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.
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.
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…
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.
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,