Release Date: September 13, 2012 (U.S.) / September 2012 (International)
Availability: MAC Stores & Online
A lightweight blush with extreme colour perfection and non-fading, eight-hour wear. Ultra fine, silky powder glides on and blends easily to provide a moist, flawless, natural finish or with layering, a brighter, more dramatic look.
This review is for the new Pro Longwear Blushes releasing with MAC’s Office Hours collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:
- Baby Don’t Go: Light cool beige
- Stay By Me: Light peach coral
- Blush All Day: Light mid-tone rose beige
- Stubborn: Mid-tone rose plum*
- Rosy Outlook: Light yellow pink
- Stay Pretty: Light bright blue-pink
- Eternal Sun: Warm brown
- Whole Lotta Love: Light blue-pink
The packaging for these blushes is the same as for MAC’s regular powder blushes.
Stay By Me is an incredibly sheer, pale, dusty peachy-pink. I could probably apply 10 layers of this shade and still have it barely show up on my NC20 skin. Unless you are between NC/NW 5-10, I don’t think this is a shade worth investing in because it probably won’t show up.
Baby Don’t Go is an incredibly sheer, pale, beige shade. I have the same comments for this shade as for Stay By Me.
Rosy Outlook is a very sheer, light pink. The color definitely requires 2-3 heavy layers in order to be noticeable on NC20 skin.
Stay Pretty is a blue-based pink. The color is vibrant, but the finish is sheer, so you don’t get anywhere near the strength of color you see in the pan. Again, you’ll probably need to apply more than one layer to get the color to be noticeable.
Blush All Day is a sheer, rosy-brown. I have the same comments as for Stay Pretty for this shade.
Whole Lotta Love is a vibrant, fairly pigmented pink-red shade. This is, by leaps and bounds, the most pigmented color of these shades. It’s still got a sheer quality, but the nature of the color makes Whole Lotta Love show up on the first layer without needing a microscope.
Eternal Sun is a sheer brown. This shade, again, is translucent, but shows up on the first (heavy) layer.
When it comes to Stay By Me and Baby Don’t Go, you could almost wear nothing on your cheeks and get the same effect. The color presence improves when you get to Rosy Outlook, Stay Pretty and Blush All Day, but they do need more than one layer to get a noticeable tint to the cheeks. When it came to Blush All Day, I could use a fluffy blush (with the other shades, I had to use a denser brush) and just use one layer. Eternal Sun isn’t as prominent in color as Blush All Day, but does noticeably tint NC20 skin.
I feel similarly about the Office Hours Pro Longwear Blushes as I do with the shadows: you get a couple of shades that really don’t show up, a few shades that show up but only with multiple layers, and a couple of shades with decent pigmentation.
The formula for these blushes is probably the silkiest and softest I’ve come across, which makes them blend out easily. On the other hand, the formula is *super* dusty. And the powder kick-up can’t really be avoided because you have to really dig your brush into the shade to get enough of the color to transfer and show up on the skin.
MAC claims these blushes last for eight (8) hours without fading. I could only really test this claim with a few shades, since I could barely see Baby Don’t Go and Stay By Me on my skin. For the more vibrant shades, the eight-hour claim holds true. I didn’t have problems with fading.
I like the silkiness of the Pro Longwear Blush formula and appreciate that I don’t have to worry about the brighter shades fading. But the dusty quality of the formula needs fixing and MAC’s claim that you can get a “brighter, more dramatic” look with the blushes by layering just doesn’t hold up with many of the colors.
Ease of Use: 8.25/10
MAC claims that these blushes blend out easily. Because of the softness of the powder, this claim holds water. But I also feel like the dusty nature of the formula contributes to the lack of color in these shades. Really, all of the shades except Whole Lotta Love need 2-4 layers to get the color to show up on the cheeks.
Rosy Outlook stood out from the rest of the shades because it just didn’t want to stick to my skin. I got caught in a quandary where I didn’t have enough powder applied to my cheeks to get a noticeable tint, but putting on additional layers picked up and swiped off the layers underneath, effectively undoing what I’d already applied. I ended up having to dab the color onto the cheeks to get the powder to stick and the color to show up.
For $23.50 you get 6 grams (0.21 ounces) of product. Regular blushes cost $20.00 and contain the same amount of product.