RiRi Hearts MAC Fall: Hibiscus Kiss Powder Blush Duo

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MAC Hibiscus Kiss

The Hibiscus Kiss Powder Blush Duo is blooming on counters with the rest of the MAC RiRi Hearts collection for fall.

One of the themes in last summer’s RiRi Hearts MAC summer collection was the idea of opposites — rich, opaque lips contrasting against sheer cheeks — and MAC seems to have weaved that same idea through RiRi Hearts fall as well, with bold lipsticks balanced with sheer eyeshadows (see: the Smoked Cocoa quad) and cheeks via the re-launched Hibiscus Kiss Powder Blush Duo.

Remember Hibiscus Kiss from last summer? This new version’s basically the same flower, but with updated plumage/attire.

MAC Hibiscus Kiss

Limited edition rose gold RiRi packaging

There’s a super sheer matte bronze (well, at least it’s super sheer on me!) and a cool coral with a satin finish inside.

MAC Hibiscus Kiss

Hibiscus Kiss Powder Blush Duo, $29 US and $34 CDN

It takes some work to get the bronze shade to show up well on my NC42 skin, same as with the OG version. It’s sheerer than sheer on me, and I can barely see it on my skin…

MAC Hibiscus Kiss swatches

Matte bronze on the left (yep, there’s a swatch there!) and the satiny cool coral on the right

I won’t be able to really use it as a blush or bronzer, and I bet it would translate much better on lighter skin tones. You might have to scrape off the top layer, though, to get to the good stuff underneath, as the pan, for some reason, is very hard.

As for the coral blush, I actually like it more than last summer’s version.

It’s one of those blushes that looks kinda iffy in swatches, due to how sheer it is, but looks more interesting and obvious brushed on cheeks.

This season’s version is brighter and more intense than last’s; in the pic below, I used two layers.

RiRi Hearts MAC Hibiscus Kiss Powder Blush Duo

Hibiscus Kiss on my cheeks; RiRi Woo Lipglass on my lips; and Pointblack Liquidlast Liner, Gigablack Exptended Play Lash, Cork Eye Shadow, and the Smoked Cocoa quad on my eyes

Like the bronze shade, the coral’s surface is bedrock hard, but it’s softer beneath the top layer.

This one is probably better suited to lighter skinned lovelies, so if you’re around my shade or darker, brace yourself for a lot of layering, especially with the bronze.

The RiRi Hearts MAC collection takes center stage inside MAC stores September 26, online at maccosmetics.com September 30, and at MAC counters October 3.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Emily says:

    The packaging of this looks so cute! I don’t wear blush or bronzer that often but based on the compact alone I am kind of interested in this one! Plus its Riri!
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  2. I think you are right, this would look lovely on lighter skin. I still think you look pretty fabulous though 🙂 And that coral shade has my heart skipping a beat.

  3. hanna says:

    The blush looks nice on, odd though that you had to go through so much work to get it.
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  4. Danielle says:

    I have these weird OCD that I don’t like my products to touch like that haha.
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  5. I wonder how this bronzer compares to Too Face Milk Chocolate Soleil for us fair girls. For reference, NC15 is a tad dark on me, so I don’t use much MAC. The Too Face Milk Chocolate is just right. This one looks close, but some choices for us pale girls would be nice!

  6. Barbie says:

    how do you remove the hard layer? because i have blazing haute and flaming chic extra dimension blushes and the texture is so hard 🙁 I emailed mac and they weren’t helpful at all lmao

    • Karen says:

      Hey Barbie,

      (Cute handle by the way!)

      Something with a straight edge that’s clean will work. I usually clean off a plastic gift card with alcohol, let it dry, then use the flat edge to gently scrape off the top layer. The trick is to do it slowly and carefully so that you don’t dent or break your powder.

  7. Erinaceina says:

    I think this bronzer could work fantastically on my fair skin (NW13). I’m going on holiday to Australia a couple of days after this releases in store, which gives me a good excuse to buy this. I need it for the warm weather. *cough*

    I’m thinking of picking up a MAC bronzer brush at duty free. Do you have any recs for which one to get?

  8. Jennifer says:

    How do you think this will look on NC25-NC30 (medium) skintone?


  9. I am a teeny bit disappointed that its so sheer. But you do make the blush work, looks great on you!
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  10. sahana says:

    I kind of like sheer blushes because they give such a natural flush to the cheeks. I really am liking the way it looks on you! xx

  11. Icaria says:

    Oh I love this combination! I’m very fair so it might work for me but again, if it’s so sheer I might go through the compact in no time. I guess the only way to find out will be to stop by a counter ans swatch it. Thanks for the review. 🙂

  12. Gowthami says:

    Combo looks gr8 and Lovely!
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