I've noticed that a ton of skin powders/finishers, whether Pearlmatte, that Year of the Snake Beauty Powder, or MSF, have been set for MAC 2013. What do you guys think of those offerings overall? I really like those sorts of products, but I don't want to be shelling out cash for every variety, y'know? I'll probably just end up purchasing 2 or 3 unless I absolutely adore any others.
Also, how do you prefer using them? As a highlighter? A setting powder? Or perhaps an overall shimmery finish?
I'm personally not a fan of the pearlmattes at all. They lack shimmer and seem to be more of an allover brightener, tho they do have a bit of colour. So far the past PMs have been super light in colour. Until swatches are done of the archie PMs, and the new ones in The BB collection, we won't know the colour payoff as to whether they can be used as a blush or not.
BPs are always a good thing. They initially launched without shimmer at all, meant to be used all over and a glowing brightener. Within the last couple years the shimmer has increased, but not to the point of a glitterball. However, these more shimmery ones are meant to be highlights. They lack enough colour to be used as a blush tho.
MSFs are great well rounded products. Some contain enough colour to be used as a shimmery blush, some just as a highlight, and range from a nice sheen to chunkier shimmer. This is the only product that can also be used wet for a more intense effect. NOT for use all over the face tho (insert disco ball warning!).
The newest product that's out now is the ED skinfinish. It's a great highlighter with a soft-medium shimmer. More of a high sheen (in the middle of a BP and most MSFs). These can only be used dry (tho the ED shadows can be used wet or dry. The new ED blushes use is yet unknown).
It all depends on the effect you're going for.