Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC Mineralize Blush Duos

MAC In the Groove Collection: Mineralize Blush Duos

In the Groove features five different blush duos, and there is a good range of colors in the collection. Happy Together and Hang Loose are the most wearable of the five, while A Little Bit of Sunshine and Band of Roses are the most pigmented and should be used with a light hand or stippling brush. New Vibe is a bit more of a glittery mix than the others, which have more luminous/soft satin sheens.

  • A Little Bit of Sunshine is an orange-y bronze duo — it features a shimmery orange-copper with a frost finish paired with a orange-toned medium brown with a satin finish. Together, they blend to create a muted orange-brown with soft sheen. It would better suit warmer skin tones, just because it does run rather orange. On my skin, it turns a little orange and definitely needs to be buffed out and used lightly.
  • Happy Together contains gilded champagne and peach-brown, and together they create a soft champagne-peach. Very luminous. I think this works well on warm skin tones for a little glow–more as a highlighter than intensely pigmented blush, though. It looks like a subtle bronzer on my skin. I think that you can go lighter/darker with ease, since you just have to focus on one half of the duo.
  • New Vibe is a duo that features a satin-y raspberry pink and shimmery bright copper with microglitter. When swirled together, they create a muted raspberry shade. I don’t really like the way they come together–it’s kind of muddy, even when worn. It’s not as pigmented as the other shades, too, when mixed.
  • Hang Loose is a mix of slightly cool-toned baby pink with a satin sheen and a frosted pale lilac with a white sheen. Together, they blend into a subtle shimmery pink–imparts some color on cheeks with enough build-up and concentration on the pinker side, but it’s very shimmery. It’s a very cool-toned, baby doll pink on my cheeks, but it does deliver a surprising amount of color. Again, you have to use the pink side more than the shimmery lilac side to get decent color pay off on cheeks.
  • Band of Roses features a played down fuchsia pink and darkened raspberry pink, both with more satin-y finishes. They create a pinker raspberry shade when blended together. It’s very pretty when worn, but it’s also incredibly easy to over-do it. Use a light hand with this one!

I did, however, finally figure out why mineralize blushes and skinfinishes don’t work so well with my skin–dimethicone is the third or fourth ingredient–and my arch nemsis! At least I know feel like I have a handle on it, even if it makes me sad that I won’t be wearing these much.

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MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC A Little Bit of Sunshine Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC A Little Bit of Sunshine Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC A Little Bit of Sunshine Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC A Little Bit of Sunshine Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC A Little Bit of Sunshine Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC A Little Bit of Sunshine Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC Happy Together Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC Happy Together Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC Happy Together Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC Happy Together Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC Happy Together Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC New Vibe Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC New Vibe Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC New Vibe Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC New Vibe Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC New Vibe Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC Hang Loose Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC Hang Loose Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC Hang Loose Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC Hang Loose Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC Hang Loose Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC Band of Roses Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC Band of Roses Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC Band of Roses Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC Band of Roses Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC In the Groove Collection
MAC Band of Roses Mineralize Blush Duo (This is incredibly buffed out, FYI!)

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155 thoughts on “MAC In the Groove Collection – Mineralize Blush Duos Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Kim L

    I love the way it looks but somehow I think it will look sallow on deeper yellow based skin (NC 44 like). What do u think Christine?

  2. Mel

    That’s pretty! If I wasn’t so pale I’d be all over it!

  3. Katie

    I can really see that this was made for warm tones, but do you think that you could photograph yourself wearing it? I’m curious to see what it looks like on the face. Thanks!

  4. ali

    LOL! Shaun said you’re like Medusa–that can’t be true! You’re too sweet! :)

    • LOL! I’m pretty cranky when it’s a MAC launch/swatch day, because I drop everything and it always seems to occur around lunch, so I don’t end up eating lunch… which makes me crankier!

      • Hannah

        omg! Christine you seriously are the best and it’s amazing that you’re willing to drop everything to get the new collections up on the blog… ok, random comment but I just wanted to express that I’m very appreciative that you take this blog so seriously (and I’m sure most other readers agree)

        • Aww, thank you, Hannah! :) LOL, yes, when MAC arrives, it is a HOLD THE PHONE. DROP EVERYTHING. MOVE MOVE MOVE! GO GO GO! situation.

          • Ingrid

            LMFAO CHRISTINE, that is EXACTLY how I feel when MAC collections come out hahahaha you’re the best

  5. t_zwiggy

    I really like the orange half of this. Not so sure about the brown part, though. Bright oranges look really good on my skintone, but mixed with brown it will probably be muddy and weird. Looks like the shimmer particles are really big as well, and I’m not a huge fan of chunky glitter.

  6. Anita

    Christine! Thanks for posting this. Can you help compare to the “Chic Couple” MB released earlier this year? Thanks. :)

  7. Julie

    Looks pretty! But I didn’t expect this to be so orange. I was thinking of using this as a highlight (I’m NW45)…I think it might be too orange on me?

  8. Leesha

    I think that with a light hand and good blending, this could be really pretty for Fall. I mean, I’m really pale, but I’d have a go with it!

  9. aida

    I have it and it is lovely, orangey yes but it can be toned down a bit to suit almost anyone…or maybe I go around being too orange jejejje

  10. Opheliana

    I love the bronzy color, but with my paler then white skin I don’t think I would be able to wear it. If I would actually buy it I think I’d be more likely to wear it as an eyeshadow then blush.
    I think it would look lovely on tanned skin though

  11. Jazz

    I think it would be a pretty highlight, i doubt if I would wear it as a blush

  12. Pretty, but not one I’d choose for myself. It’s a bit too orange and too dark. I got Hang Loose, Happy Together and Band of Roses yesterday.

  13. Angie

    not again! i still have so many mineralise blush duos from the too fabulous collection! definitely skipping this and spend my bucks on the alice and olivia collection

  14. Judy

    Where are the lipstick/lip glass swatches? Those are what I need to see.

  15. Deborah

    This is so pretty. I’m NW35 so this is perfect for my skintone.

  16. Kathie

    My NW45 skin tone will love this!

  17. Paula

    Doesn’t this look like sun & moon mineralize blush from too faulous collection??

    • Less red, a little more coppery. Plus, since it’s not in a funny design, you could actually use the sides separately, which is always nice.

  18. KC

    This is exactly what I’m looking for, for my skintone NC45, a golden brown complexion. Its perfect for sculpting and highlighting.

  19. Pretty! Looks similar to Chic Couple from the Too Fab. Collection.. How does it compare? :)

  20. I’m a C3, and I have a heavy hand, so I’d probably end up looking somewhere in between a carrot and Donatella Versace, so maybe I should pass on this one =P But I already have two blushes of the “in the groove” collection in my wishlist – hang loose and happy together (L) I’m a big fan of the softer tones cause if I eventually put too much on, I won’t look (much) like a clown =X

  21. nunu

    Hi Christine,
    Is this blush simmilar to Sun and Moon mb that came out a few months ago?

  22. Sarah

    when will you post review to others?

  23. you’re making me want all these blushes!

  24. Hang Loose is SO PRETTY! I find Mineralize blushes in the past made my pores look huge.

    Christine, or anyone that has these already, Do they exaggerate your pores at all?

    • Yes, they can – depending on how much of the shimmery side you use, they can emphasize pores. I didn’t find that it was REALLY REALLY emphasizing, as they sometimes are, but a little bit, yes.

      • Nikki

        Is Hang Loose anything like Well Dressed?

        • Yeah, they’re similar – about a zillion times more shimmery, though. It can be pinker or lighter, depending on what side you go heavier on.

          • I have Well Dressed, so there’s one reason to pass on this. But, the Lilac side might make an awesome highlighter!

            I’m so torn LOL

      • Thank you for replying so quickly!

        I’ll have to play with it tomorrow when I go to get some Digi Pops! Right now, I’m doubtful I’ll get it, but the more I look at it, the more I want it!

        BTW, I’m feeling kind of overwhelmed with all the releases this week. But, I guess after a month of pretty much nothing..

  25. Michelle M

    Hi Christine!! I am obsessed with your site I’m on it constantly. You have the best swatches out there=) I was just wondering I have an NC20 skintone & I love Band of Roses but do you think that it would look good with my pale skin?

  26. Cho

    They ALL look awesome on you! Too bad you can’t wear it often :(

  27. kelly might be good if you’re still looking to switch hosts/servers

  28. Jazz

    New Vibe is actually my favorite on you. I think I will wait , and if they still have this collection 2 weeks from now ( which they likely will , I will get maybe a msf and a blush)

  29. starr

    wow happy together and new vibe look amazing on you!! i think i’ll be picking up hang loose and band of roses!

  30. vanessa

    wow i wasn’t even interested at all for these blushes..but now that i see them on your face i love them!!! what brush do you use to apply your blush christine?

  31. Ashley

    I am so getting New Vibe and Hang Loose! Christine, what lip colours are you wearing on your lips? They look really pretty on you~! I was just wondering, how you would wear the coppery colour in New Vibe and the light lavender colour in Hang Loose?

    • Nude-ish – Call My Bluff
      Pink – I Like It Like That Lipstick & On the Scene Cremesheen Glass

      I’d mix each with the shade next to it, actually 😉

  32. Ruby


    I was wondering how these blushes would look on someone with tan/bronze skin like myself?


  33. cat

    new vibe for me!!!

  34. Shasta

    How does Band of Roses Mineralize Blush Duo compare to Full Fuchsia and Azalea Blush? Which is most pigmented? Which one looks best on darker (NC50) skin tone?

  35. Charnell

    Oh my goodness….you look awesome in ALL of them!

  36. You look cute! The first blush, A Little Bit of Sunshine, is super bright but you pull it off well. I really like Hang Loose! That’ll probably be the one I end up getting.

  37. Madeline

    Hmm, I was really lemming for Hang Loose ever since we got word of this collection, but now I think it might be way too shimmery for my oily skin. What would you suggest for a super pale (NW10-15ish) girl Christine?

    • If you use it with a stippling brush like the 188, I think you would be OK. You can also use less of the shimmer side :)

      I went pretty full-on for all these photos and used actual blush brushes vs. highlighting/stippling brushes.

      • Madeline

        I’m always in awe of your dedication to personally answer each question. Thanks so much for the help!

  38. kenneth alan

    Ooh I love the Hang Loose Mineralize Blush Duo. I have really light pale skin and I’m obsessed with shiny highlights with no glitter.

  39. annie

    hi christine,

    what is that purpley eyeliner you’re wearing? it’s so pretty!

  40. Elle

    I love Band of Roses (fine, I love the name too) and New Vibe on you. Thank you for putting up these swatches/looks so quickly!!

  41. Sharon M

    Band of Roses is very pretty (and the only one that would suit my skin tone) and I need a new blush, but they all look very shimmery, which is a no-no on my “mature” skin… hmmm. Will definitely check it out, anyway. Thank you for posting these swatches!!

    • Jessi

      I wouldn’t worry too much about mature skin – applied with a stippling brush, even the really shimmery MBs can give a gorgeous glowing effect. Really perks up dried up, lifeless skin. I was afraid of them too, but got Sun & Moon, Rhapsody In Two and Bi-Tone this year and was totally converted (I get massive compliments every time I wear Bi-Tone!)

      This time out, I’m getting Hang Loose, Band of Roses and probably New Vibe as a backup for my beloved Bi-Tone.

  42. S

    How does hang loose compare to moon river?

  43. Daniela

    MAC Hang Loose Mineralize Blush Duo looks amazing on you Christine!

    One quick question: what are you wearing on your lower waterline?

  44. cmferret

    thanx so much christine! love hw u added the full photo- so we can actually see what it looks like on the cheecks.
    now that u started doing the lips and cheecks full photos- can u please startto do a sweep of the e/s on the eyes next tiem=thanx!

  45. SiaM

    Christine you look so pretty, so fresh, thank you for all the effort of swatching all of these =) I wish I could also use these but my skin is also very sensitive to them.

  46. Evelyn

    im liking hang loose!
    and im also liking the face swatches 😀 so helpful

  47. hang loose is fantastic!

  48. B.cole

    i purchased band of roses…but now i am contemplating grabbing happy together. I am an NC50 and I think it will be gorgeous on my skin.

  49. Amanda

    Wow, they all look so pretty on you.

  50. LittleOne

    Quick question – How do you feel Hang Loose compares to Two Virtues?
    Thanks again for the awesome reviews, Christine! :)

  51. stef

    what lipstuff do you have on for the last two?? so pretty!

    I have new vibe on my list, but i’m thinkin of changing it to band of nc15.

  52. Rocio

    hey christine i just wanted to say thank you for taking the time for the picture, you even took pictures with the blush on ur face, i really appriciate it. thanks!

  53. Brenda

    whoa the first 2 are ORANGE!! I think you look smashing in Band of Roses!!!

  54. Michelle

    Christine — what all are you wearing in the last photo? LOVE it!

  55. Bren

    I was planning on not spending any more $$$ but this is too tempting.

    BTW: Christine, what lipstick are you wearing in the pics with New Vibe & Happy Together? Its gorgeous!

    (& you look so much like Olivia Munn!)

  56. Maria

    I literally went “Oh my GOD” out loud when I scrolled down to Hang Loose. Thought I could resist these but now I’m not so sure.

  57. Ophelia

    Hey Christine! Quick question — do you follow the MAC definition for warm and cool skintones, or do you use the opposite like most other companies?

    I love Happy Together, but didn’t know which definition of warm skin you corresponding your review to!


    • I often use NC/NW, but I follow that NC = warm, NW = cool, which would be that of other companies and the intuitive way to think about it (not the color wheel way to think about it).

  58. Jessi

    I LOVE Bi-Tone from Too Fabulous. New Vibe seems like the rose part is less shimmery but the bronze side is much more shimmery that Bi-Tone. Any other noticeable differences between these two?

  59. I wish I could have all of these just to build my collection!! But to be honest.. I think if you love the MSFs, you don’t need these, or vice versa!

  60. Sun

    I like Bank of Roses on you :)

  61. Dianna

    Hurray for full-face photos!! I’m definitely not purchasing any of these. Thanks for the review!

  62. xoxoxx

    what lipcolours are you wearing in these swatches ? so pretty !

  63. linda

    the pics of you wearing the blushes really help me determine which ones im liking and gonna get! thanks for putting up those pictures!

  64. Charlotte

    Shame you don’t like it, I think New Vibe looks really gorgeous on you!

  65. shakz

    hey christine, love the glow that these give, but will my open pores just be exagerated with these???

  66. Jacqui

    Thanks for the face pics…ahh you have sold me on all of them.

  67. Steph2

    Thank you for these great photos Christine! I ordered Band of Roses, Hang Loose and Happy Together. I am an NC15, and I hope that Happy Together doesn’t turn orangey on me. Blushes tend to do that on me.

  68. Cat

    Christine- If i have moon river from grand duos a couple years back do you think i need to get hang loose? I am having car issues and cant buy much, I am just getting the stand outs of this collection but i cannot decide on hang loose….

  69. jessica

    BTW what lipstick r u weaaring in the happy together blush look?

  70. aradhana

    i love band of roses and hang loose on you!

    both band of roses and new vibe do not at all look on the full face as i would expect from the pan and even your hand swatches (in a good way!)

  71. MandiMomof3

    Christine-You said you are allergic to dimethicone in the MSF’s. What does your skin do that makes you think your allergic? I am trying to figure out if I am since my skin gets kinda itchy when I use certain products.

  72. Hang Loose would probably be my color, but it looks SO much like Two Virtues from Too Fabulous (which I already have).

  73. christina

    Which of these would look nice on an NW50?

  74. If you haven’t said it already, what are you wearing on your lips in the little bit of sunshine and happy together photos if you don’t mind? Sorry if you already said it. Thanks so much!

  75. opolka

    hon, what lipstick/lipglasses are you using for the top 2 photos?

  76. Petra

    Does anyone have a suggestion for something similar to Happy Together? In the store I found Warm Sould to be similar but more shimmery, By Candlelight to be more pinky and even found Margin kind of similar, but more orangey…
    I would love something without too much shimmer and similar in tone (HT has sold out here unfortunately)

  77. Karen

    do u think the lighter side of the Happy Together blush duo is similar or a dupe for By Candlelight MSF?

  78. I think Happy Together and Hang Loose are the only ones I’d pick up with me being NW-20/NW-25. They all look lovely though,

  79. Thanks, Rose! Are you talking about Hang Loose? Two Virtues is a pretty soft pink, so I think that might be what you mean — they are similar, though Hang Loose is a little cooler and less pink.

  80. Fleur

    I bought Hang Loose and Band of Roses myself. Really happy about the buy and couldn’t wait to get home so I could try them out. Really really lovely color and nice pigment and also perfect for my very pale pale skintone but I have t obe careful with the Band of Roses, because it has a tendance to get too heavy on my cheeks. So fun to play around with them and find right combinations. The light shimmery side of Hang Loose works as a highlighter on its own for me and my paleness. I used a hint of it as a higlighter while I used a mix of the Band of Roses as a blush a little bit away from my apples. I could also use the light lilac side of Hang Loose as a eyeshadow, but the pigment is not showing up too much so only as a highlighter then or in an barly there-look.

  81. Eyeris

    Hey Cristine do you think that hang loose is like pink swoon? Also i wanted to ask you if the MSF By candelight and the pink pearl are similiar?

    • Nah – similar to Well Dressed but not Pink Swoon. Pink Pearl isn’t anything like By Candlelight.

    • Fleur

      If you like pink swoon you are going to like hang loose, they’re not too much the same, hang loose would be more like well dressed

  82. Carolina

    Is there any dupe to New Vibe in the permanent line?

  83. Sasha

    hey 😀 love ur reviews! just one Question, is “Band of roses” duo blush similar to “petticoat” MSF?? in picture it looks pretty similar when it’s worn ,

  84. Ava Dahl

    Ahh, I need help! I’ve completely fallen for Happy Together and I need a permanent alternative! I’m not as worried about the champagne highlight as I am the blush. Any help would be appreciated!

  85. melisa

    Wow, I LOVE this blog for these new colors… I love how u not only swatch it on ur hands but u include how it looks like on ur face, I know that takes a lot of time, so i appreciate that soo much. BUT IT HELPS so much in what the colors really look like and now i know what to get… Please keep this up!!!

  86. Joleen

    Christine, is new vibe similar to nars orgasm? Thanks :)

  87. michelle

    thanks christine.. ur awesome…:D

  88. Trista Henne

    What other blush is Happy Together comparable to?

  89. Emma

    is there a different New vibe blush that maybe didnt come out with this collection? i have never owned any MAC before, but i recently bought New Vibe off of ebay, and it is almost a camouflage pattern of a peach / coral and a bronzy colour

  90. Gemini14

    @Christine : A huge doubt. I have Dusky skin, more on the tan side. Do u think new vibe will be perfect for my sin. I already have a bronzer i want something different. thanks xxx