MAC Proenza Schouler: Blush Ombre in Sunset Beach

Friday, April 25, 2014

Yesterday, 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. 

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach (swatches of the ombre effect)

Sunset Beach (swatch — blended)

Sunset Beach is a light-medium cool-toned cotton candy pink ombre into medium-dark fuchsia pink. When blended together, they create a medium-dark cool-toned orchid pink with blue 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 range; it is darker and brighter than Peony Petal, much cooler and more matte than Dollymix, and cooler than Whole Lotta Love Pro Longwear Blush.

While Ocean City is a distinctly warm orange shade, this one leans on the opposite end of the spectrum; a cool-toned orchid that is a must-have for lovers of pink blushes. Again, 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. Initial reviews of this blush have stated that it's dry and stiff and difficult to pack on colour, but I didn't have problems at all with mine; it went on just as smoothly and pigmented as Ocean City. Like Ocean City, this one should work well on most skintones, though very dark skintones may find it starting to look a touch ashy. Again, these blushes pack a whopping 14 grams of product, 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). For whatever reason, while Ocean City is sold out at almost all locations (though the Canadian site now says that these blushes are "coming soon," which means they are re-stocking them — keep your eye out!), this one is still available at many counters and stores as of this post going up.
6 comments on "MAC Proenza Schouler: Blush Ombre in Sunset Beach"
  1. Well, I AM a lover of pink blushes - particularly fuchsia shades! However, I am torn between this and Ocean City - even though this shade would look more flattering on me, I can't help but LOVE the look of warmer hues in the summer. DAMMIT why must the decision be so hard!? LOL

    1. LOL!!! If you can get your hands on Ocean City, definitely get it -- it seems like it's becoming one of those legendary MAC products because it sold out so fast and it's so hard to find now. A lot of locations still seem to have Sunset Beach in stock, so that might make your decision for you. ;)

  2. Oh, I actually like how dark both of these are turning out to be! That's nice to see sometimes.

    1. I think the best thing about both blushes is that they're SO WEARABLE across skintones. A lot of the time, blushes either suit dark skintones really well or fair skintones really well. But these are really blendable and layerable, and not TOO pigmented so they're both easy to wear. :) You can pack it on to get that darker, more saturated colour, or use a light sweep to get a nice wash of colour.

  3. I went to like 5 MACs and they all had this one but not the orange blush. LOL I like it but not enough to spend $35.50 on it. Would have been very tempted if the Proenza Schouler packaging had wowed me more. :)

    1. LOL, well no one can say you didn't try. :P I actually think $35.50 is a really decent price considering how much product you get, but I wouldn't spend that much on ANY blush unless I really liked it.

      I love the packaging of these; I love the ombre effect and the colour scheme. I do, however, think the Proenza Schouler logo looks cheap, which does the packaging a disservice.


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