MAC Proenza Schouler: Blush Ombre in Ocean City

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Today, MAC launched their collaboration collection with fashion brand Proenza Schouler. It is inspired by the "minimalist silhouettes, artful modernity, and subtle intricacy" of Lazaro Hernandez's and Jack McCollough's designs. For the first time, "the cool cleverness of the Proenza Schouler woman is captured in a collection of confident colour." The entire collection features a total of 15 products, of which ten are new and limited edition, and five are permanent at all locations. Proenza Schouler will see the launch of two new and limited edition shades of Blush Ombre. They come in square mirrored compacts featuring an ombre colour scheme in "oceanic teal to glossed lemon and royal violet" with the Proenza Schouler and MAC logos on the lid, as well as matching secondary cardstock boxes. Each blush contains 14 grams of product, and retails for $35.50. 

Ocean City

Ocean City (swatches of the ombre effect)

Ocean City (swatch — blended)

Ocean City is a light-medium tan to medium-dark orange coral ombre. When blended together, they create a medium-dark coral-orange with red undertones in a satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, silky, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has medium-high pigmentation and semi-opaque to opaque buildable colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. There is nothing similar to this in MAC's permanent blush range; it is more reddened than Modern Mandarin, brighter and more orange than Pinch Me, and much darker and more reddened than Peaches.

A beautiful, beautiful blush. The ombre effect is gorgeous, and the resulting shade is stunning; so perfect for the Spring and Summer seasons. It has a smooth, silky texture that will glide on skin easily but also blend out well. A lot of shades will look great on either fairer skintones or darker skintones, but this one works well on everyone. And this blush packs a whopping 14 grams of product, too, which makes it more than double the size of MAC's regular blushes, so before you balk at the higher price point, keep it mind that it is actually much more inexpensive per gram than many other blushes out there ($2.54/g vs. $4.17/g for MAC, $6.67/g for NARS, $9.76/g for Hourglass). As this post goes up, it is very likely that most locations will already be sold out of this shade. It was sold out online within a few hours of launch, too (which was a couple days before the in-store launch date), but the Canadian site now says that these blushes are "coming soon," which means they are re-stocking them — keep your eye out! If you had your heart set on getting this in person, you may need to go to several counters or stores in search of it.
8 comments on "MAC Proenza Schouler: Blush Ombre in Ocean City"
  1. After reading the reviews on Temptalia, I had convinced myself that I didn't need these. But then reading Tracy's review and now yours, I've flipped - because really, who DOESN'T want a fabulous ombre-effect blush!?! And if they're not as bad as she noted, then I just GOTTA. I'll be stalking the site for sure lol.

    1. I don't trust a lot of reviews on Temptalia because she'll give a product an outrageously bad rating when I don't think it merits that. And I think her rating system is really skewed. Why are you giving a higher rating to a product because it's more pigmented? I don't think something being more pigmented necessarily makes it better. Sometimes I want a sheerer lipstick, you know? It's the same with longevity. Just because a product can wear for 16 hours doesn't mean it deserves better marks than something that wears six. It depends on what you're looking for and how you apply it and your general make-up habits, too. For example, if you use a primer, it'll make a product wear longer or look more pigmented. AND a lot of her dupes are off. She's definitely comparing her dupes by photos and not real life.

      Okay, rant over. LOL.

      I think you just gotta try it on in person. ;)

  2. Gah, it's pretty! Sold-out here though, for sure, and it's hard to keep up, as I was saying last time. Plus I think I'm out of my blush phase :P Everything is starting to look the same. BACK TO EYE SHADOWWWWWW.

    1. LOL. I'm always in an EVERYTHING phase. :P

      And yeah, it's definitely hard to keep up with MAC's collections. And there is always hype around certain products, especially from collaboration launches... This blush is really pretty but there are lots of dupes out there. You can get a similar effect with MAC's Pinch Me (less orange) or Modern Mandarin (more orange). :)

  3. Gah, I want this but not enough to pay reg. price or fight the crowd for it. I'm just going to pick up Modern Mandarin at some point and call it a day on oranges. :)

    1. LOL. I think it's worth the price (no discounts on this collection) because it's gorgeous and it comes with so much product... but probably not worth scouring the entire city's worth of MAC locations for it. :P

      And you need Modern Mandarin regardless! ;)

  4. It looks a bit patchy to me, but could just be the swatch! Definitely looks super pretty in the pan.

    1. It's just the swatch 'cause I put it on my (unprimed) forearm with my finger (instead of a brush). Been wearing this for the past couple days and it looks gorgeous and smooth and flawless on the face! :)


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