MAC Proenza Schouler Collection, Blush Ombre in Sunset Beach, Lipstick in Woodrose

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It has been a long time since I was staying away from MAC counter. Although I do like quiet a few of their products. The reason for me was simple, didn't matter how much I would chase a particular shade, I might not be able to get it. The very limited edition products do sell within hours here and this did really put me off the brand. I transferred from a chaser/hunter to a happy customer who just drops by and gets if she happens to like something. With MAC it rarely happens that there is something left that I would like so since months I was cleared from any purchase.

This must be why I didn't know about MAC Proenza Schouler Collection until last Monday. I have seen some colorful packaging at MAC Counter in Breuninger. I approached saying "probably the lipsticks are already sold out right?". A friendly SA smiles "only one of them, all the others are still available".


MAC Proenza Schouler Collection, Blush Ombre in Sunset Beach, Lipstick in Woodrose

This answer was unexpected. I swatched the remaning shades (a dark plum called Primrose was sold out) and decided to get the nude one called Woodrose. I sometimes struggle finding a good nude but this one had enough pink inside so didn't make me look like the dead. I was about to pay when SA showed me THAT blusher "what about this one?". I was undecided and shrugged. "Ok, let me try". It was after a long day (of work + lecturing) and I must have been very tired not seeing the originality of the product. It is an Ombre Blusher which goes from a lighter shade to a darker one. After trying out and seeing it looked nice enough to give it a go, I purchased the items and drove back home.


MAC Proenza Schouler Collection, Blush Ombre in Sunset Beach, Lipstick in Woodrose

It must have been the lovely packaging which was so inviting, but on the way back home I felt rather guilty about the purchase. After all it was not "planned". I am trying to plan every purchase since I might go overboard easily. Do I needed another blush? What about another nude lipstick? As I was driving back home, I decided to return them during my next visit to the counter.


MAC Proenza Schouler Collection Lipstick in Woodrose

Once I was home, I took them out to have a look inside. The blush seemed to be very heavy so I checked it and have seen that it was 14 g! Considering I used some coupons to get some discount, it was very economical for an interesting effect. After googling about the collection, I learned that they are rather hard to get and in Germany these are released exclusive to Breuninger where I got mine (which explains why the lipsticks were not sold out). I opened the blusher to decide and under better lighting, I have seen that beautiful ombre effect, then I knew returning was not an option.



MAC Proenza Schouler Collection, Blush Ombre in Sunset Beach

I really like the idea of Ombre Blush, which can be used to contour and highlight to accentuate the cheekbones. Or depending on the lipcolor the cheek color can be adjusted from light to dark. There is one more shade, an orange one, which was already sold out at the time I was at the counter but usually I go for pink to brighten up my complexion so I am happy with the purchase. Below you can see the lightest (upper) and darkest (bottom) part of Sunset Beach swatched together with lipstick in Woodrose.


Swatch: MAC Proenza Schouler Collection, Blush Ombre in Sunset Beach, Lipstick in Woodrose

Here I am wearing Sunset Beach on the cheeks and Woodrose on the lips. I applied the blush by swirling everything together, then highlighted with the lightest color. It is very pigmented so one should use a light hand. Sunset Beach wears extremely well on me, over 12 hours and counting.


FOTD with MAC Blush Ombre in Sunset Beach, Lipstick in Woodrose

EDIT: I have seen that there was a lack of swatches for both Ombre Blushes, so went to the counter and swatched them both for you, hope it is helpful. US Release is now announced to be on the 21st of April.


Counter Swatch: MAC Proenza Schouler Collection, Blush Ombre in Sunset Beach and Ocean City

I am going to edit this post with another FOTD tonight since I am wearing the blush and the lipstick today again in a more cheek defined look. Loving it, seriously, Sunset must be my favorite blush at the moment.
EDIT: I am going to post the look I have mentioned above with the upcoming Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Quad review. 

Final thoughts: Although I am not fan of impulse buys and believe that they make me give wrong decisions, this time I was lucky enough to be there on the right time. I think Sunset beach is really a stand out, also very economical for the price considering huge amount of product you are getting. If you can get your hands on this one or the orange one called Ocean City, I recommend you to grab one.

Have you seen any Ombre Blushers before? What do you think about the idea?

29 comments

  1. wow 14 g is a lot and the packaging and product is so beautiful! definitely lusting after that blush!

    writingwhimsy.com

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    1. I think we all need one of these, too bad that they are released very limited.

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  2. Hey Sara, thanks for the review! The blushes from this collection are definitely the most interesting pieces for me. I'll have to see if I can still lay my hands on some testers, but then again maybe they're already sold out ;) We so rarely get MAC collections earlier in Europe!

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    1. Yes but this time we got them before US! LOL. You are right it almost never happens.
      I also think we get less products. I know that some were sold out on the first day of release here. You might still have a chance if they are about to be released (but not yet out).

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  3. Was this released already? Please don't tell me I missed out :(

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    1. Hi Susannah,
      where are tou currently? I have heard that the collection will be released next week in US and it is out in Germany at the moment (already mostly sold out).

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  4. That is a beautiful shade on you! I agree with you completely about the availability of MAC collections, some things are sold out on the first day, and I just don't have the energy to keep up with their mini collections every other month.

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    1. The same here. I swear I tried but even if I checked out every day, there were things I couldn't get. It is very disappointing, so I gave up hope and stopped stalking MAC counter at some point, lol. It is good though to check out from time to time because there may be some highlights popping up.

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  5. O.M.G. I NEED that blush in my life NOW


    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict xx

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    1. Yes you do! we all do. I wished I wouldn't miss on the orange one :-(

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  6. I don't like MAC products and I almost never get them because we don't have counters here and sometimes I would like to swatch something before getting it online. I just looked and only Mangrove is sold out here;) I don't like impulse buys either but I'm glad I got Riri Woo because it's really pretty:) This blush is lovely on you! and its lasting power is amazing!

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    1. Oh you have this one around? Wait! Maybe you get me the other blush, lol!

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  7. This is the first review I've seen of the Sunset Beach Ombre Blush, thank you. It looks beautiful on you and I'm glad it wears such a long time.

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    1. This one must be one of my favorite blushes at the moment. I really like the adjustability of that, if that makes sense. One may go fuchsia or light pink as desired. So pretty.

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  8. I'm not a fan of MAC to be honest, but this blush is oh! so pretty!! You look amazing :)

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    1. Hi Irena,
      Thanks! I would suggest that you check this one out in person. It is very pretty.

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  9. I read your post yesterday morning and last night stopped by a M.A.C counter, of course they were out of everything. Today I'm going shopping and will look these up again. Where I'm going they rarely go out of stuff so I'll see. I want that lipstick! :)

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    1. Were you able to find them? Now I am curious :-) This lippie is really very nice, nude but not very beige, so brightens up the face. Loving it.

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    2. Nope! Weird but one counter was out and another had not yet recieved them! *scratches head* I'll have another look this week. :)

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  10. Awww... Sara, now you've given me unhealthy desires!! I've been staying away from MAC in a long time as they never seem to have anything I like, and I always feel so lost. But now, this I gotta get!!!

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    1. LOL, hope you gals get the collection soon, I want the other blusher too lol.

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  11. I think I really need to get that lip shade, I don't think we have this collection out yet, I'll have to stalk the counter :)

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    1. This one was a pleasant little surprise collection for me, really liked it. I am wearing Woodrose almost everyday now, wish it wouldn't be limited.

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  12. I just purchased to same items. They look very pretty on you. I am dark skinned so I am hoping the blusher is very pigmented....Ii love pinks. Thank you for your review.

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    1. Hope you like yours as much as I do, it became my one of go to blushers for the last weeks.

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  13. I just purchased the Sunset Beach blush today. Excited to try it out!

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    1. I hope you like it! I am really enjoying mine.

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  14. I ordered two OC's from Nordie's and two SB's from Mac. Well, Mac sent me two OC instead of SB's (thanks to the blushes being in the wrong bins) and Nordie's sent me the two OC's that I ordered.... now I have four OC's and no SB's.... sigh! I'm going to see if I can get a SB from the Mac store today because i'm through with ordering online.

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    1. Hi LiLy,
      Actually trying o get OC I ended up with a spare SB, so let me know if you would like to swap :-))
      Just send me an e-mail.

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