Neat and New to Me
Unlike my Unsung Heroes series, which features permanent collection products I’ve known and loved a long time, the Neat and New to Me series showcases permanent collection products that slipped under my radar for a while, but then I discovered them! — and now I think they’re neat and new to me.
Is this real life?
Am I dreaming?
Somebody pinch me, please, because I can’t tell if MAC Sheertone Blush in Pinch Me ($22 for a 0.21-oz. pan) really is as good as I think it might be.
It’s a medium-toned matte rosy brown coral in the MAC Blush family, and I wore it all weekend long on my trip to Napa with the girls. Not once did Jen or Cindy ask, “Are you ready yet?” or dramatically sigh/groan (code for “Karen, hurry up!”).
You see, they’re both very low-maintenance (their idea of putting on makeup for dinner involves lip balm), so I’m the odd duck, and they always give me crap about taking forever to get ready (the truth is, they’re totally right). Since I knew I wouldn’t be able to dilly-dally when getting ready on this trip, I packed products I knew I’d be able to use quickly — among them tinted moisturizer, under-eye concealer, mascara, brow filler, gloss and MAC Pinch Me Blush.
What makes Pinch Me such a good get-ready-quick blush?
Well, unlike MAC Gingerly and Coppertone, which both lean toward warm peach, Pinch Me’s rosy brown coral tones make it work better, I think, with a wider range of colors — pretty much any lip color I ever have with me in my purse — and despite being highly pigmented, it doesn’t take an Olympic-caliber wrist workout to blend. All it takes is one, or sometimes two, layers for all-day wear.
So I think it’s more versatile.
If you decide to take it for a spin, try applying it with a MAC Duo Fibre Face Brush, or something like it, instead of a standard blush brush. Pinch Me is so pigmented that you might go overboard with it if you aren’t careful.
Sometimes when I just grab whichever rand-o blush brush is within reach and use that to apply it, I end up looking like Lady Esmerelda, the animatronic fortune teller at the beach boardwalk arcade…
I think it’s easier to hold back on the amount of pigment I use when I use a Duo Fibre brush. Do yourself a solid, and grab a skunk brush to help this beautiful blush work its magic.
AVAILABILITY: Available now in the MAC permanent line online and at MAC stores and counters
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (pretty and pigmented, and pretty pigmented, but be careful which brush you use to apply it)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,