MAC Cream Colour Base: Shell, Pearl, Hush

I’ve been writing a lot about cream blushes lately, so I thought I’d also put in some cream highlighters. Well, those that I use anyway. Here, I will talk about MAC Cream Colour Base (CCB) in Shell (shimmery light pink), Pearl (pearly white) and Hush (light peach).

My first ever CCB-cum-highlighter was Shell, thanks to Kandee Johnson, a well known makeup guru on YouTube. This particular CCB is less creamy than the others and it goes on smooth and sheer without depositing glitterry gunk on your face. I usually like to use this as highlight when I’m using pink blushes. Just dab a little on the protruding part of your cheekbones with fingers and you’re done. Never overdo highlighting. Less is more.

 

 

Pearl is of a creamier texture than Shell. The colour is true to its name, with a pearly white sheen to it. This is great for highlighting under your brow bones for a pop, or you can swipe a little down the bridge of your nose to make it look higher. I have even tried adding this to my liquid foundation to give my face a subtle luminous glow. I’d put some of this and some liquid foundation on the back of my hand and mix it with a brush before applying. CCBs are multi-taskers. As I usually say, any creativity is only limited by your own imagination!

 

 

Hush is a very pretty light peach colour but it doesn’t show up too well on my skin when worn alone. So, what usually do is, I’d apply this on my cheeks first, then dab on my powder blush over this. This will prolong its staying power, making blushes last all day. I also wear this alone on my lids to give it a healthy peachy glow – must use a good eye primer first though. This creases on my lids. I also wear this alone like a subtle highlight when I use only bronzers on the contours of my cheeks. It’s very pretty!

 

 

Below are the swatches on my hand, one taken in natural light, the other using flash. All the colours are swatched heavily for you to have a better look. Just imagine applying a sheer coat of it. Aren’t they pretty?
L –> R: Shell, Pearl, Hush

 

natural light: Shell, Pearl, Hush
flash: Shell, Pearl, Hush

 

I do not own any other cream or liquid highlighters because after reviewing the CCBs that I have, I think it’s already more than enough. Really, how many highlighters do you need? Ok ok… it’s not really about needs or wants. A girl can’t have too many of anything, right? LOL!

Anyway, I do attest that these CCBs have been working very well on my skin. So, I’ve been happy about this, and temptations aside, I’ve been quite a loyal fan =) What about you? Have you tried CCB before? Do you have any highlighters that you especially love? Do share!

 

xoxo
Lily

  • SukieK

    Since you have 3 highlighters already, I don't suppose you need THAT Becca shimmering skin perfector, do you? 😉 I really like both Shell and Hush but like you, I already have highlighters so these ones will have to join the queue as I have got my eye on Becca as well =p
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  • Chloe.Ash

    LOL! But but but but…. Becca is different! I saw Lisa Eldridge use it as a face primer. LOL! It's different! And I'm sticking to that shopaholic excuse. Eh, but that's also why I didn't include it in the list. Heheh… 

  • DANIELA

    A love this highlighters!! i have Hush, but i dont know if i should buy a CCB in SHELL, i guess its too shimmering, hush is pretty but is too subtle jajaja. but i love this highlighter, I’m NC30-35 do u think pearl looks good on my skintone?

    • Lily

      Hi Daniela,
      Shell is not too shimmery if used sparingly. Pearl is quite light so you must have a very light hand. If you have warm skin, Hush would be lovely on you.

      • DANIELA

        THANKS SOOO MUCH! a think you’re right, a keep trying hush, and i’ll definitely give a change to shell. i really apreciate your opinion was quite useful.

        kisses and hugs from Mexico.

        • Lily

          I hope you’ll find one that suits you. Glad to be able to help 🙂