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Mar 14, 2008

MAC Beauty Powder Blushes First Impressions

I was lucky enough to get a few of the MAC Beauty Powders today! I'm pretty excited as they are bloody good! I got four of the eight and I'm currently wanting the rest!

They are terribly good and I must say I'm impressed with these for shizzle! I highly suggest motoring to your nearest counter or freestanding store to have a lookee!

I'm slightly puzzled over the "Beauty Powder" terminology and I'm thinking that's just a fancy word for blush because these are sincerely pigmented, silky, smooth, and as easily blendable as a blush so where the term "beauty powder" comes into play I'm clueless about. As I had mentioned in a previous post most of my beauty powders from MAC are either filled with shimmer or are sort of a matte highlight powder or touch up powder where as these are full blown blushes in my humblest opinion! I guess this is MAC's solution of combing two great products, blush and beauty powder, and coming up with one awesome product! On a side note these are pretty damn pigmented and pack a bunch so you might want to be very light with your hand during application!

MAC Beauty Powders from Past Collections

From Left to Right Barbie Loves MAC Beauty Powder in Pearl Blossom, MAC Fafi Beauty Powder in Belightful, MAC Novel Twist Beauty Powder in Sun Twist

Old Beauty Powder vs New Beauty Powder Blushes

These are smaller then standard powders I have or have come across. They are the size of a regular MAC blush and carry the same price tag of $17.50 USD. The product is extremely pigmented with a tiny sheen of pearl that really lights up my face! Within the colors released there are at least two or three you'll want to take home for your very own or you might be diseased as I am and want to collect them all!

The colors I ended up with were Joyous, Sweetness, Serenely, and True Romantic. Joyous and Sweetness are probably my fav of the four. Joyous is a candy peach color where as Sweetness is a bright bubblegum pink. Serenely is a deep desert, dusky coral with bits of brown and rose and True Romantic is Dusty Pink.


True Romantic



From left to right: Joyous, True Romantic, Serenely, and Sweetness

Two brushes were released as well with the collection one of which I'm currently loving. The 169 is LE and quite a gorgeous little brush to use with these powders. 169 is pretty similar to the standard catalog 168. The differences I noticed between the two were that the 168 is a fuller brush where as the 169 seemed less so. I already own a few of the 168's from various brush sets I've purchased so I'm quite pleased to now have the full size 169 in my beauty arsenal. This particular style brush is excellent for blush application, under eye powder application, touch ups, and setting powder on. I'm particularly loving the way this dusts the beauty powders on and gives me a natural flush to my cheeks! Very nice brush and worth taking a look at if you're in store!

From top to bottom: MAC 169 and MAC 168SE

All in all the collection is quite nice and I'm impressed! I'll be doing some FOTD pictures with the blushes on shortly so stay tuned!

Loving this collection?

Got any of the beauty powders for yourself?

Love the 169?

Tell the Muse!

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Anonymous Temptalia said...

Just a FYI, but the beauty powder blushes are not related to regular beauty powders :) Different product - I guess it is the fine-milled nature of a beauty powder with the potency, size, and feel of a regular blush.

March 13, 2008 at 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Kitty said...

what a lovely sweetness? Can never say no to such a pretty color.

March 13, 2008 at 11:41 AM  
Anonymous Ping. said...

ahhh now i can't wait to get them! i like joyous and true romantic! and all of them look so pretty! haha oh ya you ask where I was from, I'm from Malaysia just above Singapore.

March 13, 2008 at 1:02 PM  
Anonymous Liz said...

Hmmmmmm.... I've been eyeing 'True Romance' since I found about this collection last Saturday, but I don't know. I have a funny feeling that it might be very similar to my Bourjois Rose D'Or (and I hate getting repeats). My other half is in Boston this week and so when I made my wish list Saturday night, I opted to go for the powder blush in Coygirl. He's coming back Sunday morning, which means it'll be makeup playtime for me Sunday afternoon! :)

March 13, 2008 at 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Liz said...

Ooops, just realised it's 'True Romantic'! :P

March 13, 2008 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger BeautyChick101 said...

I am in love with Joyous!! What a gorgeous color!

March 13, 2008 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger vintagebluesky said...

I also got Joyous and True Romantic today. IN LOVE. as well.I want more but after fafi and buying all my supplies for school. im pretty much broke. : (.

March 13, 2008 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey christine!

Thanks! I figured it was a combo of the beauty powder and the blushes which equaled "beauty powder blush"


March 13, 2008 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hiya kitty!

I definately can't say no ;)

Are these released in CN yet?

March 13, 2008 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hiya ping!

AH! I was curious :) Cool!!!!!!!! ;)

When are these out your side Ping?

Can't wait for you to see 'em!

March 13, 2008 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hiya Liz!

It is very similar to BJ Rose D'or. I have both and they are very much alike. I can swatch if you like!

Wahooo!!!!!!! Can't wait to hear what you think :) Will you blog it ;)

March 13, 2008 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

lol! it's ok I make mistakes on the names too ;)

Too many to remember!

March 13, 2008 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hiya BeautyChick101!!!!!!!

me too! So pretty ;)
Have you tried any yet BeautyChick? Looking forward to reading your review when you do!


March 13, 2008 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hiya vintagebluesky!

I'm trying to restrain myself and save some $ for Heatherette ;)

I'm overwhelmed with WANT!


Enjoy your blushes ;)
Come back and tell how you like them!

March 13, 2008 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Lynne, said...

I soooo want to get over there. I'm kind of banking on them staying on display (at least I hope) because I don't have a camera and I'm still on time-out with Hubbo on getting one :P LOL.

But I imagine they are soft to the touch like beauty powders and pigmented/sized like a blush. Oh, move here Muse! Save me from my timeout, lol.

March 13, 2008 at 10:20 PM  
OpenID petitebelle said...

ahhh so pretty! Yet another lemming created for me, THANKS A LOT Muse! :P

March 13, 2008 at 11:17 PM  
Blogger (g)ezebel said...

i was wondering about these new blushes... i think i'm gonna get that peachy-pink one, too.

March 14, 2008 at 12:22 AM  
Anonymous Liz said...

Ha, I'm so glad I didn't ask my other half to get it then! :P

Yeah sure I'll post my haul up on my blog if you want me to. ;)

March 14, 2008 at 6:00 AM  
Anonymous Liz said...

Oh yeah, about the swatches. Yes, if you could swatch True Romantic and Rose D'Or side by side, it would be super! Thanks a million!!! :D

March 14, 2008 at 7:59 AM  
OpenID makeupmag said...

Was I not right about Joyous and Sweetness? ;) Sweet haul. I totally forgot about 168; now I need to look at that again!

I only bought True Romantic - I only have one really cool toned pink blush (KP Face Color in 16) and felt that I needed another. :)

March 14, 2008 at 11:55 AM  
Anonymous Liz said...

Don't hate me for leaving my third comment today, ha! :P But I had to cuz I was just at MAC early this evening and found the Beauty Powder Blush sitting next to the Fluidline. Imagine my suprise as we NEVER get things the same time as The States (Fafi only hit the stands here last week). So I swatched True Romantic, and yes indeed, it is VERY SIMILAR to Bourjois Rose D'or. Glad I didn't include it on my wish list then!

I also swatched the other ones and I think the only one I'm interested in is 'Shy Beauty'. But we'll see.

March 14, 2008 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger nilla cookie said...

I sooo heart Joyous and True Romance. I'm going to put Sweetness in heavy rotation when summer gets a little closer.

Also, the 169 brush is the first MAC blush brush I have and I'm just getting used to using an angled brush. So far, I'm scared of putting streaks on my face, but I'll keep practicing ;)

I definitely think they'd be great for under eye application as you mentioned too.

Wonderful review!

March 14, 2008 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Mrs. Lynne!

They are fabbbbbbbbbb! LOL! time out?! Hehe!

I think you should be safe and they'll be around a little bit. Especially since Heatherette is releasing next week instead of the end of the month! So everyone will flock to that instead of the BP display!

Very soft and silky and extremely pigmented!!!!!!

LOL I'm coming over! I'll bring my helicopter and take it in for a quick dive to rescue you!

Have your credit card ready! Bring the kids ;)

Auntie Muse can watch them why you drool over the powders!

March 14, 2008 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey petite How are you!?

LOL I try honey I try ;)

March 14, 2008 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey gez!

How are you!?

You'll love them! You're such a funky fun girl these are so you!

March 14, 2008 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hiya liz!

YES PLEASE :) Haulage pics are good pics :)

March 14, 2008 at 5:50 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey mgs! How are you!?

You're so RIGHT! awesome awesome colors! It's a great brush!

True Romantic is kinda my fav of the bunch as it's not as pigmented and gives a softer glow ;) so good choice!

Love ya!

March 14, 2008 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hiya agauin liz!

LOL never!

That's awesome! You're early!

Very much the same in my opinion! I was going to just swatch when I seen your comment!

Shy Beauty was one I wanted too. I need the other 4 I think :) Must have!

March 14, 2008 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey mizz cookie!

I must say I am really loving the colors we got Lil. I can't wait to see these all on you!

169 takes a bit of getting used too but once you get a hang of it it'll become a quick favorite.

What brushes do you normally use?

I have one from a christmas set that I use for under eyes. It brushes on just enough powder under my eyes to hold my concealer ;)

Aw thanks! Your review was equally fab!


March 14, 2008 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Gee said...

I'm so excited to get these tomorrow!!

Just in case you haven't heard, but Heatherette is being released early on the 20th, instead of the 27th!!

Also, I emailed you to let you know I've linked you on my blog and asking if it was ok. Maybe you haven't had a chance to read it yet :)

Love the blog!

March 14, 2008 at 9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there, just discovered your blog!
What do you think of Serenely? you did'nt make a review about it...

March 14, 2008 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger M. said...

I'm inspired - I think might have to go check them out. I'm in a serious NARS Orgasm rut right now.

March 15, 2008 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Lynne, said...

Yay! I can't wait. You can take them back to NY with you if you want ;) Heh. I'll send you snacks and milk.

March 16, 2008 at 3:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what do you think of serenely? i love your page!

March 16, 2008 at 4:06 AM  
Anonymous Ping. said...

Hi again! hehe i think it will be out next month.. haha i will definitely tell you how it goes! hehe

March 16, 2008 at 4:21 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey gee!

Yay! by now you should have them! Are you loving them!?

I heard I heard! So excited! Can't wait!

Aw thanks so much Gee! I'd love to be linked! I'll link you too. I'm just in the process of updating my links and doing are revamp so you'll def get added in!

I'll head on over and have a peek :)

Thanks so much for visiting me!

March 16, 2008 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Anonymous!

The review basically covers all the colors. The formula, texture, etc...

Serenely is a very nice color and is actually my favorite. It's a beautiful dark peachy color. You have to use a light hand with it though as the color is very dark and pigmented :) but it creates a beautiful glow!

March 16, 2008 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi M!

Thanks for the comment!

Def check them out. I think you'll be pleased. I adore NARS and funny you mentioned it as these kinda remind me of NARS blush ;)

Good stuff!

March 16, 2008 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey lynne ;)

YAY!!!!!!!!!! Can you pack snacks and milk for me too!?


March 16, 2008 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi anonymous!

Thanks so much for loving my blog ;)

Serenely is gorgeous. It's very pigmented, bit too pigmented actually so a light hand is best for application. it's a beautiful dark peachy coral that goes on very lovely. It lights up my face beautifully. It's probably the most vibrant color out of all 8 colors

March 16, 2008 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hiya ping!


YAY! Can' wait ;)

I wish you got them as early as us!

March 16, 2008 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger nilla cookie said...

Hiya Muse,

I normally use this Prescriptives brush I got in a set. It's so old, and the first blush brush I've ever had, so switching to anything else takes some getting used to ;)

I recently got a Lumiere brush that I'm going to review soon that I'm liking so far too.. there's still hope for me yet!

March 17, 2008 at 1:07 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Lynne, said...

You bet girl! But it's only whole milk though. Growing boys need the fat, unlike us non-teens ;)

March 17, 2008 at 2:33 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey cookie!

I understand! I get into beauty ruts myself and don't want to change out of them for anything because I know something works!

Oh looking forward to your review babe ;)

March 17, 2008 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey Lynne!

LOL! No problem! Can we get some of those cute fish crackers too please?

March 17, 2008 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Lynne, said...

I LOVE goldfish. 2 for me, 2 for you, hah.

March 18, 2008 at 7:48 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hehe how about 3 for me and 1 for you?

I'm bigger I need more nourishment!


March 19, 2008 at 11:21 AM  

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