If you were already thinking of checking out the MAC sale, I thought I’d share some swatches to help you shop. I’m showcasing products that I feel are less talked about or at least less talked about among what is current and new to the market.
To shop the sale, use the code MACSPRING30 at checkout. I did test the code on all the available items I have swatched, and they were marked down successfully. The only exceptions are some blushes that are no longer available due to being limited edition or discontinued. I will make a note of those items below the pictures.
I’ll cut to the chase, I do not like this blush formula. Not only is it difficult to get a smooth application, but the metallic finish of the shade I purchased (butterflies) accentuates texture. I’ve used cream blushes before, but this is my first experience with a more liquid formula. The consistency isn’t runny, it has enough thickness to it that it doesn’t run down your hand or anything like that. I would imagine there is a learning curve, but I’ve given it enough chances to give up on that thought.
I decided to go ahead and publish this review early because Mac Cosmetics just started a great sale. You can get 30% off of blushes, highlighters, bronzers, and skincare through July 23, 2020, using the promo code “macjuly30” on their website. Today I’ll be talking about the brand’s newest blush formula and they are included in the sale.
Mac claims that this “bouncy-blush” has sheer to medium, buildable coverage and gives a radiant look. Because of this unique texture, I want to start off by talking about the application method. The brand recommends applying these with either fingers or a tightly packed synthetic brush. The recommended brushes are the 159S (duo-fiber short bristles rounded shape), 128S (short dense 50-50 split fibre), and 109S (short dense dome shape). The brush I used (Smashbox cream cheek) is short like the 128S but shaped more like the 109S. The fact that this blush has a soft texture but isn’t a cream formula makes application a little different for those that aren’t familiar with this texture.
Although I wouldn’t say these dry down to a powder finish, they do set. They do not feel tacky after application. Groovy doesn’t work as easily as heat index. It is stiffer in texture so it doesn’t pick up on the brush or blend as easily.
I’m pretty sure that this was my first experience with a blush by L’oreal and I am not disappointed. I feel like they did a great job with the level of pigmentation. You can go into the pan with any brush shape without being careful, but it still picks up enough color to show up. In my experience, this blush works great with both synthetic and natural hair brushes. The formula is easy to blend on the skin and despite the inclusion of emollient ingredients (i.e. coconut oil, mango seed butter), it behaves like a traditional powder formula.