MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

Ahh, finally! Operation Stereo Rose was a success. Not only did I get to meet several amazing Temptalia readers at my local MAC, but I was able to pick up the Stereo Rose I put on hold!

Stereo Rose is a lightly pinked coral with a golden-bronze sheen. I actually found it difficult to dupe, particularly because the texture is very smooth with a soft sheen rather than obvious shimmer. Ironically, the best dupe I was able to find was mixing Comfort and Petticoat together. NARS Luster also came close, but it lacks the pinkness of Stereo Rose. MAC New Vibe also comes close, but it’s significantly more pigmented/darker a well as redder than Stereo Rose–so perhaps if used lightly, you could come close.

It’s pretty, and it’s easily worn everyday by itself for a nice pop of color and sheen on the cheeks.Β  It doesn’t emphasize pores, and it doesn’t look orange, either.Β Β  It’s not the most amazing blush I ever used, but it is a nice one to have if you’re able to get one.Β  I don’t think I would drive ten hours to grab one, though πŸ˜‰

Were you able to snag one yourself? Is it all that and more? Disappointed?

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish (Heavily/Blended)

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
Mix of MAC Comfort & Petticoat, Benefit CORALista, STEREO ROSE, Chanel In Love, Le Metier de Beaute Echo

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
STEREO ROSE, Chanel In Love, Le Metier de Beaute Echo, STEREO ROSE

MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
MAC New Vibe, STEREO ROSE, Lancome Mandarin Sky, NARS Luster, Korres #45

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gorgeous. i just ordered this from the nordstrom website because i refuse to let it slip by. it wont ship for another few weeks lol, but oh well. at least i’ll have it. im all about coraly shades. this looks gorgeous on u.

Nordstrom’s policy is to charge your account only when a product actually ships. If you’ve been charged, then the product should be in transit. You’d best contact customer service.

Nordstrom has no way of knowing if it will get any more stock in, so that generic 7/30 “back order” date is fairly meaningless. Honestly, I wouldn’t count on Nordstrom getting any more in.

Same for me. I made my order last night. I haven’t received a cancellation from nordstrom yet but I had a feeling it would be the moment I placed it. Taking the chance though :/

yep, yep, yep. i totally agree as well. i didn’t comment before because i thought everyone would hate me. lol. but honesty, i really do think this is a way over-rated product. it’s nice but not a must have in my opinion.

i ordered on Nordstrom as well, but they didn’t cancel it..though they sent me an email of conformation and said that the estimated arrival was august 12th:/ ugghh, the annoying part is that i went to the mall today and my mac counter at macy’s had it in stock.

I’m dissapointed in it.. kind of. Too much hype that it doesnt back up. It is nice.. but not something worthy of all the drama that its caused.

I concur! overhyped…I canned my order this morning even though it was going to come on time. I have never used it before but the more I thought about it I felt I was only into it cause of all the hype around it.

I did get mine at the store that I had on hold. The funny thing is, I walked in MAC mid-morning, and the MA said I got the last one. Ok, how is it that I had mine on hold (after I received one of those back-ordered emails from MAC) and I was still the last one to get it???!!! LOL The MA said that so many people complained about it selling out that the are not going to hold products any more.

I think it is a nice product but really, I think I went for the challenge to see if I can get it more than any other reason.

I just got mine this morning!!! I hadn’t reserved or pre-bought one, so it was a gamble, but I got the second to last one! YAY! I haven’t tried it out yet since I also picked up Petticoat and am wearing that instead. ::happy dance::

I agree – I was all “H’mmm, yes that looks quite nice… Holy Moly Batman, keep Stereo Rose, I want Mandarin Sky instead!”

(goes off to find a review…)

It’s OK, I found a look you did with a gold Maybelline quad with this on your cheeks and it looks very pretty – at least we have Lancome here in NZ so I can go and check it out because I haven’t a hope in Hades of getting that gorgeous Le Metier de Beaute Echo blush! Waaaaaah!


yeah i totally agree! i got my hands on stereo rose (pre sale-ing things at nordstrom is AMAZING, i don’t know why more people don’t do it… for people that have access to a nordstrom with a mac counter… i mean yeah i feel bad that you didnt get your stereo rose but you knew this was coming out months in advance and the hype has been there all along sooooooo why didnt you preorder it?? *end rant*) anyway this lancome one looks awesome. this comment totally got sidetracked.

I preordered mine at my nordstrom counter and for the first time ever they failed me… my sales associate is currently making calls everywhere bc she felt so bad. grrr i want it!

The same thing happened to me. I went to Nordstrom yesterday to check on my pre-order and they told me my whole order wasn’t even pulled, so they had nothing on the side for me. Luckily I was able to go to Macy’s and place a hold on the last Stereo Rose they had. The MAC Counter at our only Nordstrom always seems to disappoint me =/

I agree. I had it happen to me twice, where they didn’t pull my stuff cuz the SA that I placed the order with seems to either be off or sick the day before release. So disappointing, that I don’t go to that counter anymore.

i live in the fresno area in california and when i went my mac counter and mac store there wasnt many customers im guessing not a lot of people like makeup around here but i think i was like the first customer and got stereo rose maybe the sales associate wants to call this number and find a stereo rose for you 5592211639 ill think you have a good chance of getting one from here.

Me too! I think it’s something that I’d love to wear as a lipcolour too (not the actual powder, but a lipstick in that form :))

I had my local mac put one on hold for me without evening seeing any swatches or pictures. But I am sure glad I did it is gorgeous! Totally lived up to the hype for me

I’m so happy you were able to get finally get yours! I called MAC today, they said they should get the backordered Stereo Rose by next week. Fingers crossed!

I ordered it online, and it has shipped so im just waiting to get it..I did swatch it at MACYS earlier today. I agree that it is pretty and I am glad I got it (mostly because of the insane hype over it) but I was a little disappointed – I didnt think it was extraordinary or anything but it was nice.

Looks lovely on you — but with my cool skintone — not so much. It is funny how many people are buying into the hype over it though!

Hmm, I dunno if it’s the lighting but your pictures seem a lot more orange/bronze and a lot less pink than some of the other photos I’ve seen (granted they were of the 2005 release). Yours also looks like it’s got a lot more veins than the one I picked up this morning (only 2 left after!) but haven’t opened yet. Either way, the color is lovely and I think it’d look really nice and natural with a light touch. It might be a little too precious for me to use everyday though…

Veining definitely differs between each one — some want more, some want less — and the veining can really make a difference in the color!

Eh, you could use this everyday for a year and you’d probably only get halfway through it πŸ˜›

The second I saw the swatch I ran to my makeup stash and swatched the Sun&Moon Mineralize Blush duo, and it is very similar! I think it is a bit more gold than Stereo Rose, which is beautiful regardless. Congrats on getting it!

I just picked up mine! Luckily my mua put it on hold for me πŸ™‚ I also picked up By Candlelight and Hang Loose blush duo ….gorgeous! I already own Petticoat so I saved a little..woohoo

I agree… i tried it on at the store…and keep looking at it on my skin trying to figure it out…. just look like orange and not in a pretty way…

Wow, your has a lot of veining! πŸ™‚ Anyway, I think Stereo Rose is one if the prettiest blushes I own, I love it! I have the old version as well as the new, they are very similar by the way, and I never regretted buying it even for $60. Of course i’m happy to have picked up one at normal retail price too. Now I don’t have to worry about running out!

i tried Jazzed with Florabundance lipglass and it actually looks really similar to what you got!!

Blush also looks really good on you – summery!!

Very pretty! I was able to get one this morning from my local Nordstrom counter. I rushed to the mall lol. In case Nordies was out there was a MAC store right outside and a Macy’s counter around the corner. I had a backup plan lol.

Wow, I was so excited about it since there was so much hype on this MSF. But now after seeing the swatch, I’ve decided to save my money on it. Thanks!
On the other hand, Lancome mandarin sky & NARS luster = <3! lol

AHHH!!! – After seeing this post I finally caved and went and ordered Stereo Rose (it’s on backorder at Nordstroms now; delivery 7/30). I had been so resolved that I was not going to get this and that in fact it would not work on my oily, large pored face. But when I saw your swatches and those magical words “it doesn’t emphasis pores” eeek, I lost all self control and bought it. Thanks, haha

I woke up at 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday to place an order on MAC’s website and still got an e-mail saying Stereo Rose was back ordered, so I went ahead and pre-paid for it at my local MAC counter. I’ll have to pick it up today, so we’ll see if it’s really worth all the hype. I think I’m definitely going to like it because I love coral blushes and this one looks unique.

I just picked Stereo Rose up along with Petticoat. My MAC store still had a couple left. The MA said she couldn’t figure out what the big deal was this time, when it was first released it wasn’t so hot.

finally nabbed this & petticoat this morning. i got it out of curiosity & not because of its hype. but i’m glad i did because it truly is lovely. i think petticoat is just as gorgeous though yet it doesn’t get as much press as SR does.

I didn’t place an preorder so this morning I made sure I scrambled to the mall! Ended up getting the last one. I was debating on whether I need anymore MSFs but I thought getting Stereo Rose was good enough for me!

swatched it in store and didnt see anything special in it πŸ™ so i didnt buy the one i put on hold. Its all just hype. So unfortunatly i was disappointed.

I got one, I LOVE this color, I went to my local mac 10 mins after they open and they were sold out, luckily my macys store across the street a few left… I should have bought two, it goes really really well with my skin tone

It looks so pretty, the perfect summer glow color!
I ordered it as soon as it was released online on Tuesday, but got a backorder notice yesterday. I was so sad! The email said they’re hoping to ship it within the next 2 weeks, but I can’t imagine that being true? Once they’re out of a LE, that’s it, isn’t it? Well, here’s to hoping…!

Thanks for posting the comparison swatches. I would love to try this MSF but since I’m allergic to mineral products so I can’t and have been wondering what might be a suitable replacement, so the swatches really help! πŸ˜€

No problem! The Mineralize Skinfinishes & Blushes both have dimethicone pretty high up on the ingredient list, so I don’t think I’ll be wearing these much myself! πŸ™

I got to my local mac store @10:15 and there were 2 left when I got mine. By the time I left 5 mins later, it was sold out. I’m an nw43/45 and honestly, it’s nice but I could have done without it. Once you read all the reviews and see the swatches, it’s like “omg I need this”, but you kinda don’t… I’m gonna keep working with stereo rose though. It’ll probably make great highlight when wearing bright pink blushes.

On a whim I called my local Bloomie’s MAC counter this morning, and luckily I was able to snag the last one. I am glad that I got one; the pinky-coral color and light shimmer are very pretty on my NC15/NW15 skin, and I don’t have anything else like it. I also picked up By Candlelight and Petticoat to round out my fledgling MSF collection πŸ™‚ Those are the only items I will purchase from In The Groove; the rest of the collection is pretty disappointing IMO.

Do you think this is comparable to Marine Life? That also is very corally minus the shimmers. I’m wondering if Marine Life could be a dupe for this.

Nahhhh. If you look at the products I swatched next to it, a lot of the ones that are more similar to Marine Life look *really* different compared to Stereo Rose.

Called my mac store and they told me they couldn’t hold stereo rose or anythin limited anymore cause they only had five they held marine life for me but different ma’s were holding things so i got up and got to the mall before it opened i was the only one there they hadn’t even put the display out so i got my stuff i was happy but i don’t know why they will sometimes hold and then other times say no.

The same thing happened to me. I went in person to the MAC store on Tuesday to see if I could pre-order/put a few things on hold, but they said no. A different associate in the same store did hold some To The Beach items for me when that collection came out, though, so I guess it depends on who you talk to… Hopefully my online order will come through!

My counter doesn’t hold things; they only pre-sale. So I felt pretty confident ambling in mid-day, since I’d already paid for mine and I’d have raised holy heck over it if my pre-paid order had been sold out from under me.

That said, it’s absolutely gorgeous on my NW15/NC15 skin. SO GLOWY. I can see how it’d be not as awesome to some, but I adore mine. And that’s why I got it: hype aside, I bought mine to *wear*.

Oh so pretty! I want it so bad! And By Candlelight too!

Christine, do you know when In the Groove is going to be launch internationally (Mexico haha!)? I want many things from this collection!

I went to my macys in Chicago at 10 am, saw stereo rose. Tried it on and it looked ashy on my nw 45 skin. Passed on it , but going back for petticoat msf. Petticoat was super gorge , can’t wait to get it

I always go to the one on State street! But i ordered Stereo rose online this time so I wouldn’t miss out…I want to get petticoat too if they dont run out!

I was able to get one! I bought two actually! lol. I like it a lot just from seeing it. Can’t wait to try wearing it.

I called the counter two days before and the girl said she’d put one on hold for me, but it SOLD OUT before she even GOT THERE. I think it’s SO unfair, I waited so long and I was happy it would be waiting for me there, but it wasn’t. So rediculous. I’ve never been so disappointed by MAC…

I think if locations are able to hold products that the customers should be there to buy it as they open…or how about first come first serve

Well I was signed up for an appointment at 12, and so I expected it to be there when I got there. The fact that it wasn’t made me just another victim to this rediculous scramble for a product.

I GOT the LAST ONE! our mac counter didn’t even have the tester. Told me I was the lucky one cuz everyone was asking for it! Glad I preordered it thru phone. can’t wait using it!

Stereo Rose actually isn’t difficult to dupe Christine. Laura Geller has one called Pink Grapefruit, and it’s very difficult to see the difference when they are applied. Maybe a tip for those who really wanted Stereo Rose, but couldn’t πŸ™‚

I also compared the new and the old, today after having picked it up at my local counter. I don’t find the new one chalkier or different from the old one…IMO :-))))

Put one on hold yesterday and am SO glad I did. Went into my local store at 11:30 and the MUA were shocked that it had sold out already!

It’s pretty, but honestly don’t see what the hype is about.

This may be weird question, but on big launch days like this, does your face get irritated from all the putting on makeup and removing it so many times?

Hi Cynthia,

Yes, sometimes it does. My cheeks were a bit red and dry from yesterday, but they’ll be fine by tonight, I’m sure πŸ™‚ My lips are used to torment! Lipgloss is always harder on lips than lipstick, I’ve found. I can do about 10-15 glosses, but I’ve been able to do up to 20 lipsticks in a sitting.

Well we all appreciate the torment you go through! It’s always better to see what makeup looks like where it’s supposed to go as opposed to seeing it only on someone’s forearm!

I got mine! And I was worried about how it would look on my neutral skintone… but with a light hand, it’s so nice and glowy. Kind of glad I bought into the hype and didn’t wait around for it!

OMG I put it on hold too but I’m still waiting for my friend to pick it up for me ’cause I came to Thailand and wasn’t sure MAC Thailand would even have this collection. I’m checking my twitter every five seconds, waiting for my friend in Vancouver to tweet me and reassure me that he did indeed pick it up for me. I’m super paranoid now. What if some girl begged the MUA to unhold my Stereo Rose and I get it?

The Lancome Mandarin Sky looks so pretty as well! It looks like what i wish NARS orgasm would look like on me *sigh*. I’m going to pick up stereo rose as soon as it launches here πŸ™‚

Really doesn’t look like anything to write home about, IMO. More into shades like Coralista and the Chanel one–but maybe that’s because of my light-medium skin tone πŸ™‚ I’m actually not attracted to really anything in this collection! I don’t like how ultra shimmery the skinfinishes and shadows are. Oh well, ill wait til the next collection!

I was told on Tuesday that Stereo Rose was all sold out (via presales!) at my Nordstrom, so I’m skipping the whole collection. Even if it’s not as frosty as some of the more recent MSFs, I’m sure I can find a way to be happy with the MSFs that I do have instead of pining for SR. Of course, I say that now without having seen it in person…

Thanks for the comparisons and the dupe detective work! πŸ™‚

I really convinced myself I didn’t want this one, I didn’t need it, that I couldn’t spend 75 euros on just cheek products BUT IT’S GORGEOUS! It will be launched tomorrow in The Netherlands, so I have one more day to think, sigh…

Order went great through until they emailed me later saying SR was backordered so I had to put a couple on hold at my counter…so therefore I own SR now. Was all the drama worth the hassle? Maybe not, but I’m glad I own it now. I’m on cloud 9. It’s pretty on NC45 and NC50. Love!

I think it’s like – it’s great to own it, and you’re owning part of history in a sense – this may have been the fastest I’ve ever seen ANY one product sell out. I think Barbie for MAC was really the biggest hysteria prior, even though Marine Life came close. I think Disney + MAC will be insane, too, but we shall see. If you miss out, it’s not like it’s the best product of all time and makes everybody look 10 years younger with perfect skin!

I don’t understand the hype over this shade -but I guess I have to see it in person. Because I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it to the mall today, I ordered 2 through pre-sale “just in case” I’d end up falling in love with it (I didn’t want to love it when it was already sold out!)

Now I’m sort of paranoid that they’ll “misplace” it or something by the time I get there -it’s never happened to me before when I’ve ordered things through pre-sale but there’s been times when they “thought they lost it” but it ended up being somehwere in the back. Has that ever happened to you?? You pre-ordered but you came and they didn’t have it?!

With pre-orders, typically not, since they’ll charge my credit card, but with holds, it’s happened. That’s what happened when I called on Monday – she couldn’t find my previous hold for Stereo Rose (that I made on Saturday), so she put it on hold for me on Monday — turns out they had both. I gave one to a reader who’s hold got lost/misplaced, and then one for my girl Pursebuzz, and one to giveaway here.

I’m so disappointed. I actually just called the MAC I had preordered it at because I got really paranoid when I checked my account and it hadn’t been charged yet. I called them and they said that they “didn’t have mine” so they had already sold mine to somebody else! I’m so upset. This was actually a different MAC from the one I usually deal with (either MAC in Walnut Creek or MAC on Union on SF.) The 2 other stores are always so responsible and on top of things. Anyways, so they sold the 2 that I had paid for -and I was at the top of the pre-order list. They just “missed me” I guess and I had even ordered it with the assistant manager! Plus, they weren’t even responsible enough to call the customers who had pre-ordered to tell them that their Stereo Rose was gone! So upset! I feel like giving up on MAC. Plus, it’s sold out online.

Right now, my favorite is Le Metier de Beaute Echo and Benefit Sugarbomb. “Best blush” is so subjective, you know? I’m drawn to corals myself, and both of those shades are very flattering on me.

oh just wondering since you said stereo rose wasn’t the best blush you ever tried, i was thinking, “wow you have a best blush?” I could never decide on “the best”… especially blush!

LOL, well — I just mean it’s not like OMFG STOP THE PRESSES. NO NEED FOR ANY OTHER BLUSH EVER. You know? You can survive without it, though it’s nice πŸ˜‰

i know i was half expecting to hear it on the morning news, “people lined outside the mall overnight for a msf” geez…

I LOVE ECHO!!! Thanks to is the most I have EVER spent on a blush but it was sooo worth it.. I reallly really love it!!! I love blush and this is one of my favs as well!! The texture and color is perfect on my skin!
I just love this site too!!! Thank u for all u SR was shipped yesterday and I can’t wait for it to come!!

oh definatly!! I was looking for color like this and I personally dislike nars (deep throat and orgasim) due the shimmer, but this blush is unlike anything I have ever had, definatly one of the BEST products I have ever picked up without seeing it in person!! lol

I’m lucky I live in an area where people don’t seem to care too much about MAC. I just went in to my Macy’s and got it today, and they have a ton left! Love it! It is very pretty, but I like my To the Beach Marine Life Powder SO MUCH MORE! Still happy to have Stereo Rose though πŸ˜‰

Hey Noelle,

You should let us know the # or which Macy’s, in case other readers want to call & have it shipped! πŸ™‚

My quest to aquire Stereo Rose was successful! Now it can be best friends with Marine Life. I don’t think its The Ultimate Cool Blush created by Angels, but its pretty and I’m glad I have it.

Agh! The first time I “bought” this it was ordered through Nordstrom and a few hours later an email came back stating they were unable to fulfill…a few days ago I called MAC at Macy’s and specifically asked if it would be launching earlier they said no it would be Thursday…asked them to hold it for me and was told they couldn’t…I’m a bit irritated since I showed up when they opened on the dot and the people that had purchased theirs were held items and I was told the rest were on hold…but had been told they couldn’t be held….somewhat frustrated that I was there to PAY and the people that had theirs held were not…unless they only got 2 in for the customers that were there…I was the third and third for awhile after that so I’m surprised they would only receive 2 or would just not sell to me….I don’t NEED this but did show up at open to buy…very dissapointed

They only hold items on the day of the realease πŸ˜‰ Call as soon as they open that day and snag one on hold πŸ˜‰ They arent allowed to hold before because you never know how many will come in, and you could always preorder it before the day, then you should be garenteed one.

Some MA’s will hold stuff before, but thats only if you know them, and they could get it very big trouble if anyone found out.

Christine, I’m really glad that you were able to get it.

I ordered mine not too long after you announced it on the website and late in the evening, I got a notice that it was backordered. :/ By the time I got the notice, every other site had sold out. I called MAC counters across Houston, and no one would hold it for me, or they said they were all held. πŸ™

This morning, I called to have stores hold it for me since so many told me they would not. :/ I called nearly TEN stores. No one had it, or they had it held for other customers. Frustrating given how I called stores previously and they said no holds.

My friend in Boston snagged one for me. And my brother managed to wrangle one away from Macy’s after they refused to hold it for me and said that they had a loyal customer who wanted to buy at least two of everything. D: I didn’t expect either one to be particularly successful and was ready to throw in the towel.

What a nightmare.

Marine Life was such an easy buy compared to Stereo Rose. I remember going to the store on a Saturday, and the counter had an abundance of Marine Life.

I truly hope that people who want this will be able to get it. I cannot believe just how difficult it was to get, and it infuriates me to see people scalping them on eBay. D:

I’m glad you were able to get yours, at least, Judith. It always frustrates me, too, when stores don’t have consistent policies — like my MAC freestanding did plenty of holds, and I’m sure my local counter at Nordstrom did pre-orders/holds there, too, as many counters often do. It’s even worse when it seems to only matter what day you call πŸ™

Now I want Mandarin Sky…lol…oh, right, Stereo Rose is gorgeous – so glad I snapped it up! It’s prob going to be my #1 summer blush.

i received mine and i am in love!!! mine is divided right in the middle with veining on one side and almost none on the other .. love!!!!!
i also got petticoat with the same separation.. πŸ˜›
i immediately tried it on with my fingers, (it took too long to walk over to my vanity and pick up a brush. lol )
i cant wait to try it on with my foundation and all..
dont hate!!!! lol (those that miss out and all of a sudden say its crappy, u know u want it!!!)

Lol. I totally noticed the sudden “oh, its not that great” thing going on. I personally don’t go crazy over picking up certain items, but SR is really gorgeous. Super glad to have gotten mine, but I wouldn’t have gotten emotional over not finding one either. πŸ™‚

haha!! that is what I was thinking..all those who didn’t get now say it is not that definalty sucks because I was there with marine life..I ordered it and then MAC sent me that dreadful email..I was upset but I got over it..

Yep! πŸ™‚ There have been a few that have posted here in the comments about how they love theirs!

It was sold out right when the store opened. Apparently they were taking orders the day before which wasn’t fair because they have never done that before. I swatched it and liked it so I’m on back order with Nordstrom. But I did pick up by candlelight and petticoat, both are gorg.

I swatched it last week at the preview, but for some reason, it looked like I was punched with a tangerine >__> I really wanted to love it tho! For reference I have NC15-20 skin…maybe I’m too light for it?
I got Petticoat instead πŸ™‚

I pre-ord w/ MAC on Tues, only to get an email from MAC saying it’s on b/o. I stepped into Dillards at 10AM (when they open), only to find the two ladies in front of me snagged the only 2 they had in the store (they said they weren’t holding any products until the day of release, so I really think that’s all they were given –WHY?!?!?).

Anyways, I swatched the tester, and it does look a bit orange on my NC30 skin. Not totally in love with it, so I don’t have to have it. So, if MAC online does not come through for me, it won’t be a complete lost.

On the other hand, I do have Petticoat, and I wouldn’t have guessed that Petticoat+Comfort makes Stereo Rose. Looks like the real thing. And I can totally build it to my liking. Thanks so much for that tip, Christine. Now I have to go back and play with the colors again.

I was able to pick one up today, and I’m definitely happy with it. I was a little worried it would be too harsh on my fair skin, but its so far from it – its a beautiful glowy golden coral. It reminds me a lot of Pearl Sunshine (my HG), but obviously a tad darker… though, this could be because my SR has verryy little veining. Anyway, definitely not disappointed here, though I find any hype to be pretty silly.

It looks awesome on you! I am a MUFE foundation 177 and I was able to hold one at Macy’s. I swatched it and could not stop staring at my hand it is so pretty. I’m going to check out NARS Luster to see if that will work on my skin.

I haven’t seen this up a lot, but the Laura Geller Blush and Brighten in Golden Apricot is probably the best dupe. I think the LG version is a better quality though. If you could get your hands on it it would be a nice swatch comparison.

Lol I went to hillsdale for alice&olivia, then nordstrom Stanford shopping center for my in the groove prepress. Thnk god I got a stereo rose !! I love it !!!

I went to my MAC store first thing this morning to ensure that Stereo Rose would be mine…and felt a little crazy when I realized I was the ONLY ONE there. I expected at least one other beauty fanatic to either be waiting or arrive promptly at 11! I got to the store even before the girls who worked there (none of which seemed as excited about this collection as I was haha).

Now I’m wondering if I should go back to pick up Petticoat… I think I’ll sleep on it and leave it up to fate! Haha.

i felt the same way i called the store to put stereo rose on hold and i basically ran in there expecting it to be a zoo, and there was no one even in there. the girl that helped me was all nonchalant like..yeah..we have it.. o.O
oh well, at least i have it now. petticoat is beautiful! i think it’s just as awesome as stereo rose.

Mac near me says any customer holds that are not picked up today will go back into inventory tomorrow. Rep suggested I call around closing time tonight to see if SR is available. It’s worth a shot.

I had one on pre-order at the Nordstrom’s by my mother’s house, but I had gotten one first thing in the morning at the MAC store near me. Went to show my mother my haul and wouldn’t you know it – she liked Stereo Rose so much she had me pick up the one at Nordie’s for her!

This is my 78 year old mother, mind you – so adorable! She’s still got lovely skin and Stereo Rose looks great on her!!

I got up super early. It was only me and another girl who were interested in the hype of the product. We each got one. Its very pretty and I am afraid to touch it. πŸ˜›

I bought this the first time around and swapped it away. It was just too warm for me. I’m actually glad to see the color is the same in this release so I can save my cash πŸ™‚ Thanks for the swatches!

hehe the blush reminds me of mars.
glad i reserved mine yesterday because my bloomies sold out by the time I got there to pick it up (about 1 o clock)
I hope all of you who want it will be able to get it!

I had my local free standing MAC put it on hold for me. I gave them a call at 9am to put it on hold for me, and they opened at 10. I didn’t get there untill 3pm and by then all the stereo rose MSF’s were sold out. I got mine and people waiting in line behind me were angry that I was getting it and they missed out. When I explained that I made a call early in the morning and put it on hold no one wanted to listen. I tought that I won’t make it out of there in one piece and with the stereo rose in hand. WOW, that was crazy. Trying to kill me because i put it on hold and you didn’t think of it is quite crazy to me. But i love it and i’m glad that I got one!!!

Don’t feel bad. I did the same thing and I’ve been doing it since my MAC counter first opened. Congrats on your purchase and being smart enough to call ahead. Hope you enjoy πŸ™‚

I went this morning to get it. I went to a MAC Store, Macy’s and Nordstroms. They were all sold old by 10am today. πŸ™ I ended up getting the number to either a MAC warehouse or the Nordstroms warehouse, the MUA said to wait a couple of weeks & then call–they should have some there and it was worth a shot. I ended up getting Petticoat- which I love just as much! πŸ™‚

hmm i also have the 2005 stereo rose and that one is wayyyyy better then this one. was exited to get me a back up , but little dissapointed with the new one

I just got my from my mac counter. oh gosh it is amazing!!! looks amazing on my skin. i actually have another one on hold at a different mac store haha

I bought 3 of Stereo Rose! And 1 of By Candlelight. My MAC store sold out of it in an hour, I guess I didn’t help! Either way I don’t regret it, limited is limited, just as the girls in the store said! I really loved how it looked on me too, hype or no hype!

I went to mac counter to see the collection. Stereo rose was not even there to test. I asked the lady and they say it’s sold out already! i am in Toronto. I couldnt believe it!

For some reason, it reminds me of Nars Orgasm without all the glitter/shimmer…but I cancelled my order though this morning.

Nordstrom’s website has all the colors available including Stereo Rose if anyone is having trouble finding any of these skin finishes. FYI

I went to one of my local malls today with 4 MAC Stores in it (one PRO store, and stands at macy’s, nordstroms, and bloomingdales) and all of them were sold out of Stereo Rose. I had already pre-ordered mine, but I was shocked that all of them were sold out! I forgot to pre-order Jazzed lipstick but managed to snag one of the last 2 at Macy’s. The MA at bloomingdale’s also said that they were sold out of Jazzed as well. Despite being sold out of a lot of the popular items and such a big launch, all the MAs I talked to today were so sweet and nice! I thought they would be annoyed with all the Stereo Rose questions by that point.

I love this collection I picked up 3 MSF’s,2 eyeshadows,jazzed,fashion whim and of course Stereo Rose …:)))…love it…love it…


I had to call 4 different places but I finally got one this morning! Last time I checked they still had stock on nordstrom’s website though.
I agree it’s super pretty cuz of the coral touch to the pinkiness, but I guess with all the hype of it being sold out everywhere I expected it to be the savior of msf’s and it’s just not as spectacular as I expected but a great addition to my collection! πŸ˜‰

My favorite manager at my MAC counter came through for me and I got Stereo Rose and By Candlelight. I love them both – very very nice but I adore all of MACs skinfinishes. I was bad and picked up two of the eyeshadows which I fell in love with as well – I am not a fan of the previous mineral eyeshadows at all. Two lipstics – Jazzed and Go For It and the Chillin’ Cremesheen. I am hopeless.

went to my local counter this morning exactly at 10 when it opened..MAC was KIND enough to ship only TWO stereo roses which both were placed on hold by one woman…so lame

nope i put a marine life highlighter on hold but i waited till the day of to call and came in an hour later..all i had to give was my name and they said if i wasn’t there by the end of the day it would go to someone else..but they at least MAC had sent a pretty decent amount..I couldn’t believe that they only send TWO stereo roses…in the time that I was at the counter (15 min) there were 4 other ppl who came looking and about 6 phone calls asking for it

I was able to pick up Stereo Rose and Petticoat today. I went to the MAC counter at Macy’s in the afternoon and they still had plenty in stock! Stereo Rose is such a gorgeous shade, and I see what the hype is all about.

For those of you in the NYC area, Macy’s in Herald Square still has Stereo Rose in stock!

I read a review from someone who is an NC44/45 and she stated it did not show up at all. When she used too much it looked like a sheeney mess. Since I am about a NC 45 and have a tan from the NYC sun, I am going to pass on this. Looks good on Christine but I don’t think it will show up on me.

it looks lovely on you, christine!

i tried several counters today and called ones as far as 50 miles but everything was sold out by noon it seems. when i tried to put any on hold i was always told no! such a bummer

I’m so glad i was able to snag Stereo Rose! When the closest MAC counter opened, which was 10? I didn’t want to feel crazp so i called at 10:10. I kept my MSF on hold. got to the store at like 1?? and it turns out mine was the last one. Went to another mall, they had two mac counters so i went, and they also happened to be out of stock as well! sad i didn’t grab another but i love it and glad i was even able to grab one.

hmmm…don’t get the hype and I’ve gotten a trillion tweets on it today about which store still has it, and then I saw one for NYC. haha guess the hype is coming to NY too

I went to my local MAC last week, and did a presale of the Stereo Rose, so I just had to go pick it up today!! It’s a great thing when they do that, so you don’t have to fear something selling out before you can get there. Christine, so glad to hear you got your hands on one!!!!

so i got 2 stereo rose MSF’s 2 days ago via since i was stalking your twitter feeds that morning. i used it today on top of MAC lilicent cream blush. it is beautiful! i love love love love it! it kind of reminds me of marine life which i so disappointedly missed out on πŸ™ but stereo rose holds its own! did i say it is beautiful? how bout that i love it? and i love how it complements my NC40 skin!

stereo rose anecdote: today i went to my fave MAC counter at bloomingdale’s in SF to pick up comfort MSF. the lady picked up the baggy with my name on it but she said instead of comfort, the other lady i spoke to put stereo rose on hold for me instead…i said i had 2 already and i had asked them to hold comfort MSF. right when she took stereo rose out of the bag, another customer was getting her makeup done and heard there was a stereo rose up for grabs and she was just like “I’LL TAKE IT!!!” hahah wow…definitely worth every penny!

I went to Nordstrom yesterday to put one on hold with my CC. The saleslady was trying to get her manager to let me take it home. The manger saw me and said loudly, “oh we don’t have it in yet”. Yeah right you’re releasing it tomorrow and you don’t have any in store. Anyway the saleslady was nice so I purchase some luster drops from her so she can get a sale. I’m going to pick it up tomorrow.

I went into my local store and of course they were sold out of stereo rose, one of the mua’s told me someone came in and bought 8 of them. I think it sucks that people buy them all just to turn around and sell them to make a quick buck instead of only buying what they need and letting everyone enjoy the product!!!

Wow! I know that MAC actually has a limit – it’s supposed to be 4 I believe – of how much of each product you can buy. I think LE may be even 3!

When I swatched it at the store, it looks so sheer on my hand so I decided to buy it. When applied to my face- WHOA PIGMENTED! I thought this would be a highlight for me, but now I have an amazing blush!

i was right next to you this morning but was too chicken/timid to say hi. i felt bad for storming in ahead of everyone else too. haha i couldn’t help myself though, i had to get my stereo roses!

luckily i work near a mac counter and was able to pick mine up… sorry its off subject but how does swapping work? i bought a backup of marine life and would like to swap it for someting else because i’ll never be able to finish a complete one.

Kristine, you are the bomb, lady! I was going to order this from Nordstrom (back ordered of course), but not after seeing the swatches from you. It looks good on you, but I much prefer “By Candlelight” after seeing the swatches. I don’t think it’s worth all the hype either. “By Candlelight” is much more hype-worthy…but that’s my opinion πŸ™‚

I’m lucky enough to have a MAC counter that is brand new, in a mall with a not very high end clientele, so most people who care don’t know it exists, and most that do shop there aren’t the type to shell out 28 bucks on a blush. There wasn’t a line, like I expected, but apparently two minutes after I purchased mine, a lady came in asking for every one they had so…. Getting up at 7 am was worth it.

i just got two on backorder from nordstrom coming on the 30th!
so excited
i’m keeping one and hoping to sell the other one or maybe give it to a friend:]

I’m so happy that I called my MAC counter the second they opened this morning and reserved this (damn MAC and their limited edition products that drive us all up the wall)!!! This is so different from anything that I own (I’m an NW45 for reference). It’s shows up more pink than coral and I actually enjoy the shimmer. It looks amazing with the purple creamsheen lipstick from this collection and a nude eye!

I was very lucky to get one today at my local Macys, I got the dreaded backorder email from the MAC website. It’s a gorgeous product and IMO lives up to the hype. However, it is just a shimmery coral blush when it comes down to it and I wouldn’t go to extreme measures or pay a crazy amount on ebay to get it.

I can’t speak for anyone else but I wasn’t so much following the hype as I was just making sure I got one. So yes, I was at the store less than 30 mins after it opened this morning, but realistically, if this wasn’t LE, I probably wouldn’t have dragged myself down to my nearest MAC store for at least a couple of days to look at it.

I don’t get the appeal of Stereo Rose πŸ™ it looks so similar to other blushes- but that Lancome blush is just gorgeous! now that is one unique color πŸ™‚

yeah i was skeptical about this msf. i went to the mac store just to pick up a band of roses. i noticed that stereo rose was still there and…. yeah. actually looked good on my nc35 skin. pretty happy with it. it’s what i wanted shell pearl beauty powder to be. so now i use stereo rose as a blush and shell pearl to compliment it as a highlight. so…. yay!!

I called my local MAC store and asked them to put it on hold for me. I called around 9am and when they opened at 10qm I was told that there were lot’s of people already standing around and waiting. I got there by 3pm and when I was paying for my stuff, Stereo Rose included, people behind me got very angry. they all wanted to know why I” get one and when they asked it was sold out. when I explained that I made sure to call this morning and put it on hold no one wanted to even hear that. I was actually afraid there for a minute that I wonb’t make it out on this store with my stereo rose in hand. LOL I love this MSF and it is beautiful in my opinion, however this is not that serious! Being afraid to leave the store with the MSF in hand because other buyers there wanted it way too much is just crazy.

I ordered it from the Mac website and I got an email today saying it shipped with an estimated delivery of next thursday. They’re sending it fed-ex so I don’t understand why it’s going to take so long to get here.

I think a lot of things have contributed to the demand, but mostly that it’s one of the first few MSFs — it was released in 2005 and never again. It’s also really the only coral MSF.

I actually got a hold of Stereo Rose and I must say I love it! I was even planning on going to the mall, but some how ended up going and purchasing the last one there! I was surprised it looks this good on me (NC 43), and thats why I originally wasnt interested in it. But Im so glad I did pick it up.

Its my first MSF too!

I was so worried while at work because I had to wait until 12pm to go to the mall . I was so sure that stereo rose would be sold out but luckily
I got there in time πŸ™‚ I also got comfort , which is such a pretty warm bronzey color. I got jazzed, which is very beautiful , I think I might need to get a back up !

I was able to get a Stereo Rose, AND a Petticoat. And honestly, I have you to thank. I was just starting to get into my day and saw your tweet that the In The Groove items were on MAC’s site, but without the collection splash and managed to quickly add both MSF’s to my cart and buy them. So, thank you.

Just wanted to share my horrendous In the Groove launch experience in Canada today…

I had asked 2 separate locations prior to launch whether they would take holds, and both said no, so I arrived at my local MAC when they open and was first in the store, only to find out all Stereo Rose and Jazzed had been put on hold! So we get to calling some stores, and finally find one that still had both – but they refused to take holds! We called some more stores, and found one with Jazzed and let me put it on hold, which I did. I went over to pick it up later in the day, and they had lost it! And by then, everyone else had sold out of Jazzed as well (we called). So in the end, no Jazzed, no Stereo Rose, and very disappointed with MAC’s customer service, as none of the SR’s could do anything for me in terms of the hold/no-holds and the lost hold.

Anyhow, thanks for reading, love your blog!

I had a similar experience. Called a MAC counter at the Bay and asked for them to put Stereo Rose on hold – the lady told me that they weren’t putting anything on hold from the collection because they were receiving a lot of each product – interesting, because I went to an actual MAC store 15 minutes after it opened this morning and there were only 2 Stereo Rose MSFs left!

So I stopped at the MAC counter today to take at look at the (in)famous Stereo Rose. I thought it was…pretty, but now I don’t understand the hype. Oh well, my wallet is breathing a sigh of relief. LOL
And they had them in stock, so if anyone wants to try to order one, call 757-306-0666 (Virginia Beach, Va store). πŸ™‚

i snuck out from work to my local Macy’s in the afternoon and was nervous it would be sold out by then. the MA was still inventory-ing In The Groove and said how they just got it! i was so happy to get it…however, so far, i have been somewhat disappointed. mind you, i had the MA test it on me after i used a wet wipe to wipe off my makeup. she said the moisture packs more MSF on…so the big test will be tomorrow AFTER i put on my tinted moisturizer! we’ll see. it seems very shimmery in the light and more on the orange side with my NC35 skin. also, it is soft and powdery like By Candlelight but more pigmented than i thought. i’m still more in love w/ my Petticoat which i managed to get @ a CCO! πŸ™‚

I made the mistake of ordering Stereo Rose online before I saw it in real life at the mac counter…even the MUA said she didn’t like how it swatched on my cheeks. I hate it and would like to get rid of its royal frostiness with whomever cares. Email me at [email protected] to negotiate. Please hurry as I would like to get rid of it Asap. Oh and its unopened.

I got one at a Macy’s. The local Nordstroms around me sold out before it was even put on display. The SA said that someone had bought all of it online! WOW! It’s definitely pretty though. πŸ™‚

I made the mistake of ordering Stereo Rose online before I saw it in real life at the mac counter…even the MUA said she didn’t like how it swatched on my cheeks. I hate it and would like to get rid of its royal frostiness with whomever cares. Email me at [email protected] to negotiate.. Oh and its unopened.

Stereo Rose is to MAC what the iPhone 4 was to Apple. LOL. Ridiculous! It does look gorgeous in your photos, but I would never try to fight a crowd for it. But I have to ask, how does it compare to my beloved Springsheen?

oohhh its making me crazy …..
oh god why does mac comes with LE stuff….
i wish i was there to meet u christine….
u dont know how much i misssss USA …
love u n temptalia

this stuff is more popular than the pope! i didn’t have any problems getting mine, i ordered it from nordstroms! it shipped in a day!

The veining in the particular one you got resembles planet Jupiter.
The color really flatters you. I picked up petticoat today and I am in love with it.

called two days ago and put it on hold at my Dillards MAC counter, called today as soon as they opened to make sure they did put it on hold, the manager said that “Yes, I have a box of them” I told her I would be by at lunch time and I was holding her responsible if it was given to someone else…got there and they still seemed to have plenty and were not even busy. I only got one tough..

Just bought Petticoat & the famous Stereo Rose today! In all honesty, I have to say I prefer Petticoat over Stereo Rose. I’m an NC35 and the coral of Stereo Rose doesn’t do much for my skin tone, whereas Petticoat is much more flattering. I”m glad that I got Stereo Rose though, just to be able to add it to my collection. As of now I’m going to put it away for the summer & only wear it in the winter months when my skin tone is lighter.

This has nothing to do with Stereo Rose, but I was able to snag up two. I’m not sure if I should sell one or not? But does anybody know if the Dazzle lipsticks are coming to all MAC counters next week or just Nordstrom’s? I heard that they are being released everywhere next week, and also that they don’t launch until August. Anybody? They are phenomenal!

I got mine today! Went to a MAC store 15 minutes after it opened and apparently I got my hands on the 2nd last one available! Love it

I went at the opening time at my local mac store and got my hands on this baby. I wore it today and love it. I didn’t intend on getting this at first, but i am so happy I did because it is just so pretty.

I was able to snag two! One for me and one for my friend!! Nordstrom always sell out so fast but I can always count on Macy’s!

Boy, oh boy, was getting THIS a fiasco*! But, I finally managed to find one and the wait was so, so, so worth it! The color is amazing, and the texture and sheen are beautiful!

* – I, too, had a prepaid order form filled out with Nordie’s, and called to make sure it was all ready this morning, and the sales associate informed me that they only received three, and that they were ALL going to one customer! LAME!

The veining makes the difference. I bought one today (next to the last one available at my MAC) and was somewhat disappointed. Mine has more pink and a little bit of gold veining at the bottom. I didn’t think to ask and see the other one before I left the store. I want more gold veining like yours Christine!

I thought about using Nectar, but when I swatched, it was a lot pinker, so I didn’t even include it!

I heard that if you mix margin and prism Mac blushes together you essentially get stereo rose. Is that correct? I don’t have either of these, but I have a feeling they are both lurking in your fabulous makeup collection πŸ™‚

Luckily people aren’t aware of the hype status of Stereod Rose here, but instead the counters/stores only receive like 4-5 pieces of certain items… I managed to get Stereo Rose, passed on Petticoat (which I liked, but couldn’t justify both as my skin doesn’t tolerate MSF’s so well to wear them on a daily base).
I just wanted to tell people that if You didn’t manage to snatch it, don’t be overly dissapointed. It’s really pretty, I’m happy I bought it, but there are so many beautiful products out there, with even better texture (and ingredients :)), even if a bit different in colour.
Happy Together blush sold out here very quickly, I think that one and the eyeshadow trios are still worth checking out, they’re probably even a better find. πŸ™‚ Good Luck!