MAC Marilyn Monroe – Blushes: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

The Marilyn Monroe collection was originally released in September of 2012 and made another appearance in April of this year… I picked up a few items in April and yeah, this is super late, but hopefully you all enjoy taking a peek at some of the things in the Marilyn Collection and I can help you find good dupes!

Marilyn Blush Packaging

 

Marilyn Blush Packaging Interior

 

Marilyn Blush Packaging

 

As you can see, this collection has some super cute, special packaging that has never before released pictures of Marilyn on it, which was a huge selling point… Unfortunately, I feel like people overlooked the quality of the products and bought it just to collect it for the packaging. If that’s your thing, that’s cool, but I promise you it’s worth using these blushes! They really are gorgeous!

MAC powder blushes are one of my favorite formulas of any blushes ever… They’re highly pigmented and finely milled, so they always feel smooth and blend out easily. I typically get around 6-8 hours of wear with MAC blushes before any fading occurs. My favorite brushes to apply these blushes with are a MAC 116, 129 or a duo-fibre 187 or 188 for a softer look.

If you can still get your paws on these limited edition blushes, they sell for $22 (slightly higher than normal due to special packaging), and contain the usual 6 g / 0.21 oz of product.

Marilyn Monroe Blushes

Sorry about the sticker on the one blush... It didn't come with one!

Sorry about the sticker on the one blush… It didn’t come with one!

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Blushes swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Blushes swatched on NC20 skin.

 

Legendary

Legendary

Legendary:   This blush is a “pale soft coral” with a Satin finish. It’s a warm, light to medium pinkish-coral with a soft creamy golden sheen… It actually looks more pink on the skin than it does in the pan and also looks more pink the more you apply it. The best part about this blush is that it works for all skintones, so long as you have pale to medium skin. Legendary is very buildable, so you can get as much color payoff as you want without it looking heavy or dry. This wore for a long time, especially for a Satin finish… I usually get around 7 hours of wear before I notice it fading away.

Dupes:   Cream Soda (from Archie’s Girls collection), is close, although less pink. Immortal Flower (from All About Orange – June  2013 and Spring 2012), is similar but more pink and has less sheen. Peaches, which is permanent, is more orange, sheer, and lighter. Melba, another permanent color, is darker, less pink, and doesn’t have as much of a sheen. For permanent colors, Style would be the closest, although it’s a bit more pink and has a frost finish.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

The Perfect Cheek

The Perfect Cheek

The Perfect Cheek:   This is a “neutral pink beige” with a matte finish. It’s a medium, truly neutral pink with some rosy tones and has no shine. Since it’s matte, it feels a bit drier than Legendary, but that’s to be expected. It’s super smooth and highly pigmented, so it blends out easily and applies evenly, even with little product. It’s very buildable, so it works well on pale to medium skintones. I got a full 8 hours of wear before I noticed any fading.

Dupes:   Mocha Blush is a bit darker, warmer and has more of a tan undertone. Blushbaby is very close but may be slightly warmer… I would say that Blushbaby is your best bet for a permanent dupe, though!

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

 

 

 

 

 

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