Considering this collection came out a month ago and the fact that MAC is pumping out collection after collection these days, these are old news to you by now. If there’s anything you’ll learn from our time together, though, I play by my own rules. So here we go!
The packaging for these blushes is pretty decent. I love that sultry eyed Marge look that was branded onto the majority of the products. I would like to note that these are actually my very first MAC products (?!?! yeah, I know) so I don’t have anything else MAC-wise to compare them to, so this is my general impression. It feels sturdy, and it opens after you push down on the release button. If I’m being honest, the packaging is what sucked me in. It’s nothing extraordinary, but I like that they kept it simple and I think it’s cute.
I enjoy that the same Marge that’s on the cover was also imprinted into the blush, but that’s what made me so hesitant to get in there and swatch these! Luckily the imprint is deep enough that is has survived well post-swatches and I think it’ll stick around for a while yet. Sideshow You is described as a light peach coral with a Satin finish, and Pink Sprinkles is a cute blue pink with a Satin finish. I love me some corals which is what drew me to Sideshow You, and I have yet to own anything like Pink Sprinkles. Plus, since my skin is neutral leaning cool-toned, I thought Pink Sprinkles would suit me well.
The swatches you see above took me several swipes to get enough product to show up as they do in the photo (admittedly, my swatches need work, but I digress). This isn’t necessarily a negative or a deal breaker for myself, but to those who are not as fair complexioned as myself I’m sure it is. For those who may be a bit heavy handed with prodcuts or like the option to start off light and build up color to your liking, this could be an ideal product for you. The texture also threw me for a loop a bit as it’s definitely more powdery than what I contain in my collection but still blended well. You can see that Sideshow You is more pigmented than Pink Sprinkles, but both appear more pigmented in the pan than they did when swatched. I have yet to test the longevity of either blush, but there are these reviews from Temptalia where she states that she got around eight hours wear-time before fading with each, so they have decent potential.
Overall, I like these blushes. I don’t feel overly impressed by them, and I do wish that MAC would stop coming out with back-to-back collections and instead really throw focus into one every so often, not only to give us some breathing room but to also make us feel confident that the collection will be up to our expectations for a company as reputable as MAC. I do wish that these blushes came out as pigmented as they appear in the pan, but at 0.33 oz–larger than the regular MAC blushes–I don’t feel like I’ll run out of product anytime soon even when building it up to my liking. Personally, I think I’ll be passing Sideshow You onto someone on MakeupExchange as it doesn’t stand out among my other corals, but Pink Sprinkles will remain a welcome addition to my collection. And anytime I think of it, I hear Homer in my head saying, “Mmm, sprinkles”, so I don’t think I can let this one go.
Did you pick up the blushes and/or anything else from the MAC x The Simpsons collection? What did you think of the products you snagged? Is there anything you missed out on that you wish you would’ve gotten your hands on? Let me know in the comments below! And if you’d like any further information or opinions from myself on either blush, let me know about that as well.
Until next time, stay well, stay beautiful! xx