“ Brand: MAC / Type: Foundation / Subcategory: Powder / Blush „
If there's one make up product that I can't leave the house without it has to be blusher. Now obviously in an ideal world I'd also appreciate a bit of foundation, bronzer and mascara and daily my make up routine currently comprises of about six or seven products in total. However if I'm just popping to the local shop or just popping somewhere in my car and can't be bothered applying a full face of make up I'll nearly always stick a bit of blusher on to make me look a bit more presentable. I've got three blushers in my make up bag at the moment, my cheap everyday one and my Clinique one that has nearly run out, this has been replaced with Mac's To The Beach Powder Blusher which is a limited product brought out by Mac for the summer.
Mac is quite a well known brand that is stocked in larger Debenhams and Selfridges stores and it consists of quite highly priced items but generally very high quality items. The brand actually started out as a cosmetics brand for professional artists meaning it wasn't readily available to your everyday consumer such as me and you. Due to its popularity and success it soon started to appear on counters in department stores around the world. The range consists of all your typical products such as blushers, foundations, lip sticks, mascaras, etc. Their most recent introduction is the "To The Beach" range which was brought out in the spring of this year and is advertised as being a limited set of products ideal for the summer months.
The To The Beach Powder Blusher comes in a small green cardboard box which is a light olive green in colour. Normally brands tend to associate a bright and somewhat cheap lime green colour with summer but nothing like that for Mac! The product itself is in a circular olive green compact which is about three to four inches in diameter and has a clear plastic circle on the upper half which lets you see the product. The circle has a peach coloured star fish on it which gives a very summer feel to the product although it does look somewhat odd in my opinion. To access the product you simply flip open the lid which is always easier and more hassle free than a screw on lid I find. The product doesn't come with any sort of applicator brush.
Now normally with blushers you'll find that most ranges offer a variety of shades so as to appeal to as many consumers as possible. However this limited edition product only comes in the one shade which is called "Hipness" and is advertised as an "intense coral with soft white pearl." When I first saw the powder I thought it was a little too coral for me, it's quite a deep pink with a hint of dark orange almost about it. I normally go for quite baby pink colours rather than the coral side of pink. There's no scent to the product and it's a compacted powder which means there's no chance of any spillages. To apply the product I tend to dust my brush over the compact gently a couple of times and then apply it to highlight my cheek bones.
The effect is really quite nice, it's definitely a warming blusher in that it gives colour to your whole face and gives a really nice glow to it. The colour isn't quite as strong on my cheeks as it is in the actual compact, it's quite a bright coral pink and as it's quite a strong colour you really don't need much at all to highlight your cheek bones. It's very much a satin colour, there's no sheer about it or shimmer at all despite it being advertised as having a frost finish. I actually prefer the more matte effect, especially for daytime wear during the summer months. I personally think it's an ideal colour for the summer, especially when I've got a bit of a tan on my face as I do think it might be a little too bold and brash in the winter when I'm paler.
The Mac To The Beach Powder Blusher retails at £16.50 for 6g making it quite expensive in comparison to brands such as L'Oreal, Maybelline and No 7. I actually had a Debenhams voucher so I got this and a foundation for free but I would argue that £16.50 was a little expensive for a blusher really. However the colour is lovely for the summer, it's really long lasting as I find I don't need to reapply it during the day and it's easily removed with just soap and water. The one thing that does set this apart from my other blushers is that I literally needed to sweep my cheeks just once to acquire the desired effect, with the others I find I have to build the colour up. I'm giving this four stars, it's a good colour but it is just a little too pricey.
Thanks for reading.