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MAC x Selena Techno Cumbia Powder Blush Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Techno Cumbia Blush Duo
MAC Techno Cumbia Blush Duo

MAC Techno Cumbia Blush Duo ($29.00 for TBA oz.) is blush duo that features a split-pan with more of the deeper shade (Blunt) and a smaller portion of the lighter shade (Ven Conmigo). The smaller blush is hard to apply on its own, as it doesn’t accommodate the average blush brush well, and even my smaller blush brushes were too large and I had to pinch the brush head to get it to narrow and fit in the area. This was the weakest product in the collection, so I figured we’d get it out of the way.

Blunt is described as a “muted golden brown.” It’s a dark, rosy brown–almost plummy–with a mostly matte finish. It looked warmer and more like that “golden brown” in the pan, but it darkened up a lot and looked much cooler in tone (though still warm overall) swatched on my arm as well as on my cheeks. I am warm-toned, so things looking cooler than they do in the pan is usually not something I experience! The texture was fairly soft, moderately blendable, but it wasn’t the best texture for such an intense, pigmented blush as it required extra work to blend and diffuse the color. It wore well for almost nine hours on me before I noticed fading. Chanel Plum Attraction (LE, $45.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S404 (P, $23.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Earthshine (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Tea Petal (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Viseart Bronze #3 (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Film Noir (P, $24.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ven Conmigo is described as a “beige pink.” It’s a soft, medium rosy mauve with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was firm and difficult to get color out of; I had to scrape at the top layer to get enough powder off the surface to even show up on the skin. It wore well for six hours on me before fading.
Tarte Royal (LE, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Cinematic (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Blank (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The MAC x Selena collection will be available online September 28th for MAC Select members and October 1st for all others. It will be in select store locations on October 6th–call your local store to find out if they will be one of those locations.

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MAC Techno Cumbia Blush Duo
MAC Techno Cumbia Blush Duo

MAC Techno Cumbia Blush Duo
MAC Techno Cumbia Blush Duo

MAC Techno Cumbia Blush Duo
MAC Techno Cumbia Blush Duo

MAC Techno Cumbia Blush Duo
MAC Techno Cumbia Blush Duo

MAC Blunt Blush
MAC Blunt Blush

MAC Blunt Blush
MAC Blunt Blush

MAC Blunt Blush
MAC Blunt Blush

MAC Ven Conmigo Blush
MAC Ven Conmigo Blush

MAC Ven Conmigo Blush
MAC Ven Conmigo Blush

MAC Ven Conmigo Blush
MAC Ven Conmigo Blush

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
  • Becca Rose Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfecto
  • MAC Techno Cumbia Blush Duo
On eyes:
  • MAC Missing My Baby Eyeshadow
  • MAC Fotos Y Recuerdos Eyeshadow
  • MAC Selena Eyeshadow
  • MAC No Me Queda Mas Eyeshadow
  • MAC Is It the Beat Eyeshadow
On lips:
  • MAC Bidi Bidi Bom Bom Lipglass

Product Availability

MAC Powder Blush Duo $26.00/0.37 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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Too bad. I saw the plum in Blunt (you are educating our views) and really liked it. Conmigo seems to have blown it. Also thought of Puppy Love, when I saw that, ’cause it’s not real pink. Minor disappointment. Doubt I’d get this for one shade, but Tea Petal might be a no go..maybe back to my skin eating cream blush formulas. The non-disappointment with MAC today is their handling of the Taraji mislabeling situation. Good resolution. Who ever expected them to gear up for another run? Nice work, MAC.

So bummed to see that this blush isn’t as high performing as expected! I agree that the light blush shade is barely noticeable on the swatches and I was surprised at the bronzer shade – it looks difficult to pull off!

Since they called it a duo, I presumed two blushes, but you could definitely mix the two if you prefer. The lighter shade is stiff enough that it doesn’t really contribute to the darker shade unless I jab at it/scrape off the powder first.

Oh no!! The packaging is so pretty, and I thought the colors themselves would look amazing for medium to darker skin tones. It’s very interesting how Blunt looks completely different swatched vs. in pan, sounds like it darkened and oxidized. And the lighter color would’ve been pretty on me. IDK, I’m really hoping you got a wonky press sample, and the actual product sold to customers performs better. That did happen with MAC Star Trek Kling It On, where mine had a ton more pigment and shimmer than yours, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed on this one, hoping Selena fans won’t be disappointed….

As crazy as this may sound, I intend on getting this. But I will be swirling the 2 shades together instead of using them separately. In which case, I believe I can get a soft, somewhat natural bronzey plum shade that I hope will look good on my medium olive skintone. If not, then as a memento!

Just a heads up – the lighter shade is stiff to the point where it doesn’t seem to alter the darker shade if swirled, because nothing really gets picked up 🙁

If that Blunt swatch was a lipstick shade I’d be all over it! I’m so excited the Selena collection is almost here and very relieved this is the weakest link. With mac le’s there’s always that worry it will be awful but with her family being so involved and the delays in release I had hope. This is a very good sign I think.

I am so excited right now, because Earthshine was one of my favourite contours, right until it got too old and made my face itch. I haven’t been able to find a dupe till now and if it swatches and tests well I will DEFINITELY be getting it. Thanks so much Christine!

I got really excited at first but when I looked up swatches online the permanent one looks warmer and less purple than the above. Will be heading to a MAC store to check though, thanks for the heads up!

Hi Christine! As a long time user of blunt, I can definitely tell you that this color is not the same as the one in the permanent range. I use blunt as my everyday contour/bronzer and there is no hint of plum whatsoever in the original. The OG is much warmer. Oddly enough, it does still do the color switch, but it’s more similar to MAC Raizin with a little more brown to it.

I might still purchase for the sake of getting a product from the collection, but I will have to use this blunt in a different way for sure!

I agree. The permanent Blunt is lovely. This is completely different and looks patchy. There is an old color called Reed I wish they used which is akin to a plummy Blunt. This does look more like Raizin than Blunt. MAC has great blush formulas, so it is particularly offensive when they put out horrible patchy blushes you have to scrape at.

Mac does it again! Remember the Rihanna collaboration with Mac. Same concept and same problem. The split pan concept isn’t working. Why wouldn’t they fix the problem. Smh.. Those colors are still and it’s hard to get any color pay off.

This was one of the products I was most excited for in the launch. I am disappointed and torn whether I should get this. Ven Comingo is nonexistent and Blunt looks a little messy. I would of paid the money for 2 seperate blushes.

I’ve always been curious of blunt because some people use it to contour with. It definitely looks darker swatched than in the pan. Do you think that it would work as a contour on darker skin tones? (Nc50)

The rosey-ness of the bronzer is surprisingly nice, but it looks like it’s difficult to blend out. I prefer building up color, rather then getting a ton of pigment straight away and panicking while blending it. I find I don’t reach for those blushes and bronzer’s as often. I will check out ur dupes 🙂

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