MAC x Caitlyn Jenner Buddy Powder Blush Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo
MAC Buddy Powder Blush Duo

Buddy

MAC x Caitlyn Jenner Buddy Powder Blush Duo ($33.00 for 0.35 oz.) consists of a rose with a matte finish and a shimmery plum. Swirled together, they create a pearly, rosy plum. The matte side wasn’t quite as good as the shimmery shade, but they were both decent to good blushes. The two shades work well together, layered, or worn alone, though the shimmery shade is narrow enough that most blush brushes would not fit well (without getting some of the matte shade on them).

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MAC Buddy (Matte) Powder Blush
MAC Buddy (Matte) Powder Blush
MAC Buddy (Matte) Powder Blush
MAC Buddy (Matte) Powder Blush
MAC Buddy (Matte) Powder Blush
MAC Buddy (Matte) Powder Blush
MAC Buddy (Matte) Powder Blush
MAC Buddy (Matte) Powder Blush
MAC Buddy (Matte) Powder Blush

Buddy (Matte)

Buddy (Matte) is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage, though it took two layers for opaque coverage. The texture was soft without being too firm or too loose in the pan, smooth, and blendable on the skin. I noticed fading after eight hours of wear.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$24.00/0.21 oz. - $114.29 Per Ounce

Per the brand, the formula is supposed to "provide fantastic colour with ease and consistency" that "applies evenly, adheres lightly to skin." There are five distinct finishes within the range: Frost ("iridescent, lightly shimmering color"), Matte ("flat, matte finish... builds well"), Satin ("adds subtle highlights to the skin"), Sheertone ("sheer-on micro-refined powder ... that goes on faint"), and Sheertone Shimmer ("just enough shimmer to make light dance on your cheeks"). Their permanent blushes are available in compact form as well as pan-only (the latter will be cheaper).

The following overview has been updated to reflect the most current iteration of the brand's permanent range (whether or not there's been any official change) as I repurchased the majority of the permanent shades as of June 2018. I make a point to say that because I felt that the textures of several shades, particularly the frost finish shades, was noticeably different; they were much smoother and had more slip but were less shimmery/frosted (on average) and seemed to be a bit weaker in pigmentation (but still buildable). Some of the mattes felt like I've encountered in the past (a little drier, pigmented, and fairly blendable), while some felt more velvety and finely-milled.

MAC has a solid blush range but some shades are harder than others to blend out or diffuse, and as it does for most formulas (from any brand), it really comes down to some shades falling shy of expectations. The matte finish had a tendency to darken on my skin within five minutes of application; for most shades, I would recommend applying over a powdered face and/or avoiding applying on still-drying complexion products to make blending the easiest. The matte shades seemed to be semi-opaque to opaque, buildable, and long-wearing (about eight hours).

Only a few of the shades in the permanent range seemed to be particularly frosted/metallic on the skin; most shades that had shimmer appeared more softly luminous or pearlescent on the skin to the point where there was little sheen/reflection captured by my camera (I did a double take for a few and re-did swatches only to find the same finish captured yet again!). The Sheertone Shimmer performed most consistently with this: very subtle sheen, more "my skin but better" with having a slightly more noticeable sheen than matte. There were a few shades that had a strong sheen on the skin (like Peachykeen), though. The Frost finish just seemed to have stronger, larger shimmer in it, but the effect on the skin ranged being subtle to moderate. The same was true with Satin--some were more satin-like and some seemed more like a Frost (like Modern Mandarin).

Most shades were blendable, while pigmentation varied from sheer to opaque depending on the shade, but most had decent, builable coverage. The textures were firmer than the average powder blush of current times, but they don't have excess product kicked up in the pan at all. The wear ranged between seven and nine hours with deeper, intense mattes (like Fever or Film Noir) lasted longer.

Browse all of our MAC Powder Blush swatches.

Ingredients

TALC, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, ZINC STEARATE, ISOSTEARYL NEOPENTANOATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL. MAY CONTAIN: SILICA, MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090), CARMINE (CI 75470), CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN (CI 77289), CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS (CI 77288), FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742), RED 6 (CI 15850), RED 6 LAKE (CI 15850), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), RED 28 LAKE (CI 45410), RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140), YELLOW 6 LAKE (CI 15985).

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MAC Buddy (Shimmer) Powder Blush
MAC Buddy (Shimmer) Powder Blush
MAC Buddy (Shimmer) Powder Blush
MAC Buddy (Shimmer) Powder Blush
MAC Buddy (Shimmer) Powder Blush
MAC Buddy (Shimmer) Powder Blush
MAC Buddy (Shimmer) Powder Blush
MAC Buddy (Shimmer) Powder Blush
MAC Buddy (Shimmer) Powder Blush

Buddy (Shimmer)

Buddy (Shimmer) is a soft, medium-dark rosy plum with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The powder had a soft, smooth consistency that didn’t feel dusty nor did it feel too firmly pressed in the pan. As this was the smaller section of the duo, only small highlighter brushes fit in it without getting the other shade mixed in. It had rich pigmentation that lasted for eight hours on me.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$24.00/0.21 oz. - $114.29 Per Ounce

Per the brand, the formula is supposed to "provide fantastic colour with ease and consistency" that "applies evenly, adheres lightly to skin." There are five distinct finishes within the range: Frost ("iridescent, lightly shimmering color"), Matte ("flat, matte finish... builds well"), Satin ("adds subtle highlights to the skin"), Sheertone ("sheer-on micro-refined powder ... that goes on faint"), and Sheertone Shimmer ("just enough shimmer to make light dance on your cheeks"). Their permanent blushes are available in compact form as well as pan-only (the latter will be cheaper).

The following overview has been updated to reflect the most current iteration of the brand's permanent range (whether or not there's been any official change) as I repurchased the majority of the permanent shades as of June 2018. I make a point to say that because I felt that the textures of several shades, particularly the frost finish shades, was noticeably different; they were much smoother and had more slip but were less shimmery/frosted (on average) and seemed to be a bit weaker in pigmentation (but still buildable). Some of the mattes felt like I've encountered in the past (a little drier, pigmented, and fairly blendable), while some felt more velvety and finely-milled.

MAC has a solid blush range but some shades are harder than others to blend out or diffuse, and as it does for most formulas (from any brand), it really comes down to some shades falling shy of expectations. The matte finish had a tendency to darken on my skin within five minutes of application; for most shades, I would recommend applying over a powdered face and/or avoiding applying on still-drying complexion products to make blending the easiest. The matte shades seemed to be semi-opaque to opaque, buildable, and long-wearing (about eight hours).

Only a few of the shades in the permanent range seemed to be particularly frosted/metallic on the skin; most shades that had shimmer appeared more softly luminous or pearlescent on the skin to the point where there was little sheen/reflection captured by my camera (I did a double take for a few and re-did swatches only to find the same finish captured yet again!). The Sheertone Shimmer performed most consistently with this: very subtle sheen, more "my skin but better" with having a slightly more noticeable sheen than matte. There were a few shades that had a strong sheen on the skin (like Peachykeen), though. The Frost finish just seemed to have stronger, larger shimmer in it, but the effect on the skin ranged being subtle to moderate. The same was true with Satin--some were more satin-like and some seemed more like a Frost (like Modern Mandarin).

Most shades were blendable, while pigmentation varied from sheer to opaque depending on the shade, but most had decent, builable coverage. The textures were firmer than the average powder blush of current times, but they don't have excess product kicked up in the pan at all. The wear ranged between seven and nine hours with deeper, intense mattes (like Fever or Film Noir) lasted longer.

Browse all of our MAC Powder Blush swatches.

Ingredients

TALC, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, ZINC STEARATE, ISOSTEARYL NEOPENTANOATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL. MAY CONTAIN: SILICA, MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090), CARMINE (CI 75470), CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN (CI 77289), CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS (CI 77288), FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742), RED 6 (CI 15850), RED 6 LAKE (CI 15850), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), RED 28 LAKE (CI 45410), RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140), YELLOW 6 LAKE (CI 15985).

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • MAC Glowing Gold Eyeshadow
  • MAC Malibu Bronze Eyeshadow
  • MAC Worthy Eyeshadow
  • Marc Jacobs Jazz(berry) Gel Liner
On lips:
  • MAC Kindness Cremesheen Glass
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Reviewer

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).

Learn more about her review process here.

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This is the one product I look forward to reading the review for! I was sold from the swatches from day one – I’m quite in love with how incredible this will look on light-medium skintone and I think it’s totally justified!!

The shades mixed together in themselves are truly lovely, but I just cannot with Kardashian/ Jenner klan. The only time I have broken that rule was for the EE G&G palette duo. Or Sinful Kylie polish. Only because Kendall isn’t so obnoxious and in your face like the rest of that family, and I had already fallen hard for the Sinful Gel Tech polishes, so her image wasn’t a thing for me anywho.

I really like the smaller, shimmery blush. Something about the combination of color and finish is just really pretty, prettier than any of the dupes to me.

I really like this, so I looked at the dupes. I have NARS Out There in The Unfiltered I Palette and NARS Sexual Content–I can’t wait to get home and try them together!

I love the way the shades look combined/swirled together omg!!! So beautiful and SLIGHTLY reminds me of my beloved Bela Bamba.

I’ll be looking at your dupe list and maybe picking one up!!!

This looks so pretty! I’m very tempted….as if I need another blush, but I don’t have any of the dupes, and there are actually two distinct and very wearable shades in this compact,…plus it’s my birthday today so why the hell not, right? Right 🙂

(And this is a how a girl ends up needing an entire room to store her makeup!)

Everything from the collab is limited edition unless it happened to be a repromote (like an eyeliner etc.) of a permanent item, so yes, this is LE. It says so right in the Glossover — “Limited Edition” 🙂

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