bold Color, Blendable, Highly pigmented, Luminous, Long wearing
The color Luna is a perfect for someone who wants a more neutral highlight--it doesn't lean yellow, pink, or beige. I've been loving it both as a cheekbone and inner corner highlight. It's very pigmented, and gives the most beautiful, luminous glow to the face without looking greasy, shiny, or oily at all. It's also extremely easy to apply--with either a brush or your fingers. Even though it is a cream product, it's SUPER easy to blend and lasts all day without fading or smearing. This is definitely my new favorite highlighter :)
+4points
4of 4found this review helpful.
 / Boston, MA
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 12 for Cream Colour Base
Date:08 12 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Perfect for humidity
SHADE NAME: Shell
Tags +Creamy, Color true, Long wearing
I love this product. I live is a very steamy place - Savannah and all my eye shadows cake and leave lines. So a Mac rep suggested I try this on my eyelids - what a score!!!
I use it on my cheeks as a highlight and just below my brow line and use the copper one over my lids.Even on my lips when I want a day look!
I always get compliments when I have it on how fresh I look.
And is perfect to take to the beach for a quick refresh before heading to the bar.
Great at night to make my eyes pop - I know it is for cheeks but Mac you made a winner here!
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / Savannah
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 13 for Cream Colour Base
Date:12 17 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best.product.ever.
Tags +Bold Color, Highly pigmented, Blendable, Crease resistant
I have been using Shell for as long as I can remember. I use it alone. I use is as a base/primer for eyeshadow. I use it for a little glimmer on my cheeks or lips. This is the best MAC product I have ever owned... And I have gone through a ton of MAC makeup.
+5points
5of 5found this review helpful.
 / Arkansas
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 14 for Cream Colour Base
Date:10 04 2010
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I love it.
Tags +Blendable, cheeks
I have the cream colour base in pearl :) My wonderful M.A.C artist Mary showed me it, she just put it on the top of my cheekbones and it gave me a beautiful highlight and gives my face a glowing, beautiful look. I apply it with my finger and just blend it a little, and it will last me forever because a little goes a long way!
+5points
5of 5found this review helpful.
 / Seattle
Review 15 for Cream Colour Base
Date:10 04 2010
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
i am in love....
Tags +Bold Color, Highly pigmented, Blendable, Crease resistant, dry skin and tan skin
this is so soft and great for dry skin.........i have Virgin Isle Vivid bright coral (Cream) as i am NC 40 and its a dark color its suits me perfectly.....................
thanks mac
+5points
5of 5found this review helpful.
 / Fairfax
Review 16 for Cream Colour Base
Date:08 06 2015
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Nice Highlighter
Tags +Long wearing, Color true
I use this as a highlighter and I love it!
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / Alabama, USA
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 17 for Cream Colour Base
Date:07 04 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Cream Color Base
Tags +Highly pigmented, Blendable, higlighter
I purchased the color "pearl". Outstanding when used as a highlighter. Very realistic color on cheekbones and under eyebrow. Great staying power.
+3points
3of 3found this review helpful.
 / Illinois
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 18 for Cream Colour Base
Date:05 04 2013
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Lovely highlighter!
Tags +Highly pigmented, Blendable, highlighter
I originally purchased this to be used as a cream eyeshadow, after trying it multiple times over primer and seeing creasing I realized that that was not the purpose of this product. After research I discovered that this is an amazing cream highlighter and that is how I've been using it ever since. I usually just apply with my pointer and middle finger to the top of my cheekbones, my cupids bow, and I do strip down my nose with the shade 'Shell'. It lasts all day and gives a gorgeous glow
+4points
4of 4found this review helpful.
 / USA
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 19 for Cream Colour Base
Date:08 29 2010
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Tags +Blendable, darker skintones
These are excellent. I own Improper Copper.
I'm not sure why Improper Copper is not recommended for use on the eye area. That's mainly where I use and it looks great!
Without a primer, these will crease.
I've also found it best to apply and blend with your finger.
Skintone: NW45 - NW50
+6points
7of 8found this review helpful.
 / Orlando, FL
Review 20 for Cream Colour Base
Date:01 07 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Amazing Highlighter
Tags +Highly pigmented, Blendable
I just recently went all out at the mac counter. i have only had a few mac products before so i decided to go out and splurge on an entire make up collection including foundation, concealer blushes and bronzers. I saw this as i was checking out and picked it up with out trying it. BEST DECISION EVER! this is probably my favorite piece of make up that i own its beautiful. i cant even begin to tell you how many compliments i get on a daily basis on how glow-y my skin looks. it gives it that perfect amount of shine with out making it look oily. its super dewy and i will be buying this for the rest of my life i can promise you that mac!
+7points
16of 25found this review helpful.
 / Connecticut
Product Purchase: Department Store