Friday, August 14th, 2009


The Perfect Cheek

Sneak Peek: MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection — The Perfect Cheek, Violet Trance, Colour Matters, Obviously Orange

Also designed by Richard Phillips, two blushes (The Perfect Cheek and Notable) appear from MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection. While on the other hand, illustrator Maira Kalman’s Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection includes six colorful shades of eyeshadow complemented by five shades of technakohl liners.

Powder Blush ($18.00)

  • The Perfect Cheek is a powder blush with a matte finish that goes on a dusty, pale pink. While it was visible on my skin tone, I found it hard to detect, and the inside of my forearm is probably around NC20 range, which leads me to worry about visibility on deeper skin tones. On some deeper skin tones, this may appear ashy as well.

  • Product: 7/10
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 8/10

Eyeshadow ($14.50)

  • Violet Trance eyeshadow is a matte dark blue-based violet purple. This originally released two or three years ago, so avid collectors may already have this in their stash. As lovely as it appears in the pot, it’s not the easiest matte to work with. I’d have to vote Make Up For Ever #92 if you’re looking for a deep, intense purple, just because this one doesn’t have a dream texture. It’s so-so, a bit chalky and thus drags a bit, and pigmentation is decent but not intense.

  • Product: 6/10
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 6/10
  • Packaging: 8/10
  • Overall: 6/10

Technakohl ($14.50)

  • Colour Matters techankohl is a satiny chartreuse shade. It looks nearly the same as True Chartreuse pigment does, just in technakohl liner. Since I’m lazy at heart, I am pleased to see it in technakohl form (even though, if you’re on a budget, you could use the pigment form to create your own liner).
  • Obviously Orange technakohl is a pop of medium-bright orange. It’s not neon orange, and it’s not rusty or coppery either. Compared to Colour Mattes, this one has a much more noticeable shimmer/frost to it–kind of a golden shimmer.

  • Product: 9/10
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 9/10
  • Packaging: 9/10
  • Overall: 9/10

Recommendation: I’d skip the blush if you have medium or darker skin unless you can try it in-person and decide for yourself. Violet Trance eyeshadow doesn’t impress me much, and I’d rather opt for a better quality shadow from another brand. I love technakohls, though, so I was quite pleased with the creaminess, opacity, and look of the two new technakohls I’ve tried so far.

Availability: MACCosmetics.com (August 20th), MAC stores

See up-close photos and swatches


The Perfect Cheek blush (right)


Violet Trance eyeshadow


Violet Trance eyeshadow (left)


Obviously Orange, Colour Matters technakohls


Colou Matters, Obviously Orange technakohls

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22 thoughts on “Sneak Peek: MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection – The Perfect Cheek, Violet Trance, Colour Matters, Obviously Orange

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Shontay shontay

    I don’t really like technakohl liners, but I am in love with the orange shade. I might have to cave in because makeup forever doesn’t have a color like this, unfortunately. Violet trance is pretty, but way too chalky. The perfect cheek blush is horrible. It’s one of the ugliest colors I’ve seen in a long time. It’s flat and dead. Couldn’t put it down fast enough.

  2. I’m NW20, I think this blush may be my ideal neutral pink!

  3. Diabla

    Based on your swatch, the ‘Perfect Cheek’ seems to the blush color I have dreamed of to find at Mac. The perfect pale pink I am looking for. Aww, I will have to check it when it reach my country… :)
    “Perfect” is a weird name. I’m NW15 (NW20 in summer) and to me a dusty light pink is “the perfect cheek” indeed but I doubt it is for a NC45 lady…

    • Thats right im a NC45 lady though thanks for the comment!! and im excited about the pink blush because it my favorite color yay!!!! and the whole collection its about time.

  4. I’m really glad to see some great coloured liner in the MAC range that apply well! :)

  5. Emm

    I love the Colour Matters Technikohl! I have something similar in a drugstore brand, but I love the quality of MAC! Score! I like the violet but I agree that it looks chalky. Though I like the blush color I doubt it would do much on my skin.

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amandine Hinahon

    I’m lucky, there is nothing really exciting for me in this collection ! So this means i’ll be able to save up for the Style Black collection.

  7. Nicole15

    I really really really like the looks of the Obviously Orange technakhol. This is a color I do not have in an eyeliner. I am also anxious to see the fuschia colored technakhol as I don’t have that eyeliner color either. Would be nice additions to my collection. Not excited about Violet Trance, but do look forward to checking out the other single shadow colors in this launch. Thx Christine!

  8. glitter princess

    colour matters would go gr8t with the r rated starflash e/s i think…. also loving the violet trance e.s

  9. Erin

    Thanks for talking me out of that blush! If it’s barely showing up on you, it won’t show up on me!

  10. Tori

    the blush looks soooo pretty! i can get anywhere from NW15 to NW25 so i might be able to wear it more in the winter when im pale.. can’t wait! :)

  11. Rachel

    Christine,

    Do you feel that The Perfect Cheek is similar to Strada when swatched??

  12. Letitia

    Notoriety blush looks awesome on darker skin! I nabbed it at the early release event, and I have NC42 skin. It is, actually, the perfect cheek, lol!

  13. Jo-Anne

    i’m a little disappointed with the blush… :(

  14. stargirl

    The technakohls are gorgeous but I have no idea how to wear them in a “work safe” look. I hope you post some looks with them once the collection is released!

  15. oh no, i really want the perfect cheek blush but i’m NC35-40 & i bet it wont show up on my skin.. =(

  16. Lesley

    Just from the picture, I keep thinking that Violet Trance looks alot like Climate blue, but without the shimmer.

  17. Tattoo Girl

    I got the fushia and green liners at the early release and love them! I did a whole funky green eye look with the liner, bio-green shadow and crystalled lime glitter!!

  18. tina

    Hi christine, do you know any dupe for mac’s the perfect cheek because it was a limited edition? :(