MAC Grand Duos Collection Review & Thoughts

OVERALL, the Mineralize Blush Duos are very similar to the mineralize blushes in terms of texture/smoothness, but these are definitely a little more on the shimmery side. The marbelized half of the duo is similar to mineralize skinfinishes, and some of them run chunkier in the glitter particles than others. I’d almost say that, in some aspects, the marbelized side is more of a highlighter while the mono side is where the color is packed. However, some of the duos do have fairly pigmented marbelized sides, so don’t think I’m telling you to only use it one way! These are very multi-tasking products, use them as you please 😉 One thing to note is with baked products, you can use them wet or dry without worrying about destroying the product itself (like you might with a regular powder eyeshadow).

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I was not particularly impressed or wowed by any of the duos, though they sure look pretty. I think if you liked the first mineralize blushes and you’re into mineralize skinfinishes, you should definitely check them out. For me, none of the shades grabbed me as “OMG [email protected]#”, you know? The closest color that did that for me was Light Over Dark, though! Is anyone else a little sad about how mineralize blushes are domed? No way I can depot these babies (aside from the fact that they’re ultra fragile!)–I just know they’re going to end up in a bin after a few weeks. I guess this urges me to depot a bunch of blushes so maybe they’ll fit in my blush container, ha!

Temptalia’s Recommendations

Must-Haves: Grand Duo, Light Over Dark
Nice-to-Haves: Love Rock, Moon River
Skip: Intenso (if I had to pick one…)

Individual product reviews await!

Earth to Earth is kind of a dirty plummy brown marbelized side with a peachy-pink duochrome mono side. The mono side reminds me of a darker Motif eyeshadow, actually.

Grand Duo has a shimmery, lightly pinked marbelized side with a subtle raspberry pink monon side. I do l ike the mono color side quite a bit; it has good color pigmentation, and it isn’t too bright.

Hot Planet has a coppery-peach with a slight pink sheen marbelized side with a brownish-pink mono side. I like the marbelized side on this one, while the mono side may give me a “dirty” cheek (we’ll have to see). This is one of the duos that has a pigmented marbelized side.

Intenso has a glittery light coppery marbelized side with a subtle reddish-copper mono side–maybe a little reminiscent of Merrily. I think this duo works really well together. The marbelized side may be a little similar to Shimpagne mineralize skinfinish.

Light Over Dark has a golden, glittery marbelized side with a darker warm brown mono side. The mono side doesn’t have very much shimmer in comparison to the other duos on the whole.

Love Rock has a chunky silver-shimmer/glitter pale pink marbelized side with a cool pink lightly shimmered mono side. Both sides are fairly pigmented, but the mono side is quite intense.

Moon River has a silvery-white pink marbelized side with a pale medium pink that runs kind of neutral, not overly cool like Love Rock, mono side.