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Highlighter Wars: MAC Nylon or MAC Ricepaper

Let Me Help You Choose One!

You know how how one starts out with lip glosses in school and then starts experimenting with kajal and finally gets to the liquid liner in college... Then come lipsticks and eye shadows followed by foundations (now BB Creams too) making way for blushes... Much later and with experience propelled confidence does one start playing with concealers, then highlighters and finally brow powders... yup at least that's how my makeup evolved with the exception of kajal coming before the glosses ;) For the record, I am now in the brow powder phase...

But today am not going to be talking about "doing up" your brows but would rather keep it for posts that I plan on doing later. Today's post is about eye shadows that double up as highlighters and specifically about the most popular one's from MAC... MAC Nylon and MAC Ricepaper... I own both with Nylon finding a place in my vanity before Ricepaper did and that is not necessarily due to my love for it more than the other ;)

MAC Nylon they (MAC people?) say is a Pale Gold with Icy Shimmer in a Frost finish. But that is one description that is very far away from the truth especially on our Indian skintones. 
  1. On me it's more like a Frosty White with Icy Shimmer.
  2. MAC Nylon looks pretty harsh against Indian skintones but look perfect when used with a light hand for a dramatic look.
  3. It isn't very blendable and hence using it in the crease is not advised. It on the other hand gives a dramatic look when used in the inner tear duct area.
  4. When used as an eye shadow it could crease pretty easily and hence I use it only as a highlighter shade.
MAC Ricepaper they say is a Peachy Gold with Shimmer again in a Frost finish. This too looks pretty different on our Indian skintones. 
  1. On me it's more like a Pale Gold with not much shimmer :)
  2. It is more forgiving than Nylon and is perfect for you if you are a beginner and need an eye highlighter shade. It highlights the eye really and looks natural and not stark!
  3. It blends pretty well and hence is great to pair with other eye shadows and play around.
  4. I often use it as an eye shadow as it does not crease and stays on for pretty long.
To make it easier for you, here's a picture of their swatches side-by-side...

So which one will you be going for?


  1. Mac ricepaper is bit light and good...

    1. yup! Ricepaper is my current GOTO highlighter as well Gowme :)

  2. nylon wud be light for me.ricepaper looks subtle na.

  3. Ricepaper looks better definitely

  4. thanks so much for this post babes. I don't have a highlighter from MAC yet. I use a pearly white from my 88palette. but I'm leaning towatds ricepaper now. waise bhi, it is a cult fav amongst all youtubers :)


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