Review & Swatches: MAC Gareth Pugh Powder Blush in “Strada”

MAC Garet Pugh Powder Blush in Strada

Limited Edition
Release Date: November 23, 2011
Availability: MAC online & MAC stores

Company’s Description

Keying into the look of Gareth Pugh for M•A•C, this shade of mid-tone nude offers a paler yet profound approach to cheek definition. The defining touch makes this so stylishly Pugh – a dramatically chic square black compact.

This review is for MAC Gareth Pugh’s Powder Blush in “Strada”:

  • Strada : Mid-tone nude

Packaging: 9.25/10

Strada comes in a shiny, black, square compact that snaps shut via a magnet and has a mirror on the inside. There is also an embossed “X” design on the top of the compact. This packaging is heavier than regular MAC packaging.

The pan inside is embossed with an artistic, checker-like design.

Quality: 8.25/10

Strada is a very grey-based, pale, nude pink color.

The formulation of this powder blush is soft and not overly powdery. The color is pale and the powder doesn’t pick up on the brush as easily as I’d like. Consequently, you need to apply 3-4 layers to get the color to show up.

This color is almost identical to Gareth Pugh’s lipstick in Restrict (review upcoming). It leaves a semi-matte finish to the skin. I do feel this is a color you will want to see in person before buying because your skin color and tone will determine whether the color is flattering. On some skin colors, it will be a good neutral pink blush. But on others, the grey undertones will make your cheeks look “dirty.”

Ease of Use: 8.5/10

The pan is very small–approximately 1.5″ by 1.5″–so you have to make sure you coat your blush brush evenly or use a small brush. You will also definitely need to layer the blush.

Price: 5/10

You pay $30 for 2.3 grams of blush. Regular MAC blushes are $19.50 and contain 6 grams. That means you are paying $13.04 for each gram of Strada blush whereas you would normally pay $3.25 for each gram of powder blush. You pay over 4x as much to purchase the Gareth Pugh blush.

I think the price would be arguably fair if it were twice as much money, given the special packaging and nature of collaboration collections. But four times as much money is just unreasonable.

Final Grade


MAC Garet Pugh Powder Blush Box Packaging

MAC Garet Pugh Powder Blush in Strada

MAC Garet Pugh Powder Blush in Strada

MAC Garet Pugh Powder Blush in Strada

MAC Garet Pugh Powder Blush in Strada

Strada Swatch: Brush 3 Layers (Left) & Finger 3 Layers (Right)

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One Response to Review & Swatches: MAC Gareth Pugh Powder Blush in “Strada”

  1. Lisa B. says:

    The compact is just not worth the price–Less than 50% of the product for 50% more money. How does that make sense? And it’s not even a new shade!

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