There are two blushes with the Strength collection… Both are somewhat neutral, so they’re suitable for many skintones. I’m glad that the blushes in this collection aren’t bright, so the focus really goes to the lips if you use the products from the Strength collection together.
MAC Powder Blushes typically give me about 6-8 hours of wear, depending on the finish. These were no different for wear time, but I think the quality of Poised and Taupe Shape is above average for the limited edition blushes that have been out recently. I’m really happy with these and can see Poised being a go-to for me in both my day to day makeup and in my kit.
Since both of these are limited edition, they may be tricky to find. They sold out within the first few hours that the Strength collection showed up on www.maccosmetics.com. The Strength collection is only available online and at select MAC freestanding stores, so good luck in your quest to find these blushes! Like all MAC Powder Blushes, these contain 6g / 0.21oz of product and cost $20.
Poised (Satin): Poised is a “muted pinkish brown” with a Satin finish. It’s a pinkish brown, but it looks more peachy brown and warm toned to me. It’s a very flattering blush on both warm and cool, fair to medium skin. The Satin finish adds a bit of sheen without being shimmery, so it gives you a natural glow. Applied heavily, it’s on the verge of shimmery, but not so much that it will emphasize pores or anything. It’s well pigmented and has good color payoff, so you don’t have to apply much to get it to show up. Poised has a very smooth texture and blends beautifully… It doesn’t feel dry or powdery at all and you can blend it out with very little effort. On me, this wore 6-7 hours, which is pretty good for a powder blush that isn’t meant to be long wearing. I’m in love with this blush… It’s definitely one of the best ones that MAC has released since Hey Sailor!
Overall Rating: 4.8 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 4
Taupe Shape (Satin): Taupe Shape is a “satiny taupe” with guess what… A Satin finish. It’s a medium, slightly cool toned, neutral taupey brown with a soft golden sheen, thanks to the Satin finish. At first I was expecting this to be a good contour color, but it’s too glowy for that. It works well as a natural looking blush on all fair to medium-dark skin, but I’m afraid it would look ashy on anyone darker than that. Despite the cool tone to it, it was actually really pretty on me when I wore it lightly, and I have NC15 skin in MAC terms. Basically, I’m pasty white. It wore well, giving me about 7-8 hours of wear before it started to fade. The only issue I had with this was that it emphasized my pores after I had it on for about 4 hours, but if you use a good primer it shouldn’t do that so much. I was just lazy and skipped primer that day… Oops! Taupe Shape is well pigmented so if you have fair skin, you will want to apply this with a light hand or use something like a MAC 181 or 188 brush. It blends out very easily and glides on smooth with no dryness or patchiness.
Overall Rating: 4.8 / 5
Color Payoff: 4
Wear Time: 5