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Limited Edition MAC Proenza Schouler Blush Swatches & Review - Ocean City, Sunset Beach

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mac proenza schouler ocean city and sunset beach blush swatches and review

MAC Profile

MAC, my original high-end makeup love that first caught my attention over 14 years ago, produces both pro and general consumer makeup products that range from prep to finish along with quality makeup tools. 

MAC recently released their much anticipated collab collection with fashion label Proenza Schouler. I purchased several items from that collection and will be rolling out reviews this weekend. I previously reviewed Mangrove lipstick and will be reviewing Pinkfringe soon. This review focuses on the two blushes released in this collection--Ocean City and Sunset Beach.

For reference, I am roughly between NC25 and 30 right now. I swatch on the underside of my arm as it is the fairest area and tends to allow me to more accurately swatch colors. 

Price

These retail for $30

Where to Buy

These are currently listed as "coming soon" on the MAC website, which makes me wonder if they'll be re-stocked. They were released Thursday at MAC stores and counters and I've heard people have been finding them in different cities, so I would call around if you're hoping to grab one. 

Note: I know MAC had a fairly large shipping glitch with these blushes and quite a few customers received the wrong blushes. From what I understand, MAC is working to rectify the issue with those customers. This did not personally happen to me, however. 


Limited Edition MAC Proenza Schouler Ocean City Blush Swatch & Review


mac proenza schouler ocean city blush swatch and review
While I'm sure there may be a tiny bit of variation in the proportion of colors from pan to pan, this is a picture of my Ocean City ombre blush, which seems consistent with the other images I've seen others post.

Product Type

This is an ombre blush--part of the limited edition collaboration collection with Proenza Schouler. 

Finish

This had a soft satin finish.

Shades

This blush transitions from hot coral to a warm tan. When mixed the shades created a lovely papaya pink-orange. 

mac proenza schouler ocean city blush swatch and review
L to R: bottom shade alone, top shade alone, mixture of 2

On the Cheek

While I've seen some describe this blush as "hard", I don't personally feel it's any firmer than MAC's regularly blushes, which I always find a little on the firm side (unlike Extra Dimensions and pro pans which tend to be a little softer and/or more pigmented in my experience). Pigmentation on the deepest bottom shade was great and fairly good on the lightest shade. The tan shade on top is actually fairly close (but warmer) than my skin tone so I had to swatch it heavily so that is showed above. The mixture of the two colors is beautiful and well-pigmented. 

My Thoughts

I think I will probably most often use this blush with either a mixture of the two colors or just the bottom color--the top color alone wouldn't really suit my coloring. I think this blush is beautiful and the packaging is amazing. The compact is a little strange to open because the tiny protruding lip on the front is actually on the bottom half of the compact and tends to be hard to grip, but if you know this ahead of time I've found it helps avoiding any broken nails or dropped compacts. All in all I like this blush and think it offers several beautiful spring and summer cheek shades. I think this compact could work well for those with medium to potentially deeper complexions as well as those with fairer complexions if a light hand is used. 


Limited Edition MAC Proenza Schouler Sunset Beach Blush Swatch & Review


mac proenza schouler sunset beach blush swatch and review
As I mentioned above, my blush's gradient seems consistent with other pictures I've seen. I did notice that my Sunset Beach had small white-ish spots of discoloration in the lighter color on top. It doesn't seem to have affected its performance. 

Product Type

This is an ombre blush--part of the limited edition collaboration collection with Proenza Schouler. 

Finish

This had a soft satin finish.

Shade

This blush transitions from a deep pink on the bottom to a lighter blue-based pink on top. The combination of the two colors create a pretty fuchsia.

mac proenza schouler sunset beach blush swatch and review
L to R: top color alone, bottom color alone, mixture of the two

On the Cheek

This blush has a similar consistency to Ocean City. Again, I didn't feel it was any firmer than most of MAC's regular blushes. Pigmentation on the deepest shade on the bottom was fabulous and good on the top shade, though it's lighter so I had to swatch it moderately heavily above so it showed well on my skin tone. The combination of the two shades was absolutely beautiful and well-pigmented. 

My Thoughts

This blush is lovely and I think all 3 shades that can be created from it could be very flattering on a variety of skin tones from fair to moderately deep. I will personally use any of the 3 shades this compact can create and look forward to using it this spring!


Final Recap


Price

These retail for $30

Where to Buy

These are currently listed as "coming soon" on the MAC website, which makes me wonder if they'll be re-stocked. They were released Thursday at MAC stores and counters and I've heard people have been finding them in different cities, so I would call around if you're hoping to grab one. 

Final Thoughts

I am really glad I grabbed both of these blushes! They are extremely different from one another and I think both could be flattering on a wide variety of complexions. I honestly couldn't pick between these two myself, but I think Ocean City is probably the more unique of the two so if you can only grab one you may want to focus on that one. On the other hand, Sunset Beach is probably the one that will fall in most people's comfort zones, so if you're a little more conservative about your blush and looking for something super "wearable" you may find yourself drawn to that one instead. 

All in all, I don't think you can go wrong by grabbing either or both. Keep in mind, these do have a slightly firmer formula (like most regularly MAC blushes in my opinion) so for those worried about over-application, it should work to your advantage and make it easier to apply without going overboard. 

Did you grab either or both of the Proenza Schouler blushes? Which is your favorite?

7 comments :

  1. GORGEOUS! I love these blushes!

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  2. Wow your blush turned out great. Mine was one if the firm ones. I think that there was a batch inconsistency.

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    1. Well that's not good :/ These are firm as I mentioned above, but I personally find most regularly MAC blushes to be firm. They were reasonable to work with though!

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    2. Yes, I know the blushes usually are firm but they still get quite a bit of pigment. Mine were firm in a whole different way. :(

      This is as if there is a film. But I did try again today and it seems to be "loosening" up! I guess there is hope after all. Would be a pity if they aren't because they are gorg.

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    3. Hmmm odd. I definitely have had a problem with quite a number of regular MAC blushes being firm to the point of barely allowing my brushes to pick up product at first--and my brushes are meant specifically for that type of product. Hopefully you can get them working for you

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