MAC Pink Swoon, This Could Be Fun, Let’s Be Friends Blushes

MAC Pink Swoon Blush

MAC Pink Swoon Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft yellow baby-pink.” It’s a slightly brightened, medium bubblegum pink with blue undertones and a matte finish. I’m not getting a yellow tone to this at all, and the description for the pan version of this is “soft candy pink,” which seems more on the mark. The texture is soft, smooth, blendable, and just lightly powdery but that seems to be the good type of powdery–the kind where it helps with blending and doesn’t look dry on the skin. It had good color payoff and lasted for eight hours. It seemed a little lighter but more pigmented than the pan version I bought recently, but I do find that MAC’s matte/satin blushes tend to darken depending on the natural oils on the skin, so my arm may be more or less dry at a given moment (I don’t apply moisturizer or anything right before swatching, just natural occurring changes in the skin!). This is part of the permanent range. Colour Pop Mochi (P, $8.00) is more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Blush (P) is lighter (95% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Ombre (LE, $55.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Hanky Panky (P, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Flamingo (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $8.49) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). MAC I'm the One (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pixie Pink (P, $6.99) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Olive (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Too Faced Justify My Love (P, $26.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). NARS Mistinguette (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC I'm a Lover (P, $23.50) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Obsessed (P, $26.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Peony Petal (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC This Could Be Fun Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft violet-purple.” It’s a bright, orchid purple with cool undertones and a satiny finish. It isn’t too shimmery, but the finish has a soft sheen to it that makes the skin look natural. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft, blendable consistency, but it did take a little extra work to diffuse the edges. On me, the blush wore strongly for eight and a half hours. Colour Pop Homie (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Surratt Beauty Se Pomponner (P, $32.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, brighter (95% similar). Sephora Collection I'm Shocked (09) (P, $15.00) is brighter (90% similar). Sephora Collection I'm Quite Tipsy (08) (P, $15.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Unashamed (LE) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Starscape (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Let’s Be Friends Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “blue hot-pink.” It’s a bold, bright, medium fuchsia-pink with cool undertones and a satin sheen. It had mostly opaque coverage with a fairly soft, smooth consistency that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan. It blended out readily and didn’t take a lot of work to sheer out/diffuse along the edges, but it is a deeper, brighter shade, so if you want to adjust coverage without having to buff it out, try a fan brush for application. The color wore well for eight and a half hours. Sephora Collection I'm Quite Tipsy (08) (P, $15.00) is more muted (90% similar). Milani Love Potion (07) (LE, $7.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Full Fuchsia (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop More, Please (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Collection Hey Jealousy (17) (P, $15.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Berry Pop (03) (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Bred for Beauty (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Pegacorn (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Rhubarb (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Pie (P, $8.00) is cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Starscape (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average.

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MAC Powder Blush Pink Swoon
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
91%
MAC Powder Blush This Could Be Fun
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
88%
MAC Powder Blush Let's Be Friends
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
90%

MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder

MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder

MAC Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder ($22.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “light pink with silver pearlized pigments.” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned pink with a silvery sheen. Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Adoration (Left) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Veronica's Blush (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Just a Wisp (P, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Pink Buttercream (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Boba (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Violet Atom (LE, $39.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Monster (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Clear Radiance (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Hippo (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Azalea in the Afternoon (LE, $27.00) is darker (85% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beauty Powders “can be applied as a highlight, soft blush, or overall finish,” according to MAC. This originally came out many years ago, and then it was repromoted in March of last year; nothing new to report here, but I’ll confirm that it is the same color as the last version released and feels a little softer, not quite as firmly pressed in the pan. It’s still not quite as dense or as soft as my original powder. It’s blendable, has buildable coverage, and wears for eight hours. The shimmer doesn’t emphasize pores and gives the skin a nice, luminous sheen.

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MAC Beauty Powder Pearl Blossom
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
90%

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Week in Review | January 16th through January 22nd

Here’s a look at the top 10 products reviewed in the last week, plus a summary of how many products and brands were reviewed and a break out of ratings! :)
01

Bite Beauty Rosehip

Permanent. $24.00/0.05 oz.

Bite Beauty Rosehip Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a bright, medium red with warm undertones and a satin finish.

A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
98%
A

02. Formula X Alchemy II

Formula X Alchemy II Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a "platinum-infused ... Read full review.

A

03. Bite Beauty Red Velvet

Bite Beauty Red Velvet Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a deepened red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. Read full review.

A

04. Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light

Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder ($38.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a very light, rosy beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a pearly shimmer-sheen finish. Read full review.

A

05. Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light

Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder ($38.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light peach with a hint of rose tones and a luminous sheen. Read full review.

A-

06. MAC Nice to Meet You

MAC Nice to Meet You Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a "deep pink-red [with a Cremesheen finish]." Read full review.

A-

07. Bite Beauty Pastille

Bite Beauty Pastille Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy mauve with neutral undertones and a semi-matte finish. Read full review.

A-

08. MAC Flocking Fabulous

MAC Flocking Fabulous Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a "bright coral-red [with a Cremesheen + Pearl finish]." Read full review.

B+

09. Cle de Peau Golden Lace (313)

Cle de Peau Golden Lace (313) Eyeshadow Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of warmer neutrals. The strength of Cle de Peau's eyeshadow formula is in how soft, silky, and smooth they typically are, so they blend out easily and sit nicely on the eyelid without looking powdery or dusty. Read full review.

B+

10. Urban Decay Ex-Girlfriend

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Ex-Girlfriend 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a "nude rose." Read full review.

Breakdown |
Jan 16, 2016 — Jan 22, 2016

78%

Average Score
A
12
B
16
C
3
D
2
F
10

Total Reviews (43) — Brands Reviewed (10)

MAC Be Silly, Silly, Saint Germain Lipsticks

MAC Be Silly Lipstick

MAC Be Silly Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “hot fuchsia pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, bright, medium fuchsia-magenta with strong, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had rich, opaque color payoff with a smooth, creamy consistency that was easy to apply and to wear. On me, the color was still going strong after six hours and was just slightly drying at the five-hour mark. Tom Ford Beauty Electric Pink (15) (P, $50.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Embrace Me (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady (P, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Quick Sizzle (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Silly Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bright white-pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bright, light-medium pink with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was fully pigmented with a velvety, smooth texture that applied evenly. It wore well for almost five hours and was a smidgen drying towards the end. Maybelline Ravishing Rose (P, $7.99) is darker (95% similar). MAC Divine Divine (P, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Bite Beauty Kumquat (LE, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Steady Going (P, $17.00) is more muted (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Jolly Molly (220) (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (90% similar). NARS Claudia (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Kensington (LE, $36.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Divine Choice (P, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Collection Cougar (P, $12.50) is darker, brighter (85% similar). NYX Pink Lyric (P, $4.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Pink Nouveau (P, $17.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Naughty Saute (LE, $17.00) is cooler (85% similar). Milani Hot Pink Rage (P, $5.49) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Illamasqua Luster (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Saint Germain Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “clean pastel pink [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a light-medium, cool-toned bubblegum pink with a soft shine. It had good color payoff, though not fully opaque, with a lightly creamy, emollient texture that applied without trouble. If I press my lips together, I can see “lines” appear to a small degree. This color wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. This shade is part of the permanent range. Tom Ford Beauty Louis (P, $35.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Kat Von D Armageddon (P, $20.00) is warmer, less glossy (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mannequin (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Maybelline Pink 'n Chic (P, $7.99) is warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Lipstick Be Silly
A
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
93%
MAC Lipstick Silly
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
94%
MAC Lipstick Saint Germain
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
87%