Refined Golden and Matte Bronze are two of the four in total permanent MAC Bronzing Powders, available all-year-round.
Refined Golden: MAC describes it as “finely spun golden with soft pearl”. It’s a warm tan brown color with fine milled gold shimmer. It is applied evenly and smoothly and blends easily, while its color is buildable. The shimmer is barely noticeable once applied on the face.
Refine Golden may be permanent, but it is often re-promoted in MAC’s summer collections, usually with special packaging.
Matte Bronze: MAC describes it as “bare shouldered bronze”. It’s a light brown – tan color, lighter and more brown than Refine Golden, and it is completely matte. Matte Bronze is not as smooth as Refine Golden. Its texture is similar to MAC‘s matte (not matte2) eyeshadows. But just like Refine Golden, Matte Bronze is also applied evenly, it blends easily and its color is buildable.
MAC Bronzing Powders come with 10 g (0.35 us oz) of product, in a typical MAC compact with a mirror.
Other than the typical bronzer application, personally, I like applying it also on the crease, as a transitional color or as the main crease color, as I mentioned in a previous post on my discoveries of 2012.