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Colour for the cheeks and face. Various formulas. Different looks.
This review is for the three (3) new powder blush shades releasing with MAC’s Holiday Glamour Daze Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:
- I’m The One: Midtone blue pink
- Easy Manner: Light dirty peach
- Small Vanity: Dusty rose tan
These blushes come in standard MAC compacts except that the plastic is reflective instead of matte. The compacts are lightweight and have snap-shut, see-through lids.
I don’t know that I’ve ever given MAC blushes a perfect score for Quality before. But these blushes absolutely deserve it!
I’m The One is a bright, bubblegum pink shade. The Satin formula leaves an almost matte finish to the skin, but imparts a slight sheen. The pigmentation on this blush is fantastic–one layer is all you need. But what’s amazing about this blush is the way it builds. You can keep it at one layer for a translucent effect with bold color, or you can add more layers to get a more dense layer of color, a bolder look, and a more prominent sheen. This is absolutely my favorite MAC Holiday 2012 item. I’m The One is a rare product that lives up to what you see in the pan and in the promotional photos.
Easy Manner is a soft, nudey-pink. In the pan, it looks like this shade might be too soft, save for people with very light skin. But, in fact, this blush has wonderful color payoff. When I applied the blush to my cheeks, I applied two (2) layers thinking I would need extra powder to get the color to show. But I actually found that two (2) layers was over-doing it for the daytime look I wanted. The point is, this color shows up very well on the skin and can also be layered to get a stronger peachy-nude shade and more intense sheen. Easy Manner leaves a sheen finish that is to die for: it’s not matte and not shimmery, but instead leaves a luminescent quality on the skin. The sheen is slightly stronger than the one you get with I’m The One.
Small Vanity is a rose-tan shade. It is probably the most pigmented of the blushes in this collection. There’s definitely no need to apply more than one (1) layer, but you can add more layers for a more opaque finish. This is the kind of shade that can work perfectly as a contouring blush in addition to its use as a normal blush. The sheen it gives is similar to the one you get with I’m The One–so not as strong as the sheen Easy Manner gives you.
The formula for these blushes has enough softness to them to glide evenly over the skin. They do produce a good amount of loose powder/dust when you put your brush to the pans, but this doesn’t translate into a powdery or dusty finish on the skin.
I have no problems with wear time when it comes to these blushes. They last all day on the cheeks without any noticeable fading by the end of the day.
Ease of Use: 10/10
The formula for these blushes gives you a smooth finish on the skin. You don’t need to apply multiple layers of any of these colors, but if you want to, layering is very effective at intensifying the color and finish you get.
For $22.00 you get 6 grams (0.21 ounces) of product. This is $2.00 more for the same amount of product compared to MAC’s regular powder blushes, so you are essentially paying extra for the not-so-different shiny black plastic packaging.