MAC Adobe Brick & Painted Canyon Blushes Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Adobe Brick Blush
MAC Adobe Brick Blush

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. MAC Contrary (LE, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunset #3 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC News Flash! (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Flirting with Danger (P, $29.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Urban Decay Slowburn (LE, ) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P, $37.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Underneath the Gold (LE, ) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). NYX Crimson (P, $6.50) is cooler (85% similar). Becca Lantana (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #3 (PiP, ) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). KIKO 107 Tomato (P, $12.00) is more muted (85% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #4 (PiP, ) is lighter, more muted (80% 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). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Bottom) (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Savage (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever B316 (P, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Zoeva CR010 (P, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Scorching (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Fruit Stand (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Cherry Bomb (Blush) (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Tweed Coralline (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). Natasha Denona Coral (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Fetishized (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Coral Blush (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Intonation (69) (DC, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Bottom) (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Tuscan (P, $6.50) is brighter (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Heat Index (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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.

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MAC Adobe Brick Blush
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MAC Adobe Brick Blush
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MAC Adobe Brick Blush
MAC Adobe Brick Blush

MAC Adobe Brick Blush
MAC Adobe Brick Blush

MAC Adobe Brick Blush
MAC Adobe Brick Blush

MAC Painted Canyon Blush
MAC Painted Canyon Blush

MAC Painted Canyon Blush
MAC Painted Canyon Blush

MAC Painted Canyon Blush
MAC Painted Canyon Blush

MAC Painted Canyon Blush
MAC Painted Canyon Blush

MAC Painted Canyon Blush
MAC Painted Canyon Blush

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$24.00/0.21 oz.

88%

Average

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Setting Powder
  • MAC Firebrush Bronzing Powder
On eyes:
  • MAC Call of the Canyon Eyeshadow Quad
On lips:
  • MAC Arrowhead Lipstick
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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Wow, these are bright! I like the way Painted Canyon looks, but I’m really fair and would be afraid of overapplying this. I like the eyeshadow on you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh boy!!! Painted Canyon is an absolutely STUNNING shade that I can totally see doing justice to my med.-tan nc40 complexion. This is driving me bat-shizz-cray, and we *know* why. ?
Nyx Tuscan looks to be a decent dupe. Perhaps they have it at Ulta? Idk? I’m tied up in knots here.

Yes, I sure do! And going to Ulta a bit later for lipsticks, sooo I will try to get Tuscan, too! Funny thing, the packaging doesn’t bother me one iota, it’s really just MAC’s statement on this collection that is just burning my biscuits.

These are beautiful but I can’t get over the stigma. I hadn’t seen the promo images and the packaging, just the product shades and the names, but putting everything together it just seems pretty inappropriate; especially given the political climate regarding cultural sensitivity. It’s blatantly obvious that the inspiration was Native American and early Native Mexican culture, NOT music festivals. ‘Arrowhead’ and ‘Adobe Brick’? Come on, MAC. What do those have to do with music festivals?
I know it’s just makeup and it seems silly to most people to get uneasy over it, but I don’t know if I could use these products without feeling guilty every time I used them. If other people can, awesome; no judgment or shame their way. But personally I just can’t even though I want that 4-color face powder and sky blue Patent Polish Lipcolor more than I can express!

Yes, context is important, I think – true for all things, of course. I agree that for something inspired by festivals, there is a complete lack of anything having to do with festivals (where’s Feel the Beat? Up All Night? Crowd Surfer? Desert Music? anything?). Haven’t seen Dusk at Dunes or the Patent Polish shades myself, so I can’t tell you they’re horrible to ease your desire for them, but I will say that makeup is supposed to be fun and if it’s making you second guess whether you’d enjoy using them… hope for dupes and/or wait for the next thing to release.

The swatch of painted canyon looks pretty similar to Nars Torrid blush to me. If Adobe brick and painted canyon had a love child I feel like the result would be Torrid.

The collection is very pretty and reminds me a lot of the colors around my home in Az, but I do agree with you about Mac doing a bit more research next time or being a bit more creative.

I could see what you mean about that! I think the colors and a lot of the shades are consistent with a desert-theme – they could have been all-in on that theme, IMO!

Painted Canyon is really a beauty. I like the bright red of Adobe Brick too but I can’t deal with a blush that’s hard to blend!

I like Adobe Brick but I have two dupes. Painted Canyon is pretty for spring too. I still have MAC gift cards from Xmas. I might pick this up.

I like Painted Canyon, but have dupes, I don’t like having to do too much work on my blush so Adobe Brick is an easy pass.
Money safe from these two.

These are among my most favorite shades that MAC puts out-but they can apply super intense. Painted Canyon is a for sure, but I may skip Adobe Brick since I really like the eyeshadows…and lippies…nice of MAC to offer that $10 off though! They must realize they are releasing a lot of product, so anything helps.

I often notice that many posters tend to think that the American consumer is the only market that’s out there. Wrong. MAC has a huge, HUGE international presence in countries where the concept of “tribe” also exists. Think South America (Brazil) and Africa. I can’t speak for MAC’s intentions, but honestly I’m glad they did a neutral, southwest collection rather than a Native American one.

Both shades are gorgeous. Love Adobe Brick specially, but I have too many bold blushes that are difficult to use on my light complexiรณn so I’ll try to choose lighter ones in the future.

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