Ya know, I’m looking at this palette from the new MAC Jeremey Scott collection, and it’s dawning on me that…I don’t think I have a legit CD player in my house anymore.
There’s one in my Mazda…and I think I might have an external USB one somewhere for my computer…but that’s it. I don’t think I have a regular old music CD player anywhere, and I guess that’s a good thing, because I can totally see myself trying to force-feed this blush palette into it, either by accident, as I mistake it for my Prince mix and push “Play” a bunch of times and, after hearing no sound come out, curse all the technology that has ever existed, or, on purpose, out of morbid curiosity. 🙂
The MAC Jeremy Scott Cheek X3: Acoustica palette CD packaging looks so real, though! When I turned it over, I half expected to see scratches on the back.
The palette is $35 and part of a new ’90s music-themed MAC collab collection with designer Jeremy Scott, who has his own clothing line and also designs for big brands like Adidas and Moschino.
His style is kinda out there… Like, if the Care Bears were club kids in the world of the Fifth Element (fun fact: Jean Paul Gaultier designed the costumes for that movie). The clothes are colorful, cheeky, retro-futuristic, and often ’80s and ’90s nostalgic.
The Acoustica LE palette, which is one piece in the three-piece collection, has powder blush, bronzer and a highlighter.
1. The highlighter is hella “blinged out.”
It’s a stark frosty beige-white with large grains and glitter pieces. When I sweep a little on my upper cheek bones, Martians are able to see my smile lines from space…
If I just sat around with a RBF all day long, this would be fine, but I’m not about to mug like that for 12 hours. I gotta smile, man! I gotta smile! 😁
2. The bronzer has a slightly gray undertone.
It’s one of those with finely milled powders that goes on looking all toasty and deliciously golden brown…but over time a gray undertone comes through.
If you’re going for a sharp, sculpted look with cheekbones sharp enough to cut glass, I think it could look very cool, but I tend to prefer a more diffused bronzer look for my face.
After wearing this for a few hours, I think my face looks…dirty, for lack of a better word.
3. The blush is bomb.
It’s satiny, smooth and my favorite thing about this palette. I think it looks a little like MAC Fleur Powder Blush.
Really, this palette is all about the packaging, and no doubt, it’s cute and original. If you’re a MAC collector, this is a must, because they didn’t pull any punches when they designed the packaging.
Be that as it may, though, IMO, when it comes to the business of sculpting, highlighting and adding color to cheeks, I can think of other similarly priced palettes that do it better. The BECCA Chrissy Tiegan (it’s still available on the BECCA site!) is one, and even though it’s a little more expensive, I think the bronzer and highlighter are more flexible, flattering and easier to use than these.
I’d steer you in that direction if you were looking for a versatile, wearable everyday cheek palette to wear with lots of different looks.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Happy Valentine’s!!!!! 💖💕💋