Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Release Date: October 4, 2012 (U.S. / Canada); October 2012 (International)
Channel Marilyn Monroe’s luster and sex appeal in colour for cheeks and face. Satin or matte finishes – in a special compact featuring a black & white photograph of Marilyn.
This review is for the two (2) Powder Blushes releasing with MAC’s Marilyn Monroe Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:
- Legendary (Satin): Pale soft coral
- The Perfect Cheek (Matte): Neutral pink beige (Repromote)
These blushes come in MAC’s standard Powder Blush compact except that they also have an image of Marilyn Monroe on the lid.
Legendary is a pale peach shade with a satin finish, so it’s mostly matte but mimics the natural sheen the skin has. The formula is pretty dry and stiff in the pan. With one (1) layer applied, it doesn’t look like I’m wearing anything on my cheeks. With two (2) layers applied, there is a whisper of peach color on my skin. Realistically, I need three (3) to four (4) layers of this color for it to be noticeable.
The Perfect Cheek is a beige-pink that leaves a matte finish to the skin without looking cakey. This shade is also dry and stiff in the pan. I can barely see anything after applying one (1) layer. But application of two (2) layers gives a hint of pinky-beige to my cheeks. And three (3) layers of the color imparts a distinct, natural color.
The formula is in need of some moisture and creaminess. But at least these shades become clearly noticeable on the cheeks after a few layers (ahem, ahem, Office Hours Blushes?). And, despite being stiff in the pan, they leave quite a seamless, even layer of color on the cheeks.
Ease of Use: 8.75/10
These blushes blend out well, even though they have a drier formula. The only hassle is having to apply three (3) or more layers to get the color to show up on NC20 skin.
For $22.00 you get 6 grams (0.21 ounces) of product. You get the same amount of product as a regular MAC blush, but you pay $2.00 more.