Review | MAC Shaft of Gold In Extra Dimension SkinFinish

This Shaft of Gold highlighter is one of the gems of MAC’s Magic of the Night 2015 holiday collection. When it comes to highlighters, I’m not very experimental. I have used MAC’s Gold Deposit (review here) for years and it does a mighty fine job. When I set my eyes on the holiday collection though, I knew “Oh Darling” and “Shaft of Gold” had to be mine!

Let me start by saying that I really love this highlighter, I’ve worn it everyday since I got it. MAC really hit the nail on the head with this one and here’s two reasons why I say so:

Color: These days everyone is all about “that glow” no thanks to the likes of Amrezy and her cohorts but in my opinion, a lot of people run around looking like badly lit Christmas trees. Many highlighters are harsh on darker skin-tone because they are usually frosty but not this baby- it is a warm bronze tone highlighter with gold shimmer, perfect for WOC. Compared to Gold Deposit, this is much warmer and the gold shimmer is much finer. 

Formula: They don’t call this extra dimension skin finish for nothing, this highlighter packs a punch. It is super pigmented so you only really need a little to get a great color pay off. The great thing about this formula though is that the texture is is soft and smooth to touch so easily blends into the skin instead of just sitting on top of it. I hope this new formula isn’t limited to this collection. 

Swatches and Pictures

Here’s what it looks like on me 🙂 

Where to Buy

As with every MAC limited edition, this collection was almost impossible to track down. It didn’t even make its way down to us in Nigeria before it got intercepted by the vicious hands of MAC crazed ladies in the US and UK (hot tears :'(). To get it in the shops over there was even a struggle, girls were camped outside MAC the night before the collection was released ready to grab them. I had asked my sister to help me get it and she couldn’t, in all of London and Paris, sigh. 

And then I received this from BeautyRevNG for Christmas and I promise you I almost kissed the delivery man! 🙂 You guys are totally awesome! Thank you again for this amazing gift! 

They no longer have it in stock though (I think I got the last one- sorry not sorry :p) but if you are interested, get in touch with them, they can definitely special order it in for you. 

In summary, this highlighter is a WIN, if you were looking to get one, get this one! 

What highlighter are you guys loving at the moment? 

Peace and Love, 



  1. Anonymous
    January 18, 2016 / 7:28 am

    Black Up Sublime Powder (01 and 05) are my current favourites.
    Long time reader, first time commenter. Keep up the amazing work.

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