MAC Adobe Brick Blush ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium red with warm, orange undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff with a thin, slightly drier texture that was harder to blend out on the skin. I would recommend patting loose powder over the skin first, and then applying the blush as it helped to make the blush more blendable for me. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably. Urban Decay Slowburn (P) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P, $37.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 107 Tomato (P, $12.00) is more muted (85% similar). Becca Lantana (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Crimson (P, $6.50) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Exhibit A (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
MAC Painted Canyon Blush ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a smattering of gold micro-shimmer over a mostly matte finish. It had great pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that blended out easily enough and wore for eight hours before fading.
Smashbox Geranium (LE) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NARS Savage (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NYX Tuscan (P, $6.50) is brighter (90% similar). Zoeva CR010 (P) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Chanel Intonation (69) (DC, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Never Been Kissed (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is lighter (85% similar). NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is cooler (80% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC Spring Flock (LE, $22.00) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
Editor’s Note: MAC’s newest collection–Vibe Tribe–has generated some controversy over the last couple weeks for cultural appropriation and/or cultural insensitivity. Both Refinery29 and The Huffington Post posted earlier this week with an official statement from the brand, which stated that: “The collection, including the visuals, product lineup, and naming, is inspired by art, outdoor music festivals, and the colors of the desert. The collection has absolutely no connection to nor was it inspired by the Native American cultures.”
Outdoor festivals are rife with instances of cultural appropriation in the form and manner many dress and accessorize (one of the more egregious examples is the wearing of headdresses–something some festivals have actually banned to avoid future instances of cultural appropriation). I don’t think it’s a surprise that between the pattern on the packaging, some of the shade names, promotional imagery, and a collection name with “tribe” in it that it is making some consumers at least question the inspiration/connection. I wish MAC would consider partnering with a Native designer or artist to create a collection that could truly pay homage to that person’s culture, roots, and inspiration of their craft. They have done this in the past where we have seen the collaborator’s inspiration in the forms of shade names and packaging, so it is a disappointment that they didn’t go that route here. I hope the brand will consider doing more research into their themes going forward.